- Our area was 50B; it is now 41B. 50B, which was primarily New Brighton and Arden Hills, was split three ways. The north half of New Brighton is now in 41A, along with most of Fridley, while 41B is now the south half of New Brighton (essentially south of 694), St. Anthony and Columbia Heights. That means that Kate Knuth is no longer my representative and Carolyn Laine is. District 41 is, alas, pretty bluish.
- Arden Hills is now in 42A, along with the north half of Shoreview and Mounds View. That is a more Republican area and will be good news for those folks. The other half of 42 is more interesting, as it comprises the south half of Shoreview, a portion of Roseville, Vadnais Heights and Little Canada. Should be a competitive area.
- It appears that I remain in the 4th Congressional District, but barely. The fighting 4th has been a DFL stronghold forever, but the incumbent, Betty McCollum, cannot be happy with the way the lines were drawn. She needed to pick up some territory in the eastern metro and she now has Woodbury, Lake Elmo and Stillwater in her district. That's largely Republican territory and it means that her district is more suburban than urban. She can count on getting about 145% of the vote in St. Paul, which helps her cause, but she's going to have some work to do. One way to tell if Betty is nervous -- watch what she does concerning the proposed bridge over the St. Croix River south of Stillwater. She has noisily opposed the bridge for a long time, but now the residents of that area, who mostly support it, are going to be her constituents. She may need to do some fancy stepping on that issue.
- Everyone on the left is chortling because, at this point, Michele Bachmann is in the 4th District and would have to run against McCollum if she stayed there. Bachmann would only have to move a few miles to run in the 6th and I fully expect she will. Too bad, because a Bachmann/McCollum race would be comedy gold. The new 6th is strongly conservative, by the way.
- It looks like John Kline's heavily Republican 2nd district did cede some territory to the 1st, where DFLer Tim Walz was already getting nervous. At first glance, I think it could have been a lot worse for Walz, but we'll see.
Lots more to study on this.