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Oh frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! I’m in a much better mood than I was after the tea party ruined the 2010 midterms. After the recent 2012 election, I will be represented by Democrats from the President all the way down to the state legislature. (The local city council and mayor and school board are nonpartisan offices, but I’m pretty sure our mayor is a Republican, so that’s a tiny fruit fly in the otherwise joyous ointment). Under the squiggly orange Kos dealy I’ll tell you about the people who will be representing me next year:

I should mention that I live in Moorhead, Minnesota, which is right across the river from Fargo, North Dakota (yes, like the movie, and yes, a lot of people here really talk like they did in the movie). I live in Moorhead’s perineum between Concordia College and Minnesota State University Moorhead, near the Prairie Home Cemetery (which, incidentally, inspired Garrison Keillor to name his radio show Prairie Home Companion). My parents are buried in that cemetery. I wave at them and say hi when I’m walking to the public library or the Ace Hardware Store.

Here are my elected officials…

My President is a Democrat

Barack Obama (and his right-hand man, Joe Biden). So that makes me happy. You probably already heard about this so I won't say anything more.

My U.S. Senators are Democrats

I’m quite proud to say Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken are my Senators. Other states look at Minnesota and sigh, “Wow, I wish I had two great Senators like that.” My girlfriend’s mother thinks Amy Klobuchar might be the first woman elected President. I’ve told her that Minnesotans don’t do very well in Presidential elections (Harold Stassen, Eugene McCarthy, Hubert Humphrey, Walter Mondale, Tim Pawlenty), but she wants to live long enough to see Amy Klobuchar elected.

Amy Klobuchar was re-elected (no surprise) against some guy who teaches economics at some high school, so he fancies himself an expert on deficits and fiscal stability. He advocated auditing the Fed, possibly abolishing the Fed, and using shiny yellow pieces of metal as the basis for our economy because inflation is bad for the middle class and the gold standard would solve our problems. Also his high school kids are paying into a bankrupt system of social security and medicare (he was really worried about the kids). I think the Republicans had a contest, Who Is Crazy Enough To Run Against Klobuchar? And Kurt Bills said, “Me. Me. Me. Pick Me! I’m crazy enough!” Senator Klobuchar won with 65% of the vote. The high school economics teacher got 30%. The Independence Party candidate got 1% or 2% (you might remember that the Independence Party was associated with Ross Perot in the 1990s and actually elected a Governor of Minnesota named Jesse Ventura, former TV wrestling star and movie actor).

Speaking of Senators, I’m ecstatic that our neighbors to the east in Wisconsin elected Tammy Baldwin (Democrat), and our neighbors to the west in North Dakota elected Heidi Heitkamp. By the way, Nate Silver (genius poll aggregrator) called all 50 states correctly for the electoral votes. And he got 31 of 33 Senate races correct, but he missed North Dakota. Silver predicted that Berg would win in ND. Rick Berg was the Republican candidate (currently the at-large congressperson from ND and 13th-richest member of Congress because he’s a low-down slumlord).  Plus, on the other side of ND, Jon Tester (Democrat) won his Senate race (I think that was the other race that Silver missed).

Meteor Blades wrote a very interesting diary about Heidi Heitkamp’s victory in ND: American Indian voters and Indian organizers gave N.D. Senate edge to Democrat Heidi Heitkamp. Heidi won by about 3000 votes. And in the Native American/Indian counties (where the reservations are), she won by about 4000+. Rick Berg (the Republican) was an asshole. He ignored the Indian vote. It’s all about Get Out The Vote.

My U.S. Representative is a Democrat

Collin Peterson was re-elected again. He’s the most senior/longest-serving member of the Minnesota congressional delegation (he was first elected in 1990). I have very mixed feelings about him. Yes, he’s a Democrat, but he’s against abortion, against marriage equality, against gun control, and so on. He’s one of the seven founding members of the Blue Dog Democrats. In 2010 he was endorsed by the National Right To Life Committee and the NRA. But he’s somewhat liberal on economic issues. At least he’s a Democrat. He keeps getting re-elected (for 22 years) so he must be doing something right.

What do we say on Daily Kos? “More and Better Democrats” (And we got a better Democrat in Connecticut with Joe Lieberman’s retirement). More is good. Better is even better.

My MN State Senator is a Democrat

Until this year, my state Senator was Keith Langseth (a Democrat in office since 1980). He retired this year, so it was an open seat.

In my district (after the census redistricting), Kent Eken (Democrat and fourth generation farmer) defeated Phil Hansen (Republican), a former NFL player with the Buffalo Bills who played in three Super Bowls. You might know that the Bills have lost all four Super Bowls they’ve been in. However, you might also know that the Minnesota Vikings have also been in four Super Bowls and they lost all four games, so losing a Super Bowl isn’t such a bad thing in Minnesota.

There’s something people call “Minnesota Nice.”  Some examples: I know I got to the stop sign first, but you can go ahead because you seem to be in a hurry. Or –  I don’t need that last piece of cake or pizza, why don’t you take it? Or – well, ya, we worked the hard to get to Super Bowl, but you guys seem to really care about winning. I think the nice factor is why Minnesotans don’t win Presidential elections or Super Bowls. Minnesotans are just too nice. We hold the door open and say, "No, you go ahead."

My MN  State Representative is A Democrat

 Ben Lien (Democrat) won the election in my district. The previous rep was Morrie Lanning (Republican) who didn’t run for re-election. He was the mayor of Moorhead from 1980 to 2001, then he got elected to the MN House from 2002 to 2011, then he announced his retirement after he worked out the deal for a new NFL stadium. Lanning was a fairly moderate Republican, but I’m glad we replaced him with a Democrat.

Now the state of MN has Democratic majorities in the House and Senate and a Democratic Governor. We can raise taxes a bit on rich people and balance the budget. And send money to school districts. And implement the state system of Obamacare.

Plus the voters defeated the one-man-one-woman Constitutional Amendment and the Voter-ID Constitutional Amendment.

I’m very happy about the election.

Plus, the gay guy won in Fargo, ND

He was running for the ND House of Representatives. Here’s a DKos Diary: ND-HD44: First openly gay candidate for ND House. He won.

Here’s the ND SOS link: Election Results. In ND, you vote for two representatives, and the top two vote getters are elected. Joshua Boschee was the gay guy. He got the most votes. Some Republican came in second (and won, too). Good for him. He might be the first openly gay person in the ND House of Representatives in a very Republican state.

The local news did a story about Boschee. The voters (and his Republican opponents) didn’t think it was a big deal. But every time I logged into Daily Kos, I’d get a banner ad that said “Oh my god! Boschee is going to promote the gay agenda!  Gay marriage! Drugs and sex and rocknroll!” I checked out the internet ad. It was sponsored by some homophobe evangelical jerk in Virginia. The gay guy won. The guy with the second most votes was a Republican, so the district will have a Dem and a Rep.

And that’s the end of my report from Moorhead.

Originally posted to Dbug on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 11:52 PM PST.

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  •  For my first time, I too am in the same blue boat (9+ / 0-)

    but I'm here in Denver, Colorado.  House Rep Jeanne Labuda, State Senator Irene Aguilar, Governor John Hickenlooper, US House Rep Diana Degette, US Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet.

    I don't think when I lived in San Francisco I had the same blue all the way up and down my line.

  •  WA state has gone full monty Democratic (13+ / 0-)

    President, Gov. (incidentally, WA has the longest streak of governors from one party. We haven't elected a republican since '81) both senators, majorities in both upper and lower houses in the legislature, the elected executives - all but Sec. of State are Democrats.

    And we passed the marijuana bill.

    We are a blue state.

    O great creator of being grant us one more hour to perform our art and perfect our lives. ::: Jim Morrison :::

    by Kevanlove on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 01:07:57 AM PST

  •  neener neener neener (7+ / 0-)

    my mayor is a Dem. grin

    Minneapolis here, all my rep's are Dem. And I too, couldn't be happier

    Now if only Franson loses her 1 vote lead eh?

    Minnesota rocks!

  •  Me too here in CA, (8+ / 0-)

    after the The Governator was term-limited out of office two years ago and Jerry Brown won :)

  •  Mine too. I am represented by Rush Holt in (4+ / 0-)
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    Mark Mywurtz, Dbug, Newzie, Pilgrim X

    the House and by Lautenberg and Menendez in the Senate. My state senator and my two state representatives are all Democrats Shirley Turner, Reed Guscoria, and Bonnie Watson Coleman). In addition, Guscoria is the only openly gay male in the NJ legislature. Our problem is that we have a Republican governor. I generally do not like Christie, but I will give him props for his work during the storm. He did put Jersey first.

  •  Connecticut is now all blue in Congress (3+ / 0-)
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    Mark Mywurtz, Dbug, Newzie

    And we didn't fall for Linda! (second best news of Nov6).
    After years of Republican misAdministration, we are now in year 2 of a Democratic State government and Governor Malloy has cut our budget deficit in half (raising taxes slightly to do so) signed Decrim and Medical pot, he's cleaned up state contracting (the Augean Stables), he has quietly found ways to get disaster relief and the Power Companies to GET THEIR SH!T TOGETHER, without making an adversarial spectacle of himself (I'm looking at you, Cuomo).
    He's not perfect, but he's a h3ll of a lot better than the last several (GOP) Governors!

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 05:33:45 AM PST

  •  I'm from Northeast Minnesota (4+ / 0-)
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    Dbug, slapshoe, Newzie, UniC

    And we lost our State Rep and US Rep seats to  teabaggers in 2010.  We also had incumbent v incumbent races due to redistricting.  We did the right thing and flipped 'em all.  C-ya, Cravaaaaack!

    So my president, both US senators, US rep, state rep, county commissioner, and mayor are ALL dems!  We even smacked down all the talibangelical judge candidates as well!  Amazing for a predominantly rural region.

    Sullen red stater dems who like lakes, forests, and winter sports, we've got a place for you!  

  •  Love it! (4+ / 0-)
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    Dbug, slapshoe, Newzie, UniC

    We did even better here in Duluth. We got rid of that tea partier and Rove's boy Chip Cravaack and replaced him with Rick Nolan.:) Things are going back to how they had been for 61 of the last 63 years with a Democrat in Congress! Also, all of the state senators and representatives in Northern MN are now Dems. We cleaned out the trash!

  •  Waiting, still waiting, wait some more.. (5+ / 0-)

    Dan Lungren isn't going to be conceding soon enough but when he does ( feeling a bit more confident) I'll be represented by a slew of Democrats myself.

    Perhaps one day the Fourth Estate will take their jobs seriously. Or not..

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 06:41:16 AM PST

  •  Not me (3+ / 0-)
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    I have the worst representation in my life.

    I only have Claire McCaskill.

    My other Senator is Roy Blunt.  

    My representative is Missouri's Michelle Bachman -- Vicky Hartzler.  The only difference is that Hartzler doesn't have Bachman's IQ.

    And, I have two Republican's representing me in Jefferson City and the Republicans have a veto-proof majority.

    Damn! Damn! Damn!

    Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens.

    by MoDem on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 06:43:13 AM PST

  •  wow, that's great... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...unfortunately for me, here in upstate New York on the outskirts of the City of Syracuse, the prospects of ever having a Democrat representing me on our town board and county legislator are remote, at best. And our state misrepresentative is a longtime Republican't so gerrymandered into his seat that it will probably be a generation or more until a Democrat stands a snowball's chance in heck. We also have a Republican't as county executive, although that could change when the current incumbent retires or moves on.

    However, we now will have a Democrat representing us in the U.S. House again (Dan Maffei, NY-24), we have two Democratic U.S. Senators (Schumer & Gillibrand) a Democratic governor and all other statewide elected officials except for state Supreme Court Justices are Democrat. feeling reasonably representated at this time.

    Had not looked at things quite like this until you posted. Thanks.

  •  Here I am in WA-01 (5+ / 0-)
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    Dave in Northridge, Newzie, UniC, deerang, Dbug

    in the same blue boat, yeah!!

    Governor, Senators x 2 (and women!), State Senator, both State Legislators.

    Not so lucky locally, as John Koster is on the county council, but we'll soon take care of that.

    If you took the greed out of Wall Street all you’d have left is pavement ~Robert Reich

    by k8dd8d on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 09:13:13 AM PST

  •  Ditto Denver, CO and its suburbs. (3+ / 0-)
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    Colorado went for Obama, Dem Governor, state senate, just took the state house, both US Senators, 3 of 7 Congresscritters. Rural and deep suburban Colorado still quite red. Oh yeah, Amendment 64!

    "You can die for Freedom, you just can't exercise it"

    by shmuelman on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 09:13:37 AM PST

  •  That's nice. I didnt even have a choice for my Rep (3+ / 0-)
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    this year, having as my only alternatives a country club Republican in the form of Ander Crenshaw, and an "independent" Teabagger.

  •  And yes, from deep-blue Los Angeles county (4+ / 0-)
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    Governor (and all the other statewide offices), Senators, Congressman Sherman, supermajorities in the State Assembly and State Senate that my representatives are part of.  Feels great, doesn't it?

    -7.75, -8.10; All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

    by Dave in Northridge on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 09:18:34 AM PST

  •  I wish I could stay the same. Unfortunately, I (2+ / 0-)
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    live in Pennsylvania, where the central part of the state is so RED that, to paraphrase James Carville, it votes like Alabama.  As a result "safe" Democratic Congressional districts were gerrymandered nearly out of existence after the 2010 census.  We did manage to reelect a Democrat as Senator, but many of his positions on social issues are so conservative that it's sometimes hard to know the difference.  I am pleased that PA. "went blue" in the presidential election, but I'm concerned that if Voter ID and Winner take All rules are imposed that won't be allowed to happen again.

  •  I'm jealous (3+ / 0-)
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    cardinal, Newzie, Dbug

    None of my representatives, except the Presidentg and Vice President are Democrats. Senators (Cornyn and Cruz), Representative(Conoway), Governor (Perry), Lt. Governor (Dewhurst), State Senator (Duncan), State Representative (Darby), Mayor (New), City Council (Alexander), County Judge (Brown), County Commissioner (Ford), Sherriff (Jones). All of them, and I'm not even listing things like Judges, Court of Appeals Justices, State Supreme Court Justices, State Board of Education, etc, but trust me they are ALL Republicans!

    •  My list is (3+ / 0-)
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      nearly that bleak. On the positive side, my state senator is Wendy Davis (Tarrant County, SD-10). She won in this Republican-leaning district by blowing her opponent out of the water with her intelligence and political skill.

      My House rep, Kay Granger, is very moderate and reasonable to those who know her, but unfortunately she toes the party line in Congress. And Fort Worth mayor Betsy Price is a perfectly acceptable moderate Republican. It gets worse from there very quickly, though.

      Grew a mustache and a mullet / Got a job at Chick-Fil-A

      by cardinal on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 10:40:20 AM PST

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  •  Me too! Love the peace... (2+ / 0-)
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    I live in NW Oregon, about 35 miles NW of Portland, and besides having two Dem US Senators and a new US Rep who is a woman and a Dem, we also have a Dem for State Senate and State Rep. I live in a county area, so no mayor, but two out of the three county commissioners are Dems (even though technically the county commissioners offices are non-partisan). It actually makes for a more relaxed community, being largely free from wingnut hate and vitriol in the political scene - although it does surface during election season.

    That's huge, and I wish more US citizens/voters were aware of that.

    "We will find fulfillment not in the goods that we have, but in the good we can do for each other." ~ RFK

    by paz3 on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 10:41:13 AM PST

  •  Mine too! (2+ / 0-)
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    Here in VA, political matters can get a bit...heated, let's say.  But here in Reston, in blue-leaning Fairfax County, there are Democrats as far as the eye can see.

    Obama is staying, and VA voted for him a second time!

    Both my US Senators will stay Dems, since we kept Alen from making a comeback.  Kaine and Warner aren't the most liberal Dems, but trust me, the Republicans here are just too terrible to even think about.

    My congressman, Gerry Connolly, a strong ally of the president, got re-elected easily.

    My state rep, Kenneth Plum, is not only a Democrat, but the minority leader in the VA General Assembly.

    My state sen, Janet Howell, is also a Democrat.  You may remember her for asking, during the vaginal probe kerfuffle, if McDonnell wouldn't mind also attaching to his plan a section to give men getting Viagra heart exams.  Just to make sure they knew what they were getting into, of course.

    All your vote are belong to us.

    by Harkov311 on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 10:49:25 AM PST

  •  Lucky stiff (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm in Texas, and we're going to have to wait.

    There is always a better way.

    by Pilgrim X on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 11:31:05 AM PST

  •  mine are also and two of them are brothers! (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm in Connecticut. My State Rep, State Senator, Governor, US Rep and two US Senators are all Democrats. My State Rep and US Rep are bothers - Tim and John Larson. Very unusual.

  •  Time for you to move to Alaska. We need you. (1+ / 0-)
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  •  It was a pretty good election for Minnesota. :) (1+ / 0-)
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    Down here in Bloomington it's almost as good. President, two awesome senators, and some good state legislators. But I'm unfortunately stuck in Erik Paulsen's district. What makes it even more maddening is that Richfield's only a mile or so from my house... I share a state senator with them, but they get to be represented in Congress by Keith Ellison instead of Paulsen. :(

  •  I hate you (1+ / 0-)
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    No, not really. I'm actually thrilled for you. But boy, am I jealous!

    Well, we'll keep fighting the good fight here in Tennessee until there's nothing to be jealous of. In the meantime, do you think Minnesota Democrats would mind if I thought of Al Franken as my senator, too?

    And seriously, my hat's off to Minnesota progressives. Y'all have worked hard and kicked much ass and have definitely earned the right to bask in the fruits of your labor!

    And the bright side of the downward thermodynamic spiral is, um...

    by eodell on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 03:07:51 PM PST

  •  oddly enough here in NC (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm in the same boat with the exception of a US Senator.  Unfortunately, my state's legislature is as red as it gets.  

  •  As one of your neighbors in Moorhead... (0+ / 0-)

    I'm thrilled with Ben Lien and Kent Eken's elections, too. They're both really great men who will serve their constituents with honor.

    It's a bit of a coup for a Dem to pick up Morrie Lanning's MN House seat. A right-wing PAC spent a lot of money of glossy mailers attacking Ben Lien. I think I received one nearly every other day (in between attack mailers against Eken).

    What we are seeing in Washington DC and St. Paul is a radical Republican-Tea Party extremism threatening jobs and the economy with destruction in the name of political advantage. Rep Betty McCollum (D), MN-04

    by WobegonGal on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 11:26:31 PM PST

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