NY Times profiles politics in the ‘State of Superior’

The New York Times profiles two congressional seats, Minnesota’s Eighth District and Wisconsin’s Seventh, to highlight the impact and implications of GOP wins in the historically DFL region of northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN8) and Sean Duffy (R-WI7) rode the Tea Party wave in 2010 to unlikely victories and now attempt to moderate their tone to win very competitive races in 2012.

You may recall I like to refer to the Lake Superior congressional districts (MN-8, WI-7 and MI-1) as the “State of Superior,” reflecting a movement in the 1800s for these territorial properties to become their own resource-rich, low-population state. This region shares a similar culture and economic condition, though they have become isolated from one another by their forced inclusion in the tyrannical regimes of St. Paul, Madison and Lansing, respectively.

Anyway, Cravaack and Duffy are part and parcel of today’s political news. I expect we’ll see a doozy of a campaign here in the north woods.

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