Thursday, August 13, 2015

How you live -- congress

Minnesota's most recent U.S. senatorial election results, by county, for each of our two senators, are shown below. Red indicates Republican, blue -  Democratic-Farmer-Labor. Darker is more. Minnesota's (internal) county boundaries, all those straight lines, clearly don't align with watershed or other bioregional boundaries although most of the eastern boundary follows Lake Superior and the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers and the northwest boundary follow the Red River. Internal county boundaries represent some of the "boxes" bioregionalism needs to think outside, but counties are how we tally election results at the state level, which brings us to today's bioregional question.

Who are your senators and how can you contact them?


United States Senate election in Minnesota, 2012
Amy Jean Klobuchar is the senior United States Senator from Minnesota. She is a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, an affiliate of the Democratic Party. Senator Klobuchar was elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2012. Here is her contact information.

United States Senate election in Minnesota, 2014
Alan Stuart "Al" Franken is an American comedian, actor, politician, and writer. He is currently the junior United States Senator from Minnesota. Senator Franken was elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2014. Here is his contact information.

This link provides contact information for Minnesota's entire congressional delegation, each of whom can be contacted by phone or email.

Politics

By William Butler Yeats 
'In our time the destiny of man presents its meanings in political terms.'
THOMAS MANN.
How can I, that girl standing there,
My attention fix
On Roman or on Russian
Or on Spanish politics,
Yet here's a travelled man that knows
What he talks about,
And there's a politician
That has both read and thought,
And maybe what they say is true
Of war and war's alarms,
But O that I were young again
And held her in my arms.


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By the way, I neglected mentioning it at the time, but on Tuesday of this week we posted our 1,000th entry in My-Minnesota.