In a few posts this year, I've referred to Minnesota's current election cycle as a bit of a sleeper. My description was based on an election season without a vibrant debate about issues and an overall lack of enthusiasm in Minnesota politics.
I'm glad I'm not alone in thinking this election cycle has been one that has not been driven by one or two main issues. As highlighted in Blake's post, "it's hard to name one issue that has the staying power to be the dominant issue -- or even a dominant one -- in the 2014 election." I agree.
A lifelong resident of Minnesota, Michael Brodkorb is an experienced communications, social media, public affairs & research consultant and is an observer of all things political. He also blogs at politics.mn. He lives in Eagan with his family.
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At a No Labels event we saw the extent of face-to-fact political contact with candidates in New Hampshire. This led me to reflect upon Minnesota's chance to have a first in the nation primary, and how our state passed on this opportunity.