Surprising to some, Minnesota has been a staunch supporter of the Democratic party for decades. It bucked the trend against Republican wave elections during the 1980s. Joined with other Midwestern states, voters made a formidable block that gave the presidency to Democrats as of 2012. Critics have complained about the moralistic culture that overrides politics across the state’s landscape. But with a sprawling metropolis and expansive landscape, there is enough variety to draw in attention from political junkies.
A cursory look back in to Minnesota history reveals interesting side notes. Their most popular party is the Democratic-Farmer-Labor organization. It is slightly different than the national Democratic standard, being influenced by a history of workers’ rights. Politicians must consider that influence and adapt their stance to draw in voters.
Presidential Potentates Over Time
Hubert Humphrey is perhaps the most well known politician to emerge from the state. He ran himself during the 1960s in the primary stages of the election. Later, he joined with Lyndon B. Johnson as his vice presidential candidate during the 1964 election. After President Johnson stepped down, Vice President Humphrey would run again during the 1968 contest. He faced stiff opposition from Richard Nixon and narrowly lost the 1968 election.
State residents still remember Humphrey as a mayor and senator before these bids. The Minnesota Vikings have played in a stadium dedicated to his memory. He accomplished more during his political career than perhaps any other public figure in Minnesota’s 20th century.
An Elected Celebrity Governor
Film fans appreciate appearances from Jesse “The Body” Ventura. He is a professional wrestler who played roles in several prominent 1980s action films. After these roles, Mr. Ventura made a dramatic career shift. He successfully ran in a race for the governorship under the Democratic banner. That lasted one term in duration, going from 1999 to 2003 in the state. The WWF star was an outspoken commentator on political events, but he served admirably as a leader in state politics.
Comedians In The Senate
Minnesota voters were intrigued by the Senate run from Al Franken. Franken has been a standout actor and comedy writer for years. A narrow victory in the 2008 Senatorial election made Al Franken the junior Senator from Minnesota. He is an outspoken politician and gets involved with international talks. His run for the office was encouraged by friends and collaborators. It roughly coincided with the death of famed commentator Walter Cronkite.
Though originally from New York City, Al Franken has represented the Senate since 2009. His Jewish heritage and celebrity connections have added personality to the office. Senator Franken has published several prominent books through publishers themselves. He is still the Junior member of the state’s body in the U.S. Senate.
Notes From The Judiciary
Former NFL star Alan Page made headlines as a first black jurist. He became an associate jurist for the Minnesota Supreme Court. Alan Page was elected in 1992 and began an extensive term as a newly minted jurist. Reports indicate that he will leave the office sometime in 2015. He looks back at a life of accomplishment and firsts as his career ends. New biographies are being written on his life and the statement made by his election. Alan Page played for the Minnesota Vikings during some of their most successful seasons. He was also an important NFL player during the years of team mergers and acquisitions. Page has continued his dedication on in to his career as a state judicial member.
Future Of State Politics
Residents can thank Mark Dayton for serving as governor since 2011. Governor Dayton was previously serving as Senator between 2001 – 2007. He is acting as the 40th member of the governor’s office since the state’s inception. Local marches and advocates from statewide offices have encouraged participation in local politics. Governor Dayton represents the Democratic party and continues a long tradition of voter representation.
Modern politics are undergoing a transformation and leaders have to adapt. Governor Dayton is now introducing a four-year concept known as the Pheasant Summit Action Plan. It summarizes ten new steps that are realistic and are achievable while in office. Other changes include the addition of a new professional soccer stadium and subtle fixes to Minnesota driver’s license. Law changes are required to implement these provisions, which requires oversight on behalf of Governor Dayton.