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Before I get into politics let me remind everyone of where I stand. Smack in the middle most of the time. If the wind were to blow and I had to tilt one way or the other I might fall to the right six times and to the left four times. I am socially liberal and fiscally conservative. Find me a Democrat willing to stay out of my wallet or a Republican willing to stay out of my bedroom and I can likely vote for them.

This week the State of Minnesota Finance Department had good news on the state’s budget. Between the previously announced $317 million surplus for fiscal 2005 and the newly announced $701 million surplus for 2006-2007 our politicians are climbing all over each other trying to lay claim to the positive news.

Why am I already sounding jaded? Well, it is eleven months to election day with every constitutional office holder in the state including the governor, 201 legislative seats, and the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Mark Dayton up for election.

So we have local, state, and national implications.

The good news is that even for non-political bloggers like myself they are sure to say or do something I can rationalize ranting about.

I am not sure if I am looking forward to it or not…

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