Impact of Veteran’s Memorial Override

The attempt to override the first of the Governor’s Jesse Ventura (RP-MN) vetos from the last legislative session came in the form of a pro-World War II Veterans issue. The people in support of this group of people sought restoration of the funding for a Veteran’s...

Senate District 26 Special Election

It’s hard to argue a Special Election that retains a seat for a particular party as a bellwether or indicator of any forthcoming trend, but the opposite can be true. With the State of the Union Address, start of the legislative session and the 2010 elections pending...

Senate District 26 Special Election

It’s hard to argue a Special Election that retains a seat for a particular party as a bellwether or indicator of any forthcoming trend, but the opposite can be true. With the State of the Union Address, the start of the legislative session and the 2010 elections...

The 2002 Independence State Convention

We attended the Independence Party Convention in St. Cloud. Unlike the DFL and Republican Party Conventions, which were held in Convention Centers, this one was staged in an auditorium on the St. Cloud State College Campus.  It had the size and feel of a local State...

Aborted Coup

There are few places where you can get the story behind the story in politics. We hope Checks & Balances can help to fill in some of the gaps. The opening of the 2001 Minnesota Legislature began with its own bit of intrigue on the House side. The DFL House Caucus...