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Changing political tides

Political shifts ebb and flow like ocean tides and in the Brainerd area there's no event where that's more apparent than the Brainerd Lakes Chamber's Eggs and Issues session that previews the upcoming legislative session.

The next Eggs and Issues is from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday at the Lodge at Brainerd Lakes and after the shake-up from the 2010 election Rep. John Ward, DFL-Brainerd, will be the lone Democrat lawmaker at this session.

It if wasn't for Ward's gregarious manner we'd label him the Maytag repairman ... the loneliest guy in town.

Thirty-some years ago it was all Democrats representing then-District 13. They were Sen. Winston Borden, Rep. Don Samuelson and Rep. Steve Wenzel. In the early 2000s the lineup for the same district was 100 percent GOP with Sen. Paul Koering, Rep. Dale Walz and Rep. Greg Blaine. By 2006, it was District 12 and DFL Representatives John Ward and Koering was the lone Republican.

The same sort of political schizophrenia is seen in statewide races in 2010 with Minnesotans electing DFLer Mark Dayton but sending Republican majorities to the House and Senate.

Maybe voters don't know what they want. Maybe they seek balance and split their tickets accordingly. Whatever the source of all this political turmoil and change I'm glad I don't have to run for re-election to my job every four years.