Dayton v. Kennedy

Returning Senator Mark Dayton to the Ranks of the Idle Rich in 2006

11/23/2004

Exurbia & 2006

Ron Brownstein of the Los Angeles Times offers an eye-opening piece on the explosion of exurbs and the corresponding Bush victory. The money line: "The problem for Democrats is that in almost all metropolitan areas the distant Republican strongholds are growing much faster than either the cities or the inner suburbs."

It goes without saying that this trend was not quite strong enough to turn Minnesota red this fall. Equally obvious is that the flight to exurbia will only hasten over the next 2 years in the run up to 2006. Slate, of all places, got it right about a month ago: "There’s more good demographic news for the Republicans. Seventy percent of recent population growth in Minnesota has occurred in outer-ring suburbs near the Twin Cities. These young suburbanites pouring into new beige tract houses are solidly Republican: culturally conservative, concerned about security, and less interested in Humphrey’s prairie populism than were their parents, who worked in the mines and factories. The 3M Company symbolizes the state’s changes. Those three Ms stand for Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing. But now the company is known for that staple of modern cubicle life, the Post-It Note."

I especially like the fluorescent green Post-It Notes.

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