Wisconsin and Minnesota — governments next-door going in opposite directions

Politically speaking, Wisconsin and Minnesota are practically twins. They have voted the same way in the last seven presidential contests. They gave President Obama almost identical victory margins last fall. They share a common border, a common heritage, and the highest election turnouts in America.

Yet based on how they are being governed, you would think they were two different planets. …

How did that happen? And what does it tell us about the way politics works today? One thing it tells us is that very small election shifts can end up having massive policy consequences, thanks to the growing ideological gap between the two parties. [cont.]

Craig Gilbert, Journal Sentinel