Minnesota is the only state in the country with a divided legislature; a Republican majority in the Senate and a Democratically-controlled House. Minnesota Farmers Union government relations director Thom Petersen says that should be considered positive news. “We’re going to have to operate in the middle of the political spectrum,” said Petersen. “The other big thing we need to work on is the 39 new members in the House, 34 are Democrats and only five are Republicans. Those 34 Democrats are from heavy suburban areas so finding the agriculture connection with them is very important.”
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