By Doug Grow
The most important political contests in Minnesota this year might be the 201 legislative races, which typically receive the least attention. This year, because of redistricting, every seat is up for election.
The big issue: Which party will end up controlling the 2013 Legislature?
That question plays out in many ways, following two years of frequent sparring and a prolonged 2011 budget battle between the Republican-controlled Legislature and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton that led to a three-week government shutdown.
With legislative control clearly in play, MinnPost is spotlighting many of the most competitive races in the weeks leading to Election Day. MinnPost reporters Cyndy Brucato, James Nord and I will be focusing our attention on 28 key swing races.