Other than a few pre-recorded messages from the Mayor on my answering machine, Election Day 2005 came and went pretty quietly in Minneapolis. Unlike last year, there were no beer-fueled returns-watching parties, just a quick check of the news late in the evening to see what the results were. Despite having no state or national offices on the ballot, it was a pretty important election for the city: in addition to the Mayor and City Council, voters were asked to assemble a Library Board could figure out a way to keep branches open more than a few hours a week, as well as a Parks Board that could figure out a better way to spend its time than fending off accusations of cronyism.

And how much do I like living in a city where, unlike some other towns, your choices of political parties are DFL and Green? Minneapolis is like some kind of Bizarro-America where Republicans don’t even exist.