You never hear people refer to their states as "the mediocre state", "the below-par state" or "the patently worthless state". Every state always seems to be a "Great state", sometimes even with a capital S -- "the Great State". Maybe, in giving themselves that moniker, they don't even mean it to be relative to other US states. Maybe they're just oh so slightly greater than say, certain Mexican states, Swiss cantons or German Länder. I just don't know.
In any event, I've never been to Minnesota, but won't argue with its Great State nickname because it's turning out to be quite a Great State for overseas Americans. This week, we have met with three very supportive members of the Minnesota Congressional delegation and I'm starting to think this pattern might be more than a fluke. The offices of Senators Klobuchar and Franken and Congressman Ellison were particularly receptive to us and seem to understand our issues better than most of Capitol Hill. If you're from Minnesota, then please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org because I would like to work with you to get even more of the Minnesota delegation on board.
The only other state delegation I've ever seen coalesce like this is the delegation of my home state of South Carolina. When I first got involved in OAW, Senator DeMint was our primary champion. Since then, my Congressman, Joe Wilson, has become extremely outspoken on our issues. Also, the office of Congressman Jim Clyburn, the third-ranking member of the House, has become a great source of advice and assistance for us. If we could turn Minnesota into our next South Carolina, then that only leaves 48 other Great States left for us to win over.