Four Democrats broke ranks and two ex-DFLers, now independents, also went along when the Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate voted Thursday to cancel the governor’s emergency COVID powers on schools.   Hamline University analyst David Schultz says Walz doesn’t have a problem yet with possible Democratic defections in the Minnesota House, but it’s emerging:

“With the arrival of the vaccine, it’s just gonna continue to hasten I think this erosion of support…, especially among, let’s say, the second- and third-ring suburbs which are now kind of tiring of schools closed, businesses closed, etcetera, etcetera.”

Schultz says when making decisions about COVID restrictions, the governor will have to consider getting at least some of his state budget plan through — and also his expected run for re-election next year.