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Why Minnesota Democrats Should Be Thankful Tim Pawlenty Is Not Running for Reelection

Republican gubernatorial incumbents in Minnesota have won 93 percent of reelection defenses since statehood (25 of 27), while losing 70 percent of open seat contests over the past century

Minnesota GOP Caucus Gubernatorial Straw Poll Voter Turnout Up Over 20 Percent from 2002

Despite the characterization that caucus night was a quiet night for Republicans in some media reports, GOP turnout nonetheless increased by more than 20 percent since the last time the party was searching for its gubernatorial nominee back in 2002

To the 'Losers' of the 2010 Minnesota Gubernatorial Straw Polls...

Tim Pawlenty, finished in 2nd place out of 3 candidates in the 2002 Republican gubernatorial straw poll

What's In a Name? Could Scrabble Scores Determine Minnesota's Next Governor?

Gubernatorial candidates with longer names and names with letters totaling higher Scrabble tile values are nearly twice as likely to win general election races throughout Minnesota history

Mike Parry Fends Off Critics, Engbrecht, and Srp to Hold 26th Senate District for GOP

Tri-County District split support among the three candidates; Roy Srp turns in best State Senate performance for IP since 2002

GOP Has Historically Thrived in Minnesota State Senate Special Elections

Despite recent losses, Republican Party has notched a substantially better record in State Senate special elections than the DFL

Will Republicans Win Murphy's Open 28th Senate District Seat?

Retirement of Senator Steve Murphy Puts DFL Seat in play again for the GOP in '10

Wisconsin-Minnesota Unemployment Gap Biggest in 22+ Years

Badger State continues to endure biggest jobs crisis in the Upper Midwest during current recession

Minnesota's Unemployment Rate Stays Flat in December

Minnesota's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 7.4 percent in December 2009 - unchanged from November

How Republican is Minnesota Senate District 26?

Republicans in the district have outperformed against the GOP statewide average in 21 of 23 statewide and district races since 2002

Will Roy Srp Help to Upend Mike Parry? The Independent Streak of MN Senate District 26

District has shown strong support for Independence Party candidates over the past decade

Minnesota Republicans to End Census Period with Best U.S. House Electoral Record Since 1970s

GOP will reverse four decade-long decline of losing net seats to the DFL each Census period

Klobuchar, Ellison, and Oberstar Issue Press Releases on Haitian Disaster

Minnesota's senior Senator and 5th and 8th CD U.S. Representatives are the only members of state's Congressional delegation to issue statements on the Haitian situation

From the U.S. Senate to St. Paul: Dayton (and Coleman?) Try to Make History

Pathway from 1 of 100 to 1 of 50 has been steep and narrow for Minnesota politicians

How Predictive is the Recent Spate of Minneapolis Homicides?

Episodic events at the beginning of the year should not be cast as signs that the City is in the midst of a violent crime frenzy

Can the GOP Sweep All Four Upper Midwestern Gubernatorial Contests in November?

Republicans have swept nearly half the gubernatorial election cycles in the region over the past 100 years, including 1990 and 1994

Will Pawlenty Have a Minnesota Economic Recovery to Run on in 2012?

Minnesota has endured second lowest increase in unemployment in the country since the 2008 Election

Beyond Tim Robbins: Fellow Politicians Not Contributing to Bachmann's 2010 Campaign

Prominent Minnesota politicians once offered financial support early in Bachmann's D.C. career

Can the DFL Win a Gubernatorial Election with a Democrat in the White House?

DFL / Democratic Party has won only 12 percent of gubernatorial races in state history with a Democratic President in Washington

Will Brett Favre Yet Be the Vikings Stadium Savior? (A Case for Favre as MVP)

With new stadium funding seemingly DOA at State Capital, Vikings' best shot might simply be moving public opinion through team success and individual accolades



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73 Months and Counting

January's preliminary Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers show Minnesota's unemployment rate of 3.7 percent was once again lower than Wisconsin's 5.0 percent. That marks the 73rd consecutive month in which Minnesota has boasted a lower jobless rate than its neighbor to the east dating back to January 2009 including each of the last 67 months by at least one point. The Gopher State has now edged Wisconsin in the employment border battle for 204 of the last 216 months dating back to February 1997. Wisconsin only managed a lower unemployment rate than Minnesota for the 12 months of 2008 during this 18-year span.


Two Dakotas, One Voice?

For each of the last 24 presidential elections since 1920, North and South Dakota have voted in unison - casting their ballots for the same nominee. For 21 of these cycles (including each of the last 12 since 1968) Republicans carried the Dakotas with just three cycles going to the Democrats (1932, 1936, and 1964). This streak stands in contrast to the first few decades after statehood when North and South Dakota supported different nominees in four of the first seven cycles. North Dakota narrowly backed Populist James Weaver in 1892 while South Dakota voted for incumbent Republican Benjamin Harrison. In 1896, it was North Dakota backing GOPer William McKinley while South Dakota supported Democrat William Jennings Bryan by less than 200 votes. North Dakota voted Democratic in 1912 and 1916 supporting Woodrow Wilson while South Dakota cast its Electoral College votes for Progressive Teddy Roosevelt and Republican Charles Hughes respectively.


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