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Minnesota Has 2nd Largest Decrease in Unemployment in U.S. Since Obama Took Office

Seven-state West North Central geographical division of the Midwest continues to have the lowest unemployment rate in the nation

Is Joe Mauer (on Pace to Be) the Greatest Catcher of All Time?

Through six seasons Minnesota's MVP catcher rates favorably with the greatest catchers in Major League Baseball history

Female Donors Driving the Fundraising Success of Maureen Reed and Tarryl Clark

Bachmann's two DFL challengers, Maureen Reed and Tarryl Clark have most effectively tapped into one particularly lucrative fundraising resource - women

New HHH Political News Site with Reporting by U of MN Students

Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs' CSPG launches a new site on political news reporting by University of Minnesota students

Minnesota and South Dakota Unemployment Rates Rise; Wisconsin Remains Flat

Unemployment in Minnesota has increased 35.7 percent from one year ago

To Which US House Candidates Are Minnesota's Politicians Contributing?

Tim Walz and 6th CD DFL Challengers Reed and Clark receiving early support in 2009 from state's politicians

How Common Is Military Service in the Biographies of Minnesota's U.S. Representatives?

More than twice as many Republican U.S. House members from Minnesota have had military service than DFLers since merger in 1944

Is Norm Coleman Truly the GOP Preference for Its 2010 Gubernatorial Nominee?

Early poll, though omitting candidates, suggests Coleman's wait-and-see approach is working

Bachmann vs Franken in 2014: A Dream Matchup?

Scenario could also be best chance for 3rd party revival in Gopher State

Bachmann and Paulsen Are Biggest Fundraisers in 5 of Minnesota's 8 Congressional Districts in 2009

Bachmann, Paulsen, and Kline outraising DFLers by nearly $30,000 in DFL districts and by more than $600,000 in GOP districts

Ellison Ranks 6th Among MN U.S. House Delegation in Itemized Individual Fundraising from His Own 5th CD

Only 6 percent of large donor funds from 5th CD residents have gone to Ellison this year

Upper Midwestern U.S. House Delegation Votes 13-10 in Favor of Health Care Bill

Region supported amendment banning abortion services from bill by 12-11 vote

Was Ranked Choice Voting a Success in Minneapolis?

Less than half utilized 2nd choice option in mayoral race; voter turnout down by 25,000+ from 2005

Chris Coleman Posts Largest St. Paul Mayoral Victory in a Quarter Century

Coleman received 68.7 percent of the vote - one tenth of a percentage point higher than his 2005 victory when he unseated Randy Kelly

Minnesota Twins 3rd Most "Efficient" Franchise in Major League Baseball in 2009

Twins scrapped their way into the playoffs with 87 victories this year, with the 7th lowest salary in baseball at $65.3 million

Pathway to the Governor's Mansion in Minnesota, Part IV: Age

Current crop of 2010 gubernatorial candidates is more 'seasoned' than Gopher State governors throughout history

Is Pawlenty Endorsement of Hoffman in NY-23 Contest the Death Knell for Liberal Republicans?

Pawlenty criticizes Republican nominee as someone "Undeserving of wearing the Republican jersey."

Bachmann Raising Significantly Larger Out-of-State Funds Per Capita from Obama States than McCain States

Obama states hold 10 of the top 12 slots in out of state per capita fundraising among itemized individual donors

Are PACs Getting Gunshy of Michele Bachmann?

Special interest PAC money to Bachmann's campaign is at lowest level since Q2 2006 GOP endorsement

Pathway to the Governor's Mansion in Minnesota, Part III: Ethnic Heritage

Or, the end of Scandinavian dominance



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Small Club in St. Paul

Mark Dayton is one of just three Minnesotans ever elected to three different statewide offices. Dayton, of course, had previously served as State Auditor (1991-1995) and U.S. Senator (2001-2007) before winning the governorship in 2010. At that time, he joined Republicans Edward Thye and J.A.A. Burnquist on this very short list. Burnquist was elected governor in 1914 but then became governor after the death of Democrat Winfield Hammond in 1915. He then won the gubernatorial elections of 1916 and 1918 and eight terms as attorney general two decades later (1939-1955). Thye was similarly first elected lieutenant governor of the Gopher State and became governor after the resignation of fellow GOPer Harold Stasson in 1943. Thye won one additional full term as governor in 1944 and then two terms to the U.S. Senate (1947-1959). Twenty Minnesotans have been elected to two different statewide offices.


Respect Your Elders?

With retirement announcements this year by veteran U.S. Representatives such as 30-term Democrat John Dingell of Michigan, 20-term Democrat George Miller of California, and 18-term Republican Tom Petri of Wisconsin, it is no surprise that retirees from the 113th Congress are one of the most experienced cohorts in recent decades. Overall, these 24 exiting members of the House have served an average of 11.0 terms - the second longest tenure among retirees across the last 18 cycles since 1980. Only the U.S. Representatives retiring in 2006 had more experience, averaging 11.9 terms. (In that cycle, 10 of the 11 retiring members served at least 10 terms, with GOPer Bill Jenkins of Tennessee the lone exception at just five). Even without the aforementioned Dingell, the average length of service in the chamber of the remaining 23 retirees in 2014 is 10.2 terms - which would still be the third highest since 1980 behind the 2006 and 2012 (10.5 terms) cycles.


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