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Should RT Rybak Run His Gubernatorial Campaign as a Tough-on-Crime Democrat?

Minneapolis October '09 Crime Rate Falls 10 Percent from a Year Ago Despite 27 Percent Rise in Unemployment

Pawlenty Unflappable Amid Press Corps Accusations that 2012 Aspirations Hindering His Ability to Govern During Budget Crisis

Governor is adamant that, despite rumored political aspirations or busy travel schedule, there is "no work in his office or administration that is left undone"

Inside the War in Afghanistan

Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin rank among the Bottom 10 states in per capita fatalities; non-hostile deaths account for more than 25 percent of U.S. death toll

Will a New Stadium Make the Minnesota Vikings a More Successful Franchise?

50+ year analysis finds only modest increase in winning percentage for teams receiving new stadiums

On Eve of New Economic Forecast, Minnesota Prepares for Further Budget Strains

Democratic-controlled legislatures in the spotlight, facing largest budget shortfalls across the nation

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



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The Second Time Around

Former Republican Congressman Bob Beauprez became the seventh major party or second place gubernatorial candidate in Colorado to get a second chance at the office when he narrowly won his party's nomination last month. Two of the previous six candidates were successful. Democrat Alva Adams lost his first gubernatorial bid to Benjamin Eaton in 1884, but was victorious two years later against William Meyer. Democrat Charles Johnson placed third in 1894 behind Republican Albert McIntyre and Populist incumbent Governor David Waite but returned as the Fusion (Democrat/Populist) nominee in 1898 and defeated GOPer Henry Wolcott. Gubernatorial candidates who received a second chance but lost both general elections include Democrat Thomas Patterson (1888, 1914), Progressive Edward Costigan (1912, 1914), Republican Donald Brotzman (1954, 1956), and Republican David Strickland (1978, 1986).


How Are the Plurality Winners Doing?

Nearly 40 percent of plurality winners of U.S. Senate elections lose their seat in the next election cycle. Will that happen to any of the three such incumbents on the ballot in 2014? Recent polling suggests Democrats Al Franken of Minnesota, Mark Begich of Alaska, and Jeff Merkley of Oregon all currently have an advantage over their nominated/frontrunning GOP opponents, but each is flirting with plurality support once again. Franken led endorsed GOPer Mike McFadden 48 to 42 percent in a new SurveyUSA poll while the polling group showed Merkley with a 50 to 32 percent advantage over Monica Wehby. Begich led each of the three major GOP candidates in last month's PPP survey: 42 to 37 percent over Daniel Sullivan, 41 to 33 percent over Mead Treadwell, and 43 to 27 percent over Joe Miller.


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