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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



Political Crumbs

Evolving?

When Scott Walker "punted" back in February after being asked if he was comfortable with the idea of evolution he added, "That's a question a politician shouldn't be involved in one way or the other." However, it may very well be a question that is asked at one of the upcoming GOP debates this year. In South Carolina during the first GOP debate in 2012, FOX News' Juan Williams asked Tim Pawlenty, "Do you equate the teaching of creationism with the teaching of evolution as the basis for what should be taught for our nation's schools?" Pawlenty replied, "There should be room in the curriculum for study of intelligent design" but that it was up to the local school districts if it should be in a science class or comparative theory class. At the fourth Republican debate held in California, Jon Huntsman addressed the GOP becoming "anti-science" thusly: "Listen, when you make comments that fly in the face of what 98 out of 100 climate scientists have said, when you call into question the science of evolution, all I'm saying is that, in order for the Republican Party to win, we can't run from science. We can't run from mainstream conservative philosophy."


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.


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