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Flashback Fail: Tim Pawlenty is the "Arnold Schwarzenegger of the Midwest"

In 2004, Club for Growth founder and then President Stephen Moore called T-Paw "Arnold Schwarzenegger of the Midwest"

From Rumor to Reality: Pawlenty's 2,456-Day Presidential Candidacy Roll Out

National chatter of a T-Paw presidential bid first began nearly seven years ago at the 2004 RNC

Minnesota Unemployment Rate Falls Extending 3rd Longest Streak in the Nation

Only North Dakota and Vermont have gone longer without a jobless rate uptick

Tarryl Clark in 2012: How Many Minnesota U.S. Representatives Lost Their First House Race?

Nearly one out of six Minnesota U.S. Representatives in history did not win their first congressional race

Arden Hills Would Be 2nd Smallest NFL City if Vikings Stadium Deal Passes

Only East Rutherford, New Jersey - home to New Meadowlands Stadium - has a smaller population than Arden Hills, Minnesota

Will Minnesotans Say 'Amen!' to Constitutional Amendments in 2012?

Minnesota voters have been presented with 213 constitutional amendments since 1858, approving 120 or 56.3 percent

Bachmann Raising 44 Percent More Out of State Money Per Capita in Obama vs. McCain States

States won by Barack Obama in 2008 populate 21 of the Top 25 slots in per capita large donor out of state donations to Bachmann's 2012 campaign

Andre Carson and Keith Ellison Respond to bin Laden Killing

Ellison's relative Twitter silence on the killing of bin Laden is noteworthy insomuch as the congressman had tweeted 14 times over the weekend including six times on Sunday

Michele Bachmann on Pace to Raise $52 Million for the 2012 Cycle

Bachmann's first quarter receipts have historically averaged just 3.3 percent of her eventual election cycle haul

Minnesota's GOP U.S. House Delegation Acknowledges Military and Veterans at 17:1 Ratio over DFLers

Minnesota's Republican U.S. Representatives have acknowledged holidays and days of observance recognizing the military at a 17 to 1 ratio in press releases and social media compared to DFLers over the last 12 months

Klobuchar-Franken Moving Up the List of Oldest U.S. Senate Delegations in Minnesota History

DFL duo will be the ninth oldest delegation from Gopher State at the end of Klobuchar's term in 2013 out of 42 pairings since statehood

Can Mark Dayton Give Barack Obama a Boost in Minnesota in 2012?

History suggests having a DFLer in St. Paul is unlikely to be a decisive factor, but may be worth +1.4 points to Obama in next year's presidential race

Former Pawlenty Chief of Staff Bob Schroeder to speak at Humphrey School

Event focuses on keys to successful governorships and what lies ahead for Mark Dayton's administration

No GOP Challenger Yet For Amy Klobuchar? No Problem

No eventual major party nominee over the last four Minnesota U.S. Senate elections had announced their candidacy at this point in the election cycle

Could Republicans Sweep the Midwest in US Senate Races Again in 2012?

GOP won nine Senate seats in the region last November for the first time since 1920

Minnesota: More Governors than Vikings Head Coaches Since 1961

Vikings rank fourth for the longest average coaching tenure in the NFL over the past 50 years; gubernatorial turnover in Gopher State is 25 percent higher than Vikings head coaches

Bachmann's Potential Presidential Pathway Not Well-Trodden

Only one sitting member of the U.S. House has been elected president in history (Garfield); only three presidents have been elected with U.S. Representative as the highest elected office attained on their resume

History Suggests Leslie Frazier Unlikely to Lead Vikings to Winning Record in 2011

Only 5 of 41 head coaches in NFC Central Division history have notched a winning record in their first year with the team; only two have made the playoffs

Minnesota's Population Rank Over the Last 100 Years

The Gopher State has ranked as high as #17 and as low as #21 for population in the U.S. since the 1910 Census

South Dakota Edges Minnesota for Largest Population Growth Rate in Midwest

South Dakota ends a string of three consecutive decades in which Minnesota led the 12-state region in rate of growth



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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