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Will Christie Vilsack Make History for Iowa Women?

Iowa would become the 45th state in the nation to elect a woman to the U.S. House if Vilsack defeats Steve King in November.

Will Iowa Republicans Lose Every US House Seat for the First Time in History?

Republicans have won at least one U.S. House seat from the Hawkeye State since 1856.

Does Anyone Care About Minnesota? (Polling the 2012 Presidential Race)

The Gopher State has been polled in the presidential race at one-sixth the rate in 2012 compared to this stage of the 2008 cycle.

Battleground State Maps Expand Slightly from a Month Ago

The selection of Paul Ryan as GOP VP nominee moves the needle on Wisconsin but few other states in the presidential race according to a dozen media outlets.

Changing Tides? GOP Eyes Rare Majority Control of Upper Midwest Senate Delegation

After November, Democrats in the five-state Upper Midwest region could control less than half of the 10 U.S. Senate seats for only the 4th time in 50 Years.

Climbing the Ladder

When Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley won reelection for a sixth term in November 2010 he and his fellow Iowa U.S. Senator, Democratic Tom Harkin, were 11th on the all-time list for the longest-serving delegation members serving together to the nation's upper legislative chamber. After the first 17+ months of the...

Can Democrats Take Back the Iowa House in 2012?

Democrats would have to win 64 percent of the House races they are contesting - something the party has achieved only once since 1992.

Leonard Boswell: Playing with House Money in Washington

Boswell has endured the bumpiest ride back to the U.S. House of the 135 representatives with 15+ years of uninterrupted service.

Presidents Use the Word "Stupid" Too

World leaders, political movements, ethnic groups, and individual Americans have been singled out as being 'stupid' by U.S. Presidents over the last 170 years.

Will the Glass Ceiling Shatter in Iowa and North Dakota This November?

Five states have yet to elect a woman to Congress including two in the Upper Midwest.

Bachmann Suffers Greatest Fall for Iowa Straw Poll Winner

The Minnesota congresswoman sets a trio of unwelcome records after her poor showing in Iowa Tuesday.

Could Rick Santorum Become the First Iowa Caucus One-Hit Wonder?

Santorum could be the only presidential candidate to win the Iowa caucuses and no other state; the current low mark is held by Tom Harkin in 1992 with just two states.

Ron Paul Seeks First Primary/Caucus Win by GOP US Rep. Since 1964

Wisconsin's John Byrnes won the last presidential contest for a sitting GOP U.S. House member 48 years ago; John Anderson came close in Massachusetts and Vermont in 1980.

Punditry Quotes of the Week: Ron Paul Edition

What the media said about Congressman Paul after his Sioux City, Iowa debate performance.

Ron Paul Reaches All-Time Polling Highs in Iowa and New Hampshire

Paul's support is up 100 percent in Iowa and 50 percent in the Granite State from his '08 campaign peaks.

ABC Grants Romney More than Twice as Much Speaking Time as Ron Paul in Iowa Debate

Romney doubles up on Ron Paul once again and speaks more than moderators Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos combined.

Will Michele Bachmann Pull a Phil Gramm in Iowa?

Bachmann is on pace for the worst ever performance at the caucuses by an Iowa Straw Poll winner - a mark currently held by Phil Gramm in 1996.

Snubbed Again: Ron Paul Surges in Iowa and the Media Yawns

Despite rising to 2nd in the new Des Moines Register survey, Paul gets just 5 percent of coverage in reporting on the poll - the same as Santorum, Perry, and Bachmann.

Ron Paul Leads GOP Field in Iowa Fundraising

The Texas Congressman has a 15 percent advantage in contributions from Iowans ahead of Mitt Romney in second place.

Pawlenty's Exit is Quickest in History Among 3rd Place Iowa Straw Poll Candidates

The swiftest previous departure from the GOP nomination race for a third-place finisher at Ames was 67 days after the Straw Poll.



Political Crumbs

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 lieutenant 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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