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Smart Politics Projections: Iowa State Senate

Democrats should narrowly prevail in Hawkeye State's upper legislative chamber to avoid GOP sweep

Election Profile: Iowa's 5th Congressional District

The reelection of King and fellow GOPer Tom Latham from the state's 4th CD means Iowa will continue its streak of sending at least one Republican to the U.S. House in every election cycle since 1856

Election Profile: Iowa's 4th Congressional District

Latham was part of the Republican Revolution that swept into Congress with a large number of first-time GOP victors in 1994

Election Profile: Iowa's 3rd Congressional District

Boswell has been a thorn in the side of the Iowa Republican Party for years - often seeming vulnerable, but always managing to eke out a victory

Election Profile: Iowa's 2nd Congressional District

The 38.8 percent won by Miller-Meeks in 2008 was the best performance for a female Republican running for Congress in Hawkeye State history

Election Profile: Iowa's 1st Congressional District

Although the district has only been in the Democratic column for two consecutive election cycles, it is not one of the many vulnerable Democratic U.S. House seats in the Midwest this cycle

Democrats on the Verge of Historic Collapse in Iowa Governor's Race

Culver on pace to produce biggest cycle-to-cycle decline in Iowa Democratic gubernatorial vote in state history

Iowa Democrats Bracing for Bloodbath in 2010 State House Elections

Democrats fail to field a candidate in 25 of 100 Iowa House contests - most by any major party since the lower chamber became a 100-member body in 1970

Will Miller-Meeks Become the First Iowa Woman Elected to Congress?

In 2008, Miller-Meeks notched the best ever performance for a female Republican in an Iowa congressional race

Minnesota Unemployment Numbers and Trends at a Glance

Gopher State job data trend lines generally favorable compared to the nation and the Upper Midwest region

Can the DFL Win Minnesota's Governorship in the Face of a GOP Sweep of its Upper Midwestern Neighbors?

Democrats have won gubernatorial elections in Minnesota only four times since statehood without also holding one of its neighboring four states; last time was 1954

Roxanne Conlin Poised to Hold Iowa U.S. Senate, Gubernatorial Records

Conlin is only the second female major party candidate to appear on a U.S. Senate general election ballot in Iowa and the 9th woman overall

Out with the Old and In with the Older: Ex-Governors Have Historically Good Odds in Comeback Bids

Former governors have won 63 percent of open races in comeback campaigns and 57 percent overall since WWII; five ex-governors to be on the ballot in 2010

Will Margaret Anderson Kelliher Break the Upper Midwestern Glass Ceiling?

Just 17 women have appeared on the gubernatorial ballot in 257 elections across Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, and Wisconsin; only 2 from major political parties

Which States Have the Most Competitive U.S. House Elections?

Wyoming, New Hampshire and Iowa lead the nation for the most competitive U.S. House races since 2002; Massachusetts, Alabama, Arkansas, and New York the least competitive

Can the GOP Sweep All Four Upper Midwestern Gubernatorial Contests in November?

Republicans have swept nearly half the gubernatorial election cycles in the region over the past 100 years, including 1990 and 1994

Housing Foreclosure Rate Up 56 Percent in Minnesota from One Year Ago

Gopher State jumps from 26th highest foreclosure rate in nation to 18th highest over the last 12 months

Gasoline Prices in Minnesota Up 49 Percent from One Year Ago

Gopher State has seen the 6th lowest increase in the nation in average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline over the past year

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

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



Political Crumbs

Mary Burke: English First?

While multiculturalism and bilingualism are increasingly en vogue in some quarters as the world seemingly becomes a smaller place, one very high profile 2014 Democratic candidate does not shy away from the fact that she only speaks one language: English. In an attempt to highlight her private sector credentials working for Trek Bicycle, Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mary Burke boasts on her campaign bio page how she made great strides in international business dealings...while only speaking English: "Despite not speaking a single foreign language, she established sales and distribution operations in seven countries over just three years." Note: According to 2010 Census data, nearly half a million Wisconsinites over five years old speak a language other than English at home, or 8.7 percent, while 4.6 percent of Badger State residents do not speak English at all.


Does My Key Still Work?

Much has been made about Charlie Crist's political transformation from Republican to independent to Democrat en route to winning the Florida GOP and Democratic gubernatorial nominations over a span of eight years. Party-switching aside, Crist is also vying to become just the second Florida governor to serve two interrupted terms. Democrat William Bloxham was the first - serving four year terms from 1881 to 1885 and then 1897 to 1901. Florida did not permit governors serving consecutive terms for most of its 123 years prior to changes made in its 1968 constitution. Since then four have done so: Democrats Reubin Askew, Bob Graham, and Lawton Chiles and Republican Jeb Bush.


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