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Why is Mitt Romney Feeling Blue? Candidate Necktie Colors at the GOP Debates

Romney has worn a blue tie in 17 of 18 presidential debates; his opponents usually wear red and Gingrich has not worn a blue tie once.

Gingrich Remains Go-To Candidate for Opening Question in GOP Debates

The former House Speaker has received the moderator's first question in six of the last seven debates.

Romney Speaks 8+ Minutes More than Closest Rival at SC Debate

FOX gives the GOP frontrunner 8 minutes and 23 seconds more speaking time than his closest competitor - the largest gap in the debates thus far.

Does Rick Santorum Have a Blinking Problem?

Santorum blinks while speaking at more than twice the rate of the rest of the GOP field.

Romney Notches 30 Percent of Speaking Time in Weekend's New Hampshire Debates

The GOP frontrunner doubles up on Paul, Gingrich, and Huntsman and triples the speaking time of Perry.

The Top Five Smart Politics Reports of 2011

A look back at some of the most illuminating and controversial of the 200+ Smart Politics reports published this year.

Punditry Quotes of the Week: Ron Paul Edition

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

FOX News Moderators Insert Themselves at GOP Debates More Than Any Other Outlet

FOX moderators have averaged a 40 percent larger share of speaking time compared to moderators at the other eight debates since September.

Gingrich Has Most Sand in FOX News' Iowa Debate Hourglass

Former House Speaker receives more than one-fifth of the speaking time, edging Romney and Paul and doubling up on Perry.

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.

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.

Covering the Anti-Romney: A Five-Month Week-by-Week Media Analysis of the GOP Field

Mitt Romney has been mentioned in the most broadcast reports among the Republican field for just four of the last 22 weeks.

CNN Rewards Gingrich's Frontrunner Status with Most Speaking Time at DC Debate

Romney cedes the top spot in speaking time at a debate for the first time since the September 12th gathering in Tampa, Florida.

Untouchable: Is the GOP Field Afraid to Criticize Newt Gingrich in Debates?

The former House Speaker is the only candidate yet to be attacked at the seven debates conducted since Rick Perry joined the GOP field.

It's the Mitt Show: Grossly Unequal Distribution of Face Time Continues at GOP Debates

Romney scores 5+ minutes more speaking time in Michigan than the next closest candidate and has recorded more time than Paul and Santorum combined during the last five debates.

Did Michele Bachmann Coin the Phrase "Frugal Socialists?"

The phrase has appeared sporadically in the media in various political contexts over the last few decades.

Herman Cain in His Own Words: A Smart Politics Exclusive 'Interview'

Smart Politics asks the tough questions, and Herman Cain answers them... entirely with unedited quotes from his Republican debate performances.

The 'Other' NRA: Media Coverage of National Restaurant Association Skyrockets

Cain's old trade organization has received more broadcast media coverage during the last two days than from 2007 through 2010 combined.

Nevada Debate: Tempers Flare with Anderson Cooper's Laissez-Faire

The ratio of candidates-to-moderator speaking time Tuesday was the largest among the last four debates.

Fight Club: Intra-party Punches Thrown at the GOP Presidential Debates

Huntsman and Santorum have delivered the most verbal attacks; Perry has received twice as many blows as Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, Huntsman, Paul, and Santorum combined.

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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.


Two Dakotas, One Voice?

For each of the last 24 presidential elections since 1920, North and South Dakota have voted in unison - casting their ballots for the same nominee. For 21 of these cycles (including each of the last 12 since 1968) Republicans carried the Dakotas with just three cycles going to the Democrats (1932, 1936, and 1964). This streak stands in contrast to the first few decades after statehood when North and South Dakota supported different nominees in four of the first seven cycles. North Dakota narrowly backed Populist James Weaver in 1892 while South Dakota voted for incumbent Republican Benjamin Harrison. In 1896, it was North Dakota backing GOPer William McKinley while South Dakota supported Democrat William Jennings Bryan by less than 200 votes. North Dakota voted Democratic in 1912 and 1916 supporting Woodrow Wilson while South Dakota cast its Electoral College votes for Progressive Teddy Roosevelt and Republican Charles Hughes respectively.


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