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The Presidential Name Game: Flip-Flopping from an Early Age?

Seven US presidents and four 2012 GOP candidates are known by names other than their birth name .

Head of the Class: The Most Buzzworthy House Freshmen of the 112th Congress

Allen West, Joe Walsh, Tim Scott, and Sean Duffy are the most covered U.S. House freshmen of 2011.

Paul and Romney Lead 2012 GOP Field in Strongest Anti-Washington Rhetoric

Ron Paul and Mitt Romney have levied the most attacks against the role, scope, and effectiveness of the federal government during the first four Republican debates.

Thursday Addresses before Joint Session of Congress a Rarity

Since Ronald Reagan, 85 percent of presidential addresses before Congress have been held on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

The Invisible Erik Paulsen

No member of the Minnesota congressional delegation has received less attention in the national media since Paulsen was first sworn into office in 2009.

What Happened to $5 per Gallon Gasoline?

Despite dire predictions, the average price of gasoline in the US has not yet even hit $4.00 per gallon this year.

Top Google Autocomplete Search Results for the 2012 GOP Presidential Field

"Affair," "gay," "wives," and "Paul Revere" are among the most commonly-searched terms associated with announced and rumored 2012 Republican presidential candidates.

'The Hill' Finds Republicans Beautiful

GOPers dominate Democrats 27 to 16 on the annual '50 Most Beautiful' list after Democrats held a 111-70 advantage over the four previous years.

Bachmann Easily Navigates Vin Weber 'Sex Appeal' Incident

Congresswoman has long endured dozens of both awkwardly well-meaning and snarky comments about her appearance by political operatives and the media.

Casey Anthony Mentioned in More Broadcast News Reports than Any GOP Presidential Candidate Since Day 1 of Trial

Anthony is mentioned in nearly 900 programs since May 24th opening statements across six major broadcast outlets; Romney (764) and Bachmann (609) lead the GOP field.

Who Could Play the 'Turner' in Michele's Bachman(n) Turner Overdrive?

If nominated, which Turner would be Michele Bachmann's best pick as a VP running mate to see a worn-out journalistic pun come full circle?

Michele Bachmann Debuts on Jeopardy!

The Minnesota Congresswoman was nearly the most valuable answer (that is, question) to an $800 clue in an "All Politics Is Local" category last week on the popular game show.

Face Time: Which Republican Candidate Won the Battle for the Camera Lens?

Romney spoke for 11 minutes and 21 seconds with five other candidates clocking in at less than 9 minutes and 40 seconds; Pawlenty came in second with 10:51.

Bill O'Reilly Errs: Weiner Represents 40th Most Conservative Democratic U.S. House District

NY-09 not the "very, very far left district" O'Reilly claims it to be.

The Camera Does Not Lie: A Content Analysis of Anthony Weiner's Official House Photo Album

The camera catches Weiner without a suit jacket 50 percent of the time, his shirt sleeves rolled up in 37 percent of photos, and 23 percent of snapshots cannot confirm the congressman is wearing trousers.

The Quotable Weiner: A Second Look

He said what last month?

Media Misfires During NY-26 Election Night Coverage

Erroneous statements abound during coverage and analysis of NY-26 Tuesday evening

Reading the Tweet Leaves: Sarah Palin's Vanishing Act

Palin tweeting 64 percent less frequently in 2011 compared to 2010

Fortune Cookie Politics: Bachmann Delivers Budget Message to Obama from the Chinese

"You shouldn't overspend at the moment. Frugality is important.'

Out of Power But Leading the Charge: Nancy Pelosi Issues the Most Press Releases of 2011

Former Speaker Pelosi issues the most press releases of any U.S. Representative during the first three months of 2011

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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 Stassen 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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