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The Return of the 11th Commandment?

While there certainly have been memorable moments in the last two Republican presidential debates, those who have followed the eight GOP candidates in their nationally televised performances over the last few months may have noticed something was missing: there were only three candidate-on-candidate attacks launched in both the Michigan and...

No Appointment Necessary (in AZ, MD, UT, WI)

Over the last 100 years there have been 189 appointments made to the U.S. Senate to fill vacancies created for a variety of reasons such as retirement, death, or resignations to become president or vice-president. Kentucky leads the way with the most such appointments since the introduction of direct elections...

Wednesday's Pay Day

As the Republican presidential field jockeys not only for positioning heading into the home stretch before the primary season but also attempts to pad their campaign coffers for that run, you might catch them crack a smile on Wednesdays. A Smart Politics review of the tens of millions of dollars...

Any Day But Sunday

As the political world holds its breath waiting for a final, final answer from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on his 2012 plans, one thing is for certain: if he is going to announce his candidacy in the coming week, he won't do it on a Sunday. Of the 10...

Failed McCotter Presidential Bid Unlikely to Jeopardize US House Seat

U.S. Representative Thaddeus McCotter's decision to run for president - and then end his campaign less than three months later - ought not to derail his ability to win a sixth term from Michigan's 11th Congressional District in 2012 if history is any indication. Of the two dozen U.S. Representatives...

Death Triggers Nearly Half of U.S. House Special Elections

In less than two weeks, Nevada will hold its first special election to the U.S. House in state history, with 2nd Congressional District residents voting to fill the seat vacated by Republican Dean Heller who was appointed to the U.S. Senate after the resignation of scandal-plagued GOPer John Ensign. Over...

Ron Paul Polling 10x Stronger in August 2011 vs August 2007

Although he has been (famously) ignored by much of the media during the 2012 election cycle (vis-à-vis his relative standing in the GOP field), Texas congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul is polling at approximately 10 percent in the race for the GOP nomination. That represents a monumental uptick from...

Debt Deal Senate Vote: The Divided Republican Caucus

Although nearly 60 percent of Republicans in the U.S. Senate supported the deficit- and debt-reduction deal on Tuesday, there was one glaring splinter in its caucus. Of the 13 Republican Senators that began their terms this year, nine voted against the proposal and just four supported it (69 percent opposition)....

Nebraska Cornhuskers Salivating Over Big 10 Opponents

The Nebraska Cornhuskers have a 39-6 (.867) record against current Big 10 teams since 1962, with 11 victories and only one loss since 1985 (a 40-7 blowout suffered at Penn State in 2002).

It's a Party! (DNC Chairs Not Invited)

Two former party chairmen ran for U.S. Senate seats in Indiana in the Election of 1916.

Rick Perry Cracks the Top 50

This week Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry will pass former GOP Colorado Governor John Love for 50th place on the list of the longest serving governors in U.S. history. Perry has served 3,842 days (10 years, 6 months, 8 days) since taking over for George W. Bush in December 2000....

Is It Our Turn Yet?

Almost half of the original 13 U.S. colonies have not yet produced a U.S. president to date.

Presidential Primary to Celebrate 100th Anniversary in 2012

The 2012 election cycle will mark the 100th anniversary of the nation's landmark effort to open up the once very tightly-controlled party nomination process.

The First to Resign

Democrat Anthony Weiner's (NY-09) resignation on Thursday comes 220 years, 10 months, and three days since the first congressman resigned from the nation's lower legislative chamber.

The Party of Americans?

In Monday evening's Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire, 100 references were made by the seven candidates to "America," the "United States" or the "Constitution."

The Power of Three

During and after the Civil War, when the Wisconsin Supreme Court consisted of three members, justices earned a salary ($2,500) twice of that as the governor of the Badger State ($1,250).

Familiarity Breeds Contempt?

Republican William Stafford and Socialist Victor Berger squared off against each other 10 times in Wisconsin 5th CD U.S. House elections between 1902 and 1928.

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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 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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