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Smart Politics Interviews Minnesota Monitor

Last December, Smart Politics interviewed Michael Brodkorb, author of the high profile conservative blog Minnesota Democrats Exposed. We now turn the spotlight on a journalistic voice of the political left, Minnesota Monitor. Minnesota Monitor is a popular online newsmagazine that covers not only state and national politics and elections, but...

Smart Politics Interviews Minnesota Democrats Exposed

Minnesota is home to a particularly lively political blogging community and Minnesota Democrats Exposed (MDE) is perhaps the most influential conservative political blog in the Gopher State. MDE, authored by Michael Brodkorb, is known for both breaking political news and a worldview that unflinchingly shines a light on the...

Smart Politics Exclusive: Interview with House Minority Leader Marty Seifert

Smart Politics recently conducted an exclusive interview with Minnesota House Minority Leader Marty Seifert (District 21A). Seifert was first elected to the legislature in 1996, and has been a formidable, vocal opponent of the House DFL agenda, becoming a media favorite for his quick wit, consistent political message, and...



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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). By the 1870s, however, the members of these two elected branches of government were earning the same amount. Today, the Chief Justice ($152,495) earns $8,000 a year more than associate justices ($144,495) with the governor just a few duckets behind ($144,423).


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. Stafford won seven contets (1902, 1904, 1912,1914, 1916, 1920, 1928) while Berger won three (1918, 1922, 1926). Berger was not seated by the House after his 1918 win due to federal convictions (later reversed) on articles he had written opposing the U.S. entrance into WWI.


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