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BlogNetNews.com recently rated Smart Politics as one of the Top 10 most influential blogs in Minnesota. Smart Politics is ranked among the top blogs that are "Most powerfully influencing the direction of the Minnesota political blogosphere.

On that note, Smart Politics would like to thank its old and new readership for its growing interest in and support for a blog that eschews spinning the political news of the day for partisan ends. Daily readers of this blog are well aware that Smart Politics is as likely to write an entry revealing facts and analyses which are as unfavorable (or favorable) to the agenda of Democrats as they are to that of Republicans.

While Smart Politics may not post as many entries as other blogs, it is "recycle-free": few political blogs post as high a dose of original content and independent research as Smart Politics. If you are a new reader, simply scour the list of our recent entries on this front page as an appetizer.

If Smart Politics is indeed influencing the Minnesota political blogosphere as BlogNetNews suggests, it is by shining a light on all political parties and ideologies, through an unvarnished historical lens that aims to elevate intelligent political discussion, unburdened by a political agenda.

Smart Politics looks forward to a thrilling home stretch to the 2008 elections, and thanks our readership (in Minnesota, across the Upper Midwest, and the nation) for taking the journey with us.

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