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On the eve of Election Day, Smart Politics would like to thank its growing audience for making this blog your home for non-partisan analysis of Upper Midwestern politics.

Throughout this campaign season our readership has mushroomed, and our coverage of Upper Midwestern politics will only intensify after November 4th.

In addition to conducting several analyses over the coming weeks situating the significance of the 2008 election results in a historical context, we will soon be launching our coverage of the new legislative sessions in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and South Dakota – as well as tracking the new Upper Midwestern Congressional delegation to D.C.

Smart Politics also plans to cover key press conferences at the Capitol in St. Paul, and will conduct more exclusive interviews with policymakers, journalists, and political bloggers in 2009.

Thanks again for reading and engaging with Smart Politics…and enjoy your election party!

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Political Crumbs

Mary Burke: English First?

While multiculturalism and bilingualism are increasingly en vogue in some quarters as the world seemingly becomes a smaller place, one very high profile 2014 Democratic candidate does not shy away from the fact that she only speaks one language: English. In an attempt to highlight her private sector credentials working for Trek Bicycle, Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mary Burke boasts on her campaign bio page how she made great strides in international business dealings...while only speaking English: "Despite not speaking a single foreign language, she established sales and distribution operations in seven countries over just three years." Note: According to 2010 Census data, nearly half a million Wisconsinites over five years old speak a language other than English at home, or 8.7 percent, while 4.6 percent of Badger State residents do not speak English at all.


Does My Key Still Work?

Much has been made about Charlie Crist's political transformation from Republican to independent to Democrat en route to winning the Florida GOP and Democratic gubernatorial nominations over a span of eight years. Party-switching aside, Crist is also vying to become just the second Florida governor to serve two interrupted terms. Democrat William Bloxham was the first - serving four year terms from 1881 to 1885 and then 1897 to 1901. Florida did not permit governors serving consecutive terms for most of its 123 years prior to changes made in its 1968 constitution. Since then four have done so: Democrats Reubin Askew, Bob Graham, and Lawton Chiles and Republican Jeb Bush.


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