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December 2009


A Year in Smart Politics

A brief survey of five of the top stories at Smart Politics in 2009

Housing Foreclosure Rate Up 56 Percent in Minnesota from One Year Ago

Gopher State jumps from 26th highest foreclosure rate in nation to 18th highest over the last 12 months

Gasoline Prices in Minnesota Up 49 Percent from One Year Ago

Gopher State has seen the 6th lowest increase in the nation in average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline over the past year

Minnesota Has 2nd Largest Increase in Prison Population in the Nation This Decade

Only West Virginia saw its state and federal prison population increase at a higher rate from 2000-2008

How Does the Current Minnesota Unemployment Situation Compare to 1982?

Early signs show rate of jobs recovery in Minnesota moving at twice the rate of the recovery in the early 1980s

Democratic Gubernatorial Drought in Minnesota Is 3rd Longest in the Nation

Politically schizophrenic Gopher State's 23-year dry spell without a DFL gubernatorial victory trails only GOP strongholds of South Dakota and Utah for longest in the U.S.

Younger Candidate More than Twice as Likely to Win Minnesota Gubernatorial Elections

A study of Minnesota's 64 gubernatorial races finds younger candidate victorious more than 70 percent of the time

Minnesota Among Leaders in Adult Literacy and High School Graduation Rates Despite Middling Library Resources

Analysis of various education indicators finds that Minnesota ranks at or near the top of key education outputs, despite having only a moderate number of public libraries in the state

Hello, Governor - What's Your Sign?

Virgo and Cancer are the most common signs for Minnesota governors throughout history; Scorpios and Sagittariuses are the rarest

Which Minnesota Counties Receive the Most Federal Spending?

Peterson outduels Oberstar in per capita county-wide federal spending

Rybak Hopes to Revive the Gopher State Tradition of Journalist-Turned-Governor

Rybak seeks to become the first Minnesota governor in over 80 years with a newspaper background

Population Booms and Busts Across Minnesota's 87 Counties This Decade

Soaring population in central Minnesota and southern metropolitan regions to require eventual carving up of 6th and 2nd Congressional Districts after 2010

Does R.T. Rybak Have an Outstate Minnesota Problem?

Lack of statewide political experience and (proportional) decline of Minneapolis' statewide population base present two challenges for the Mayor

McCollum Stands Alone in Support of Obama's Afghan War Policy Among U.S. House's Most Liberal Wing

Rep. McCollum is only member of the U.S. House's top 10 percent most liberal members to issue press release backing the President's plan

Should RT Rybak Run His Gubernatorial Campaign as a Tough-on-Crime Democrat?

Minneapolis October '09 Crime Rate Falls 10 Percent from a Year Ago Despite 27 Percent Rise in Unemployment

Pawlenty Unflappable Amid Press Corps Accusations that 2012 Aspirations Hindering His Ability to Govern During Budget Crisis

Governor is adamant that, despite rumored political aspirations or busy travel schedule, there is "no work in his office or administration that is left undone"

Inside the War in Afghanistan

Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin rank among the Bottom 10 states in per capita fatalities; non-hostile deaths account for more than 25 percent of U.S. death toll

Will a New Stadium Make the Minnesota Vikings a More Successful Franchise?

50+ year analysis finds only modest increase in winning percentage for teams receiving new stadiums