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June 2010


Breeding Brilliant Legal Minds: Minnesotans on the U.S. Supreme Court

No other state west of the Mississippi River has given birth to more justices than the Gopher State

Should Kagan's Partisan Past and Policy Work Derail Her Confirmation?

Over half of Supreme Court Justices throughout history have served in or sought partisan legislative or executive offices

City Pages Errs in Latest Pawlenty Snark

Tennessee not quite as Republican-friendly as article suggests

Which States Produce the Most Governors?

New York has given birth to 116 future governors of other states, or 1 for every 1.9 years since statehood; South Carolina leads the nation with 88 percent of its governors 'home-grown'

The Sky Is Not Falling: Minneapolis 2010 Homicide Tally Settling at Decade-Long Average

Despite rash of homicides in January, number of murders in Minneapolis projected by end of 2010 right at 10-year average

Face the Nation: Obama Lags Behind Modern Presidents in Delivering Addresses to the American People

Obama waited longer than any president since Truman before delivering first address from the White House

Will Minnesota Have the Most Competitive Gubernatorial Race in the Nation for the 2nd Consecutive Election Cycle?

Gopher State could follow the nation's closest gubernatorial race in 2006 and closest Senate race in 2008 with another nail-biter in 2010

Apologygate: Could Joe Barton Lose His U.S. House Seat?

Barton has enjoyed a 39-point average margin of victory since 1984

Are Bachmann, Kline, and Paulsen 'Too' Conservative for Their Congressional Districts?

Difference between Kline's conservative vote ranking and his district's Partisan Voting Index ranking is the 2nd largest among all House Republicans; Bachmann 14th largest, Paulsen 27th

Which States Have the Most Living Ex-Governors?

250 ex-governors are still living in the United States; New Jersey has five times more living former governors (10) than Connecticut and Wyoming (2)

The Ones That Got Away: Minnesota-Born Politicians Who Have Governed Other States

Nearly as many Minnesota-born politicians have served as governor elsewhere (11) as in the Gopher State (14)

How Will Minnesota, Big 10 Football Teams Fare Against the Nebraska Cornhuskers?

Golden Gophers are 29-20-2 against Nebraska all-time, but just 0-14 since 1963; Cornhuskers have won 39 of 45 contests against current Big 10 schools over the past 48 years

Inside Tim Pawlenty's Uniquely Polarizing Job Approval Numbers

Pawlenty one of only a few governors nationwide to notch both large pools of staunch supporters and detractors in his constituency

Roxanne Conlin Poised to Hold Iowa U.S. Senate, Gubernatorial Records

Conlin is only the second female major party candidate to appear on a U.S. Senate general election ballot in Iowa and the 9th woman overall

Anti Illegal Immigration Sentiment Strong in Minnesota, though Weaker than Most of the Nation

Arizona immigration law enjoys majority support in Minnesota, though lower than most states

Will Minnesotans Elect a Plurality-Winning Governor for a 4th Straight Cycle?

Only one other state has elected plurality-winning governors into office four times in a row since World War II (Alaska); Minnesota has not done so in 114 years

That Was Then, This Is Now: What (Political) Life Looked Like the Last Time Minnesota Elected a DFLer Governor

Do you remember when the cost of a postage stamp was 22 cents?

Do Higher Minimum Wage Laws Contribute to Increased Unemployment?

States with a higher minimum wage than the federal $7.25 requirement have an average 2-point higher unemployment rate than the rest of the country

Is Military Experience No Longer Valued in Minnesota Gubernatorial Elections?

Prior to Tim Pawlenty, 10 of the previous 14 Minnesota governors had military service; Minnesotans elected veterans in 16 of 19 gubernatorial elections from 1944-1998