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May 2011


Gillibrand Scores Biggest Fundraising Surge Among 2012 U.S. Senate Incumbents

New York junior Senator jumps from #17 to #5 for cash on hand among 2012 U.S. Senate incumbents last quarter.

Minnesota Twins Historically Struggle on Memorial Day

Twins have just a .387 winning percentage in Memorial Day games since 1971

Bachmann Money Bomb Doubles Yield of 2009's 'Send a Message to the Left' Campaign

Team Bachmann raises $257,000+ in 36 hours targeting Obama vs. $118,000 over 48 hours in October 2009's campaign targeting Pelosi and Reid

With Hochul Victory, 1 in 5 Democrats First Entered US House via Special Election

15 percent of current U.S. Representatives (63 members) were first elected by special election including 20 percent of the current Democratic caucus

Media Misfires During NY-26 Election Night Coverage

Erroneous statements abound during coverage and analysis of NY-26 Tuesday evening

NY-26: One in Four U.S. House Seats Flipped in Special Elections Since 2002

Special elections have seen 9 of 37 seats change parties over the last 9+ years, or 24.3 percent of all races

North Dakota Sets Modern Day Record for State's Largest Monthly Dip in Unemployment

North Dakota's -8.3 percent monthly decline in unemployment from March to April is its largest drop over the past 35+ years

Flashback Fail: Tim Pawlenty is the "Arnold Schwarzenegger of the Midwest"

In 2004, Club for Growth founder and then President Stephen Moore called T-Paw "Arnold Schwarzenegger of the Midwest"

From Rumor to Reality: Pawlenty's 2,456-Day Presidential Candidacy Roll Out

National chatter of a T-Paw presidential bid first began nearly seven years ago at the 2004 RNC

Minnesota Unemployment Rate Falls Extending 3rd Longest Streak in the Nation

Only North Dakota and Vermont have gone longer without a jobless rate uptick

Reading the Tweet Leaves: Sarah Palin's Vanishing Act

Palin tweeting 64 percent less frequently in 2011 compared to 2010

Could Tommy Thompson Win Wisconsin's U.S. Senate Seat?

No ex- (non-sitting) Wisconsin governor has ever been elected to a 1st term in the U.S. Senate

Tarryl Clark in 2012: How Many Minnesota U.S. Representatives Lost Their First House Race?

Nearly one out of six Minnesota U.S. Representatives in history did not win their first congressional race

Humphrey Event: Direct National Popular Vote in Presidential Elections

Humphrey event examines the movement afoot that seeks to implement an electoral system with a direct, nationwide popular vote

Dennis Kucinich Reelection Scheme from Washington Would Make U.S. History

No U.S. Representative has won reelection in back-to-back cycles after moving to a new state in the history of the House

Gingrich Launches First Presidential Bid by House Speaker Since 1940

Gingrich becomes just the 4th sitting or ex-House Speaker to run for president since 1900 and the first since World War II

Arden Hills Would Be 2nd Smallest NFL City if Vikings Stadium Deal Passes

Only East Rutherford, New Jersey - home to New Meadowlands Stadium - has a smaller population than Arden Hills, Minnesota

Joe Donnelly Tries to Pull a Quayle

Only one sitting U.S. House member has won a Senate race from Indiana since popular vote elections were introduced: Dan Quayle

Pence Seeks First Governorship by Sitting Indiana Congressman Since 1888

A sitting U.S. Representative from Indiana has not won a gubernatorial election in 123 years

A House Divided: A Content Analysis of Congressional Press Releases on the bin Laden Killing

Less than 25 percent of Republican U.S. House members give credit to Obama in press releases on the bin Laden kill; less than 3 percent of Democrats acknowledge Bush

Will Minnesotans Say 'Amen!' to Constitutional Amendments in 2012?

Minnesota voters have been presented with 213 constitutional amendments since 1858, approving 120 or 56.3 percent

Bachmann Raising 44 Percent More Out of State Money Per Capita in Obama vs. McCain States

States won by Barack Obama in 2008 populate 21 of the Top 25 slots in per capita large donor out of state donations to Bachmann's 2012 campaign

Andre Carson and Keith Ellison Respond to bin Laden Killing

Ellison's relative Twitter silence on the killing of bin Laden is noteworthy insomuch as the congressman had tweeted 14 times over the weekend including six times on Sunday

Sharron's Angle: Independents Find Little Success in Nevada US House Races

Only seven candidates from Nevada have run for the U.S. House as an independent since statehood; none have eclipsed 15 percent