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August 2011


The Invisible Erik Paulsen

No member of the Minnesota congressional delegation has received less attention in the national media since Paulsen was first sworn into office in 2009.

Romney's Strongest 2012 Fundraising Locales Identical to 2008: UT, CT, DC, MA, ID

Per capita itemized donations to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign are led by the same five locales in each of his White House bids.

Check Mate: Does Rick Perry Play Chess?

None of the last five Republican presidents were chess players, whereas eight of the last nine Democratic presidents played the game.

Ron Paul's Hotbeds of Financial Support: New Hampshire, Nevada, Wyoming, and Alaska

Paul's Top 4 states in large donor per capita individual contributions are identical in 2012 from his 2008 presidential bid.

When Will Wyoming Elect a Democrat to D.C.?

The Equality State has not been represented by a Democrat on Capitol Hill for 11,925 days and counting (32+ years).

Shays to Seek Connecticut US Senate Seat Despite Narrow Historical Pathway

Only two former U.S. Representatives have been popularly elected to the U.S. Senate in Connecticut; neither won their first Senate race.

GOP Aims to Hold All North Dakota Seats on Capitol Hill for 1st Time in Over 50 Years

Republicans last held all of North Dakota's U.S. Senate and House seats in January 1959.

Significant Partisan Shift Likely in 2012 US House Races

Redistricting cycles have seen the greatest net partisan advantage change in the US House over the last 100 years compared to election years ending in 0, 4, 6, or 8.

Ex-Pawlenty Supporter Hubbard Has Given Thousands to Bachmann (and Democrats) Over the Years

The Hubbard Broadcasting head and his wife have donated significantly to Michele Bachmann and Democratic candidates over recent election cycles.

Pawlenty Defeats Klobuchar? Don't Hold Your Breath

Sitting or former Minnesota governors have lost 11 of 12 U.S. Senate campaigns since popular vote elections were introduced 100 years ago.

Pawlenty's Exit is Quickest in History Among 3rd Place Iowa Straw Poll Candidates

The swiftest previous departure from the GOP nomination race for a third-place finisher at Ames was 67 days after the Straw Poll.

How Many GOP Presidential Candidates Will Drop Out Before the Iowa Caucuses?

A Top 5 finish at the Iowa Straw Poll is often not enough to sustain a presidential campaign even to the end of the year.

Wisconsin Recall Vote Turnout Nearly 90 Percent of 2010 Levels

Turnout across six recall elections Tuesday was just 40,000 votes shy of top of the ticket voting in 2010's gubernatorial race.

Can Democrats Pick Up Three Wisconsin Senate Seats?

Democrats have recorded cycle-to-cycle gains of three or more Badger State Senate seats just 10 times over the last 64 election cycles since the mid-1880s.

What Happened to $5 per Gallon Gasoline?

Despite dire predictions, the average price of gasoline in the US has not yet even hit $4.00 per gallon this year.

Could Amy Klobuchar Win 60 percent of the Vote in 2012?

Only two Democratic Senate candidates in Minnesota have ever reached the 60 percent mark in state history.

Did Ozzy Osbourne Make the First "Satan Sandwich?"

Emmanuel Cleaver was not the first public figure to use this devilish metaphor.