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eostermeier.jpgSmart Politics is authored by Eric J. Ostermeier (Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Department of Political Science, 2006; J.D., The University of Michigan Law School, 1995), Research Associate at the Humphrey School's Center for the Study of Politics and Governance.

Dr. Ostermeier's research at Smart Politics has been featured in dozens of national and international publications and media outlets such as ABC News, Associated Press, The Atlantic, CBS News, Christian Science Monitor, Comedy Central, Congressional Quarterly, Daily Beast, Daily Caller, The Economist, FOX News, Governing, The Guardian, The Hill, Investor's Business Daily, Libération, MSNBC, Ms. Magazine, National Journal, National Public Radio, National Review, NBC News, New Republic, News Hour, Newsweek, New York Times, Political Wire, POLITICO, Pravda, Reuters, Slate, Time, UPI, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Washington Post, Washington Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Ostermeier's reports at Smart Politics have become a staple for local news outlets across the country seeking original, data-based reporting and political analysis such as the Anchorage Daily News, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Austin American-Statesman, Bangor Daily News, Charleston Daily Mail, Charlotte News & Observer, Denver Post, Des Moines Register, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Houston Chronicle, Idaho Statesman, Indianapolis Star, Kansas City Star, Las Vegas Review Journal, Miami Herald, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesota Public Radio, New York Daily News, New York Magazine, New York Observer, Oregonian, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Sacramento Bee, Seattle Times, Spokesman-Review, and Washington Examiner.

True to its non-partisan credo, Smart Politics' fact-based reporting has been cited in leading national news outlets and blogs from the left (Daily Kos, Huffington Post, Mother Jones, The Nation, Talking Points Memo), to the right (American Spectator, American Thinker, The Blaze, Frum Forum, Hannity, Hot Air, Neil Boortz, Rush Limbaugh, Town Hall), and in outlets promoting alternative parties (Ballot Access News, Independent Political Report, Reason, Third Party and Independent Daily).


Remains of the Data

Which States Have the Longest and Shortest Election Day Voting Hours?

Residents in some North Dakota towns have less than half as many hours to cast their ballots as those in New York State.

Political Crumbs

No 100-Year Curse for Roberts

Defeating his Tea Party primary challenger Milton Wolf with just 48.1 percent of the vote, Pat Roberts narrowly escaped becoming the first elected U.S. Senator from Kansas to lose a renomination bid in 100 years. The last - and so far only - elected U.S. Senator to lose a Kansas primary was one-term Republican Joseph Bristow in 1914. Bristow was defeated by former U.S. Senator Charles Curtis who went on to win three terms before becoming Herbert Hoover's running mate in 1928. Only one other U.S. Senator from the Sunflower State has lost a primary since the passage of the 17th Amendment: Sheila Frahm in 1996. Frahm was appointed to fill Bob Dole's seat earlier that year and finished 13.2 points behind Sam Brownback in the three-candidate primary field. Overall, incumbent senators from Kansas have won 29 times against two defeats in the direct vote era. (Curtis also lost a primary in 1912 to Walter Stubbs, one year before the nation moved to direct elections).


The Second Time Around

Former Republican Congressman Bob Beauprez became the seventh major party or second place gubernatorial candidate in Colorado to get a second chance at the office when he narrowly won his party's nomination last month. Two of the previous six candidates were successful. Democrat Alva Adams lost his first gubernatorial bid to Benjamin Eaton in 1884, but was victorious two years later against William Meyer. Democrat Charles Johnson placed third in 1894 behind Republican Albert McIntyre and Populist incumbent Governor David Waite but returned as the Fusion (Democrat/Populist) nominee in 1898 and defeated GOPer Henry Wolcott. Gubernatorial candidates who received a second chance but lost both general elections include Democrat Thomas Patterson (1888, 1914), Progressive Edward Costigan (1912, 1914), Republican Donald Brotzman (1954, 1956), and Republican David Strickland (1978, 1986).


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