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Remembering Bill Frenzel: Only Minnesota US Rep to Serve in Korean War

The last year saw the passing of the only Korean War veteran to serve from Minnesota in the U.S. House; former Gopher State delegation members include two surviving World War II veterans.

Guinta Would Be 1st New Hampshire US Rep to Resign in Scandal

Only seven of the 147 Granite State U.S. House members resigned - none under a cloud of controversy.

Will Governor Tomblin Become Congressman Tomblin After 2016?

Only one West Virginia governor in history has subsequently served in the U.S. House.

Hagedorn vs Walz II and a Review of Minnesota's 99 Congressional Rematch Elections

More than one in six U.S. House elections in Gopher State history have been rematches with the challenger winning 14 percent of the time.

Will New Hampshire Get Shea-Porter vs Guinta IV in 2016?

Never before have two Granite State U.S. House candidates squared off in four general elections - let alone four in a row.

It's All Relative: Illinois US Representatives Edition

More than two-dozen Illinois U.S. Representatives throughout history had family members who previously served in Congress; will Darin LaHood be added to that list in 2015?

Aaron Schock 1st of 234 Illinois GOP US Representatives to Resign in Scandal

Only four of the 470 Illinois U.S. House members in history have resigned under a cloud of scandal - three in the last 20 years.

St. Patrick's Day Special: 129 Irish-Born Members of Congress

Nearly 130 U.S. Senators, Representatives, and Territorial Delegates were born in Ireland - with 40 percent serving New York and Pennsylvania.

Patrick Murphy and a Brief History of US Senate Bids by Florida US Reps

Sitting or ex- Florida U.S. Representatives have won U.S. Senate seats in just two of 17 attempts since 1970.

3 Retiring US Representatives Still Soliciting Campaign Contributions

Chris Gibson announced his retirement more than two months ago, has hundreds of thousands of dollars in his campaign coffers, but his campaign website still asks for donations.

Maryland US Representatives Eye Mikulski's Senate Seat

Maryland U.S. Senators have paid their dues in the lower chamber at the fifth highest rate in the nation; a former U.S. Representative has held Mikulski's seat for 107 of the last 130 years.

Was the GOP Money Targeting Collin Peterson in '14 Well Spent?

The GOP spent millions against Peterson last cycle to slice his victory margin to one-third of its 2012 mark for his closest shave since 1994, but the Blue Dog Democrat suggests all that money spent against him backfired.

A Brief History of Illinois US Reps Running for Senate

Just eight sitting or ex-U.S. House members from Illinois have run for the U.S. Senate over the last 24 elections since 1944; the last time two or more faced off in a Senate primary was 1938.

The Election of African-Americans to the US House Since 1963

Six states have elected black candidates in more than 10 percent of its U.S. House elections conducted since MLK's 'I Have a Dream' speech; 24 states haven't elected any.

A Year in Smart Politics

A look back at some of the reports that made headlines from Smart Politics in 2014.

John Dingell Served with 2,453 US Representatives

The Michigander served alongside 86 percent of all female U.S. Representatives elected to the chamber through the 113th Congress.

Senate Will Have Historic Number of Ex-US Reps in 114th Congress

With a Cassidy victory in Louisiana, the 114th Congress will convene with more U.S. Senators who previously served in the U.S. House than in any Congress dating back to at least 1899.

Will a Freshman US Representative Win a Senate Seat in 2016?

Tom Cotton and Steve Daines became two of just 19 House freshmen to be elected to the Senate over the last century; will a new freshman risk his or her seat to do the same in two years?

Massachusetts Republican US House Losing Streak Tops 100

It has been 20 years since the last time Republicans won a U.S. House race in the Bay State; the GOP losing streak has now reached a nation-worst 101 in a row.

Democrats Claim Connecticut's Longest Partisan US House Streak in 100+ Years

Connecticut Democratic U.S. House candidates have now won 20 elections in a row - the most by either party in the state since 1908.



Political Crumbs

Evolving?

When Scott Walker "punted" back in February after being asked if he was comfortable with the idea of evolution he added, "That's a question a politician shouldn't be involved in one way or the other." However, it may very well be a question that is asked at one of the upcoming GOP debates this year. In South Carolina during the first GOP debate in 2012, FOX News' Juan Williams asked Tim Pawlenty, "Do you equate the teaching of creationism with the teaching of evolution as the basis for what should be taught for our nation's schools?" Pawlenty replied, "There should be room in the curriculum for study of intelligent design" but that it was up to the local school districts if it should be in a science class or comparative theory class. At the fourth Republican debate held in California, Jon Huntsman addressed the GOP becoming "anti-science" thusly: "Listen, when you make comments that fly in the face of what 98 out of 100 climate scientists have said, when you call into question the science of evolution, all I'm saying is that, in order for the Republican Party to win, we can't run from science. We can't run from mainstream conservative philosophy."


73 Months and Counting

January's preliminary Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers show Minnesota's unemployment rate of 3.7 percent was once again lower than Wisconsin's 5.0 percent. That marks the 73rd consecutive month in which Minnesota has boasted a lower jobless rate than its neighbor to the east dating back to January 2009 including each of the last 67 months by at least one point. The Gopher State has now edged Wisconsin in the employment border battle for 204 of the last 216 months dating back to February 1997. Wisconsin only managed a lower unemployment rate than Minnesota for the 12 months of 2008 during this 18-year span.


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