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Smart Politics Google Reader Subscribers: Transition Reminder

A reminder to those readers of Smart Politics' reports who subscribe through RSS via Google Reader: as per Google's announcement in March, Google Reader will be retired on Monday, July 1st and you will need to transition to a new reader before then to retain your subscriptions. Popular options for...

Smart Politics Now on Twitter

A quick blog update: as of today you can now also follow Smart Politics on Twitter....

Smart Politics On WCCO-TV's "Good Question": Obama and His Blackberry

Smart Politics' Eric Ostermeier was interviewed by the always-affable Jason DeRusha for his "Good Question" segment on WCCO-TV Tuesday evening. The "Good Question" at issue was, "Why Can't the President Use E-Mail" - in light of Barack Obama's recent announcement that he would be giving up his Blackberry when he...

Smart Politics ‘Post-Election Preview’

On the eve of Election Day, Smart Politics would like to thank its growing audience for making this blog your home for non-partisan analysis of Upper Midwestern politics. Throughout this campaign season our readership has mushroomed, and our coverage of Upper Midwestern politics will only intensify after November 4th. In...

Smart Politics on WCCO-TV's "Good Question"

Smart Politics' Eric Ostermeier was interviewed by Jason DeRusha on WCCO-TV's "Good Question" segment during Tuesday night's 10 o'clock telecast. DeRusha's Good Question tonight was, "Does the Vice President Pick Matter" Ostermeier explained why a VP pick is not a predictor of how a party's ticket will fare in November...

Smart Politics Listed As Top 10 Most Influential Blog in Minnesota

BlogNetNews.com recently rated Smart Politics as one of the Top 10 most influential blogs in Minnesota. Smart Politics is ranked among the top blogs that are "Most powerfully influencing the direction of the Minnesota political blogosphere. On that note, Smart Politics would like to thank its old and new readership...

Smart Politics On "The Blog Bunker" Today

Smart Politics' Eric Ostermeier will be a guest on Sirius Satellite Radio's "The Blog Bunker" program this afternoon. The lively political talk program, hosted by Joe Salzone, broadcasts from 4pm - 5pm CST on Indie Talk 110....

Smart Politics to Live Blog at MN GOP Forum

Smart Politics will be blogging live today at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. at a program on the state of the Republican Party in Minnesota and conservative movement. From the Humphrey press release: The State of Minnesota's Republican Party and Conservative Movement Tuesday, January...

Smart Politics Live Blogging at Klobuchar Event

Smart Politics will be blogging live from 12:00-1:30 pm at an event sponsored by the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance (CSPG) at the Humphrey Institute on Monday, April 2nd. The event will feature Minnesota DFL Senator Amy Klobuchar, who will speak on global warming and renewable energy....

Smart Politics on Spring Break

Smart Politics is taking a slightly early spring break, but will return with normal postings in one week - March 16th. Our RSS feeds will remain active, so please be sure to check back for the latest headlines in Upper Midwestern politics....

Smart Politics Meets Twin Cities Public Television

Smart Politics blog author Eric Ostermeier is now also a regular on-line commentator for Twin Cities Public Television's Almanac: At The Capitol website. Ostermeier is part of that website's "Brain Trust" - a collection of political opinion leaders who write brief essays on the current issues affecting state politics in...

End of the Year Thank You

Smart Politics would like to thank our readers who have helped give this blog a great start since our launch in September 2006 - especially those of you who have written in support and who have contributed with comments. Smart Politics has heard from students, citizens, politicians, college administrators, and...

The Day After: Smart Politics Scorecard, Part I

In the coming days Smart Politics will have extended coverage of the 2006 state and federal election results. In this morning's summary entry, we can report the following results on Smart Politics' scorecard for its projections in federal and gubernatorial races: Governor: 100% (4 for 4) U.S. Senate: 100% (2...



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Final Four Has Presidential Approval

By edging Michigan in the final seconds Sunday, the University of Kentucky guaranteed that one school in the Final Four this year would be located in a state that was not carried by President Barack Obama in 2012. (Connecticut, Florida, and Wisconsin had previously earned Final Four slots over the weekend). Across the 76 Final Fours since 1939, an average of 3.1 schools have been located in states won by the president's ticket during the previous election cycle. All four schools have come from states won by the president 29 times, with the most recent being the 2009 Final Four featuring Connecticut, Michigan State, North Carolina, and Villanova. On 30 occasions three Final Four schools have been located in states won by the president, with two schools 11 times and only one school six times (the most recent being 2012 with Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, and Ohio State). There has never been a Men's NCAA Division I Final Four in which no schools were located in states carried by the president's ticket.


Three for the Road

A new Rasmussen Poll shows Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in a dead heat with likely 2014 Democratic nominee Mary Burke. Walker is seeking to win his third consecutive election after prevailing in 2012's recall contest. Eight of his predecessors accomplished this feat: Republicans Lucius Fairchild (in 1869), Jeremiah Rusk (1886), Robert La Follette (1904), Emanuel Philipp (1918), John Blaine (1924), Walter Kohler (1954), Warren Knowles (1968), and Tommy Thompson (1994). Three others Badger State governors lost on their third campaign: Democrat George Peck (1894), Progressive Philip La Follette (1938), and Republican Julius Heil (1942). One died in office before having the opportunity to win a third contest (GOPer Walter Goodland in 1947) while another resigned beforehand (Democrat Patrick Lucey in 1977 to become Ambassador to Mexico). Overall Wisconsin gubernatorial incumbents have won 35 of 47 general election contests, or 74.5 percent of the time.


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