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Who are the most vulnerable members of the Minnesota House of Representatives?

December 9, 2019

For a number of years DailyKos Elections has computed the House Vulnerability Index (HVI), a metric that endeavors to rank current members of the US House of Representatives according to how vulnerable they are in the next election. The way the index works is fairly simple, all the Democrats (and Republicans) are ordered and ranked […]

Who’s the bigger data fool?

November 10, 2013

Robert McNamara or Arne Duncan?


Minnesota House hPVI, 2013 edition

July 16, 2013

This post is part of a series of posts concerning hPVI. The first phase of this series involves the introduction of brand spanking new 2013 hPVIs. That phase, the first, is the one in which this post belongs. This part of the first phase, the third part, concerns the actual hPVIs for the Minnesota House. […]


hPVI 2013, a prelude

July 8, 2013

With the 2012 election in the books and the legislative session now over, it’s time to roll out the new edition of hPVI. Not to be confused with the actual New Edition. If you are unfamiliar with hPVI, this post goes into some detail about the metric itself, but here’s a short version. Partisan Voting Index (PVI) […]


Making sense of different PVIs

August 27, 2012

Comparing the three publicly available Minnesota legislative district PVI metrics

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Minnesota House hPVI

June 28, 2012

Another round of my totally proprietary and not at all derivative legislative district partisan index


hPVI, and what it says about the Senate

June 20, 2012

This was in response to my posting of the Minnesota Senate hPVI numbers yesterday: This shows GOP keeping MN Sen RT @eric_pusey: Check this out! RT @tonyangelo: Minnesota Senate hPVI #stribpol #mnleg — Bill Walsh (@billtwalsh) June 19, 2012 The short response (it’s twitter, there are no other kinds of responses I suppose) that […]


And now for hPVI

June 14, 2012

An explanation of my totally proprietary and not at all derivative hPVI

What the heck is PVI anyway?

May 30, 2012

And what other metrics are out there for measuring political districts?


Which numbers are the right numbers?

May 22, 2012

» Post updated below The question in the title of this post comes from a Twitter discussion I had with @NorthernMNer yesterday. He asked: @TonyAngelo So is the better metric to understand Kath’s district #mnleg races, presidential, governor? — NorthernMNer (@NorthernMNer) May 21, 2012 A little background, Kory Kath announced his retirement from the Minnesota […]