Rebecca Otto and Matt Entenza

The Weekly Wrap 7-20

July 20, 2014

♣ There have been a number of developments in the race for the most glamorous political position in the entire state of Minnesota, I’m talking of course about the State Auditor’s race. We’ll start with this ad from challenger Matt Entenza: This ad pretty well encapsulates Entenza’s pitch, which is; “I’m progressive, I’ll be an activist […]

Andy Dawkins

The Weekly Wrap 6-8

June 8, 2014

The filing deadline has now passed and I will be posting a list of all the primary races, with analysis, next week. Until then, the Wrap™ will keep you company on this beautiful weekend day. ♣ Former DFL state legislator Andy Dawkins announced that he will be running for Attorney General under the Green Party’s […]

Jeff Johnson and the Kuisle family

The Weekly Wrap 5-25

May 25, 2014

♣ Republican Gubernatorial hopeful Jeff Johnson announced his choice for running mate, former state legislator Bill Kuisle. A couple of notes about Kuisle. Before he was elected to the state house as a Republican, he was a DFLer: After his surprising win over Frerichs in the primary in 1996, Kuisle told the Star Tribune: “I’ve […]

Jim Oberstar

The Weekly Wrap 5-11

May 11, 2014

The Wrap™ was on vacation last week, so this week will contain some items that are a bit moldy from sitting on the counter for an extra week. ♣ Don’t forget that this Tuesday the 13th a bonus election will be taking place for the Hennepin County commissioner seat being vacated by Gail Dorfman. The […]

Pile of Cash

Money Graphs

February 14, 2014

In which the author has fun with graphs (and maps!) of money

Michelle Benson

The Weekly Wrap 2-2

February 2, 2014

♣ End of the year fundraising numbers are in for Minnesota’s eighth congressional district: Nolan, a Democrat, had $298,000 in the bank at the end of December after raising less than $145,000 during the last three months of 2013, according to a Friday filing with the Federal Elections Commission. Mills reported $305,000 on hand, and […]

Betsy Hodges

The Weekly Wrap 11-9

November 9, 2013

It’s been a few weeks since I did The Wrap™, having been distracted by new polls the last two weeks. But The Wrap™ returns, to do it’s Wrapy thing once again and all of Minnesota Politicoland rejoices. ♣ First off, the unofficial election results from the elections on Tuesday in Minneapolis that had to go […]

Al Franken

The Weekly Wrap 10-19

October 19, 2013

♣ Third quarter fundraising numbers are in, but the FEC’s website is still screwed up from the shutdown, so I’m going to crib this info from DailyKos Elections (all monies in thousands of dollars): CD Name Party Raised Self Fund Self Loan Spent CTD CoH MN-02 Mike Obermueller (D) $73 $0 $0 $46 $204 $119 […]

Do you like congress or Nickelback better?

The Weekly Wrap 10-12

October 12, 2013

♣ On Monday I posted “Ask Me Anything: Ranked Choice Voting,” in which I invited readers, such as yourself, to ask me any questions they may have about Ranked Choice Voting. Next week I will start answering those questions. It’s not too late to get your question in. ♣ ICYMI, Minnesota’s Sally Jo Sorensen got […]


The Weekly Wrap 7-21

July 21, 2013

Talking money, candidates and lines on the map

Dave Thompson

The Weekly Wrap 6-29

June 29, 2013

♣ In news neither shocking or new at this point, Kurt Zellers last Sunday announced that he will in fact be running for Governor of Minnesota. This brings the total number of white male Republican candidates for Governor to three. ♣ Also not shocking but a little bit more new: Senator Dave Thompson also announced he […]

Tony Petrangelo at Drinking Liberally

The Weekly Wrap 6-15

June 15, 2013

More Republicans, and even some Democrats, pile into MN-6