House district 5A representative John Persell

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 […]


hPVI 2019, House edition

September 16, 2019

Partisan scores for Minnesota House districts

How the new DFL House majority compares to the old DFL House majority

November 15, 2018

The 2018 election represents the second time the DFL has won the State House majority under the district maps implemented in 2012. The path to a DFL majority in 2018 was quite a bit different than the path in 2012 however and the differences in the two elections underline what has become the most obvious recent trend in […]

Bonus Election Preview

February 12, 2018

Bonus Elections in Minnesota today!


hPVI 2017, House edition

December 5, 2017

Partisan scores for Minnesota House districts

Paul Thissen

Projecting the Minnesota House

November 2, 2016

Which party will control the Minnesota House in 2017 – UPDATED

Doc "Dan" Severson

The Weekly Wrap 3-30

March 30, 2014

The Wrap™ has been off for the last few weeks, taking a break from doing it’s wrappy thing. But now it’s back, but you know that, because you’re reading this post. To make up for the prolonged absence, the Wrap™ would like to present this picture of Julianne Ortman giving Sarah Palin the finger: And […]

Keith Downey

The Weekly Wrap 12-22

December 22, 2013

♣ It’s that time of year, where the retirements of incumbent legislators start coming in bunches. Already this year Rep. Michael Paymar (64B) and Rep. Andrea Kieffer (53B) have both announced their retirements. And Rep. Mike Benson (26B), who is running for the GOP endorsement to take on Tim Walz in Minnesota’s first congressional district […]


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. […]


A Brief History of Ideology in the Minnesota Legislature

June 6, 2013

Last week I took a look at a new metric that attempts to measure the relative Ideology of state Legislatures and Legislators. Called “np_score” and developed by Boris Shor and Nolan McCarty (their website is at Measuring American Legislatures) the metric ranges from roughly -2 (very liberal) to +2 (very conservative). This metric is derived […]

Representative Peggy Scott

What’s this old world coming to?

May 13, 2013

The Ballad of Peggy Scott

priest and minister

Is Marriage Equality a legal, moral or religious issue?

May 12, 2013

Right before the Minnesota House vote on May 9th on Marriage Equality, I found two clergy members with opposing views in the Capitol rotunda. Large crowds came to urge lawmakers on either side of the aisle to vote both for and against the bill. The bill passed 75 to 59 by the DFL-controlled House. Four Republicans crossed […]