Lots of Shareholder Value

The Weekly Wrap 2-23

February 23, 2014

♣ Another Minnesota legislator has announced her retirement: Longtime Republican state Rep. Mary Liz Holberg, a conservative leader on privacy, budget and other issues, announced Saturday morning that she would not run for a ninth term. Holberg represented house district 58A, centered in Lakeville. 58A is an R+11 district according to hPVI, so most of […]

Al Franken

Al Franken is also the subject of a poll

February 18, 2014

Yesterday I wrote about the numbers that concern Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton in a hot new poll. Today, the day after yesterday, I write about the numbers concerning United States Senator from Minnesota, Al Franken. Numbers from the same hot new poll, only a it’s now a little less new and a little less hot. […]

US Net Change Map

The Weekly Wrap 2-16

February 16, 2014

♣ The Republican Minority Leader of the Minnesota House, Kurt Daudt, will not get a free pass to endorsement this year: Oak Grove Mayor Mark Korin said today that he has filed the campaign paperwork and will seek the GOP endorsement. Korin is serving his fourth year as mayor of Oak Grove and runs an […]

Pile of Cash

Money Graphs

February 14, 2014

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

Mark Dayton and Tina Flint-Smith

The Weekly Wrap 2-9

February 9, 2014

♣ Last week current Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon announced that she will not be running for re-election to her post in 2014. Since than, and even before, there was much talk of who would be tapped to replace her on the ticket. Early this week Governor Mark Dayton revealed his choice: Gov. Mark Dayton […]

Yvonne Prettner Solon

The Weekly Wrap 1-19

January 19, 2014

♣ In a move that was shocking to pretty much no one, Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon announced on Monday that she will not be part of the DFL Gubernatorial ticket in 2014. The question now is who will join the Dayton re-election ticket. And while I have no idea who that will be, there […]

Kurt Daudt

The Weekly Wrap 1-12

January 12, 2014

It’s that time when politicians running for office release their fundraising numbers, so that will be the majority of what appears in The Wrap™ this week. ♣ First up, State Senator Dave Thompson: State Sen. Dave Thompson of Lakeville, one of six Republican candidates for governor, said his campaign raised more than $120,000 last year […]

Axl Rose

The Weekly Wrap 11-23

November 23, 2013

♣ The Minnesota Jobs Coalition, the intrepid dark money group started by friend of the now-defunct LeftMN Radio Hour, Ben Golnik, released a polling memo, let’s take a look: Tarrance Group (11/21, no trend lines): Do you think Minnesota’s U.S. Senator Al Franken has done a good enough job to deserve re-election, or is it […]

Al Franken

Al Franken still in catbird seat

November 3, 2013

This is the second post dealing with the new Public Policy Polling poll of the Minnesota electoral landscape for 2014. The first post dealt with the Gubernatorial portion of the poll, this post will deal with the Senatorial portion of the poll. To wit: PPP (10/27-29, 5/17-19 in parenthesis, 1/18-20 in brackets): Do you approve or disapprove of […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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The Weekly Wrap 9-14

September 14, 2013

Last week I didn’t do a Wrap™, instead I wrote over 1,000 words about Minnesota’s congressional delegation and the pending congressional vote on Syria and how people voted may or may not affect them in 2014. So, I did that, and then everything changed and Congress didn’t end up voting on the Syria resolution after […]