hPVI 2019, Senate edition

September 9, 2019

Partisan scores for Minnesota Senate districts

Minnesota Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk has one priority for 2021: Gerrymandering Minnesota

January 16, 2019

This is a paragraph from a recent J.Patrick Coolican piece in the StarTribune: Indeed, at a Chamber of Commerce dinner last week, Bakk said redistricting is his reason for running for re-election in 2020. This must sound strange to a layman’s ears, who might guess that a lawmaker would want to craft education or health […]

Minnesota Senate District 11 Bonus Election Preview

January 9, 2019

On Thursday January 3rd Governor-elect Tim Walz announced the appointment of now former State Senator Tony Lourey as the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Within 24-hours five candidates had jumped into the race to succeed him in the State Senate with another two joining the following week. Of the seven, two are […]

Sen. Tom Bakk

DFL probably would have won the Minnesota Senate this year too

November 20, 2018

But it would have been close

Bonus Election Preview

February 12, 2018

Bonus Elections in Minnesota today!


hPVI 2017, Senate edition

December 4, 2017

Partisan scores for Minnesota Senate districts


hPVI 2017 Explainer

December 4, 2017

A primer for the fifth edition of hPVI, Minnesota’s most beloved Legislative district metric

Tom Bakk and Ann Rest

Troll Hard: The Tom Bakk and Ann Rest Story

March 29, 2014

There’s a bit of a kerfuffle going on right now between Senate DFLers and all other DFLers concerning the raising on the minimum wage. Maybe you’ve heard about this? If not, I’ll recap the story, broad brush stroke style. Last year the minimum wage did not get increased despite the desires of many people, some […]


Minnesota Senate hPVI, 2013 edition

July 8, 2013

This post continues a series of posts concerning hPVI. The first phase of said series of posts involves the introduction of brand spanking new 2013 hPVIs. The first phase is the phase in which we currently find ourselves. All of this implies that this series will go through multiple phases. This part of the first […]


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 […]

420 Dinner

The Weekly Wrap 4-19

April 19, 2013

Are you going to the Humphrey-Mondale dinner on 4-20? If so, bring me back a brownie

Marriage Equality Rally

The Weekly Wrap 3-15

March 16, 2013

Marriage equality passed out of committees in the Senate and House this week