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Larry Jacobs

Nov 4, 2011

Gambling dominates stadium funding options

Gov. Mark Dayton’s crusade to get a Minnesota Vikings stadium bill passed before Thanksgiving has been turned on its head by a series of objections from legislators about the financing of the project and the timeline for a special session.

Oct 28, 2011

Politicos jockey for advantage before redistricting panel

The issues sound as arcane as the redistricting process itself: Should the metro area include seven counties, as it does now, or 11? When is it OK to split counties, cities or townships into separate districts?

Sep 30, 2011

DFLers join redistricting tussle

Democrats in Minnesota have been slow to rise to the redistricting fight this time around. During session, DFL caucuses in the Minnesota House and Senate passed on the chance to produce maps to counter a GOP majority proposal that pitted 26 incumbents against one another, the vast majority of them DFLers.

Aug 31, 2011

Cravaack will face tough test in 2012

In 2010, Chip Cravaack pulled off one of the most stunning political upsets in the country by defeating U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar. The 18-term DFL incumbent chaired the powerful Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and had never won re-election by less than 29 percentage points.

Jul 13, 2011

Governor tries to reclaim the initiative in stalled-out budget talks

The scene was a new one for the governor, at least since the state entered a historic government shutdown two weeks ago. While Dayton made an additional offer to the GOP majorities and appeared at two St. Paul news conferences in the week after the July 1 shutdown, few have seen the state’s chief executive outside of the confines of the now-locked down state Capitol.

Jun 17, 2011

Dayton’s call for a mediator could help him in public opinion war

Gov. Mark Dayton has suggested a novel approach to ending the protracted impasse over the state’s $5 billion budget deficit and averting a government shutdown. Under the Dayton administration’s shutdown blueprint, filed in Ramsey County District Court earlier this month, an outside mediator would be appointed to help drive the parties toward a resolution. The two possible budget referees sugge[...]

Apr 21, 2011

Jacobs on Pawlenty’s presidential transformation:’It’s like a Michael Jackson political-personality change’

Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who has spent nearly two years seeking to jumpstart a 2012 presidential bid, doesn't seem to be gaining much traction. According to a piece by Atlantic political reporter Joshua Green, part of Pawlenty's problem is a lack of pizazz.

Apr 15, 2011

Conflicts strain relations between business, GOP

Political action committees funded by the state's pre-eminent businessmen were an important part of last year's election that saw Republicans flip both houses of the Legislature and come within a hairbreadth of holding onto the governor's office.

Jan 19, 2011

Redistricting: Here we go again

With Minnesota's Census numbers expected to arrive as early as the middle of next month, state lawmakers are already laying plans to redraw Minnesota legislative districts and the state's eight congressional districts. But the partisan divide between Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republican majorities in the Legislature portend a round of redistricting that is likely to fall apart - just as it has done[...]

Dec 1, 2010

Recount feeds GOP election reform push

Two elections, two statewide recounts at taxpayer expense that threaten to stretch out for month after tedious month: Something must be wrong with the system.

Oct 6, 2010

Redistricting has been a mess in each of the past four decades

Few political issues have been as intractable in the last half-century as redistricting, according to University of Minnesota political science professor Larry Jacobs.

Sep 22, 2010

Horner’s campaign has gained momentum, but can he keep it going?

At a Catholic Charities gathering last fall, Tom Horner and Stephen Imholte began chatting about the looming 2010 governor's race. They knew each other casually from years spent working on Republican campaigns and causes. But as they talked, it also became clear that they shared a growing frustration with the increasingly rightward tilt of the GOP in recent years. Both believed that there was an o[...]

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