Larry Jacobs

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Good Question: Why Do Presidential Candidates Announce So Early?

On Tuesday morning, Jeb Bush announced on Facebook that he would “actively explore the possibility of running for President.” With 692 days until the 2016 race, he’s the first potential candidate to officially say he or she is thinking about running, even though there has been speculation about several others over the past year. So, why do candidates announce so early?

12/16/2014

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Bachmann Ready To Leave Congress, But Not Politics

An audacious conservative, Rep. Michele Bachmann stood out from the moment she was first elected to Congress in 2006. Democrats were ascendant and Bachmann was a stridently Republican new arrival with a homespun Minnesota twang.

12/07/2014

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Why Did Minnesota Buck The Republican-Leaning National Trend?

The day after the election was a great day for Republicans, except in Minnesota. Nationally, Republicans won control of the U.S. Senate and boosted their majority in the U.S. House. For the first time since President Obama took office, he will face a Congress with Republicans in control of both houses.

11/05/2014

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Minn. Democrats Hope A Visit From Clinton Will Help Poll Numbers

Upbeat music played while Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered an upbeat message to a crowd of 2,000 at St. Paul’s Macalester College Thursday. “I’m still feeling that grandmother glow,” Clinton said. The new grandma touted Minnesota’s economic recovery as a model for all states.

10/23/2014

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Johnson Says Dayton’s ‘Lying’ Over Health Rates

Minnesota-based PreferredOne had some of the lowest insurance rates in the country on the MNsure website, but abruptly dropped out in September. Now, it’s raising rates for some customers as much as 66 percent — a jarring “market correction.” Larry Jacobs studies the federal health care law for the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota.

10/16/2014

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GOP Zeroing In On MNsure In Governor’s Race

After more problems at Minnesota’s online health care exchange, the Republican candidate for Minnesota governor says if he’s elected, he’ll make drastic changes to MNsure. And Jeff Johnson is pressing Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton to do more to stop premium hikes for small businesses. MNsure’s largest and lowest cost provider — PreferredOne — said this week it’s dropping out of the health exchange for financial reasons.

09/18/2014

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Johnson Set To Face Off Against Dayton In Gubernatorial Race

Republicans closed ranks Wednesday behind the winner of Tuesday’s primary election for governor. Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson won a decisive primary victory over three opponents. He’ll face incumbent Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton. Johnson promises a campaign of ideas, not smears.

08/13/2014

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Larry Jacobs Previews Aug. 12 Primary Elections

Voters in Minnesota will be going to the polls in just two days to cast their primary ballots in the U.S. Senate race, the Governor’s race on the Republican side and a surprising State Auditor’s race on the DFL side.

08/10/2014

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Talking Points: Governor’s Race Appears To Be Wide Open

While Mike McFadden may face very limited opposition in an August primary, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson will face three other Republicans in what promises to be a hotly contested primary in August.

06/01/2014

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Good Question: Why Do White House State Dinners Cost So Much?

On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted French President François Hollande for an official state dinner at the White House.

02/11/2014

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Good Question: What Exactly Is The Debt Ceiling?

As the stare down over the government shutdown ends its eighth night in Washington, lawmakers are readying for another fight.

10/08/2013

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Talking Points: A Crowded (And Unique) Mpls. Mayor Race

With 35 candidates, the Mayor’s race in Minneapolis is so crowded that candidates have complained about not being invited to candidate forums and being ignored by the news media.

09/15/2013

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Good Question: What Benefits Do Former Presidents Receive?

The former president’s surgery took place at a private hospital in Dallas, which had some people wondering: What benefits do former presidents receive? How about members of Congress after they leave office?

08/06/2013

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Talking Points: Ortman’s Announcement To Face Franken

You may think it is a little early to start talking about the 2014 elections but this weekend there was a major development in the Minnesota Senate race.

08/04/2013

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Talking Points: Breaking Down The Mayor’s Race

In the coming weeks and months you will hear more about one of the most unusual elections in Minnesota history — the November 2013 Minneapolis mayor’s race. It’s going to be different because the person who comes in first may not be the winner in the end.

07/07/2013

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Rep. Kline In DFL Crosshairs

Democrats in the U.S. House think they can win the 2nd District seat held by six-term Republican Congressman John Kline. But Kline has proved to be an unusually resilient congressman. Winning the seat is a lot easier said than done. Kline once won an election by as many as 23-percentage points, and he’s chairman of the powerful House Education and Labor Committee.

06/17/2013

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Talking Points: Deadline To A Budget Deal, Tax Bill

The scheduled end of the legislative session is just two weeks from Monday and the state legislature is far from a deal on the critical issue of a budget and tax bill.

05/05/2013

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Good Question: How Will Social Security Changes Affect Benefits?

More than 50 million Americans get a social security check every month. But some Democrats and liberal groups are upset about a proposed change in the way the cost of living adjustment is calculated. Making a switch could save more than $100 billion in 10 years.

04/09/2013

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Bachmann Unveils New Approach At CPAC

A narrow re-election win last November has kept Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann out of the spotlight in recent months. But she got a warm welcome when she stood before the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington.

03/16/2013

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Talking Points: The Impact Of The Sequester

Three days into the sequester and there are signs that many Americans are not that concerned.

03/03/2013

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Public Policy Poll Gives Dayton High Approval Marks

A new poll finds Gov. Mark Dayton leading the list of possible Republicans who may challenge him in 2014.

01/24/2013

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Esme’s Blog: Romney’s Minnesota Mistake?

For weeks, Humphrey Institute Professor Larry Jacobs has said Mitt Romney was making a huge mistake by not putting resources into Minnesota.

11/03/2012

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Control Of The Legislature On The Line This Election

Most attention these days is focused on the presidential campaign or statewide races. But the battle for control of the Minnesota Legislature may be the most important Election Day story.

11/02/2012

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Bachmann, Graves Face Off In 2nd Debate

Michele Bachmann is calling her bid for re-election her toughest race yet. On Thursday, the congresswoman and her DFL challenger Jim Graves faced off in their second debate.

11/01/2012

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Romney Campaign Office Not Open In MN

The Romney for President campaign has not opened an office in Minnesota.

10/08/2012

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