Larry Jacobs

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?
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.
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.
Minn. Democrats Hope A Visit From Clinton Will Help Poll NumbersUpbeat 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.
Johnson Says Dayton's 'Lying' Over Health RatesMinnesota-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.
GOP Zeroing In On MNsure In Governor’s RaceAfter 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.
Johnson Set To Face Off Against Dayton In Gubernatorial RaceRepublicans 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.
Larry Jacobs Previews Aug. 12 Primary ElectionsVoters 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.
Talking Points: Governor's Race Appears To Be Wide OpenWhile 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.
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.
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.
Talking Points: A Crowded (And Unique) Mpls. Mayor RaceWith 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.
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