News Click: Political Ads
Behind The Ballot: Do Attack Ads Actually Work?Maybe we say this every election season, but the political ads seem to be more frequent, and a little more mean-spirited this time around. They've everywhere and they go after everything from a candidate's policy to even his hair. It sometimes seems the more ridiculous, the better.
Good Question: When Did Political Advertising On TV Start?Many of you have written us to share your, let's call it, distaste for all of the political ads on television. They're nothing new. So, Cheri from McGregor wanted to know: When did television political advertising start?
Reality Check: Guns And 8th District CandidatesThe hotly contested 8th Congressional District campaign took another turn this week, over guns. The National Rifle Association is pouring nearly $750,000 into a negative ad which mocks incumbent Democratic Congressman Rick Nolan. The ad features an actor in a suit and a goofy hat, posing for election-year photos. "Nolan doesn't get basic gun safety, and doesn't know how many shells go in a duck gun," the ad says.
Vikings-Packers Game Big Deal To Minn. Political Campaigns The Thursday night NFL game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers is so big it even affects political strategy.
As Minnesota State Races Go, Light Year For TV Ads Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican challenger Jeff Johnson are out with their first general-election campaign ads with about six weeks left in their race.
Reality Check: Why Is So Much Political Ad Money Being Spent In N. Minn.?The barrage of political campaign ads has begun in Minnesota. That's no surprise. What is unexpected, however, is all the early spending on two Minnesota Congressional seats. For more than two decades, 7th District Democratic Congressman Collin Peterson was untouchable-- and unbeatable. So why are Democrats spending a fortune to run this attack ad on his little known opponent, Torey Westrom?
Laughs In Minnesota Senate Race Not From FrankenSomeone has a sense of humor in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race, but it's not the former "Saturday Night Live" writer and comedian. As front-running Sen. Al Franken sticks with sober ads highlighting his work on issues including the mortgage crisis and mental health in schools, it's Republican challenger Mike McFadden who is bringing the funny.
Reality Check: Mike McFadden's 'Stitches' Ad Minnesota's GOP U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden is a hands-on guy. So much so, his family says he practices DIY health care. In a McFadden television ad called "Stitches" airing widely in Minnesota, McFadden's son says his father removed his stitches because he thought it cost too much.
Minnesota Governor's Race Eases Into TV Ad Phase Republican candidate Scott Honour has put up a round of television ads ahead of next month's primary election to determine his party's nominee for governor. Honour adviser Pat Shortridge says the ads are airing statewide on cable television, specifically the Fox News Channel.
DeBlog: Why Are We Seeing Political Ads On Election Day?A lot of you are emailing asking why we're seeing political campaign ads on TV on Election Day.
Marriage Amendment Volunteers Down To The WireThe Marriage Amendment vote will be a closely watched race on Election Tuesday.