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Kathryn Pearson

Good Question: Can A Member Of Congress Be Recalled?

“The Constitution doesn’t provide for it,” said University of Minnesota political science professor Kathryn Pearson. “The only way they can be removed is by a vote of 2/3 of the own chamber and that happens very rarely.” The process is called expulsion, and it’s only happened to fifteen ...

4 Major GOP Candidates Already In Minn. Gov Race

Kathryn Pearson is a political science professor for the University of Minnesota. “Dayton right now enjoys strong support, 57 percent job approval, in the latest poll, and incumbent governors generally win reelection about 80 percent of the time. So, Gov. Dayton has those advantages ...

Good Question: Do Members Of Congress Get Paid During The Shutdown?

“Their pay is written into law,” said University of Minnesota political science professor Kathryn Pearson. “Members of Congress are paid during shutdowns, because their pay is not subject to the annual appropriations process.” It’s those twelve appropriations bills Congress hasn’t yet ...

Bachmann Facing Even More Trouble

“As the legal problems mount, they do become — they have become political problems,” University of Minnesota professor Kathryn Pearson said. As Bachmann deals with the Congressional ethics inquiry, she’s also facing an FBI probe and a Federal Elections Commission investigation into her ...

Bachmann's Legacy: A Trailblazer, For Better And For Worse : It's All Politics : NPR

"Congresswoman Bachmann was able to skillfully use the media, particularly cable media, to articulate a very conservative message, and articulate opposition to the Obama administration in ways that went well beyond that of mainstream Republicans," says Kathryn Pearson, an American ...

Behind The Ballot: Have We Seen the Last of ‘Candidate’ Pawlenty?

“Two years is a long time in politics, and I think the future is uncertain,” said Kathryn Pearson, associate professor of political science at the University of Minnesota. “It’s really too soon to speculate where Minnesota will be in two years, four years, six years, and certainly where ...

Minnesota business cash fuels Congress races

University of Minnesota political scientist Kathryn Pearson said Paulsen enjoys "perfect symmetry between industry and constituency. " What matters to businesses also matters to his constituents in Minneapolis' western suburbs. "Constituent connections cannot get lost," she said. "No ...

Politicians, not public, served by an early exit

“One can understand the appeal of taking a big and significant job, but it has consequences for one’s constituents,” said Kathryn Pearson, a University of Minnesota political science professor. “It would be very tough to run for office again after leaving early.” Political observers are ...

Divisions in Republican party are key to immigration reform debate

While immigration has been a highly partisan issue in Congress, "Republicans have been more divided" than Democrats, says University of Minnesota political scientist Kathryn Pearson, who has studied immigration voting in the House and Senate. The same is true of the public at large. In ...

Al Franken is back on center stage for fellow Democrats

" Franken's star power has made him a money magnet that draws crowds wherever he lands, said University of Minnesota political scientist Kathryn Pearson. "That's not much of a surprise," said Minnesota Republican Party Chairman Pat Shortridge. "He's something of a national liberal ...

'Tracker Mike' and other tales: Can Bachmann survive toughest test?

"Democrats are salivating at the idea of taking out Michele Bachmann," said Kathryn Pearson, associate professor of political science at the University of Minnesota. "On the other hand, she's a fundraising machine. If she needs any money, it won't be hard to raise it. So it's an ...

The Lack of Women in Politics

Researchers Kathryn Pearson from the University of Minnesota and Eric McGhee from the Public Policy Institute of California suggest that women are equally as qualified as men in political affairs, in most cases, even more qualified than their male counterparts. Deficiency of political ...

VP Of Mills Fleet Farm Jumps Into Race For MN’s 8th

“It’s a mid-term election, so turnout will be lower,” said Kathryn Pearson, political science professor at the University of Minnesota. “And a candidate that can generate a lot of name recognition, can generate a lot of campaign contributions — not just in the district, but all over the ...

Get Ready For Round 2 Of The Same-Sex Marriage Debate

“I think the real question is: Are there enough DFL legislators in the House and Senate to pass same-sex marriage,” said Kathryn Pearson, a University of Minnesota political science professor. Over the next few months, senators and representatives will hear a lot about same-sex marriage. ...

Minnesota Poll: Franken's approval rating spikes

University of Minnesota political scientist Kathryn Pearson said Franken still has work to do among fence-sitters. “Maybe he hasn’t won them over completely, but through his work in the Senate maybe he’s at least neutralized some of the previous opposition,” she said. Corey Mitchell is a ...

Rep. Keith Ellison works to position himself as a leading economic voice on the left

“Members of Congress are typically viewed as experts in the areas their committees have jurisdiction over,” University of Minnesota political scientist Kathryn Pearson said. Still, she added, as co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Ellison risks being permanently branded ...

From target to teacher, Walz takes on prominent role

During the past three elections, Walz raised more than $2 million on average, a sizable sum for his sprawling, rural district, said University of Minnesota political scientist Kathryn Pearson. Walz also may end up teaching a lesson just as critical as fundraising: branding. In Congress...

8th District battle Cravaack vs. Nolan

"We're seeing more outside spending in 2012 than we ever have before ... but it's not just about the money," University of Minnesota political scientist Kathryn Pearson said, noting that the jury's still out on whether negative ads really influence voters. "It's a seat where the ...

Campaigns fight for women's vote

"Both campaigns are targeting women, and have strategic reasons to do so," said University of Minnesota political scientist Kathryn Pearson, who studies women and politics. A new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll indicates a broad gender gap in the presidential race, with 55 percent of women ...

Even in Minnesota, politics runs in families

University of Minnesota political scientist Kathryn Pearson had no explanatory research findings to cite. But she was game to speculate. “I’d say it’s a mental shortcut” for the voters, Pearson said of voters’ preferences for relatives of politicians they already know. “Voters are ...

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