Why let the political junkies of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina have all the fun? The calendar has turned to election year 2012 and it's time to ruminate, deliberate and flat-out speculate about central Minnesota politics.
NASHUA, N.H. - Mitt Romney is fast becoming the Scrooge McDuck of the 2012 presidential race.
In Disney's version, McDuck is Donald Duck's rich uncle, fond of diving into his money bin and swimming through his pile of coins.
WASHINGTON - Iowa front-runners Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have a little problem. Both are too nice to be mean to each other.
Who can throw the first punch in a tight race growing tighter?
This is why God made Newt Gingrich.
LITTLETON, N.H. - "I think I am a transformational figure," Newt Gingrich told The Washington Post's Dan Balz back in 1994 - before his Republicans won control of the House.
Modesty has never been the speaker's strong suit.
DES MOINES - Just a few hours before the Iowa caucuses opened, Don Acheson, a general contractor from West Des Moines, remained as he had been for months: wracked by indecision.
First, he had been for Rick Perry, then Newt Gingrich.