Minnesota 2nd-Most Liberal State, Study Says

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A study put together by The Hill concludes that Minnesota is the second-most liberal state in the country, only behind Washington.

The Hill cites Minnesota's history of supporting Democratic presidential candidates and the DFL's control of the legislature, among other factors, as reasons the state is just about as deep blue as it gets these days.

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CNN Says Twin Cities "Got Transit Right" with Green Line

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A CNN Money piece gives the Twin Cities props for getting transit right with the Green Line.

"Big projects often divide cities," the article notes. "But Minneapolis' light rail line is creating jobs and driving development in underserved areas." (The line serves St. Paul as well, of course, so CNN's way of putting things in the second sentence isn't quite right.)

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Anti-LRT protest on Green Line's opening day was a bust

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Is Minneapolis Home to America's Ugliest Accent?

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The vox populi has spoken, and it's wonderfully hideous.

This week, Gawker is hosting a battle of the bad American accents. Most of the moore-ons and chowdaheds on the list are there for good reason. But Minneapolis?

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Does Stewart Mills look like Brad Pitt?

Photo hint: Pitt isn't the one wearing the Packers jersey.
We've already outed Eighth District Republican U.S. Congress candidate Stewart Mills as a Packer-loving party animal. But would you believe he's also a huge heartthrob?

Politico does. Katie Glueck's article about Mills for that publication is entitled, "'The Brad Pitt of the Republican Party.'"

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Minnesota is the 4th most content state in America

Congratulations, Minnesotans, you are the fourth most content people in America, according to a new special report by 24/7 Wall St.

There's some rigorous science behind how they determined where people are happiest, though it apparently didn't include the basic question, "How's the weather?" We scored particularly well in salary and education.

"Minnesota's median income of $58,906 in 2012 was one of the highest in the USA," the report says. "Also, 92.5% of adults 25 and over had a high school diploma -- among the best in the nation."

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St. Paul named best romantic city, and Chris Coleman says LRT will only make it lovelier

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USA Today readers think you're looking at North America's best romantic getaway.
Even though voting occurred amid a polar vortex that has many of us wearing decidedly unsexy long undies and thermals, St. Paul has been named the "Best Romantic North American Getaway" by 10Best/USA Today.

SEE ALSO: LOL at this New York Times article about the Minneapolis dating scene

St. Paul somehow edged places like Santa Fe, New Orleans, and Honolulu for the "Readers' Choice" award. And reached for comment today, Mayor Chris Coleman said he doesn't expect St. Paul to be dislodged from the top of the list anytime soon.

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WCCO's Rachel Slavik on being butt of Colbert's cold weather coverage jokes: "I think it's great" [VIDEO]

Colbert on Slavik: "Hammering with a banana is but one of the many food-based techniques that reporters have at the ready to demonstrate weather conditions to those of us who have never been out of doors."
Stephen Colbert had some fun at the expense of WCCO reporter Rachel Slavik last night.

SEE ALSO: CNN criticized for torturing reporter by making her stand amid Mpls' polar vortex [VIDEO]

To illustrate how cold it was Monday morning, Slavik used a frozen banana to hammer a nail into a block of wood live on the air. That stunt became the centerpiece of a Colbert segment mocking the media's coverage of the polar vortex.

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St. Paul: Most romantic getaway in North America?

It's so cold all you'll want to do is snuggle!
For some reason, the national media is convinced the Twin Iceboxes Cities is a great romantic destination.

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In 2012, Yahoo named Minneapolis one of America's most "unexpectedly romantic" cities. Now St. Paul is a finalist for USA Today's "Best Romantic North American Getaway" award.

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Not fabulous: Twin Cities no longer among Advocate's gayest metros

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Just three years ago, Minneapolis was the gayest city in all of America. But thereafter lumped together with its sister city, Minneapolis/St. Paul has now fallen right off the Advocate's list of the gayest metros.

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The Advocate's annual ranking of America's gayest places doesn't include Minneapolis/St. Paul in its top 15 this year. Frankly, in the Advocate's eyes, we've been getting straighter and straighter each year since Minneapolis's 2011 triumph -- in 2012, MSP was seventh, and in 2013, we fell to tenth.

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Minneapolis is one of the best places to visit in your 20s, HuffPo says

Give us your tiredless, your poor, your huddled millennials yearning to breathe free
Finally, a travel list for the underprivileged. Well, sort of.

HuffPo has included Minneapolis on its list of "20 Awesome U.S. Cities You Need To Visit In Your 20s" with an emphasis, of course, on "the cash-strapped, adventure-seeking, microbrewed-beer loving, locavore millennial."

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