The State of the State in pictures and numbers

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  • February 17, 2012 - 10:48 AM

Two new ways of looking at Gov. Mark Dayton's Wednesday State of the State address, from the Star Tribune's Morning Hot Dish email newsletter:

 Minnesota, more, state, education


According to a visualization of Dayton’s 2012 State of the State address (left), he used the words “Minnesota,” “Minnesotans,” “more,” “education,” “work” and “jobs” frequently. (See larger version of visualization here .) In last year’s State of the State (right), he again repeatedly used the name of the state but also used the words “state,” “better,” “best,” “more” and “business” quite often. (See larger version here.



How short?

After Wednesday’s State of the State address, your Hot Disher and others remarked on Twitter that the speech seemed short. Bob Hume, the governor’s deputy chief of staff, responded on Twitter: “To those press folks wondering about the length, I pose this question: why use 6,000 words when 3,179 will do just fine?” In any case, the 3,179-word speech was a few hundred words shorter than any gubernatorial State of the State address in the last 10 years. Dayton’s first State of the State speech was nearly 2,000 words longer, clocking in at 5,021 words. Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s shortest such address was his last. That 2010 speech was 3,373 words. His longest was in 2007, weighing in at 4,614 words.


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