This is Minnesota’s first online political magazine, started in 1995. The Publisher & Editor-In-Chief is Shawn Towle. Mr Towle has extensive political experience from lobbying for higher education issues at both the Federal government level and the state legislature to facilitating innovative approaches to new technologies at the municipal level of government. Most politicians, staffers and political operatives know Mr Towle and he knows them.

Checks & Balances is the site of the first paid political advertisement in the history of the Internet and regularly scoops the Mainstream Media.