Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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ST. PAUL - Minnesota politicians want guarantees that any federal money spent to bail out a troubled automobile industry be used wisely. For U.S. Sen. Norm Colman, R-Minn., the key is that whatever money is given to the industry, automakers must be accountable. "I have a strong concern that any support we give the auto industry must have strong, fiscal controls and accountability," Coleman said. "The taxpayers of my state will insist on it, and I will demand it." Coleman and Minnesota Gov.
ST. PAUL - The late Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone's legacy continues to expand six years after his death. Ninety-seven Wellstone Action graduates were elected in 24 states on Nov. 4. The organization teaches how to campaign and how to be an activist. "We're starting to see a tipping point," said Jeff Blodgett, Wellstone Action's executive director.
ST. PAUL - Al Franken's campaign needs a new story to establish the need for a lawsuit it filed Thursday. The Minnesota U.S. Senate campaign filed suit in Ramsey County District Court demanding a list of all voters whose absentee ballots were rejected in last week's election. If Franken wins that ruling, his campaign officials said, other counties should follow. The action is an effort to find votes in Franken's challenge to sitting U.S. Sen.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's political attention now turns to the state Legislature, with occasional interruptions for U.S. Senate recount updates. State lawmakers face something that whoever ends up going to Washington doesn't -- the chore of balancing the state budget (the state constitution requires it, the federal one doesn't). Legislative leaders want to begin work on a new budget before the next legislative session begins Jan. 6. And on Monday, Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken agree ballots need to be preserved for a statewide recount in their U.S. Senate race, but their campaigns struggled to work out details. As their race narrowed to a 206-vote margin late Monday afternoon, out of nearly 2.9 million votes cast, the campaigns discussed how to keep ballots secure. That is important because every one of those ballots will be examined by elections officials during a statewide recount beginning next week. The thin margin mandates a recount, which likely will last past mid-December.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota should spend $86 million in the next five years to expand green jobs across the state, Gov. Tim Pawlenty said this morning. As he was beginning a statewide tour announcing his "Green Jobs Investment Initiative," Pawlenty told reporters in a Capitol news conference that he does not know how many jobs his plan would create. However, he predicted it would be a significant number and state officials predicted more than 114,000 millions will hold such jobs in the next 30 years - not necessarily all credited to the program Pawlenty just announced.
ST. PAUL -- U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman demands election data from county and state officials, his campaign wondering why vote totals are changing following Tuesday's election. The campaign especially was concerned about changes on northeast Minnesota's Iron Range in the close U.S. Senate race, headed toward a mandatory hand recount of each of the 2.9 million ballots. At 5 p.m. Friday, Republican Coleman had 1,211,542 votes, and Democrat Al Franken 1,211,304.
ST. PAUL - Barack Obama may have won the big race of the day, but Tuesday's Minnesota votes gave Republicans a reason to smile, too. For instance, Republicans kept Democrats from obtaining a veto-proof majority in the state House. The GOP's Michele Bachmann rallied to retain her U.S. House seat after hinting on national television that Obama may be anti-American. And amid a strong national Democratic showing, Republican U.S. Sen.
ST. PAUL -- U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman declared victory Wednesday. Challenger Al Franken said a recount would show who Minnesotans really want in the Senate. And Minnesotans who endured a lengthy U.S. Senate race now could be forced to wait into December, or longer, to see who actually won. Republican Coleman collected 465 more votes than Democrat Al Franken, unofficial secretary of state returns show.
After nearly two years of campaigning, Minnesota's bitterly contested U.S. Senate race passed Election Day still unresolved between Democrat Al Franken and Republican Norm Coleman as the final votes trickled in. With 94 percent of precincts reporting, both candidates hovered at 42 percent.