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 - 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.
ST. PAUL - Supporters of a proposal to raise taxes to fund outdoors and arts programs celebrated victory early this morning. With most voted counted, 55.7 percent of Minnesota's voters had supported a constitutional amendment to raise the state sales tax 0.375 percent to fund outdoors and arts programs. Amendment supporter Steve Morse said Minnesotans sent a message that even in tough economic times, they "protect and value their natural resources." "I think it just underscores how passionately Minnesotans feel about Minnesota," Morse said.
ST. PAUL - John Kline won what was a military battle of sorts in Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District. Kline, the incumbent from Lakeville, is known for being a former Marine who carried the "football," a case containing nuclear missile launch codes the president would need if he wanted to attack. In public, Kline is a generally quiet person known for his work on defense and veterans' issues. He is a conservative, especially on tax and budget issues. Kline, who is finishing his third House term, turned back Steve Sarvi.
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.