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 - 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.
Democrats hoped to build a veto-proof Minnesota House Tuesday, so legislators could go over Republican Gov.
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.
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 - Raising taxes - even if only a little - during an economic crunch is hard. Supporters of an effort to raise the state sales tax 0.375 percent to fund outdoors and arts programs faced a tough sell as they ended a decade-long effort that began as a funding mechanism for wildlife habitat improvements. Early results showed the amendment had the support of a majority of the ballots cast.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota political leaders continue to wonder how Delta Air Lines' takeover of Northwest Airlines will affect the state. They have discussed the situation for much of the year, and held hearings during the legislative session. Now that the deal has been sealed, Rep. Debra Hilstrom, DFL-Brooklyn Center, will hold a Local Government and Metropolitan Affairs Committee meeting on Nov. 13 to look into the situation. On his weekly radio show Friday, Gov.
ST. PAUL - Democrats hoped to build a veto-proof Minnesota House Tuesday, so legislators could go over Republican Gov.
Minnesota voters continued their trend of siding with Democratic presidential candidates, giving Barack Obama a win Tuesday. "They were ready for a change and voters chose triumph over fear," U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said. Minnesota DFL Chairman Brian Melendez said the Obama win was expected. His party faithful gathered at a downtown St.