Board Rejects Franken Plea

They should be considered, but not by us. That was the state Canvassing Board’s message Wednesday when it turned down a request by Al Franken’s campaign to include rejected absentee ballots in Minnesota’s U.S. Senate recount. Jurists on the Canvassing Board said they lack authority to order rejected absentee ballots to be included. But board…
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Outdoors Council Starts

The council that will recommend how to spend money voters approved to come from a higher sales tax meets for the first time Monday. The Lessard Outdoor Heritage Council convenes in St. Paul to begin figuring out how it wants legislators to spend about $80 million in 2010, and more in later years. The money…
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Safer Smokes

Cigarettes sold in Minnesota now are less likely to start fires. A new law requires cigarettes to be safer. “There is no single issue that will have a greater impact on reducing the occurrence of fires and more importantly, fire deaths, than this legislation,” said Nyle Zikmund of the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association. “In…
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First Lieberman?

A Washington blog has labeled U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., "the original Lieberman." Peterson, who serves most of western Minnesota, did not like the comparison, but laughed when told about it. The DailyKos ran a post called: "Who was Lieberman before Lieberman was Lieberman?" It points out that Peterson often has not fallen in line…
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Franken Loses Board Vote

Justice G. Barry Anderson, left, and Judge Edward Cleary discuss absentee ballots.   Updated 1:30 p.m. A state elections board decided it does not have the authority to decide whether rejected absentee ballots in Minnesota’s U.S. Senate race should be counted, but the five-member board this morning agreed that any absentee votes that were not…
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