Franken Loses Board Board

Justice G. Bary Anderson, left, and Judge Edward Cleary discuss absentee ballots. 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 counted should be part…
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All Eyes On Board

Observers of Minnesota’s U.S. Senate recount turn their attention Wednesday from ballots to a state board. As the hand recount of 2.9 million votes marches on at sites around Minnesota, the state Canvassing Board will meet to consider whether some rejected absentee ballots should be included in the tally. Canvassing Board members – Secretary of…
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Pawlenty Appoints

Gov. Tim Pawlenty today made his four appointments to the new Lessard Heritage Council that will recommend how the state should spend increased tax revenue constitutionally dedicated for the outdoors. Among his selections is Bob Schroeder, a former Pawlenty administration member whose college education was in botany and forestry. Schroeder was Pawlenty’s deputy chief of…
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Uncounted Ballots Reported

Goodhue County recount (Red Wing Republican Eagle photo by Mike Longaecker) The U.S. Senate recount got off to a rough start Monday in one northwestern Minnesota county, which reported it had found dozens of previously uncounted ballots and temporarily lost track of a handful more. One of 10 sites statewide to start recounting votes Monday,…
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Obama Team Splits Minnesotans

The initial phases of president-elect Barack Obama’s economic plan met a mixed Minnesota reaction. The state’s two U.S. senators did not agree. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said that Obama "is putting together the best and brightest" economic experts to lead the country out of its current rut. But Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., warned that he…
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