Ballot Review Continues

Local election officials and representatives for Sen. Norm Coleman and Democratic challenger Al Franken continued reviewing improperly rejected absentee ballots today, deciding which should be opened and counted. The unofficial recount tally from the secretary of state’s office shows Franken leading Coleman by 49 votes — 1,211,950 to 1,211,901. The absentee ballot reviews are taking…
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Road Projects Affected

A top lawmaker on transportation said Minnesota’s slumping economy could affect road and bridge projects. Sen. Steve Murphy, DFL-Red Wing, said the economic downturn may result in less revenue from the gasoline tax and vehicle fees. Since those funds are dedicated to transportation projects, and an influx of general state tax revenue is unlikely, the…
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Elect, Not Appoint

Minnesota’s unresolved U.S. Senate race and an Illinois political mess left two state lawmakers thinking: Minnesotans should vote to fill a Senate vacancy, not let the governor make an appointment. Democrats Sen. Ann Rest and Rep. Ryan Winkler will push a bill during the 2009 Minnesota Legislature that removes a governor’s authority to appoint someone…
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Budget Future Dark

For 28 years, Jim Mulder has looked into his crystal ball and predicted how legislators and the governor will solve budget problems. Now, the Association of Minnesota Counties’ executive director said, that crystal ball is dark. Mulder and other veteran budget-watchers are stumped as lawmakers prepare for the 2009 legislative session that begins at noon…
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Bonding Bill Gains Support

Minnesota already makes larger payments on its loans than state officials want, but many lawmakers propose borrowing still more money. And if a federal stimulus package includes money for state infrastructure, the pressure to borrow to fund public works projects will grow more. As legislators get ready for their 2009 legislative session, there is a…
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