Trial: What’s A Witness Worth?

Duluth attorney Alison Lutterman at trial. (Pool photo by Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune) The three U.S. Senate election trial judges are considering whether local officials testifying in the case should be paid more than a small stipend for their time and travel costs. The reimbursement issue arose for the first time Friday, after five trial…
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Bill Would Allow Officials To Cut Own Pay

City leaders fear they will have to trim police forces, fire brigades, library operations and other city functions – and now they fear breaking a state law by cutting their own pay. But fiscal conservative Rep. Marty Seifert is coming to their rescue with a bill that would allow them to chop their salaries with…
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Becker County Claim Dropped

Becker County officials will not have to explain their unusual handling of a group of ballots in the U.S. Senate election trial. Al Franken’s campaign today dropped its objection to the inclusion of 61 ballots from the northwestern Minnesota county in the Senate recount. The Democrat’s campaign recently raised concerns about how county officials handled…
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Post: Pawlenty A Tortoise At No. 6

Gov. 6 The Washington Post reports that Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is the sixth top Republican in the 2012 presidential race. Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin heads the list, which includes people such as talk radio guy Rush Limbaugh, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and ex-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. "Tim Pawlenty: T-Paw…
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Northern Lights Express Money Available

The Federal Railroad Administration will fund half of a $2.2 million study about the feasibility of a passenger rail line between Duluth and the Twin Cities. The state will pay for the other half of the costs for the proposed line, known as Northern Lights Express. “I expect this study to demonstrate a positive impact…
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