Senate Race Heads To High Court

Norm Coleman will appeal his U.S. Senate election lawsuit to the Minnesota Supreme Court. A state judicial panel’s decision to count up to 400 disputed absentee votes means Minnesota’s unresolved Senate race will end up in the high court, Coleman’s attorney said Tuesday evening. “We’re going to appeal,” Ben Ginsberg said. Full story and audio

More Sick Leave?

State workers who also are disabled military veterans could get extra sick leave under a bill sponsored by two Duluth lawmakers. The bill by Rep. Roger Reinert and Sen. Yvonne Prettner Solon, both DFL-Duluth, would allow state employees to apply for up to 40 hours more sick leave to treat military-related health issues. A House…
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Lawmakers Pursue Energy Funds

Dean Talbott of Minnesota Power Minnesota is set to receive nearly $200 million in federal energy funds, but state legislators first must decide how to spend it. Lawmakers are considering a variety of ways to spend money from the federal economic recovery package in the coming months. They include proposals that promote solar energy, window…
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Pawlenty: House Bonding Plan Better

A Minnesota House public works package that spends $120 million less than senators’ plan “is a step in the right direction,” Gov. Tim Pawlenty said. A House plan funding $247 million in construction and renovation projects saw its first action Tuesday and is set for a final committee vote today. A floor vote will follow…
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Election Suit Down To 400 Votes

Minnesota’s U.S. Senate race is down to 400 absentee ballots. A three-judge panel this afternoon ordered county officials to send those 400 ballots to the secretary of state’s office by Monday. The court is to open and count at least some of the ballots a week from today, possibility ending this phase of the battle…
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