Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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ST. PAUL - Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken agree ballots need to be preserved for a statewide recount in their U.S. Senate race, but their campaigns struggled to work out details. As their race narrowed to a 206-vote margin late Monday afternoon, out of nearly 2.9 million votes cast, the campaigns discussed how to keep ballots secure. That is important because every one of those ballots will be examined by elections officials during a statewide recount beginning next week. The thin margin mandates a recount, which likely will last past mid-December.
ST. PAUL -- Lower taxes for businesses that add jobs in renewable energy industries is a key part of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's 2009 economic plan. As he was beginning a statewide tour announcing his $86 million "Green Jobs Investment Initiative," Pawlenty told reporters in a Capitol news conference Monday that he does not know how many jobs his plan would create. However, he said it would be a significant number and state officials predicted more than 114,000 Minnesotans will hold such jobs in the next 30 years. About 15,000 Minnesotans work in green jobs today.
ST. PAUL - Supporters of a proposal to raise taxes to fund outdoors and arts programs celebrated victory early this morning. With most voted counted, 55.7 percent of Minnesota's voters had supported a constitutional amendment to raise the state sales tax 0.375 percent to fund outdoors and arts programs. Amendment supporter Steve Morse said Minnesotans sent a message that even in tough economic times, they "protect and value their natural resources." "I think it just underscores how passionately Minnesotans feel about Minnesota," Morse said.
ST. PAUL - Al Franken says a few hundred votes will separate him and incumbent U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman once all returns from Tuesday's vote are tallied, probably today, but what he called "irregularities" may be enough to erase that margin in a recount. "This race is too close to call," Franken said at 6:30 a.m., when votes from 10 precincts remained uncounted. Moments earlier, The Associated Press declared Coleman the winner, not taking into account any changes that may be made by a mandatory recount.
A woman accused of intimidating a St. Paul voter denied the charges Thursday. The woman's Tuesday night call prompted Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie to accuse Minnesota Majority, a group promoting conservative causes, of voter intimidation. He passed information on to federal and county prosecutors on Wednesday. But on Thursday, Minnesota Majority President Jeff Davis and the woman, a volunteer for the group, disputed what Larry Johnson of St.
ST. PAUL - U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman's campaign accuses his main challenger of making illegal comments in two commercials. The campaign of Coleman, a Republican, says Democratic challenger Al Franken ran a television commercial and a radio spot that break Minnesota law by saying Coleman lives "almost rent free" and that he is the "fourth most corrupt" senator. "They are running ads that are flat-out false," Coleman spokesman Mark Drake said Thursday. Franken's advertisements credit Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington for the information.
ST. PAUL - The Revenue Department says the average Minnesotan would pay more for a proposed sales tax increase than proponents claim. Paul Wilson, Revenue Department Tax Research Division director, estimates that the average added cost for Minnesotans ranging from single people to families would be $60 a year, about $8 more than the Vote Yes campaign says.
ST. PAUL - Michele Bachmann learned a lesson: Watch what you say on national television. In the week since she hinted - or expressly said, depending on your point of view - that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama may hold anti-American views, she went from a comfortable lead in her U.S. House re-election race to a statistical dead heat. To change that, the 6th Congressional District congresswoman planned to launch a new television commercial apologizing for the incident.
ST. PAUL - Congress will return to work early next year and pass a landmark energy package regardless of the presidential race outcome, U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman predicts. Coleman, a Republican hoping he is among those sent back to Washington, said Thursday a deal led by a bipartisan group of senators will take a comprehensive approach to moving the country toward energy independence.
ST. PAUL - U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, in the center of a national controversy and finding her re-election in danger, tells the Web site Politico that she did not call Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama un-American. "Despite the way the blogs and the Democratic Party are spinning it, I never called all liberals anti-American, I never questioned Barack Obama's patriotism and I never asked for some House Un-American Activities Committee witch hunt into my colleagues in Congress," the Republican wrote in Politico.