Posted at 7:25 AM on November 16, 2006
by Mike Mulcahy
From the St. Cloud Times:
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - The Crow Wing County auditor has declared a winner in that county's close race for sheriff.
A recount confirmed that Todd Dahl beat Sheriff Eric Klang by 10 votes.
The final vote was 13,449 votes for Dahl and 13,439 votes for Klang.
The recount was requested by Klang after the general election vote returns showed Dahl had won by six votes.
Posted at 12:57 PM on November 16, 2006
by Tom Scheck
For what may be the last time, Mike Hatch leads the digest. He tells the Star Tribune that he didn't mean to bring Judi Dutcher when he explained his loss in an e-mail. But he insists he did poorly in E-85 strongholds. WCCO-TV's Pat Kessler reality checks Dutcher's E-85 gaffe and whether it had an impact on the race.
Let's move on to the guy who actually won the governor's seat. Tim Pawlenty's name keeps being mentioned as a possible running mate to John McCain.
But Star Tribune Columnist Katherine Kersten says Pawlenty isn't conservative. In fact she rips him for saying the state should move to "universal health care coverage." She then does something to make sure the Pawlenty Administration knows she's mad. She mentions him in the same sentence as Hillary Clinton. Now, where I grew up, you got into fist a cuffs when someone said something bad about your momma. I think mentioning Hillary in the same sentence with Pawlenty goes that far for Republicans. By the way, Pawlenty probably loves that the most conservative columnist in the Twin Cities is bashing him. Can anyway say "Movin' to the middle."
The Minnesota Senate names its committees and chairs.
People are talking about a new Vikings stadium.
The Star Tribune says anti-war activists asked to protest in '08.
Nice little profile on Klobuchar in USA Today. She says she mistook salad dressing for soup and brings up this item:
More than once, Klobuchar recalled, Ohio Sen.-elect Sherrod Brown told her "if I have to hear that Zamboni line one more time, I'll walk out the door." That was the line where she contrasted Kennedy's parade of GOP celebrities with her own leading lights - the Gear Daddies band of Austin, Minn., famous for a song called I Want to Drive the Zamboni.
I'm sure there are plenty in the press corps and that nice young GOP tracker who would second that statement.
Ed Lotterman with the Pi Press wonders if bargaining drug costs is a good idea (klobuchar supports it).
Norm Coleman says the Pentagon travel site is bad news.
Some Canadians worry about Peterson heading the House Ag committee
Tim Walz is on Newshour.
And finally, the USDA says people aren't hungry but have "very low food security."