Posted at 8:58 AM on November 25, 2008
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
The counting continues.
A run up in challenges is clouding the final vote tally.
The Pi Press says Democrat Al Franken is not making expected gains in Minneapolis.
The Pi Press takes a look at the saga of one absentee voter.
KARE says local elections directors are at wits end.
Some ballots play hide and seek in Becker County.
Franken's campaign complains of missing ballots.
Chuck Schumer is leaving as chair of the DSCC.
President-elect Obama is expected to name Peter Orszag as his Director of Office of Management and Budget today.
It will be his second presser in as many days.
DFL Rep. Collin Peterson says he would not accept the job at Ag Secretary.
Obama and President Bush are working to calm the jittery markets.
He named his economic team yesterday.
Forum Communications takes the temperature of the delegation on Obama's team.
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison says more than 1,700 people have contacted his office about inauguration tickets.
A Committee in the Minnesota House will put Wakota Bridge under the microscope today.
Gov. Pawlenty is hinting at big changes in the upcoming session.
Pawlenty joins some turkey growers at a newser to announce food donations to a local foodshelf.
States are calling for their share of the bailout.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar holds a health care summit. You can watch it live here.
The Pi Press has a Q and A with Klobuchar.
The attorney for Democrat Al Franken said today that he was growing more concerned about "missing ballots." At a news conference, Marc Elias explained that "hundreds of ballots" have gone missing across the state. He also pointed to this picture that shows that there is still paper in a voting machine in Minneapolis. Elias said he isn't sure if the piece of paper is a ballot, several ballots or something else. He said they won't know until elections officials open up the machine, which he says they're reluctant to do.
Question of the Day: Do you think this could be a treasure trove of votes or Al Capone's vault?
Posted at 1:49 PM on November 25, 2008
by Tom Scheck
Gov. Pawlenty will talk health care policy at an event at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School. It could be a preview of his expectations for the upcoming legislative session. Here's the info:
Market-Based Reforms in Health Care: The Next Step?
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
3:00pm - Conference
5:00pm - Reception
Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
301 19th Ave S., Minneapolis
The Center for the Study of Politics and Governance welcomes Governor Pawlenty and Minnesota business and health care leaders to discuss the potential for health reforms that build on private markets and on the implementation of reforms passed during the 2008 legislative session. A reception will follow the conference.
Posted at 3:22 PM on November 25, 2008
by Tom Scheck
President-elect Obama is scheduled to meet with a bipartisan group of governors in Philadelphia next Tuesday to talk about how the economic crisis is impacting states. Governor Pawlenty's spokesman, Brian McClung, says Pawlenty will attend the meeting.
Posted at 10:09 PM on November 25, 2008
by Tom Scheck
As the number of challenged ballots eclipses 3,500 (which continues to concern SOS Mark Ritchie), Norm Coleman's attorney, Fritz Knaak, calls for a truce.
"It has become apparent that both campaigns are engaged in a mounting game of ballot challenging that serves no useful purpose. This is not the way the recount process was intended to work, and we are trying the patience and goodwill of election officials and volunteers throughout the state. While the Franken Campaign began this morning challenging 25 ballots in one Sherburne County precinct, the vast majority without merit, it's obvious that our campaign volunteers felt the need to match these growing and unnecessary challenges throughout the day. This is an artificial game which has virtually no bearing on the outcome of this recount as we know that the vast majority of these challenges will be rejected before we even get to the Canvassing Board on December 16th. With that in mind, in the spirit of the Holidays, and to give respect to this process that it deserves, we ask you to join us tomorrow morning in standing down in the game of ballot challenge one upsmanship."
Question of the Day: Does it matter since both campaigns say they'll pull many of their challenges before the State Canvassing Board meets on December 16th?