Posted at 7:57 AM on December 2, 2008
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
As the recount continues, the latest numbers from the Secretary of State's office show Democrat Al Franken is ahead in the actual vote totals but GOP Sen. Norm Coleman leads in the head to head vote comparison.
Meanwhile, the Secretary of State's office released many of the challenged ballots for public scrutiny.
The Franken campaign is still concerned about missing ballots.
Franken's attorney also hopes the rejected ballots close the gap.
BREAKING NEWS! We were in a recession since 2007.
The Dow makes a big drop.
Governors are pushing for the stimulus bill by inauguration. They (including Gov. Pawlenty) will meet with President-elect Obama today in the great fighting city of Philadelphia (Home of the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies).
DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar pushes a huge jobs plan.
Layoffs loom as the Iron Range feels the pinch of a tough economy.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak calls for a hiring freeze in city government.
The down economy is also hitting day care providers.
AP looks at Obama's inner circle.
Obama releases his donor list.
Groups are gearing up for the Census count in 2010.
Laq Qui Parle and other counties get federal aid.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar continues her jobs tour.
Lawmakers say the looming budget deficit may force them to shelve ideas for health care and education.
Posted at 2:18 PM on December 2, 2008
by Tom Scheck
Gov. Pawlenty met with President-elect Obama this morning in Philadelphia. He was part of a bipartisan group of governors that met with Obama. Pawlenty had a conference call with Minnesota's press corps just a few minutes ago. Even with a deficit looming, Gov. Pawlenty said on the call that a federal bailout for states may not be worth it if "too many strings are attached." He said government help could become a missed opportunity for needed spending reform.
Pawlenty also sat down with FoxBusiness. Here's that interview:
Posted at 2:28 PM on December 2, 2008
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Recount
Ramsey County elections officials found 171 ballots that weren't counted on election night. On MPR's Midday, Ramsey County Elections director Joe Mansky said the ballots were found in a machine that broke down on election day. He said the machine was replaced but the ballots weren't scanned through. The Associated Press is reporting that Democrat Al Franken picked up 37 votes from the newly found ballots.
There has been a lot made about the disputed ballots in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race. The Secretary of State's office released the first batch of about 1,000 yesterday afternoon. A team of dedicated MPR news folks examined each and every ballot and found that many of the challenges were frivolous.
You can play election judge yourself (Round two) here.
You can take a look at all of the challenged ballots (from the Secretary of State's office) here.
For the record, both campaigns say they intend to reduce the number of challenged ballots (which is inching closer to 6,000) before the State Canvassing Board starts going through the ballots on December 16th.
Question(s) of the Day: Do the Democrats take the foot off the pedal in Minnesota now that they can't reach 60 Senate seats? What does this mean for Minnesota's Senate contest?