Scott and Wright Counties begin recounting votes today. On Tuesday, the news was dominated with newly discovered ballots in Ramsey County. Meanwhile both campaigns say they will withdraw challenged ballots (which they have said again and again and again).
The Secretary of State's office also called on all elections officials to sort their rejected absentee ballots to see if any were wrongly discarded (but not open them). MPR, AP, the Pi Press and the Star Tribune have stories.
Forum Communications says the Senate race loses some significance after a Republican won the Georgia Senate runoff.
Gov. Pawlenty says he has concerns about federal aid for states. He made the comments after he and other governors met with President-elect Obama. Forum Communications, the Star Tribune, MinnPost, AP and MPR have stories.
Pawlenty told Politico the tone of the meeting was constructive and positive.
GOP Rep. Paul Kohls proposes a freeze in state spending but not all state spending because schools could get more while other programs are cut more deeply.
Washington County faces an additional $540,000 in budget cuts. A number that will grow when the budget forecast is released and lawmakers eye state cuts.
Minnesota cities are also eyeing cuts.
The state turns off the lights at the State Capitol to save money.
World markets are mixed but Wall Street may take a dip.
U.S. Steel lays off 400 from its Keewatin Plant.
The St. Cloud Times looks at per diem payments to lawmakers.
12 carp a leaping! A leaping carp is found in the Mississippi River.
Minnesota extends the biodiesel grant deadline.
A report says the world is at risk for biological or nuclear attack by 2013.
DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar says the jobs plan will be ready when Obama takes office.
Ethanol poses a big challenge for the next EPA chief. DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar is mentioned.
Politico says GOP Rep.-elect Erik Paulsen is a Young Gun in the GOP.
There's talk of restructuring the USDA. DFL Rep. Collin Peterson is mentioned.
An ornament made in Stillwater will hang on the Christmas tree at the White House.
President-elect Obama will name New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson as Commerce Secretary.
MinnPost says some Ag folks are concerned about Obama's "Millionaire farmers" remark.
Posted at 6:03 PM on December 3, 2008
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Recount
The recount in Minneapolis has found that the ballot is 133 votes short of the votes counted on Election Day. Minneapolis Elections Director Cindy Reichert said she believes elections officials in the precinct ran some ballots through the machine twice. Campaign officials say Franken lost 36 votes. Franken's campaign says the explanation doesn't make sense and want Elections officials to keep looking. Franken spokesman Andy Barr says the campaign's numbers now show more people signed in to vote at the precinct than there are ballots recounted there.
The latest development comes one day after Franken picked up 37 votes after ballots were found in Ramsey County.
Meanwhile, Franken's campaign is withdrawing a fifth of its challenges (633). Republican Norm Coleman's attorney said he intends to wait until the recount is over on Friday before they start withdrawing their challenges.
Meanwhile, more ballots to examine!
Posted at 6:08 PM on December 3, 2008
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Recount
Norm Coleman's campaign attorney was asked today what role Coleman was playing in the recount. Here's Fritz Knaak's response:
"He has largely stayed out of the way and done largely Senatorial things and left the recount to the recount team. I haven't been directed to do anything by him. I haven't been told not to do anything because of anything he has said. I have been pretty much been given free reign to do this as needs to be done..."