Posted at 6:05 AM on November 20, 2012
by Catharine Richert
Filed under: Daily Digest
Welcome to the Daily Digest, where a close legislative race is headed to court, Clinton heads to the Middle East, and Bachmann and Cravaack say 'no' to Rice for Secretary of State.
Mark Haveman from the Minnesota Taxpayers Association talked about the fiscal cliff and U.S. tax policy with the Daily Circuit.
The Franson-Cunniff race is headed to court and then a recount, the Associated Press reports.
Politicos roasted state Rep. Tom Rukavina.
Pete Hegseth's Minnesota PAC is hosting a Dec. 6th Christmas Party featuring U.S. Rep. John Kline, incoming Senate Minority Leader David Hann, incoming House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt and others.
The Metropolitan Airports Commission supports a compromise flight pattern plan.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signaled the end of same-day voter registration there.
President Obama has sent Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to the Middle East to deal with the conflict in Gaza, the New York Times reports.
Obama continued his diplomatic visit to Asia.
Republican Reps. Michele Bachmann and Chip Cravaack say President Barack Obama shouldn't nominate Susan Rice for Secretary of State.
A U.S. Senate committee is investigating the deadly outbreak of meningitis.
The Supreme Court will decided today whether it will hear cases regarding same-sex marriage.
The U.S. embargo on Cuba is once again up for debate.
Unions spent big on state and local races this election cycle.
Conservatives are telling establishment Republicans "I told you so" on Mitt Romney's candidacy, the Washington Post reports.
As lawmakers approach debate on the fiscal cliff, Politico writes that closing tax loopholes won't solve the nation's revenue problem.
The Daily Digest is taking a break over the holiday. Look for us at MPR.org, on Twitter and in your email inbox next Monday.
A Douglas County judge ruled today that there was an obvious error in a Minnesota house race that is headed for a recount.
Douglas County Judge David Battey ruled that 35 votes were improperly cast in the race between Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, and Democrat Bob Cunniff. Ballots were wrongly given to voters who lived outside the district.
The judge ruled that Douglas County Elections officials now have to correct the error. Douglas County Auditor Charlene Rosenow says the Douglas County Canvassing Board will randomly withdraw 35 ballots from some Alexandria precincts.
Franson currently leads Cunniff by one vote. Withdrawing 35 votes is likely to change that margin, but the outcome will still be so close that a recount will be required.
Democrats won control of both chambers of the Legislature on Election Day but the outcome of the recount will determine whether Democrats have a 12 or 13 seat House majority when the legislative session starts in January.
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Douglas County Ruling