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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Rep. Michele BachmannBachmann still standing after bruising challenge from Graves
    A victory by U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, who narrowly won re-election to a fourth term, was one of few bright spots in an otherwise rough election for Republicans around the state as well as the nation.4:45 p.m.
  • Voter ID protestHow voter ID opponents defeated the amendment
    For months, it appeared certain that the proposed voter ID amendment on Tuesday's ballot would be approved by Minnesota voters. Just two weeks ago, two polls found the proposal had a healthy lead among voters. But as Election Day came closer, that support quickly eroded -- and the amendment that appeared poised for success, failed.4:50 p.m.
  • Minn. voters approve most school levy requests
    Most Minnesota school districts with levy referendums on the ballot yesterday met with success. Voters approved 29 of 40 requests from school districts.4:55 p.m.
  • Gov. Mark DaytonVoters signal approval of Dayton in delivering DFL majorities
    Anyone looking for a real winner from Tuesday's legislative elections in Minnesota need only look to the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton, which for two years has called for new taxes on the state's highest earners, without much success.5:20 p.m.
  • Cravaack concedesThunderstruck by losses, Minn. Republicans face sobering post-mortem
    Republicans in Minnesota were reeling on Wednesday from election losses and trying to figure out why they lost key races across the state. For the first time since 1978, Democrats now control every statewide office and both chambers of the Legisalture. They also now hold five of the state's eight congressional seats.5:24 p.m.
  • Tears of joyMarriage amendment defeat 'historic' in Minn.
    A leading opponent of the rejected constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman said Tuesday's election was a "historic day for Minnesota."5:51 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Obama Must Hit Ground Running As Fiscal Cliff Nears
    Robert Siegel talks to Scott Horsley about President Obama's first day after re-election.
  • 'Gang Of Eight' Trying To Steer Clear Of Fiscal Cliff
    Melissa Block talks with Senator Mark Warner of Virginia about the looming so-called "fiscal cliff" and what steps might be taken now that the election is over.
  • Re-Election Forces States To Act Soon On Obamacare
    States now have only nine days to decide whether to do their own health care exchanges or let the federal government do it for them. Analysts expect there will be a lot of scrambling. Some of the states that are trying to ban the individual mandate going forward have Democratic leadership. Missouri has re-elected its Democratic governor, but has banned him from setting up a state exchange. Robert Siegel talks to Julie Rovner.
  • Midweek In Politics: Voter Demographics And More
    Robert Siegel and Melissa Block talk with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. We get their take on President Obama's victory, as well as what it means for the direction of the GOP.
  • After Disappointing 2012, What's Next For Tea Party?
    Tuesday night was a mixed bag for the Tea Party. Their candidate Ted Cruz became the first Hispanic elected to the U.S. Senate from Texas, and they defended a number of seats in the House. But, they also lost some high profile races: Richard Mourdock in Indiana and Joe Walsh in Illinois. Melissa Block talks with Matt Kibbe, president and CEO of FreedomWorks, a conservative group that supports the Tea Party, about its future.
  • Marijuana Legalization Faces Federal Hurdles
    In historic moves, Colorado and Washington state voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana on Tuesday. Its sale will be regulated and taxed, with some of the money going for drug education.
  • Frustrated Long Island Braces For New Power Outages
    A nor'easter Wednesday promises new electricity outages in a region already reeling from Hurricane Sandy. The Long Island Power Authority is facing intense criticism for not acting more quickly to restore power in Sandy's wake, and beleaguered residents' patience is wearing thin.
  • 'Midwest Firewall' Helps Secure Obama Victory
    We report on the morning after the election in Ohio, a pivotal swing state in the presidential election.
  • Outside Groups Spend Big On Elections, But Don't Have Much To Show For It
    This presidential election attracted $1.5 billion in outside spending — TV ads, robocalls and other political activity by groups created to take advantage of the new rules of campaign finance law. But on the day after the voting, their track record is open to question.
  • Reid: Congress Faces 'Enormous Challenges' Ahead
    With most of the elections settled, the winners must now determine how they will deal with the impending "fiscal cliff" of spending cuts and tax increases that happen in two months. David Welna reports.

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