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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Marriage amendment defeat
Many of the nearly 1,000 people who gathered on the Capitol mall Wednesday held hand-written signs that simply read, "Thank you, Minnesota." (11/07/2012)
Gov. Mark Dayton
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. (11/07/2012)
Rep. Michele Bachmann
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. (11/07/2012)
Most Minnesota school districts with levy referendums on the ballot yesterday met with success. Voters approved 29 of 40 requests from school districts.
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.
A walk commemorating events after the 1862 US-Dakota War began Wednesday on the Lower Sioux Community in southwest Minnesota and ends next Tuesday at Fort Snelling.
House Speaker John Boehner offered Wednesday to pursue a deal with a victorious President Barack Obama that will include higher taxes "under the right conditions" to help reduce the nation's staggering debt and put its finances in order.
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.
Just because we can extend life, should we? If health care is a scarce resource, limited by its availability and our ability to pay for it, should government step in to ration care? How much is an extra month or year of life worth?
The election laid bare a dual -- and dueling -- nation, politically speaking, jaggedly split down the middle on the presidency and torn over much else. It seems you can please only half of the people nearly all of the time.
The 2012 election cycle brought big change in the way technology, data, money and changing demographics shape how the media reports on campaigns and issues. What went well or went awry under these circumstances of reporting?
President Barack Obama doesn't have much time to celebrate his re-election. He must now confront the fiscal cliff - nearly $500 billion in automatic tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect in January that could throw the nation back into recession.
Playwright Tennessee Williams was awarded four Drama Critic Circle Awards, two Pulitzer Prizes and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, so it's no surprise one of his plays ended up on the Library of Congress' list of 88 Books that Shaped America.
The St. Paul City Council will meet on Wednesday afternoon to approve a $400,000 settlement to a mother and son in a police brutality case, which is tied for the largest settlement in St. Paul city history.
Mitt Romney spent the past six years running for president. After his loss to President Barack Obama he'll have to chart a different course, but his future role in a divided Republican Party is unclear.
Americans can expect airports to be busier and planes to be fuller than ever, according to a forecast by the main trade association for U.S. airlines two weeks ahead of the holiday. And fares are already more expensive than a year ago.
The State Patrol says wet pavement was a factor in a head-on crash in southern Minnesota that killed two drivers and a young boy and injured the child's mother.
Democratic candidate Heidi Heitkamp has won the U.S. Senate race in North Dakota, defeating Republican Rep. Rick Berg.
Today on the MPR News Update, the 2012 election is in the record books and, for the most part, it'll go down as a big win for Democrats. An estimated 3 million people voted yesterday in Minnesota -- which works out to about 75 percent voter turnout.
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said that Minnesotans cast a record number of ballots in Tuesday's election.
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."
President Barack Obama faces a new urgent task now that he has a second term, working with a status-quo Congress to address an impending financial crisis that economists say could send the country back into recession.
Over the din of victory bellows and a band playing Michael Jackson covers at their victory parties, DFL lawmakers and leaders said that progress may mean tax increases, property tax changes, increased school spending and even legislation to legalize same-sex marriage.
Even when we disagree, we can find the good in each other.
An update on Michele Bachmann's narrow victory in the 6th congressional district race.
Minnesota has the first DFL-controlled state government in 25 years
MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with State Senator Scott Dibble about the rejected gay marriage amendment.
Graves was trailing Bachmann by about 3,900 votes with 99 percent of precincts reporting on Wednesday morning. The Associated Press called the race for Bachmann just before 4 a.m.
MPR political editor Mike Mulcahy and MPR political commentators Todd Rapp and Maureen Shaver analyze the election results. The re-election of President Obama, the congressional vote in Minnesota, the DFL control of the Minnesota House and Senate, and the defeat of constitutional amendments on marriage and voter ID.
For the past two weeks, Republicans have said Minnesota is a swing state. If that's the case, it swung hard to the DFL on Tuesday.
President Barack Obama rolled to re-election Tuesday night, vanquishing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney despite a weak economy that plagued his first term.
Voters a continent apart made history Tuesday on two divisive social issues, with Maine and Maryland becoming the first states to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote while Washington state and Colorado legalized recreational use of marijuana.
Minnesota voters rejected two proposed amendments to the state constitution on Election Day, turning back measures placed on the ballot by a Republican-controlled Legislature that voters also sent packing.
Democrats strengthened their hold on the Senate but failed Tuesday to recapture the majority in the House of Representatives they lost two years ago. President Barack Obama, in his freshly authorized second term, will face the same divided Congress in 2013 that has bedeviled efforts to enact his major legislation.
The highest-profile race in North Dakota remains undecided with a tight finish in the Senate race between Democrat Heidi Heitkamp and Republican Rick Berg.
In an emotional and historic contest, Minnesota voters defeated the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage on Tuesday, striking a blow to same-sex marriage opponents who had succeeded in passing ballot measures in 30 other states.
Rep. Michele Bachmann eked out a victory over DFL challenger Jim Graves. Meanwhile, six other incumbents won easily. Reps. Keith Ellison, Erik Paulsen, Betty McCollum, Tim Walz, Collin Peterson and John Kline all won re-election.
Minnesota voters turned back two constitutional amendments Tuesday, defeating proposals to ban same-sex marriage and require a photo ID for voting that had once been seen as likely winners.
A significant drop in voter turnout in Tuesday's election didn't keep President Barack Obama from winning a second term in the White House.
A technical problem will force Minneapolis elections officials to count the ballots from three precincts by hand on Wednesday.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's concession speech Tuesday night.
Republican control of the Minnesota Legislature teetered on the brink late Tuesday as Democrats jumped ahead of GOP candidates in several key races in the Twin Cities suburbs.
Democrats are celebrating in Minnesota. President Barack Obama carried the state and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar won a sound victory over Republican Kurt Bills.
The measure was advertised as a means of protecting election integrity. Opponents said it would disenfranchise voters by the thousands.
After two years of Republican control, DFL comes back strong.
The campaign to pass an amendment that once had strong support suffered a remarkable reversal in the final few weeks.

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