Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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ST. PAUL - Gov. Tim Pawlenty balances the state budget this afternoon, but promises to preserve military, veterans, public safety and K-12 education programs. "Those areas this afternoon will not be cut, but others will be," the Minnesota governor said on his weekly radio show this morning. Under state law, the governor must drain the state budget reserve before he makes cuts to balance the budget. Pawlenty said his actions later today will total $470 million.
ST. PAUL -- The country's economy could worsen if the federal government sends aid to financially hurting states, Minnesota Gov.
ST. PAUL - The financial industry, retailers, car makers and the average American are among those hurt by what now officially is a recession, and want federal help -- and many governors joined the chorus Tuesday by asking the in-coming president not to forget them. Not Minnesota Gov.
ST. PAUL - Two issues - frivolous challenges and seeing both sides of ballots - are ones that officials of Republican Coleman and Democrat Al Franken campaigns discussed today, the second day of a statewide recount of 2.9 million ballots. The two campaigns exchanged charges that the other side might be engaging in some frivolous challenges.
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ST. PAUL - Minnesota should spend $86 million in the next five years to expand green jobs across the state, Gov. Tim Pawlenty said this morning. As he was beginning a statewide tour announcing his "Green Jobs Investment Initiative," Pawlenty told reporters in a Capitol news conference that he does not know how many jobs his plan would create. However, he predicted it would be a significant number and state officials predicted more than 114,000 millions will hold such jobs in the next 30 years - not necessarily all credited to the program Pawlenty just announced.
ST. PAUL - U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman demands election data from county and state officials, with his campaign wondering why vote totals are changing following Tuesday's election. The campaign was especially concerned about changed on northeast Minnesota's Iron Range. "Minnesota has a history of fair and clean elections, and we are committed to ensuring that this election is no different," Coleman Campaign Manager Cullen Sheenan said.
ST. PAUL - Minnesotans who endured a lengthy U.S. Senate race now could be forced to wait into December, or longer, to see who actually won. Republican U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman collected 727 more votes than Democratic challenger Al Franken, unofficial secretary of state returns show. But state law mandates a recount of every one of the nearly 3 million ballots cast because the election is a virtual tie. The final tally, before the recount, shows Coleman with 1,211,628 votes, for 42 percent. Franken followed with 1,210,901, which was 41.97 percent.
ST. PAUL - Minnesotans who endured a lengthy U.S. Senate race now could be forced to wait into December, or longer, to see who actually won. The Associated Press declared Republican U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman the winner of Tuesday's vote. However, with almost all votes counted today, Coleman and Democratic challenger Al Franken remain in a virtual tie, forcing a mandated recount of every one of the nearly 3 million ballots. This morning, the Minnesota secretary of state's office reported Coleman with 1,210,660 votes, for 42 percent. Franken followed with 1,209,665, which was 41.97 percent.