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 - 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 - The Republican National Convention most likely will begin more traditional operations Tuesday, although delegates will be asked to help prepare packages for Hurricane Gustav victims. A storm of another kind could find its way into the convention. GOP vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska today said her unwed 17-year-old daughter is pregnant. Republicans officials this morning said Cindy McCain, wife of presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, this afternoon will ask for delegates' help at the end of an abbreviated convention session.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will not be John McCain's running mate, but today highly praised the woman who will be. Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is the pick.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty debated the Russia-Georgia crisis on national television Sunday in an appearance that pitted him against another vice presidential hopeful. Pawlenty, reportedly high on Sen. John McCain's running mate list, said Americans would prefer that his candidate face foreign leaders. But Indiana U.S. Sen.
REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. - Western Minnesota voters have a choice between a powerful U.S. House Agriculture Committee chairman and a second-time challenger who thinks a recently enacted farm bill falls short. Republican challenger Glen Menze said on Tuesday that the farm bill, which sets federal agriculture policy for years, did not have enough specific "risk management" provisions such as crop insurance for farmers. The omissions are especially hard on small farmers, he said. However, he was in the minority of Democrats and Republicans who spoke at a FarmFest forum.
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ST. PAUL - House Majority Leader Tony Sertich says Gov. Tim Pawlenty erased $1.5 million in state construction projects from his district as revenge for comments he made about the Republican governor. The Chisholm Democrat told reporters Friday that on March 14 a Pawlenty staff member called with what he said was a message from the governor: "I have a hockey analogy for you. Cheap shots are cheap, but they are not free." Sertich said the staffer went on to say that Pawlenty threatened to veto projects in Sertich's northeastern Minnesota district.
ST. PAUL - Eric Magnuson used to lead a commission that helped pick judges; now he is getting ready to become Minnesota's top judge. Gov.
ST. PAUL - All state highway bridges have been inspected since the Aug. 1 Minneapolis bridge collapse, missing by three weeks Gov. Tim Pawlenty's deadline. Seventeen of more than 4,000 bridges needed repairs or other actions after the inspections, Minnesota Department of Transportation officials said Friday. Pawlenty originally said he wanted all 13,026 Minnesota bridges to be inspected.