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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Minnesota's public broadcasters will get funds to help convert to digital transmissions. A $792,000 Corporation for Public Broadcasting grant is the country's second largest, said Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., who has worried that many Minnesotans will be left out of next year's digital conversion. "Preparing for the digital transition is especially important for Minnesota." Klobuchar said. "More than 21 percent of our households depend exclusively on over-the-air broadcast TV. They will be most affected by the transition.
ST. PAUL - The newly predicted budget deficit is making it unclear whether there will be a public works project bill in 2009. Known as a bonding bill, the Minnesota Legislature normally would pass at least a modest-sized one when it meets. However, even if no new borrowing is authorized for public works projects, the state is over a self-imposed limit for loan interest payments. The guideline does not allow more than 3 percent of the state budget to be spent on interest. Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Local governments will be called upon to help balance the state budget. Minnesota policymakers on Tuesday made it clear that programs such as Local Government Aid paid to cities will be included in a $426 million budget balancing act. Gov. Tim Pawlenty also announced he plans to implement a state worker pay freeze and urged local governments to follow suit as they are finishing next year's budgets. "We want to make sure we are leading by example," Pawlenty told reporters during an Associated Press legislative preview meeting.
ST. PAUL - A historic budget deficit of $5.2 billion faces Minnesota policymakers. The deficit for the two-year budget that begins July 1 will be $4.8 billion, The Associated Press reported, with the remaining $426 million coming out of the budget in the next six months. When Gov. Tim Pawlenty took office in 2003, he faced a then-record nearly $4.6 billion deficit. The Minnesota Constitution requires the state have a balanced budget.
ST. PAUL -- U.S. Senate recount activity slowed on Saturday, with only a handful of locations active. With 66 percent of the 2.9 million ballots recounted by Saturday night, Republican U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman's lead over Democrat Al Franken grew a few votes from Friday to 167, when his 215-vote pre-recount lead is adjusted by the recount totals. His lead had dwindled every day of the recount. However, challenged ballots continued to be the big story Saturday.
Frivolous: (adjective). 1 a: of little weight or importance. b: having no sound basis (as in fact or law) "a frivolous lawsuit" 2 a: lacking in seriousness. b: marked by unbecoming levity -- Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's U.S. Senate recount turned frivolous Friday. Each campaign accused the other of engaging in frivolous challenges, actions campaigns can use to claim that a voter's candidate pick on a ballot is not clear. On Friday night, the secretary of state's office reported 747 ballots challenged by Republican U.S. Sen.
ST. PAUL -- The number of disputed ballots dramatically rose in the second day of Minnesota's U.S. Senate race recount, making them the key to who eventually wins. By Thursday night, 734 ballots had been challenged, a figure that dwarfs the 215-vote margin Republican U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman led Democratic challenger Al Franken before the recount began Wednesday. A state board will look at each challenged ballot to see who, if anyone, gets that vote. The two campaigns challenged more than twice as many ballots Thursday as they did on the recount's first day.
ST. PAUL -- A man who knows the subject liked what he saw Wednesday as Minnesotans began recounting 2.9 million U.S. Senate election ballots. "They're going as smoothly as you could anticipate when you're first starting a process that is new to everybody involved," Wesley Kliner, who was part of the 2000 presidential recount in Florida, said while watching the process in Otter Tail County. The comment from the Tennessee attorney, working for Norm Coleman's campaign, was echoed throughout Minnesota as the historic recount began.
ST. PAUL - A historic recount was under way across Minnesota today, possibly with control of the U.S. Senate being decided. While the recount was just getting started, a judge ordered Ramsey County to turn over a list of voters whose absentee ballots were rejected.
Here are highlights of the upcoming Minnesota's U.S. Senate race recount: -- Every one of the 2.9 million ballots cast in the U.S. Senate race will be examined individually by local or state elections officials at 107 sites statewide. -- Under state law, the officials' job is to determine the candidate each voter intended to select.