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Ritchie on WCCO: Recount will be done by Jan. 5

December 21, 2008

There will be a "near final" total of counted ballots by the end of the day Tuesday in the elongated Minnesota U.S. Senate race between Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken, Secretary of State...

Star Tribune: $5.2 billion budget deficit projected

December 4, 2008

The State of Minnesota will face a $5.2 billion budget deficit, which is 13.4 percent of the state's overall budget, according to a Star Tribune report via "Capitol sources." The news came about two hours...

It’s official: vote margin at 215

November 18, 2008

Finally, we have an official pre-recount tally for both Sen. Norm Coleman and Al Franken going into the recount -- thanks to the Star Tribune. It's a razor thin 215, up from 206 before,...

Mr. Gov. goes to Miami

November 12, 2008

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is in Miami for a national conference of Republican governors. Despite their tropical settings, Pawlenty and the rest of the congregation there seemed to be in a somber mood,...

And… back to 206

November 10, 2008

Sen. Norm Coleman's lead is back to 206.

Back to 205

November 10, 2008

Sen. Norm Coleman's lead is back down 205 over Democrat Al Franken. Keep checking in, we'll keep updating.

Back to 206

November 10, 2008

Sen. Norm Coleman's lead over Democrat Al Franken is now back at 206, according to the MN Secretary of State's office. These have been going up and down, by just a few votes, all day, so stay tuned.

Now… 205

November 10, 2008

As of 1:52 Sen. Norm Coleman's lead over Democrat Al Franken is at 205, according to the Secretary of State's office. County canvasses must be completed today, Minnpost reports, so the numbers are expected...

Now… 206

November 10, 2008

As of 1:23 Sen. Norm Coleman's lead over Democrat Al Franken is at 206, according to the Secretary of State's office. County canvasses must be completed today, Minnpost reports, so the numbers are expected...

Update: Coleman’s lead continues slide

November 8, 2008

Sen. Norm Coleman's lead is now down to 221, according to Minnpost. That's more than a 500 vote drop since the morning after Election Day. Stay tuned, we'll update as often as possible.

Update: Coleman’s lead dwindling, now just 238

November 7, 2008

Sen. Norm Coleman's lead has shrunk from more than 700 on Wednesday morning to just 238 in his -- for lack of a better word -- insanely close senate race against Democrat Al Franken. Experts and pundits...

Obama’s first press conference as president-elect

November 7, 2008

In the face of the worst unemployment situation in the United States in 14 years, President-elect Barack Obama held his first press conference today in Chicago to address the country's dire economic situation....

Obama’s Victory Speech

November 5, 2008

So I'm assuming most everyone has either seen or read about Barack Obama's victory speech in Chicago last night. Well, here's one more way to look at: A word cloud from wordle.net.

Polling irregularities?

November 5, 2008

In its statement saying the senate race is too close to call and not over, the Franken camp has pointed to reports of "irregularities" at polling places around the state and polling places in Minneapolis...

First glimpses of the Obama cabinet

November 5, 2008

The AP has reported that President-elect Barack Obama will choose Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel as his chief of staff in the White House. Meanwhile, Politco reports Obama is considering Robert F. Kennedy...

Coleman claims victory

November 5, 2008

Sen. Norm Coleman this morning claimed victory in his race against Democrat Al Franken, despite a looming recount mandated my state law. "The Senator is thrilled and humbled to be given the opportunity...

NBC: Vermont for Obama; Kentucky and South Carolina for McCain

November 5, 2008

Just as the headline says, NBC has called the two states, Vermont for Obama and Kentucky and South Carolina for McCain. Longtime Republican state Indiana remains too close or too early to call, along with...

Problems at the polls?

November 4, 2008

I just wanted to give a heads up to all you civic-minded folks out there voting. If you have any problems, turned away wrongfully or anything like that, I encourage you to give the Daily a call so we can...

Today, “you can vote however you like”

November 4, 2008

Feeling especially patriotic? Just love America and democracy? Then you need to see this video here.

“The Mac is back!”

November 4, 2008

In a rousing speech to what appears to be a large crowd in Grand Junction, Colorado, John McCain is rallying his troops so to speak, going so far as saying "the Mac is back!" For transparency's sake, I'm...

Long lines and confusion in Uptown

November 4, 2008

A reader just called the Daily newsroom saying there is a line "down the block and around the corner" at the First Universalist Church on Dupont Avenue in Minneapolis. The reader said there was confusion...

False text messages from CNN?

November 4, 2008

CNN is reporting that it's receiving complaints from some people that they are receiving text messages telling them, essentially, to vote tomorrow. The messages say something to the effect of this: "CNN...

What I’m going to miss tonight…

November 4, 2008

Historical election aside, this is what I'm going to miss tonight while watching the returns. RIP Tim Russert and your white board.

Obama vs. McCain in 2006

November 4, 2008

Pollster SurveyUSA posted yesterday the results of a poll of 30,000 Americans (600 from every state) looking at a matchup of Barack Obama and John McCain. The catch? The poll was conducted in 2006. See...

NYTimes “word cloud”

November 4, 2008

The New York Times has launched a feature today that allows voters to input which word most describes their mood. Words like anxious, worried, patriotic, hopeful, etc. are all present, and you even view...

The Oracle (Rove) predicts Obama landslide

November 4, 2008

Turncoat or fortune teller? Either way, President Bush's political guru/mastermind Karl Rove has predicted a landslide for Barack Obama in today's election by a whopping 338 to 200 in the Electoral College,...

The “canaries in the coal mine”

November 3, 2008

Take it for what it's worth, but ABC's George Stephanopoulos has given his pre-Election Day analysis, saying there are six, count them, six states to be on the lookout for early on tomorrow night. I won't...

Is that the fat lady singing? At least in MN

October 30, 2008

As Minnpost's David Brauer notes in his Daily Glean today: "You can see the fat lady's adenoids, at least in Minnesota." That's in reference to a new MPR/U of M poll that puts Obama ahead in Minnesota...

Palin talks energy

October 29, 2008

The Internets have been buzzing today with news of Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin's speech about energy independence today in Ohio. The New York Times called it her second policy speech since she...

Fun with word clouds

October 29, 2008

While this "word cloud" technology has been out for a while, we here at Filed Under Politics just drank the Kool-Aid, so to speak, recently. Accordingly, I wanted to give you a visual look at some of the...

Less than a week

October 29, 2008

That's all there is left, less than a week of this marathon presidential campaign that, arguably, started at the conclusion of the mid-term elections in 2006. If you've had a pulse or haven't been living...

Who loves McCain? al-Qaeda loves John McCain.

October 26, 2008

Well why not? In an election year where it appears just about anything (neo-McCarthyism from Minnesota's sixth to a black man heading a major party's ticket) this shouldn't surpise me, or anyone else...

The Great Political Arms Race

October 23, 2008

If ever it were true, this year's campaigns across the country have become more of an arms race than ever before, according to the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics, making it the most expensive...

Update: Franken camp condemns vandalism

October 22, 2008

The campaign for Democratic Senate candidate Al Franken released a statement today condemning the vandalism of prominent Republicans' homes including his rival Sen. Norm Coleman. Andy Barr, Communications...

RNC review committee members named

October 21, 2008

The members of the City of St. Paul's RNC investigation committee have been named, Minnesota Public Radio via the AP reported this morning. Commission co-chairs Tom Heffelfinger and Andy Luger named the...

Hillary Clinton on campus today

October 21, 2008

Former Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton will be on campus today to campaign for Senate candidate Al Franken. The rally has been dubbed the "Two Weeks To Change" Rally. Doors open at...

Giuliani: Biden harbors doubts about Obama

October 20, 2008

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani today raised doubts about Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden's own trust in Barack Obama after Biden's comments last night at a fundraiser which the...

Giuliani, McCain Foreign Policy Adviser to talk Biden, Obama

October 20, 2008

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and McCain-Palin Foreign Policy Adviser Randy Scheunemann will hold a conference call with reporters at 3 p.m. today. The two will discuss "Joe Biden's admission...

Powell endorses the $150 million man

October 19, 2008

After raising a whopping $150 million in September, Barack Obama just obliterated the previous fundraising record which (surprise, surprise) he held with the $66 million he raised in August. He added 632,000...

Filed under politics… The Last Hurrah

October 15, 2008

A conglomeration of national news from the campaign trail, Alaska to Washington and, yes, even Wall Street to Main Street, "Filed under politics..." will aim to aggregate and contextualize national news...

Filed under politics… Live blogging TONIGHT!

October 15, 2008

Just a heads up, yours truly will be live blogging the presidential debate tonight starting at 8 p.m. sharp. Check back in for more, in the meantime check out some pre-debate stories all around the web...

Filed under politics… The Final Debate

October 15, 2008

Here we are, live from an apartment in Minneapolis, covering the final presidential debate in what has already become one of the most historic races in the country... The topic is domestic policy. Let's...

Filed under politics… More of the same

October 15, 2008

A quick note from the AP via the Star Tribune here: http://www.startribune.com/politics/national/president/31029244.html?elr=KArks8c7PaP3E77K_3c::D3aDhUeyDiPhD:aUiacyKUnciaec8O7EyU According to the story,...

Filed under politics… “Kill him!”

October 14, 2008

A conglomeration of national news from the campaign trail, Alaska to Washington and, yes, even Wall Street to Main Street, "Filed under politics..." will aim to aggregate and contextualize national news...

Filed under politics… Mid-October

October 13, 2008

A conglomeration of national news from the campaign trail, Alaska to Washington and, yes, even Wall Street to Main Street, "Filed under politics..." will aim to aggregate and contextualize national news...

Filed under politics… Afghanistan

October 9, 2008

A conglomeration of national news from the campaign trail, Alaska to Washington and, yes, even Wall Street to Main Street, "Filed under politics..." will aim to aggregate and contextualize national news...

Med School ethics in question

June 11, 2008

T Click here to view a list of payments made to University doctors. Click here to view a list of payments made to all doctors in Minnesota. (Microsoft Excel Files) he fervor over conflicts of interest...

Rep. Rukavina seeks to slow tuition increases

May 7, 2008

With rumors circulating of tuition hikes nearing 10 percent, one state representative is seeking to end the increases before they start. Legally, the Legislature can't mandate fiscal policies, such as...

Lawyer Earl Gray is not your average cup of tea

April 17, 2008

It can be said that Earl Gray doesn't just defend his clients in court - he puts the prosecution, itself, on trial. With his unconventional courtroom actions, the defense attorney from St. Paul has made...

Legislators discuss creation of low-carbon fuel bill

April 16, 2008

On a day when crude oil hit $114 per barrel, legislators met to discuss the possibility of creating a low-carbon fuel standard and furthering an investment in renewable energy. The bill, authored by Rep....