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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published November 10, 2008

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

Back to 205

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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?

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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?

Published 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”

Published November 4, 2008

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

“The Mac is back!”

Published 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

Published 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?

Published 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…

Published 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

Published 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”

Published 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

Published 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”

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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.

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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!

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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!”

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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....

McField testifies he saw Jones having sex

Published April 7, 2008

Former Gophers football player Robert McField testified in court Friday morning that he witnessed former Gophers football player Dominic Jones having sex with the alleged victim in Jones' third-degree...

Video showing sex act shown in Jones case

Published April 4, 2008

In Hennepin County Court on Thursday, prosecutors showed a cell phone video depicting former Gophers football player Dominic Jones ejaculating on a woman's face. The alleged victim in Jones' third-degree...

Legislature passes state bonding bill

Published April 3, 2008

The Legislature passed the state capital investment bill Wednesday with nearly $925 million in funding for various projects around Minnesota. The bill overwhelmingly passed 90-42 in the House and 57-10...

Nearly one year later, Jones trial starts today

Published March 31, 2008

Nearly a year after the alleged rape, the third-degree criminal sexual conduct trial of former Gophers football player Dominic Jones begins today. Jones faces a maximum of 15 years in prison. Since he...

Gov. Pawlenty unlikely to let Dream Act pass

Published March 14, 2008

A battle at the Capitol raged in years past over the Dream Act - a bill that would provide in-state tuition benefits to undocumented immigrants. Some call the bill a common-sense way to get undocumented...

Gov.’s proposed cut could raise tuition

Published March 13, 2008

While additional tuition hikes would be his "last resort," University President Bob Bruininks said that with proposed state funding cuts to higher education looming, it may be the only option. A $27 million...

House passes bonding bill

Published March 7, 2008

The Minnesota House passed its $1 billion version of the capital investment bill Thursday 99 to 34, which includes funding for the University's biomedical research plan and new Bell Museum of Natural History. Both...

Biomedical facilities funding debated

Published March 4, 2008

Even with a projected $935 million budget deficit for the state on the horizon, the University is asking for nearly $520 million between its capital bonding request and biomedical research program. Designed...

Former Gophers football player Dominic Jones back in court

Published February 29, 2008

Former Gophers football player Dominic Jones is back in court today for another hearing in his third-degree criminal sexual conduct case, stemming from an incident last April. District Judge Marilyn Rosenbaum...

Bill to legalize hemp production introduced

Published February 28, 2008

In the coming weeks, state legislators will have the opportunity to either blaze a trail toward cannabis legalization or pass on the grassroots movement altogether. A bill authored by Rep. Phyllis Kahn,...

Pretrial hearing in assault case leaves both sides waiting

Published February 22, 2008

Prosecution and defense met for the first time Thursday at a pretrial hearing for Gophers football team captain William VanDeSteeg's ongoing assault case. VanDeSteeg was charged in McLeod County with two...

Bruininks requests $225M from Senate

Published February 22, 2008

He came to request money from the state, but University President Bob Bruininks instead found himself defending upcoming tuition increases at the Capitol on Thursday. Following his presentation of the...

House, Senate pass transportation bill

Published February 22, 2008

The Minnesota House and Senate both passed a comprehensive transportation bill Thursday night. The bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who will have three days - excluding Sunday - to either...

New program monitors athletes’ Web use

Published February 14, 2008

For student-athletes, Big Brother might find his way onto computer screens, thanks to a new monitoring program. YouDiligence - software intended to monitor athletes' Facebook and MySpace profiles - seeks...

1,700 go to Coffman to pick Democratic candidate; few stay

Published February 6, 2008

Historically, caucuses have been characterized as a forum bringing citizens together to discuss key issues and decide party platforms. Tuesday's caucus in Coffman's Mississippi room was anything but. About...

U aims to improve athlete academics

Published January 23, 2008

As part of an ongoing effort at the University to improve student-athlete academic performance, officials have spent the past year implementing recommendations stemming from a study released last year. University...

NCAA convention decides new policies

Published January 22, 2008

Last week, athletics directors, college presidents and NCAA officials gathered in Nashville, Tenn., to discuss a number of issues at the NCAA's 2008 National Convention. Of those discussed, guaranteeing...

Tubby’s contract finalized

Published December 12, 2007

Head men's basketball coach Tubby Smith and University officials agreed to the terms of a seven-year contract Tuesday, worth at least $1.75 million a year. If he meets all performance-based goals outlined...

Gophers see 63 Big Ten All-Academic athletes for Fall

Published December 11, 2007

With poor graduation success and academic progress rates, Gopher student-athletes have come under recent scrutiny. But last week, officials announced 63 student-athletes garnered Big Ten All-Academic awards...

Expensive recruits

Published December 6, 2007

The reality that collegiate athletics have become a multimillion dollar business plays into the recruiting arms race. Like many other businesses, athletics departments nationwide try to stay on top of...

Student-athletes serve community

Published November 29, 2007

Aside from performing on the field, Gophers student-athletes find other ways to affect the community around them. Through the Challenging Athletes' Minds for Personal Success Life Skills program, the athletics...

TCF Bank Stadium could be renamed

Published November 28, 2007

By the time the first football game is played at TCF Bank Stadium, the project's namesake might not exist. With speculation of a possible buyout of TCF Financial Corp. circulating, by fall 2009 Gopher...

Dome security firm in violation of state law

Published November 16, 2007

They've been called security guards and rent-a-cops, but now a different word could describe them: underqualified. At all home Gopher football games, Avalon Fortress Security Corporation handles security...

NCAA to give grants for women’s basketball

Published November 15, 2007

The NCAA announced its marketing grant program Nov. 5 to stir interest in women's basketball programs nationwide. Designed to supplement marketing strategies in an effort to boost attendance, athletics...

DQ to help fund TCF stadium

Published November 14, 2007

Dairy Queen became the latest contributor to fundraising efforts for TCF Bank Stadium when University officials announced its $2.5 million sponsorship agreement Tuesday. The agreement gives the Edina-based...

Hockey ticket rules changed

Published November 5, 2007

For the first series of the men's hockey season, a tightened ticket policy greeted students at the doors of Mariucci Arena. A week later, athletics officials reversed the short-lived policy that limited...

NCAA releases latest graduation rates

Published November 5, 2007

Last week, the NCAA released the latest graduation rates for all of its member institutions. For the past four years, student-athletes at the University have been on pace with their nationwide counterparts. The...

Minn.-based Medtronic faces scrutiny

Published November 1, 2007

Between the 2008 presidential campaign and the recent SCHIP bill veto by President George W. Bush, health care in the United States has become a hot-button issue. Controversial payments by pharmaceutical...

Network shoots for equality in coverage

Published October 31, 2007

From Title IX to the WNBA, female athletes worked at equality for years. While flagship sports such as football and men's basketball might bring in the most money, Big Ten Network officials are looking...

Arrests down during ‘Freakfest’ in Madison

Published October 30, 2007

This year's "Freakfest" in Madison, Wis., which draws swarms of University students, saw a substantial decrease in arrests for the second year in a row. Last year, city officials started charging a $5...

New policy tightens student ticket usage

Published October 26, 2007

The Gopher men's hockey team played their first game of the season last night. For those students who didn't land season tickets through a lottery, a $30 single-game pass - $27 for standing room - might...

In depth: The Jimmy Williams lawsuit

Published October 23, 2007

Jimmy Williams thought he had secured a job on head basketball coach Tubby Smith's staff. The former Gophers assistant and interim head basketball coach sold his home, resigned his assistant coaching position...

Sioux Community gives $12.5 million gift to U

Published October 22, 2007

With the construction site of TCF Bank Stadium less than a block away, officials from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community announced Friday at Williams Arena its intention to donate $12.5 million to...

Survey shows faculty opinions

Published October 19, 2007

In the early days of collegiate athletics, coaching staffs were largely comprised of faculty members. But a separation grew between athletics departments and universities during nearly a century's worth...

U to start NCAA recertification process

Published October 18, 2007

With the release of student-athlete graduation success rates earlier this month, public attention has been drawn to the University's athletics department and its academic standing. On Wednesday, the University...

U gets ‘B’ for minority coaches

Published October 15, 2007

When Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith stepped onto the field at Super Bowl XLI, many claimed the event was a step forward for minority coaches everywhere. But while the NFL boasts six minority head coaches out...

Former coach to file suit

Published October 12, 2007

Former Gopher men's basketball assistant and interim head coach Jimmy Williams will file suit against the University, the Board of Regents and Athletics Director Joel Maturi by early next week, Williams...

NCAA to address hazing at national convention

Published October 11, 2007

With the start of the winter sports season fast approaching, teams' hopes are sky-high for what the upcoming months might bring. But the NCAA has planned a hazing summit in an effort to address issues...

NCAA officials, U address fan behavior

Published October 8, 2007

As students all over the country head to football stadiums, they sometimes bring with them headaches for security guards and school administrators. More than 300 security guards and police officers are...

Scholarships not a guarantee for all athletes

Published October 5, 2007

Many student-athletes feel pressure to balance the time commitment of Division I athletics and the demands of going to college. Without a scholarship, that only intensifies. "It can't realistically be...

Jones trial pushed back

Published October 4, 2007

Hennepin County Judge Marilyn Rosenbaum ruled Wednesday to push former Gopher football player Dominic Jones' trial date back four months to March 31 - nearly a year after Jones allegedly raped an "unresponsive...

U hopes to build ‘green’ stadium

Published October 3, 2007

As "green" policies permeate more of American commerce - from the auto industry to ethanol producers - it's clear environmental issues have found their way into corporate boardrooms. The University set...

New class aids freshman athletes

Published September 28, 2007

Amid training facilities, offices and locker rooms in Bierman Field Athletic Building lies a department that has never led a student-athlete to on-field accolades. But the athletics department hopes it...

NCAA looks at academics

Published September 26, 2007

In the world of high-profile collegiate athletics, the classroom can be overshadowed by competition. But the NCAA is looking to change that. The Division I Men's Basketball Academic Enhancement Group,...

Off-field injuries may be covered

Published September 24, 2007

Student-athletes have come to expect their scholarships to be there for them, regardless of injury. New legislation passed by a National Collegiate Athletic Association cabinet looks to expand that coverage...

Athletics facilities might see repairs, upgrades

Published September 18, 2007

While the future home of TCF Bank Stadium begins to take shape, athletics department officials have begun to look elsewhere to make improvements to facilities. Talks of facility upgrades and department...

Athletics will share in new network revenue

Published September 13, 2007

Amid annual tuition increases, the debate over how much University and state money should go to athletics has brewed for years. With the recent launch of the Big Ten Network, the athletics department stands...

New play probes student-athlete psychology

Published September 12, 2007

Since sexual assault charges were filed against former Gopher football standout Dominic Jones, student-athlete conduct has been on the minds of students, fans and administrators alike. And while there...

Fundraising and construction move forward

Published September 11, 2007

As students return to campus this fall, the footprint of what will be the TCF Bank Stadium is beginning to take shape. While construction crews continue work at the site, the University's team of fundraisers...

University police crack down on jaywalkers

Published September 7, 2007

First-year biology student Femi Fagbemi was jogging down Washington Avenue Thursday morning. When she crossed Harvard Street, she was stopped by University Police Officer Gary Held and issued a ticket...