The Daily Digest: 11-6-08

A recount will occur in Minnesota’s hard fought Senate race. Two former U.S. Attorneys have been hired. Democrat Al Franken hired David Lillehaug. GOP Sen. Norm Coleman hired Tom Heffelfinger.

MPR, the Pi Press, the Star Tribune, Forum Communications and AP have stories.

The recount will start on November 19th and could linger until December.

The Star Tribune says the Senate seat is bigger than Minnesota.

Democrat Al Franken will appear on MPR’s Midday at 11 to talk about the recount.

MPR takes a look at those voters who chose Obama but not Franken.

I-P candidate Dean Barkley says he’ll take a breather, perhaps for good.

The Star Tribune reports that there are charges that the Independence Party is a spoiler.

President

The New York Times says President-elect Obama has some tough choices ahead.

Illinois Congressman Rahm Emanuel considers the job as Obama’s Chief of Staff.

New Mexico Bill Richardson may also be interviewing.

AP says Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry is seeking the job as Secretary of State.

The Pi Press examines how Obama won Minnesota.

Former Vice President Walter Mondale praises the Obama win.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar says the victory is historic.

MinnPost ponders some Minnesotans in the Administration.

Congress

Democrats vow to pursue an aggressive agenda.

Automakers and the UAW seek help from Congress.

The Pi Press writes about the victories by Republican Erik Paulsen and GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann.

The Star Tribune said tough talk helped Bachmann win.

AP says Bachmann wants a seat on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.

Paulsen says he’ll continue the streak of a moderate representing the 3rd.

Congress may act fast on embryonic stem cell research.

Legislature

House DFLers pick up two more seats. The Pi Press, the Star Tribune and AP have stories.

GOP House Minority Leader Marty Seifert says he may not continue with his leadership post.

Outdoors and Arts Amendment

Funds are still 9 months away. MPR, the Star Tribune and AP say the next challenge is how to spend the money.

The Pi Press said awareness helped deliver the amendment.

Voting

Nearly 78% voted in the election.

Some vote counters in Buhl forgot to call in the results.

GOP

The New York Times says the GOP has an identity crisis.

Gov. Pawlenty says Republcans need to have a “Dr. Phil moment.”

Pawlenty is mentioned as a rising star in the party.

The L.A. Times says small government conservatives look to Pawlenty for hope.

Meanwhile, Minnesota Republicans say they’re thankful in a tough year.

Economy

Jobless claims hit a 25 year high.

Markets worldwide tumbled.

A survey finds that there is widespread concern about the economy.

State Government

Minnesota gets a federal waiver for insurance.

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