The Daily Digest: 11-25-08

The counting continues.

Both campaigns claim their opponent is making frivolous challenges. MPR and AP have stories.

A run up in challenges is clouding the final vote tally.

The Pi Press says Democrat Al Franken is not making expected gains in Minneapolis.

The Pi Press takes a look at the saga of one absentee voter.

KARE says local elections directors are at wits end.

Some ballots play hide and seek in Becker County.

Franken’s campaign complains of missing ballots.

Chuck Schumer is leaving as chair of the DSCC.

Obama

President-elect Obama is expected to name Peter Orszag as his Director of Office of Management and Budget today.

It will be his second presser in as many days.

DFL Rep. Collin Peterson says he would not accept the job at Ag Secretary.

Obama and President Bush are working to calm the jittery markets.

He named his economic team yesterday.

Forum Communications takes the temperature of the delegation on Obama’s team.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison says more than 1,700 people have contacted his office about inauguration tickets.

State Government

A Committee in the Minnesota House will put Wakota Bridge under the microscope today.

Gov. Pawlenty is hinting at big changes in the upcoming session.

Pawlenty joins some turkey growers at a newser to announce food donations to a local foodshelf.

Congress

States are calling for their share of the bailout.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar holds a health care summit. You can watch it live here.

The Pi Press has a Q and A with Klobuchar.

Charlie Rangel, chair of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, has plenty of investigations around him. The New York Times has the latest.

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