The Daily Digest: 12-4-08

Al Franken’s campaign withdraws 633 ballots. More ballots discrepancies were found. This time it’s in Minneapolis and cost Franken some votes, which the campaign is protesting. MPR, the Pi Press, AP, the Star Tribune and Forum Communications have stories.

The latest numbers compared to Election Day totals show Norm Coleman with a lead.

Franken’s campaign is claiming he’s ahead in the vote count. Coleman’s people say they’re ahead.

MinnPost tries to determine who is telling the truth.

The Pi Press estimates that all of the challenges could take weeks for the Canvassing Board to sort through (if they aren’t withdrawn).

MPR takes a look at how the campaigns are raising money for the recount.

The Fix says the recount lost its urgency not that Saxby Chambliss won the Georgia runoff.

WCCO says tensions flare at the recount in Scott County.

State Budget

We will learn today how bad the state’s budget will be later this morning. A historic, very very bad, mega doom budget deficit is predicted. MPR, AP and the Star Tribune have stories.

There’s also talk of unallotment.

The Pi Press examines whether the forecast should be moved up before the November election.

The paper also says some lawmakers are looking at ways to innovate in light of the bad news.

ECM profiles the House GOP.

Minnesota slips in healthiest state rankings.

Minnesota and 48 states fail the college affordability study.

Congress

The feds wants the reinstatement of a tax probe into a church.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the bailout plan for cars makers doesn’t have the votes to pass.

Meanwhile, the UAW makes concessions to help the Big 3.

A special counsel faults former U.S. Attorney Rachel Paulose for taking retaliatory action against an Assistant U.S. Attorney.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann wins something called the “Worker Freedom Award.”

Reuters says Senate Democrats will pack plenty of muscle. DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar is mentioned.

DFL Rep. Tim Walz is teaching local leaders and non-profits how to win a federal grant.

DFL Rep. Betty McCollum helps kick off the Census count. The Pi Press and KARE have stories.

Minneapolis is working to reduce foreclosures. DFL Rep. Keith Ellison is mentioned.

DFL Rep. Collin Peterson is in London pleading for tighter regulation of credit derivatives.

DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar wants National Steel’s pension fund examined.

Obama

DFL Rep. Collin Peterson appears to like Colorado Democratic Congressman John Salazar as Ag Secretary.

Bill Gates presses President-elect Obama on a stimulus package and global aid.

Some health groups are wary of picking GOP Rep. Jim Ramstad for “Drug Czar.” MinnPost and the Star Tribune have stories.

  • Jim

    New adjective used today by the Strib to describe the anticipated budget deficit:

    “Mega-bad”

    I’ll update later if any more colorful terms to describe the ginormous state budget deficit appear in the media.

  • peter hill

    U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann has received a “Guardian of Worker Freedom” award from the Alliance for Worker Freedom in Washington D.C., for what the group calls “her commitment to workers’ rights, open markets and labor freedom in 2008.”

    Note that the award winning Alliance for Worker Freedom, a Washington DC advocacy group, itself received the 2008 Blair Boxer Clover Award for “creative labor solutions for the 21st Century workplace” (from the press release)