The Daily Digest: 12-15-08

By the end of the week, we may have a better idea who received the most votes in Minnesota’s U.S. Senate race on Election Day. That, however, doesn’t mean we’ll know the winner. The State Canvassing Board will start examining the remaining challenged ballots on Tuesday.

AP says there are few mysteries in the challenged ballots.

The campaigns for Al Franken and Norm Coleman promise to withdraw more challenges.

Coleman campaign is asking for the Minnesota Supreme Court to stop local elections officials from opening any wrongly rejected absentee ballots.

The Star Tribune wonders whether Minnesota’s voting system has been cast into doubt.

The Pi Press has a guide to the rest of the recount.

The Star Tribune profiles Coleman supporter Jim Hays.

State Government

Forum Communications says the deficit dims hope for a bonding bill this session.

The Pi Press says Como Zoo will ask again for aid.

The Pi Press and MinnPost take a look at the projects being proposed to get funding under a federal economic stimulus plan.

North Dakota’s Board of Animal Health will weigh Minnesota’s cattle restrictions.

Fox9 says Gov. Pawlenty gains politically from his trade mission to Israel.


The Electoral College will meet today to make Obama’s win official.

President-elect Obama will hold a national security meeting today in Chicago.


A Jewish group will honor GOP Rep. Jim Ramstad this week. Ramstad is retiring.

Fox News says Ramstad’s office has been shipped to the land of misfit toys.


DFL Rep. Tim Walz is taking himself out of the running for governor even though he never committed to a run in the first place. Dog chase tail.


Arizona Senator John McCain won’t commit to backing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for governor.

  • Bill Prendergast

    What a thankless task the brave men and women of MPR news have, covering this goddam recount story day after day, hour after hour–

    Without any hope of the story becoming more interesting until a result is announced. Day after day, week after week, they’ve been at it like beavers trying to dredge up the gossip and lawsuits about this envelope of missing votes or that version of the vote total.

    Stretching this story is not hard for journalists. That’s because all who are directly involved in it are devoted to stretching it until they’re sure of a favorable result for their own interest.

    Mr. Scheck and the other correspondents are performing valuable public service by documenting the recount process here and elsewhere–but as I say, it is a thankless task, because the chronicle of the process itself lends itself to mind-numbing, my-eyes-glaze-over, repetitive news copy–despite the best efforts of the reporters to make it interesting and suspenseful, it’s the same, variations on the same soul-killing copy, day after day–

    Day, after day, after day of this stuff, it’s a treadmill kind of story with no probable investigative payoff, no “film or radio” dimension–just that “waiting for the next announcement” kind of reporting, it just goes on and on (like this comment.)

    If only you guys could secretly video someone actually in the process of altering or destroying a legitimate ballot. That would raise at least a few of these nodding reader heads.

    But that is too much to hope for, that something like that would drop out of the air after weeks of this “seemingly endless story of drudgery.” I sincerely thank you for covering it, even if I can’t read all of it–not until something *really* dispositive is announced. Despite my bitching and complaining, this story needs to be covered closely, even if it’s mind-numbing. So thank you guys.

  • tom scheck

    Thanks for the nice comments. It is a big story.