Yearly Archives: 2008

MN Governor Slashes Spending As State Revenues Drop

Minnesota cities, towns and local governments will recieve a lump of coal from Governor Tim Pawlenty the day after Christmas.  The Governor, who has refused to raise taxes on the state’s wealthiest people, has decided to not send out checks to local governments to help them pay for essentials such as payroll, police officers and fire protection.  
Governor Pawlenty announced the cuts less than a week before the checks are due to be sent out, causing local governments to scramble to figure out how they will pay the bills.  The cuts are part of $271 million in state spending cuts the Governor made on Friday in an attempt to wipe out the state’s growing budget deficit.   Continue Reading →

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“Lizard People” invade MN Senate Recount

Review of challenged ballots in the recount for the MN seat for US Senate brings some welcome comic relief in the name of write-in candidates on challenged ballots: Lizard People and Flying Spaghetti Monster, with a little Frankenstin [sic] for good measure. EDIT: Chuck Olsen
PRODUCTION: Mike McIntee
VIDEO: Noah Kunin
 
 
**http://the-uptake.groups.theuptake.org/en/videogalleryView/id/1483/ Continue Reading →

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Legacy Amendment: Minnesota’s Popular Tax

How is it that in the midst of a recession and just four weeks after the collapse of America’s investment banks, a constitutional amendment to fund the arts and environment by implementing a 3/8% sales tax increase for the next 25 years was more popular in Minnesota than any political candidate, including President-elect Barack Obama, who received 60,000 votes less than the tax-increase?  
With 56% of Minnesotans voting “YES” on the Legacy Amendment, it is clear that citizens place a high level of importance on this state’s natural and cultural resources. 
 
The Vote Yes campaign assembled a coalition of sportsmen, arts groups and conservationists to break down party lines and secure a clear majority. Their work was made easier by the commonly held view that the Minnesota State Legislature is incapable of securing the necessary funding through the normal channels.  
Funding questions and legislative battles will not become a thing of the past with the passage of the amendment. With the state facing a multi-billion dollar deficit, some lawmakers have already begun eying the money secured by the Legacy Amendment to balance the books. Continue Reading →

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Legacy Amendment: Minnesota’s Popular Tax

How is it that in the midst of a recession and just four weeks after the collapse of America’s investment banks, a constitutional amendment to fund the arts and environment by implementing a 3/8% sales tax increase for the next 25 years was more popular in Minnesota than any political candidate, including President-elect Barack Obama, who received 60,000 votes less than the tax-increase? With 56% of Minnesotans voting “YES” on the Legacy Amendment, it is clear that citizens place a high level of importance on this state’s natural and cultural resources. 
The Vote Yes campaign assembled a coalition of sportsmen, arts groups and conservationists to break down party lines and secure a clear majority. Their work was made easier by the commonly held view that the Minnesota State Legislature is incapable of securing the necessary funding through the normal channels. Funding questions and legislative battles will not become a thing of the past with the passage of the amendment. With the state facing a multi-billion dollar deficit, some lawmakers have already begun eying the money secured by the Legacy Amendment to balance the books. Continue Reading →

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“Get Rid Of Frivolous Challenges” Says MN Secretary of State Ritchie

MN Secretary of State Mark Ritchie says the state canvassing board decided the fate of 160 challenged ballots on the first day, eventually reaching a pace of 40/hour. Ritchie emphasized, “Get rid of frivolous challenges,” citing the example of “just a dot” in one oval when another is completely filled in. Ritchie didn’t guarantee the process would be finished by the end of the week, stating the need for the process to be accurate until it’s finished. Filmed by Chuck Olsen for The UpTake on Dec. 16, 2008. Continue Reading →

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“Get Rid Of Frivolous Challenges” Says MN Secretary of State Ritchie

MN Secretary of State Mark Ritchie says the state canvassing board decided the fate of 160 challenged ballots on the first day, eventually reaching a pace of 40/hour. Ritchie emphasized, “Get rid of frivolous challenges,” citing the example of “just a dot” in one oval when another is completely filled in. Ritchie didn’t guarantee the process would be finished by the end of the week, stating the need for the process to be accurate until it’s finished. Filmed by Chuck Olsen for The UpTake on Dec. 16, 2008. Continue Reading →

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“Get Rid Of Frivolous Challenges” Says MN Secretary of State Ritchie

MN Secretary of State Mark Ritchie says the state canvassing board decided the fate of 160 challenged ballots on the first day, eventually reaching a pace of 40/hour. Ritchie emphasized, “Get rid of frivolous challenges,” citing the example of “just a dot” in one oval when another is completely filled in. Ritchie didn’t guarantee the process would be finished by the end of the week, stating the need for the process to be accurate until it’s finished. Filmed by Chuck Olsen for The UpTake on Dec. 16, 2008. Continue Reading →

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Franken Campaign Reacts to Coleman Supreme Court Petition

The Norm Coleman campaign has petitioned Minnesota’s Supreme Court after losing two key points before the State Canvassing Board. The board ruled that 133 missing ballots from Minneapolis may be counted based upon the machine count and recommended that counties start sorting and counting improperly rejected absentee ballots…which may number more than 1,000.  
The Coleman campaign argues that the Canvassing Board suggestion essentially creates 87 different standards (there are 87 counties) for counting the improperly rejected absentee ballots.  
Franken campaign attorney Marc Elias counters that the state already has very precise standards in place for counting ballots.  
This is audio from Marc Elias’ news conference shortly after the Coleman campaign announced it was going to petition the Minnesota Supreme Court. Continue Reading →

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Franken Campaign Reacts to Coleman Supreme Court Petition

The Norm Coleman campaign has petitioned Minnesota’s Supreme Court after losing two key points before the State Canvassing Board. The board ruled that 133 missing ballots from Minneapolis may be counted based upon the machine count and recommended that counties start sorting and counting improperly rejected absentee ballots…which may number more than 1,000.  
The Coleman campaign argues that the Canvassing Board suggestion essentially creates 87 different standards (there are 87 counties) for counting the improperly rejected absentee ballots.  
Franken campaign attorney Marc Elias counters that the state already has very precise standards in place for counting ballots.  
This is audio from Marc Elias’ news conference shortly after the Coleman campaign announced it was going to petition the Minnesota Supreme Court. Continue Reading →

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Franken Campaign Reacts to Coleman Supreme Court Petition

The Norm Coleman campaign has petitioned Minnesota’s Supreme Court after losing two key points before the State Canvassing Board. The board ruled that 133 missing ballots from Minneapolis may be counted based upon the machine count and recommended that counties start sorting and counting improperly rejected absentee ballots…which may number more than 1,000.  
The Coleman campaign argues that the Canvassing Board suggestion essentially creates 87 different standards (there are 87 counties) for counting the improperly rejected absentee ballots.  
Franken campaign attorney Marc Elias counters that the state already has very precise standards in place for counting ballots.  
This is audio from Marc Elias’ news conference shortly after the Coleman campaign announced it was going to petition the Minnesota Supreme Court. Continue Reading →

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Missing Votes, Uncounted Absentee Ballots To Count In Tight MN US Senate Race

Minnesota’s tight US Senate Race will apparently be decided by ballots that have not been counted yet. The State Canvassing Board today recommended that counties find and tally ballots that were improperly rejected. The board also approved counting 133 ballots missing from a Minneapolis precinct. That was a victory fro the Al Franken campaign since that pricinct gives him a net gain of more than 40 votes. Continue Reading →

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Missing Votes, Uncounted Absentee Ballots To Count In Tight MN US Senate Race

Minnesota’s tight US Senate Race will apparently be decided by ballots that have not been counted yet. The State Canvassing Board today recommended that counties find and tally ballots that were improperly rejected. The board also approved counting 133 ballots missing from a Minneapolis precinct. That was a victory fro the Al Franken campaign since that pricinct gives him a net gain of more than 40 votes. Continue Reading →

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Missing Votes, Uncounted Absentee Ballots To Count In Tight MN US Senate Race

Minnesota’s tight US Senate Race will apparently be decided by ballots that have not been counted yet. The State Canvassing Board today recommended that counties find and tally ballots that were improperly rejected. The board also approved counting 133 ballots missing from a Minneapolis precinct. That was a victory fro the Al Franken campaign since that pricinct gives him a net gain of more than 40 votes. Continue Reading →

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