April 8, 2009 |
A three-judge panel Tuesday awarded Democrat challenger Al Franken more votes in his bid to become Minnesota's next senator, but it will take additional court action to decide the final result in what is already the longest-running recount in the state's history. The panel examined 351 ballots and added the result to previous counts, giving Franken a lead of 312 votes over Republican Norm Coleman. Franken began the day ahead by 225 votes of about 2.4 million cast in November.
March 8, 1985 |
A state senator--deploring President Reagan's policies and complaining of bad treatment when he went to Washington this week with a delegation of legislators--announced Thursday that he is leaving the Republican Party to return to independent status. "I rise to express my anger, my disappointment and my frustration with the national Administration," Sen. Charles Berg told colleagues in a state Senate speech. "I believe they are totally out of touch with reality."
December 3, 2008
Harvey Milk: Recent articles in the Calendar and California sections based on the release of the movie "Milk" have referred to San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk as being the first openly gay man elected to major public office in this country. While he was among the first openly gay politicians to hold office in the United States -- Milk was elected city supervisor in 1977 -- at least one other official preceded Milk as an openly gay candidate to be elected. Allan Spear, who served in the Minnesota Senate from 1972 to 2000, announced that he was gay in 1974.
April 10, 1998 |
Minnesota Senate leaders on Thursday night scrapped a plan to vote on a bill to build a new ballpark for the Twins, instead unanimously approving a non-binding resolution saying the state wants to keep the team. Sen. Roy Terwilliger was the sponsor of the bill that would have built a riverfront ballpark in Minneapolis using fees derived from the facility such as team rent, a game-day parking tax and a surcharge on player income taxes. "I think we had the votes" to pass it, Terwilliger said.
January 21, 1985 |
Businesses and schools in farm towns throughout Minnesota plan to close today so workers and students can attend a rally at the state Capitol to draw attention to the financial plight of farmers. At least 34 school districts have confirmed that they will close for the day. Groundswell, the group sponsoring the rally, predicted that 10,000 persons, including farmers from Iowa, Wisconsin and South Dakota, will brave sub-freezing temperatures to attend the rally.
May 13, 2013 |
Minnesota is poised to become the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage as the state Senate approved legislation Monday, flooding the Capitol building with cheers from supporters. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton announced that he would sign the bill Tuesday afternoon. Once he does, Minnesota will be the first Midwestern state to legalize the practice by legislative vote. (Iowa's Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in 2009.) With same-sex marriage supporters watching, the Democratically controlled Senate passed the bill, 37 to 30 -- capping a dramatic reversal from 2011, when the Legislature put a referendum on the ballot that would have amended the state Constitution to ban gay marriage.