2012 elections

by T.W. Budig, ECM Capitol reporter – The Democratic leaders of the new legislature are in place. This week House and Senate Democrats, meeting in caucus, elected House Minority Leader Paul Thissen of Minneapolis Speaker of the House-elect and Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk of Cook Senate Majority Leader-elect. The Democrats will replace Republican Senate [...]

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In the race for District 31A of the Minnesota House of Representatives, incumbent Republican Kurt Daudt of Crown won with 60 percent of the vote over Democrat challenger Ryan Fiereck. “I’m very honored that the residents re-elected me.” Daudt said Nov. 7.  “I look forward to serving the people in the Legislature, and I’m honored [...]

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by Tim Budig ECM Capitol reporter As if placing an exclamations mark on a disastrous election day for Minnesota Republicans, voters rejected two amendments the Republican-controlled legislature placed on the ballot. The high-profile marriage amendment, aimed at defining marriage in the state constitution as union of man and woman, with 97 percent of state precincts [...]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Publishers Republicans expressed a certain mystification over the thumping they took last night. “Nobody saw it coming,” said Rep. Jim Abeler, R-Anoka, a 14-year veteran of the House, of Republicans losing the legislature, a congressman, two amendments. “I was surprised,” said Jeff Johnson, Minnesota Republican National committeeman and Hennepin County Commissioner. [...]

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Minnesota Secretary of State Ritchie announced today that Minnesotans cast a record number of ballots in yesterday’s election. With 99.93% of precincts reporting 2,938,947 voters cast ballots in the presidential race.  Since most voters cast votes in the presidential race, this number is a good indicator of voter turnout while counties are proofing their data [...]

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Ron Mathison has been re-elected to Zimmerman City Council and Dave Earenfight has been re-elected Zimmerman Mayor. They will be joined by the Gary Clough who was the top vote-getter in the the council race. Earenfight edged Gregory Laney with 1,121 votes or 51 percent of the vote, while Laney had 1,048 votes or 48 [...]

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Republicans from Otsego and other areas of eastern Wright County are sending a new face to the Minnesota House of Representatives next January in David FitzSimmons of Albertville, based on unofficial voting totals Nov. 6. With all precincts counted in House District 30B, results showed FitzSimmons leading Democratic challenger Sharon Shimek, of Otsego, with more [...]

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Voters from throughout our district approved Nov. 6 the renewal of an expiring levy.  Unfortunately, our second ballot question did not receive the necessary votes to be enacted.  Unofficially, our renewal question passed with 57.10 percent of the vote; our second question received 40.20 percent of the votes. To each and every person who voted [...]

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The Elk River Area School District’s operating levy renewal passed at the polls Tuesday, but a second question for more money and an all-day, every-day kindergarten program among other things was defeated. There were 19,870 votes cast for the first question or 57 percent of the vote compared to 14,928 votes or 43 percent against [...]

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