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Daily Brief: Wednesday, Nov. 6th, 2014

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Minnesota DFL
Nov. 6, 2014
Events today

  • 10 a.m. – Min. Ldr Kurt Daudt and Speaker Paul Thissen on The Daily Agenda

2014 election
Coffman hosts last DFL push, U of M Daily
How the KSTP/ SurveyUSA Poll results compared to race numbers, KSTP
DFLer Dayton, House GOP majority say onus on other to avoid gridlock, Pioneer Press
Minnesota voter turnout falls to 50 percent, Pioneer Press
DFLers Otto, Swanson hold onto their jobs; Simon is elected, Star Tribune
Franken and Dayton win re-election; Minnesota House goes Republican, MinnPost
With divided government, Dayton and GOP say they’re willing to meet halfway, MPR
Election Day in Minnesota, MPR
Make divided Minnesota government work, Star Tribune
What happens to Obamacare with GOP in charge?, MPR
Why did Minnesota buck the Republican-leaning national trend? WCCO
77 percent passage rate for school levies, WCCO
Gridlock looming in state government? Both sides deny it, KARE
What exactly was the 2014 election about? MinnPost
After a rough election night nationally, Democrats see bright spot in Minnesota, MinnPost
Simon narrowly wins secretary of state race; Auditor Otto and AG Swanson cruise, MinnPost
‘Democracy in Motion’ program helps voters get a cab, Fox 9

Only 1.97 million voters voted in Tuesday’s election.  If that total is final it would be nearly 200K fewer than the previous two mid-term election years. morning take
“Secretary of State Mark Ritchie announced a preliminary and unofficial turnout for the November 4 General Election of just over 50 percent, based on an estimated 1,985,747 participating voters out of 3,945,136 that are eligible…The number of voters and the turnout rate will slightly increase as counties submit their final voter statistics. Final turnout and election results will be announced after the State Canvassing Board certifies election results on November 25…In 2010, Minnesota’s turnout was 55.81 percent and in 2006, turnout was 60.47 percent.” morning take



Independence Party
Minn. IP chairman concedes loss of major-party status, KSTP
Minnesota Independence Party loses major-party status, Pioneer Press

Daudt puts focus on practical in Minn. split government, KSTP
How the GOP took the Minnesota House, MPR
Same-sex marriage vote little factor for GOP lawmakers, MPR
House GOP to meet Friday to pick new leaders, MPR
11-seate gain propels GOP Party to Minnesota House majority, some breathing room, Star Tribune
With big assist from rural voters, GOP retakes Minnesota House, MinnPost
Visualizing where the GOP made its gains in the MN House, MinnPost
Minnesota election night results round up, Fox 9
No more one party control at the State Capitol, Fox 9
Calls for cooperation to see test at state Capitol, AP

The Minnesota Jobs Coalition was the most visible outside organization targeting DFLers for defeat including Rep. John Ward, Rep. Andrew Falk, Rep. Roger Erickson and Rep. Patti Fritz. The surprising defeat of Fritz was aided by a last minute $30K spend in the last 10 days of the election. morning take

2A: Republican Dave Hancock defeats Rep. Roger Erickson.

10A:  Republican Joshua Heintzman defeated Rep. John Ward.

10B: Republican Dale Lueck defeats Joe Radinovich. 

11B: Republican Jason Rarick defeated Rep. Tim Faust.

12A: Republican Jeff Backer beats Rep. Jay McNamar.

14B: Former Rep. Jim Knoblach defeated Rep. Zachary Dorholt by 69 votes.

17A: Republican Tim Miller defeated Rep. Andrew Falk.

17B:  Republican Dave Baker defeats Rep. Mary Sawatzky.

24B:  Republican Brian Daniels defeats Rep. Patti Fritz by just over 200 votes.

27A:  Republican Peggy Bennett defeated Rep. Shannon Savick.

56B: Republican Roz Peterson defeated Rep. Will Morgan.

Secretary of State
Steve Simon edges Dan Severson for Secretary of State, KSTP

The closest statewide race was the Secy of State’s race. DFLer Steve Simon defeated Dan Severson 47 to 45 percent or just under 12,000 votes. morning take

Dayton says all sides must ‘rise above’ gridlock, KSTP
Dayton says he will be ‘unbound’ in 2nd term, WCCO
Dayton on working with GOP-led House: ‘I’m not going to give up everything I believe in’, MinnPost
After defeat, Johnson hints that he may be done with politics, MinnPost

Minnesota Supreme Court
Lillehaug and Wright retain seats on Minnesota Supreme Court, Star Tribune

U.S. House
Moorhead voters reflect on Rep. Peterson’s resounding re-election, KSTP
‘Back to work’ says Nolan after defeating Mills in 8th District race, Duluth News Tribune
Emmer wins early and easily over Perske, ECM
Kline turns back Obermueller to win 7th term in southern Minnesota seat, Star Tribune
Franken wins quickly this time, MPR
Republican victory! (Now what?), Star Tribune
Democrat Tim Walz re-elected to Congress in southern Minnesota, defeating GOP’s Jim Hagedorn, Star Tribune
Democratic US Rep. Betty McCollum wins 8th term, KARE 11
Walz retains 1st Congressional District seat, KTTC
Rep. Nolan retains 8th Congressional District seat, Northland News Center
Nolan beats Mills in 8th Congressional District, Brainerd Dispatch
Fresh off re-election, Peterson looks to his thirteenth term, MinnPost
While you were sleeping, Rick Nolan re-elected in Minnesota’s 8th District, Fox 9

U.S. Senate
McFadden gives concession speech, KSTP
Al Franken sees room for cooperation with Republican Senate majority, Pioneer Press
Klobuchar and Franken optimistic about prospects for the GOP Senate, MinnPost

Noted that GOP Sen. candidate Mike McFadden never tapped his personal wealth for the campaign. morning take

The remarkable non transformation of the GOP, MPR
Minimum wage
Minimum wage increase wins in four red states, Politico

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