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ST. PAUL -- Supporters who want to give their preferred political candidates a financial boost often can do so by visiting campaign Web sites, which make donating money convenient. Most donors, though, still prefer to mail a check. Two years after a presidential election that saw the emergence of online political fundraising as a lucrative campaign strategy, Minnesota candidates report that only a small amount -- if any -- of their money comes via the Internet. "It's a more common tool, though not as much as you would think," Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer said.
ST. PAUL -- The state's Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the proposed constitutional amendment regarding transportation funding will remain on the Nov. 7 election ballot. The seven-member court denied a petition brought by mostly rural Minnesota officials who wanted the measure removed from the election. They said the question's wording is confusing and doesn't adequately explain what will result if the amendment is approved. In issuing the order, Chief Justice Russell Anderson said a written opinion of the court would be forthcoming. That was not released Thursday.
ST. PAUL -- The state's highest court probably will decide if voters get to weigh in on the only proposed constitutional amendment in the Nov. 7 election. Minnesota Supreme Court justices heard arguments Wednesday over a petition brought by mostly rural elected officials who want a transportation funding ballot question stripped from the election. Attorney Doug Peine told the seven justices that the ballot question should be removed because the wording will confuse voters and does not adequately explain the amendment's potential ramifications.
ST. PAUL -- A central issue in the Minnesota attorney general's race involves whether the office should continue its pursuit of consumer fraud, mainly in the health care industry, or make public safety a top priority. On that issue and most others, leading candidates Democrat Lori Swanson and Republican Jeff Johnson propose differing visions for the state's top legal office. Swanson, the solicitor general and a top assistant to Attorney General Mike Hatch, said if elected she will keep the office focused on protecting Minnesotans against fraud in the health care system.
ST. PAUL -- The race for Minnesota attorney general appears to be as much about the legacy of the current officeholder as about the candidates wanting to replace him. Republican candidate Jeff Johnson said he would shift priorities in the office and end the "partisanship" that has defined Attorney General Mike Hatch's tenure. "We have seen that office in the last seven-and-a-half years become overtly partisan and political," Johnson said.
"Is this the face that launched a thousand ships And toppled the towers of Ilium?" That's what the hero asks in Christopher Marlowe's Renaissance play, "Dr. Faustus" when he gets a glimpse of Helen of Troy. Madison, Wis., author Margaret George has just published "Helen of Troy." (Viking, $27.95). She is the author of "The Autobiography of Henry VIII" and "The Memoirs of Cleopatra." These books are not dry historical accounts of Tudor England or Ancient Rome, but novels told in the voice of the titular character. The same goes for her new book.
HIBBING -- Three Hibbing Community College football players and a former teammate appeared in St. Louis County District Court Monday accused of taking part in the gang rape of an 18-year-old Iron Range high school student on the college campus. Daily Whitten, 19, of Darlington, S.C., Talon Deante Jackson, 20, and Terrance Dominque Laverity, 20, both of Miami, are each charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Former teammate Andrew Jonathan Williams, 20, of Milwaukee, is charged with two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.
DULUTH -- Three of four Minnesota state auditor candidates said they would not use the office as a political stepping stone, but the incumbent is leaving open that possibility. State Auditor Pat Anderson said she would not rule out running for another office, such as governor, but is focused on winning Nov. 7. "I'm running for re-election and that's my intention," she said Saturday. The issue arose during a debate among auditor candidates Republican Anderson, DFLer Rebecca Otto, Independence Party candidate Lucy Gerold and Dave Berger of the Green Party.
Minnesota's first industrial copper mine appears headed to reality over the next 24 months with the potential of hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in economic growth for the Iron Range. The mine also has the potential to send acidic runoff into waterways for decades -- even centuries -- to come. PolyMet Co.
DULUTH -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty paid a quick visit to Duluth Sunday afternoon to blast Attorney General Mike Hatch's public safety record. "He has failed miserably" in protecting Minnesotans from crime, Pawlenty said of his Democratic gubernatorial opponent. At the news conference, Pawlenty's campaign released numbers it says shows a 36 percent reduction in Hatch's crime-fighting budget and staffing requests to the Legislature from fiscal year 2000 to the present. "Much of that was before the recession and state budget crunch," the Republican governor said.