Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Supreme Court today said it may listen to attorneys Monday argue Tom Emmer' request that could throw out some ballots before a governor's race recount begins. Justice Alan Page signed an order today requiring all paperwork to be filed with the high court by 4 p.m. Friday. A hearing will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday if needed, Page wrote. Republican candidate Emmer on Wednesday signed a petition asking that the court require elections officials from Minnesota's 4,136 precincts to make sure the number of ballots cast in the Nov.
ST. PAUL -- Tom Emmer does not plan to exercise his option to cancel a statewide governor's race recount, which will continue the race until at least Dec.
ST. PAUL -- Tom Emmer says he wants the Minnesota Supreme Court to make sure that the concept of one person, one vote was followed in this month's governor election. "There are pools of votes where there are irregularities," Emmer told Forum Communications Co. Wednesday, his first interview with a journalist since election day. Emmer signed a petition asking the high court to order local election officials to reconcile the number of ballots cast in each of the state's 4,136 precincts with the number of voters.
ST. PAUL -- St. Louis and Pine county officials will give the Republican Party and governor candidate Tom Emmer most information they sought from the Nov. 2 election by Friday. The Emmer campaign Tuesday released letters to the counties confirming the Friday deadline for most information, although some may not be ready by then. The Republican-Emmer legal team wants the information, ranging from copies of absentee ballot applications to reports of incidents at polling places, to prepare for a governor's race recount scheduled to begin on Nov. 29.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's bid for a second straight national political convention may have taken a hit in this month's Republican-dominated elections. The Charlotte (North Carolina) Observer's Jim Morrill writes: "The four states that Democrats are considering to host their 2012 national convention showed off their hospitality ...
ST. PAUL -- A brew of cattails, oil and beer put Kurt Zellers at the doorway to becoming Minnesota House speaker. Cattails: "I would drive around with my grandpa in his pickup..." Zellers recalled. "He said, 'See those cattails over there? We can't farm that anymore because the government said that that is wetlands.
ST. PAUL -- Sen. Michelle Fischbach is prepared to assume the Minnesota Senate presidency, the first women in that position, bringing a long background in making sure legislative rules are followed. Much of her work will involve making sure rules are followed, something that has concerned her for years. Sticky notes protrude from her copy of Mason's Manual, a thick book laying out a legislative body's rules.
ST. PAUL -- Mark Dayton leads Tom Emmer in the Minnesota governor vote count and also leads in getting ready to serve. Even though it probably will be more than a month before a winner is known, Dayton is beginning the process of picking top aides with a lead of less than 9,000 votes in the country's only undecided governor's race. Democrat Dayton and Republican Emmer both are making plans to be governor, although Dayton is further along. Emmer on Tuesday said he would pick his transition team "in a couple of days." Dayton already put one in place. Dayton Tuesday met with incumbent Gov.