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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New Republican Minnesota legislative leaders picked committee chairmen with a lot of time in the Capitol, with little legislative experience and from many parts of the state. As could be expected, Democratic strongholds like northeastern Minnesota, Minneapolis and St.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Supreme Court this afternoon will hear arguments in Tom Emmer's case that claims not all 4,136 precincts' election judges made sure the number of ballots cast in the Nov. 2 election matched the number of people who voted. However, Chief Justice Lorie Gildea's order setting up today's hearing did not indicate when a decision can be expected in the governor's race case. Gildea released her order this morning. Emmer claims that since the proper reconciliation between ballots and voters was not done that the State Canvassing Board should do that job.
ST. PAUL -- It is a good thing that Tom Bakk is a carpenter. As new Senate minority leader, Bakk faces a major rebuilding task, beginning with morale and ending with the 2012 election when Democratic-Farmer-Laborites hope to craft a majority. Senate Republicans took a 37-30 majority in the Nov. 2 election, kicking Democrats out of that position for the first time in three decades. More than a third of the Senate will be newly elected when the 2011 session convenes at noon Jan.
ST. PAUL -- Tom Emmer made it clear in his first post-election newspaper interview that his job is different than that of the Republican Party chairman. While Chairman Tony Sutton has delivered impassioned arguments about how bad the Nov. 2 election was conducted, Emmer took a step back. He said Sutton had to do his thing, but the candidate himself said that his job is to be satisfied that all the votes were counted that should have been counted.
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.