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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Remarks made by Gov.-elect Mark Dayton Wednesday: This morning I received a telephone call from Representative Tom Emmer conceding the election for Governor of Minnesota. The day after the election, I received a similar call from Mr. Tom Horner.
ST. PAUL -- Mark Dayton promises to work with Republicans and Democrats alike now that he is Minnesota's governor-elect. "You were elected on your platforms and principles; I was elected on mine," the Democrat said to Republicans who will control the Legislature. "I believe the collective wisdom of the electorate is that they want part of what each of us offers, and they want us to work together to solve the state's budget crisis." Dayton made his remarks in a Capitol news conference less than four hours after Tom Emmer conceded the race.
DELANO - Tom Emmer left the Minnesota governor's race at home, surrounded by family and leaving open the option of running for office again. Emmer stood outside his Delano home in a sport coat, without gloves, this morning and said he would not take the election to court, adding that everyone needs to support Democrat Mark Dayton as he prepared to take office Jan.
ST. PAUL -- Tom Emmer apparently is leaving the Minnesota governor's race at his home, an appropriate ending to a campaign in which he discussed his wife and seven children more than any other topic. Numerous reports indicate that what his campaign calls a "major announcement" this morning will be the Delano Republican conceding to Mark Dayton, opening the door for a Democrat to become the first Minnesota governor since Rudy Perpich left office 20 years ago. With Dayton leading the race by 8,720 votes following a statewide hand recount, Emmer already knew he could not win that way.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's economy is improving, but don't look for it to be back at full strength any time soon. State Economist Tom Stinson predicts that the economy will not rise back to pre-recession levels for at least two more years. There has been good news for agriculture, health care and tourism industries in recent months. And Minnesota sales to other countries are looking up.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's Republican chairman called reporters to his office a block north of the state Capitol the day after the election to outline what he saw as irregularities in voting, irregularities he said could affect the governor's race. "The race for governor is not over," Tony Sutton declared in an emotional, rising voice. "We are concerned there are so many discrepancies." He wanted all the publicity he could get, complaining about Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and how the Nov. 2 election was run. Fast forward to the past few days and find a different Tony Sutton.
ST. PAUL -- A recount that ended Friday did not deliver Tom Emmer the votes he needs to win Minnesota's governorship, but he is not giving up until he gets a few more answers. When Hennepin County election officials ended their work, the five-day recount of all 2.1 million ballots cast Nov. 2 wrapped up with Democrat Mark Dayton leading by about the same as when it started, about 9,000 votes.
ST. PAUL -- The leader of Minnesota's governor race fears a delay in naming a winner past mid-December will hinder state budget preparation. Democrat Mark Dayton said a recount of all 2.1 million ballots cast in the Nov. 2 election has forced him to do things other than concentrate on what Minnesotans found out Thursday will be a $6.2 billion deficit. "It's created a diversion of time, resources (and increased) fundraising responsibilities," Dayton said. Dayton continued to hold a strong lead Thursday night when the secretary of state's office released its unofficial recount update.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota cities and schools will not need to help plug a state budget gap this month, but the state faces a major budget deficit as lawmakers prepare to decide on spending and revenue for the next two years. State finance officials today released a budget forecast showing a $6.2 billion deficit for the next two-year budget, up from a projected $5.8 billion.
state politics election recount ballots governor dayton emmer ST. PAUL -- More than 84 percent of the 2.1 million Minnesota governor race ballots have been counted a second time, with Democrat Mark Dayton maintaining a lead far bigger than any Minnesota recount ever has overturned. Short of a major surprise, Republican Tom Emmer cannot find enough recounted votes to overtake the 8,773-vote Dayton lead, three more than he had heading into the recount.