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 -- A post-election battle for Minnesota votes cranked up Friday when Mark Dayton hired two recount legal experts and Tom Emmer's Supreme Court request met with opposition. While Democrat Dayton has supported a recount in his governor's race with Republican Tom Emmer, his campaign now is raising its defenses to fight an Emmer-Republican Party request that the Minnesota Supreme Court get involved.
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. 14. "If they are on the losing side, they want to know it was fair," the Republican candidate said Wednesday about his supporters. Saying he wants to make sure all votes are counted, and only those that should be counted, the 49-year-old lawyer seems at peace regardless of how a recount goes. Emmer made his comments in a wide-ranging interview with Forum Communications Co., his first with a journalist since Election Day.
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.
ST. PAUL -- The Tom Emmer campaign is asking the Minnesota Supreme Court to order a state election board to consider irregularities in the number of ballots cast Nov. 2. Emmer, the Republican governor candidate, said the campaign and Republican Party officials have heard many stories relating to more ballots being cast than voters who signed in on Election Day.
ST. PAUL - 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. Paul were shut out as the GOP Wednesday released its new chairmen roster.
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 ...