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 -- 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. today in 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 of the information they sought from the Nov. 2 election by Friday. The Emmer campaign on 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 -- Tom Emmer said he soon will announce a transition team in case he overcomes am 8,751-vote deficit to become Minnesota governor. But in a 20-minute news conference today, the Republican candidate repeatedly refused to say whether he planned to challenge any recount in court or even whether he or the Republican Party is calling the shots. "I'm just trying to let the process go," the state lawmaker said over and over. He was asked several times whether he or party officials were making recount decisions.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislators will meet in a brief special session Monday to fund flood relief, if the federal government declares parts of the state a disaster area yet this week. "Our fellow Minnesotans are suffering and in need of swift action by their government at this time," Gov. Tim Pawlenty said. "Completing this legislative work will aid in that effort." The session is set to begin at 1 p.m. Monday.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota governor candidates focused on predicable differences during a Thursday night education debate, but some agreements also surfaced. The Independence Party's Tom Horner, Republican Tom Emmer and Democrat Mark Dayton all said they would push for better early-childhood education and the trio voiced strong support for reducing the learning gap between white and minority students.
ST. PAUL -- Mark Dayton revised his state budget proposal today, saying he would raise taxes and other revenues $3.6 billion and cut spending $1.2 billion. The Democratic Minnesota governor candidate's new plan still would leave a $1 billion hole in Minnesota's budget. Dayton released a new budget plan after his initial one, based on raising income taxes on the richest Minnesotans, was shown to not raise enough money. "I am the only candidate who will not raise taxes on the middle class," Dayton said in a prepared statement.
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ST. PAUL -- Mark Dayton is the Democratic-Farmer-Labor governor candidate. Opponent Margaret Anderson Kelliher made it official late this morning when she conceded. "I just spoke with Mark Dayton and congratulated him on winning the DFL primary," Kelliher said in a statement. "I offered him my full support. He will make an excellent governor." Kelliher said that she delayed conceding because "in Minnesota we value every person's voice and count every person's vote.