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 -- Minnesotans remember all too well the days, weeks, months of squabbling over ballots two years ago. There were ballots with stray marks, raising in some minds a question about who those voters actually picked in the 2008 U.S. Senate race. In a classic example, the oval next to Norm Coleman's name was fully filled in, but there was a little mark in the oval next to Al Franken's name. The State Canvassing Board decided that vote belonged to Coleman. Then there were the ballots where voters appeared to be making political, or merely humorous, statements.
ST. PAUL -- Governor hopeful Tom Emmer lost a Supreme Court ruling Monday as an election board prepares to order 2.1 million ballots Minnesotans cast in the race to be recounted. "Those numbers are not going to change much at all now," said former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton, who leads Emmer by 8,770 votes. Dayton stopped short of declaring victory. While Democrat Dayton continued a series of meetings preparing to become governor on Jan.
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 -- Tom Emmer said 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 -- Rural districts gave Republicans much of the boost they needed to take control of the U.S. House. Bill Bishop and Julie Ardery of the Daily Yonder online newspaper, which covers rural issues, reported "two-thirds of the 60 House seats switching from Democrat to Republican in this election were in the congressional districts with the most rural voters." Before Tuesday's election, nearly half of the 125 mostly rural districts were held by Democrats, a number that fell to just 22 after votes were counted.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Senate's first woman majority leader is ready to do what she and fellow Republicans see as the will of the people: no tax increases and help businesses create jobs. "We are prepared and able to deliver on the will of the voters," Sen.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie hopes to have a governor's race recount wrapped up by mid-December. A timeline from his office shows Dec. 14 as the date the board could certify a new governor. However, the losing candidate could take the election to court, where more months could pass before a governor is named. Democrat Mark Dayton leads Republican Tom Emmer by less than 9,000 votes, within the margin that would require a recount. In the next couple of weeks, local election officials will check their numbers and forward their final figures to Ritchie's office.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty wants his two would-be successors to informally begin the transition into the state's top spot, but he also promises to remain in office as long as needed. If the Mark Dayton-Tom Emmer governor's race goes through a recount, and maybe a court challenge, there may not be a new governor in place when Pawlenty is supposed to leave office Jan.