Republicans slammed Hennepin County's top election official for wanting to add more counting tables. Election officials say the tables are necessary to keep the recount from bogging down with frivolous ballot challenges from the Emmer side.
The recount in the governor's race entered its second day today, and in some places local election officials found increasing objections to their ballot calls from Republican Tom Emmer's side. That's especially the case in Hennepin County.
There are more ballots to count in Hennepin County than any other Minnesota county, almost a half million and the lower level of the government center was bustling with activity even before the first ballot boxes were opened.
The recount of more than 2.1 million ballots in the Minnesota governor's race begins today, as officials in all 87 counties set up to go through every ballot cast in the Nov. 2 election.
Local election officials now have the power to dismiss some ballot challenges they think are frivolous. And, as one election official notes, "after 2008, we know how to do it."
Democrat Mark Dayton announced Friday that he has hired the attorney who led Al Franken's successful recount fight to help in the gubernatorial recount.
Like every other state Minnesota has a lot of projects that were funded with earmarks. And, many had bipartisan support from members of Minnesota's congressional delegation.
Democrat Mark Dayton will likely come out ahead of the recount retaining a several thousand vote lead, but the process will drag on into next year if Republican Tom Emmer and the GOP file a lawsuit.
Some players in the eight-month-long 2008 Senate recount are saying the likely gubernatorial recount should go more quickly, but hopes of keeping partisanship out of the process seem dim.
Mark Zdechlik helps explain how the Dayton and Emmer campaigns are positioning themselves at this point.
The three major party candidates for governor are traveling the state Monday making one final pitch to voters before Election Day.
More than half of Minnesotans prefer a smaller government with fewer services, but two-thirds think higher taxes are needed right now to balance the state budget, according to the latest Minnesota Public Radio News-Humphrey Institute poll.
In the second part of a series on the major-party candidates for governor, we profile the IP's Tom Horner, who quit his business to run a shoe-string campaign. With the election approaching quickly, it appears his risky move may not pay off.
A new Minnesota Public Radio News-Humphrey Institute poll shows Democratic candidate Mark Dayton with a 12-point lead over Republican candidate Tom Emmer in the race for governor.
Longtime Democrat Mike Ciresi is endorsing Independence Party candidate Tom Horner for governor.