Republican Party Chair Tony Sutton says it's his party's turn to go on the offensive after suffering a stinging loss in the 2008 U.S. Senate race.
One issue the GOP and Gov. Pawlenty raised is a reporting error by Hennepin County. The county election's director says the error was in reporting not in the vote count.
Dayton says the recount isn't a reelection but the integrity of the election that was held on Tuesday. He isn't declaring victory, however.
Republican Tom Emmer released a statement on Wednesday morning but was not seen publicly. One key question for Emmer is how far will he push the issue?
Here's what a recount would look like.
The Pi Press says Dayton has Emmer's missteps and the IP's Tom Horner to thank for his slim lead.
Gov. Pawlenty says he'll stay on if a new governor isn't seated by January 3rd. That could lead to an aggressive GOP pushing for budget cuts until a new governor is seated. AP and the Star Tribune take a look at those scenarios.
Turnout on Tuesday appears be nearly 58 percent.
Republicans sweep into power in the Legislature. It's the first time in nearly forty years that the GOP will control both the House and the Senate.
The suburbs shifted back to the GOP.
House Republicans have scheduled a caucus for Saturday morning to elect leadership positions. House Minority Leader Kurt Zellers is expected to be elected Speaker of the House. Several names have surfaced for House Majority Leader. GOP Rep. Matt Dean, who ran the political efforts this year, says he's running. Other names mentioned are
Pat Garofalo and Rod Hamilton. One issue that will be discussed within the caucus is geographic balance. Zellers represents the suburbs so there may be a call for a rural Republican to be Majority Leader. UPDATE: Garofalo says he's NOT running for Majority Leader. Another name to pop up is Bob Gunther.
GOP Sen. Amy Koch says she's running to become Senate Majority Leader. Senate Minority Leader Dave Senjem is also expected to run but hasn't stated his intentions publicly. Senate Republicans meet on Friday to elect their leadership team.
DFL Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller won't seek a leadership post now that Senate Democrats are in the minority.
It will be interesting to see how much money the Senate DFL Caucus had in the bank at the end of the election. The 10 day pre-general report showed the caucus with $500k left. A heavy cash balance would show that the DFL Senate left money on the table that could have protected a few more members.
President Obama shoulders the blame for big Democratic losses in the House and Senate. He offers a compromise on tax cuts.
The New York Times says the GOP victory in the House means a role reversal for incoming Speaker of the House John Boehner.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann says she'll run for a leadership position in the U.S. House. She'll run for the party's conference chair, the number four post when the GOP takes over in January.
On Wednesday night, Bachmann sounded off on government spending but didn't outline specific cuts.
GOP Rep. John Kline will lead efforts to undo health care reform.
Voters in Minnesota's 8th District say Jim Oberstar became "big government." Republican Chip Cravaack defeated him on Tuesday.
The Star Tribune takes a look at how Minnesota will score on the clout meter.
The Federal Reserve gets aggressive by buying bonds.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Gov. Pawlenty was on Fox's Hannity last night and said he'll announce in the first quarter of next year. Check out how many times he says he grew up in a meat-packing town during his five minute appearance.
Democrat Mark Dayton is assembling a recount team that will include Democratic strategist Ken Martin and attorney Charles Nauen.
Martin, who worked with Mike Hatch's 2006 election, will head up the recount team. Martin also chaired the independent expenditure groups, Win Minnesota and the 2010 Fund, that funded The Alliance for a Better Minnesota.
Charlie Nauen, with Lockridge Grindal Nauen, will head up the legal efforts.
The Dayton campaign is still working to hire a communications staffer to head up the recount efforts.
I'm told the Dayton campaign will announce the full team later today.
Update: Here's the release from the Dayton campaign:
Dayton Assembles Experienced Team for Recount Possibility
Saint Paul - Mark Dayton, who received the most votes in Tuesday's Minnesota Governor's race, announced today the leadership team assembled to monitor the official certification of the election and prepare for a potential recount.
Director is Ken Martin, who has deep campaign experience in Minnesota including the successful 2008 legacy amendment campaign, which garnered more statewide votes than any other effort in Minnesota history. Martin just went on leave from his position as Executive Director of Win Minnesota.
Chief Counsel to the effort is Charlie Nauen, of Lockridge Grindal Nauen, who has experience with statewide recount efforts and Minnesota Election law. He represented the Franken campaign in St. Louis County and other matters during the 2008 Senate Recount.
Working closely with Nauen on the legal team is former U.S. Attorney David Lillehaug of Fredrikson & Byron who played a key role in the 2008 recount seating U.S. Senator Al Franken.
Press inquiries should be sent to Communications Director of the team, Denise Cardinal, who has taken leave from Alliance for a Better Minnesota to assist in the effort.
Posted at 5:06 PM on November 4, 2010
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: MN Legislature
DFL Sen. Tom Bakk of Cook will head up a DFL Senate Caucus that is still licking its wounds from major losses on Election Night. For the first time in 38 years, the GOP will have the majority in the Minnesota Senate.
Bakk, who lost his bid to be Senate Majority Leader in 2006, will lead the task of trying to reclaim the majority in 2012. That's when every member is up for reelection because of redistricting. Republcans currently have a 37 to 30 majority in the Minnesota Senate.
Republicans will elect the new Senate Majority leader tomorrow afternoon. GOP Sen. Amy Koch has said she will run for the position.
Republicans in the Minnesota House will elect a new speaker and a new Majority Leader on Saturday morning. GOP Rep. Kurt Zellers of Maplewood is expected to be elected Speaker of the House. Two names that have surfaced to be Majority Leader are Matt Dean of Dellwood and Bob Gunther of Fairmont.
Democrats are scheduled to elect a minority leader tonight. Names that have surfaced include DFL Rep. Paul Thissen, DFL Tina Liebling and DFL Rep. Tony Sertich. DFL Rep. Erin Murphy says she does not want the job.
Governor Tim Pawlenty is moving ahead with the transition to a new administration, even though he doesn't know who will lead it. Pawlenty said today that he will meet separately and privately next week with Democrat Mark Dayton and Republican Tom Emmer, whose race for governor appears headed for a recount.
Pawlenty might have to stay in office longer if the winner isn't declared prior to Jan. 3. But he says he hopes that won't be necessary:
"I earnestly, genuinely sincerely hope this is resolved by Jan. 3. It is not in anyone's best interest to have this spill over and have a holdover situation. I hope that doesn't happen but in the unlikely event that it does I will fulfill the responsibilities as required by the constitution. Not because I want to, but because I am required to."
Pawlenty said he has instructed his cabinet to work with both would-be governors. The new governor has until mid-February to propose a two-year budget that erases a projected 6 billion dollar deficit.
Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Tom Hanson says the next budget forecast will be released on December 2nd.
Posted at 10:59 PM on November 4, 2010
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: MN Legislature
DFL Rep. Paul Thissen, of Minneapolis, has been elected to lead the DFL House Caucus. Thissen will be the new House Minority Leader when 2011 Legislative session begins in January. Democrats met behind closed doors tonight to elect a leader and discuss strategy after the DFL lost the majority to the GOP. House Republicans picked up a minimum of 22 seats. They could lose as many as 25 since three of their candidates are behind in recounts.
Thissen will be responsible for coming up with Caucus strategy and will also help recruit and elect candidates in 2012.
He will join DFL Sen. Tom Bakk as the DFL face of the Minnesota Legislature. Both were candidates for governor earlier this year.
Republicans are scheduled to elect a new Senate Majority Leader tomorrow afternoon.
Republicans in the Minnesota House are expected to elect Kurt Zellers Speaker of the House on Saturday. The caucus may also elect a new House Majority Leader.