Posted at 6:50 AM on November 8, 2010
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
Local canvassing boards will meet across the state to collect the vote totals in the 2010 election. Hennepin County's Canvassing Board will meet today.
The figures have to be presented to the Secretary of State's Office by Friday. The State Canvassing Board meets on 11/23 and will likely order a recount in the race for governor.
Democrat Mark Dayton appeared on MPR, TPT and WCCO over the weekend and said the next governor should be seated on January 3rd.
Meanwhile, Republican Tom Emmer was in Canada over the weekend to attend his son's hockey game.
Under the Dome
The House GOP elected Kurt Zellers as Speaker of the House and Matt Dean as House Majority Leader.
On Friday, Senate Republicans elected Amy Koch as the state Senate's Majority Leader. She's the first woman to hold that role. Michelle Fischbach will be Senate President.
The numbers of people on food stamps in Minnesota have increased dramatically.
President Obama is in India.
Some seniors on Medicare will see their drug costs drop.
Interests grapple over birth control in the new health care law.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Pawlenty got skunked at the annual Deer Hunting opener.
Posted at 11:02 AM on November 8, 2010
by Tim Pugmire
Filed under: Recount
Republican Party of Minnesota officials have announced three key hires to work on the gubernatorial race recount.
In a news release today, state GOP chairman Tony Sutton said Ben Golnik will manage recount operations for Emmer for Governor and the Republican Party of Minnesota. In addition, Matt Kirkpatrick will serve as director of lawyer recruitment and Janet Beihoffer has been named director of volunteer recruitment.
The governor's race is headed to an automatic recount, with DFLer Mark Dayton currently leading Tom Emmer by 8,749 votes.
Democrat Mark Dayton has announced his transition team despite the fact that the race for governor will go to a recount.
Former campaign manager Dana Anderson will be the Transition Chief of Staff. Former campaign spokeswoman Katie Tinucci will serve as spokeswoman for the transition efforts. The transition team leadership will include several high ranking Democrats including Tina Smith and Lee Sheehy. Here's the release from Dayton:
St. Paul-Today, Mark Dayton released the following statement announcing the leadership of his transition team:
"To begin an unofficial transition for the strong possibility of becoming Governor on January 3, 2011, I have asked Tina Smith and Lee Sheehy to serve as Transition Co-Chairs. State Senator Yvonne Prettner Solon will be centrally involved in the Transition. Ruth Orrick and Michele Kelm-Helgen will serve as Senior Advisors, with others to be named shortly.
Dana Anderson will be the Transition Chief of Staff, and Katharine Tinucci will serve as the Transition Communications Director."
About the transition team leadership:
Tina Smith has served as Chief of Staff for Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and as Senior Advisor for Metropolitan Council Chair Ted Mondale during the Ventura Administration. Smith was an executive with Planned Parenthood and has served as a board member for numerous nonprofit organizations including the Guthrie Theater, The Nature Conservancy, and Growth and Justice.
Lee Sheehy's public service includes serving as Chief of Staff to Senator Amy Klobuchar, head of economic development and planning for the City of Minneapolis, and Chief Deputy Attorney General for Attorney General Hubert H. Humphrey III.
Ruth Orrick is a business consultant and former executive at Thomson West. She previously served as DFL Party Chair.
Michele Kelm-Helgen served as Chief of Staff for the Minnesota State Senate from 2006-present. Previous job experience includes management of a government relations firm and working as the Sales and Marketing Director for City Venture, a division of Control Data Corporation (now Ceridian). Michele previously was a member and chair of the Eastern Carver County School Board.
Republican Tom Emmer has kept an extremely low profile. He was in Canada over the weekend to watch his son's hockey game. Reporters were not informed of his meeting today with Gov. Pawlenty until Emmer left the State Capitol. Here's the two sentence statement that Emmer campaign spokesman Carl Kuhl released about the meeting several hours after it was finished.
"Governor Pawlenty and Tom Emmer had a productive meeting this morning to discuss transition. They were joined by members of the Pawlenty Administration and a senior advisor to Representative Emmer."
But Emmer's campaign issued an e-mail to supporters asking for a financial contribution to fund the MNGOP's recount efforts.
After over 16 months of campaigning, Election Day has now passed. Jacquie and I can't express enough what an honor and a privilege it has been to run for governor. We have campaigned on a positive message of government living within its means, lower taxes, and job creation. The response we received has been overwhelming, and we appreciate all the support.
As the certification and potential recount process begins, allow us one last opportunity to thank you for the hard work, dedication, time, treasure and effort you have put into this campaign.
My family and I are blessed to have the support of so many throughout this great state.If you wish to volunteer your time or make a donation to assist the recount efforts, please contact the Republican Party of Minnesota.
Should we prevail, I look forward to the privilege of serving all Minnesotans as we move our great state in a positive direction.
Democrat Mark Dayton is scheduled to meet with Governor Pawlenty tomorrow at 4pm.