Republican Tom Emmer and Democrat Mark Dayton staked out their positions on the upcoming recount.
During a twenty minute news conference, Emmer said he wants to let the process take its course but declined to say what role he would personally have in that process. He wouldn't say whether he'll file a legal challenge in court or if he was fully in charge of the recount. MNGOP officials are heading up many parts of the effort.
You can watch some video of Emmer's newser here.
Democrat Mark Dayton met privately with Gov. Pawlenty. He discussed the recount, his possible transition and the possibility of a lengthy court battle. You can watch video of Dayton's newser.
Meanwhile, Emmer and the MNGOP announced that they hired former MN Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson as their chief litigator.
AP reports that Dayton filed a recount committee. He told reporters all of the funds will be disclosed. Emmer told reporters that he'll follow the law which means he doesn't have to disclose anything.
The Star Tribune writes about how Emmer and Dayton are organizing to win the recount.
Think there were a lot of ads on TV? Well, local TV folks say the spending was short of the expectations.
Under the Dome
GOP Sen. Michael Jungbauer worries he may not get the top slot on the Senate Transportation Committee because Republicans are unhappy he sat on am I-35W bridge investigation.
The White House is moving away from the 2011 withdrawal timeline in Afghanistan.
President Obama is seeking to repair ties with moderate Muslims.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann says she helped "get the gavel" in John Boehner's hands.
Texas Congressman Ron Paul isn't backing Bachmann's leadership bid.
The conservative FrumForum says Bachmann may have a difficult job winning the position.
The House GOP will push for school vouchers. GOP Rep. John Kline is mentioned.
The Transportation Secretary tells Republican governors in Ohio and Wisconsin that they won't be able to use scheduled money for high-speed rail for road construction.
Farm groups are suing over the increased ethanol requirement.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Public Policy Polling takes a look at how the 2012 GOP contenders stack up in the polls.
Posted at 1:41 PM on November 10, 2010
by Tim Pugmire
Filed under: Tim Pawlenty
Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Tom Hanson is leaving state government at the end of the month to work for a Minneapolis law firm.
A news release from Gov. Tim Pawlenty's office today said Hanson is taking a position in the legislative and regulatory practice of Winthrop & Weinstine. His last day at MMB is Dec. 1. Pawlenty offered words of praise for Hanson.
"Tom has been instrumental in leading our efforts to develop, enact and implement balanced budgets during some of the most difficult economic times in our state's history," Pawlenty said. "He is a trusted advisor and friend with the talent to manage both policy and people to success."
Hanson was appointed Commissioner of Finance (now MMB) in 2006. He previously served as Pawlenty's deputy chief of staff and director of legislative and cabinet affairs.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann announced tonight that she's dropping her bid to be Republican House Chair, the number four position in the GOP controlled U.S. House. Bachmann was vying with Texas Congressman Jeb Hensarling for the job. Bachmann's bid was in peril when Hensarling secured the support of GOP leadership and other significant names like Texas Congressman Ron Paul.
Here's the statement from Bachmann:
"Jeb Hensarling has my enthusiastic support for his candidacy to become Republican House Conference Chair. Jeb has demonstrated his commitment to limited government, reduced spending and lower taxes and he will be a strong voice for the Tea Party's call for these values.
"I look forward to continuing my consistent support of the Tea Party. I plan to advance the Tea Party ideals through their listening arm, the Tea Party Caucus. It is my wish to bring new faces to the caucus, including freshmen members.
"The new Congress will have great opportunities to lead our country into the direction our founders intended. I spoke with Mr. Boehner and other members of leadership and I am convinced they will wholeheartedly work towards the issues the American people are calling for such as fiscal responsibility, ending the bailouts and repealing Obamacare."