Republican Tom Emmer appeared on MPR's Morning Edition this morning. He declined to say that yesterday's Supreme Court ruling was a "setback." He is also continuing to push the concern that there are more ballots cast than voters registered. When asked if the State Canvassing Board would allow Emmer's request to require reconcile ballots with signatures, Emmer replied "I wouldn't expect the canvassing board to do something different."
Recount watchers should also take note that Emmer was asked whether he was looking at filing a possible legal challenge to the recount. He declined to answer it specifically but said he wants to see what happens with the updated State Voter Registration System (SVRS).
You can listen to the full interview with MPR's Cathy Wurzer here: Listen
Gov. Pawlenty is moving one of his commissioners to fill another cabinet post.
Pawlenty announced today that Steve Sviggum will take over as commissioner of Minnesota Management and Budget, effective December 2. Sviggum will succeed Tom Hanson, who's leaving for a lobbying job.
Sviggum has been commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry since 2007. He also was a former Republican state representative, who served four terms as Speaker of the House.
"Steve has a wealth of government experience that will provide steady leadership at MMB as we conclude our work and prepare to transition to a new administration," Pawlenty said in a news release.
Deputy Commissioner Cindy Valentine will become temporary commissioner at DLI.
Hospitality MN announced today that Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Dan McElroy will head the trade association. McElroy has also served in several other roles during Gov. Pawlenty's two administrations. He's been Pawlenty's Chief of Staff and served as Finance Commissioner.
McElroy will start his new job in January. Here's part of the release:
McElroy gained an understanding of the hospitality world through his involvement in the private sector's travel and leisure industry as the CEO for Travel Agency Management Solutions, Inc., president of Mainline Travel, and Chief Financial Officer of Travel Professionals.
"Dan's background in public policy will help advance the missions of our three associations and better serve our members," said Mitch Peterson, Hospitality Minnesota's chair of the board. "We believe his extensive experience in government affairs will help each organization understand the array of issues impacting their respective industries. The hospitality industry is a major force in Minnesota, with an economic impact to the state of nearly $10 billion. We need an executive leader who can help us build relationships with legislators and communicate effectively with our members. We believe Dan will fit this role perfectly."
"I am honored and excited to lead Hospitality Minnesota as it prepares for future growth," said McElroy. "I am ready to start a new chapter in my career where I can help Minnesota's restaurant, lodging, and resort and campground industries recover from the effects of the national recession. These communities work hard and I hope to help them rebuild by strengthening existing policy initiatives and increasing value to our members."