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Dec 22, 2010

The long, strange year that was: Top MN political stories of 2010

Here's a rundown of the year's top 10 political stories.

Dec 15, 2010

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Gov.-elect Mark Dayton’s transition team is casting a wide net as he assembles the first DFL administration in a generation.

Dec 9, 2010

Dayton forms political organization to plan for inauguration

At Wednesday's celebratory press conference, Gov.-elect Mark Dayton insisted that he'd spent little time thinking about inaugural plans. But apparently his campaign staff -- namely finance director Katie Clark -- is focused on planning the festivities.

Dec 8, 2010

Dayton finally celebrates victory, prepares to govern with GOP-controlled Legislature

Two hours after being certified as the winner of the governor's race, Mark Dayton vowed his top priorities will be dealing with the state's $6.2 billion budget deficit and creating jobs. "Now the real work begins," Dayton said at a Capitol press conference, with his two sons by his side.

Dec 8, 2010

Horner ponders his future

Tom Horner took a bigger risk than most when he embarked on his run for governor of Minnesota. The former Republican pundit and strategist turned Independence Party candidate alienated many of his old political allies when he switched party affiliation to challenge to GOP candidate Tom Emmer and DFLer Mark Dayton.

Dec 8, 2010

Emmer concedes governor’s race to Dayton

With his legal options in the gubernatorial election recount at a dead end, Republican Tom Emmer conceded the race to DFLer Mark Dayton on Wednesday morning. “Minnesotans have made their choice, by however thin a margin, and we respect that choice,” Emmer said outside his Delano home Wednesday morning. “Today is about closure. I’m honored to have been part of the process.”

Dec 8, 2010

Roger Moe drops all lobbying clients, assisting with Dayton transition

Former Senate Majority Leader Roger Moe terminated all lobbying clients at the end of November. The reason? He's serving as an adviser to Governor-elect Mark Dayton's transition team.

Dec 7, 2010

MN Supreme Court rejects Emmer’s arguments over ballot reconciliation

The Minnesota Supreme Court has unanimously rejected Republican Tom Emmer's legal arguments regarding the correct method of counting ballots in the Minnesota governor's race. The court issued an opinion on Tuesday stating that local election officials could rely on either voter signatures or voter receipts to come up with the proper number of ballots legally cast.

Dec 1, 2010

Report: DGA sends $250k to Dayton for recount

Dayton Recount Director Ken Martin said Tuesday that while fundraising had been difficult thus far, the effort had secured more than $1 million for its efforts.

Nov 24, 2010

Campaign finance board rules political funds can contribute to recount

Minnesota political funds can make unlimited contributions to the recount operations of candidates Tom Emmer and Mark Dayton, the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board ruled on Wednesday. The board held an emergency meeting to discuss the issue after a request from Dayton's campaign for legal guidance.

Nov 22, 2010

Supreme Court denies Emmer petition

The decision paves the way for the state canvassing board to certify the election results on Tuesday, as is expected, and move forward with an automatic recount scheduled to begin next week.

Nov 18, 2010

Dayton creates transition site to help pick commissioners

DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton needs help picking commissioners, and he has created a website to get it.

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