Emmer, Minnesota Republicans Sue St. Louis and Pine Counties

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Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Tony Sutton today announced that Tom Emmer for Governor and the state Party have filed suit against St. Louis and Pine Counties over what he calls “their failure to respond to data practice requests in a timely manner.”

“The unacceptable foot dragging of St. Louis and Pine Counties cannot persist,” the press release stated. “The Emmer for Governor campaign and the Republican Party of Minnesota should not have to go to court to get counties to respond to data practices requests in a timely manner. We will continue to pursue any counties that do not promptly meet their legal obligations during this process.”

But at a Mark Dayton recount team press conference at the State Capitol earlier today, attorney David Lillehaug called the GOP effort “a fishing expedition” and insinuated that the Republicans were “trying to find the ball” in their effort to erase the 8,755-vote gap separating Dayton from Emmer. Since the Nov. 2 election, Emmer has gained only 101 votes — far from the 1,000 votes he claimed to have gained during a press conference Tuesday.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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