Today’s UpTake: Emmer Announces Transition Team, Canvassing Boards Finish

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The county canvassing meetings that precede a likely Minnesota gubernatorial recount will end today, as the Itasca County board meets at 2 p.m. Meanwhile, both the Mark Dayton and Tom Emmer teams are jockeying for position in this war of words, numbers and probable lawsuits. Today at 11:30 a.m. at the State Capitol, Dayton Recount Director Ken Martin will discuss the completion of all 87 county canvass board meetings and the next steps in the post-election process. You can watch that news conference live on The UpTake.

Emmer announced his transition team this morning in the unlikely event that he makes up the 8,755-vote margin separating him from Dayton. Mike Vekich would serve as Director of the Emmer Transition. Vekich is the CEO of Vekich Associates, past Chair of Governor Pawlenty’s 21st Century Tax Reform Commission and Interim Director of Minnesota State Lottery. Emmer said: “Mike is a distinguished businessman of the first rate who has continually stepped forward to serve the State of Minnesota in many capacities. His deep connection to our community and his unmatched understanding of Minnesota government makes him the ideal person to lead these efforts.”

Yesterday, representatives from Common Cause Minnesota, the League of Women Voters and the Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota announced their intent to observe the impending 2010 gubernatorial recount. Watch the news conference here. We’ve also got videos of President Obama meting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Hu Jintao at the G-20 economic summit in Seoul, South Korea, where Obama also observed Veterans Day yesterday.

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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