Governor-elect Mark Dayton picked longtime Minnesota Senate counsel Peter Wattson to serve as his general counsel.
Wattson, who has worked for the Senate since 1971, is one of the state's experts on legislative rules, elections and redistricting.
While he has long served the Democratic Senate, he is no firebrand. Inside the Senate, he is treated as the final word on legislative legal issues. Wattson's appointment is hardly an outside-the-box pick for Democratic Dayton but does net him a rarely questioned legal expert.
Rep. Erik Paulsen called for an independent investigation into Russia's interference in the presidential election following President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, going further than many GOP lawmakers in the aftermath of a move that has roiled the Capitol over the last day.