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  • FBI throws curveball into race for Senate

    10/30/2016 9:34:28 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 5 replies ^ | 10/30/2016 | Jordain Carney and Lisa Hagen
    The battle for the Senate is running down to the wire. While Democrats hold a narrow edge heading into the final week of the election campaign, races in battleground states remain too close to call. Democrats need to pick up five seats — or four if they retain the White House — to win back control of the upper chamber. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report predicts that they’ll pick up as many as seven seats — though that was before the FBI announced Friday that it was looking into newly recovered emails from former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner’s account...
  • Grimes slightly sharpens her concern over harassment saga...campaign hammers on women's issues

    09/08/2013 6:57:20 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 2 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 9/8/2013 | Ryan Alessi
    Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes slightly ratcheted up her rhetoric Friday about the allegations of sexual harassment against a sitting Democratic state legislator but still declined to say whether the lawmaker should resign. ... Her comment comes as House Democratic Speaker Greg Stumbo, an ally of Grimes, announced that the five-legislator panel he convened to conduct an internal investigation into Arnold’s conduct will have its first meeting Sept. 17. That panel is charged for reviewing the allegations brought by two Democratic House staff members that Arnold inappropriately touched them and made sexual comments to them. ... Grimes has...
  • Alison Lundergan Grimes...blames donut burger for soaring health care costs

    08/24/2013 11:37:17 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 22 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | August 22, 2013 | Leslie Larson
    Original headline: Alison Lundergan Grimes… or Grinch? Kentucky Senate candidate blames donut burger for soaring health care costs Grimes, a Democrat vying to replace Mitch McConnell, blamed an indulgent American diet in her explanation for why Kentuckians need Obamacare. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes was a buzz kill this week at the Kentucky State Fair. The 34-year-old Democrat blamed the best of American cuisine for rising health care costs, speaking to the press at the "Grannies for Grimes" event in Louisville. "You just have to look over to the right where you see the donut burger, the chili cheese-steak and...
  • Grimes criticizes Affordable Care Act and Republicans for repeatedly trying to repeal it

    07/20/2013 9:02:51 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 9 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 7/18/2013 | Nick Storm
    Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes on Thursday said in her first encounter with reporters in 17 days that she found “many things that are wrong” with the Affordable Care Act but blasted Republicans for their approach to the law. The U.S. House voted Thursday for the 38th time to repeal the Affordable Care Act. And Grimes said rather than wasting time and taxpayer money for one chamber to keep trying to repeal it, Congress should be focusing on ways to improve the health care system. Grimes said as secretary of state she has concerns about “the effects on...
  • Viral McConnell Ad Seeks to Inspire Conservatives

    04/28/2013 10:57:26 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 26, 2013 | Z. Byron Wolf
    The Republican party is full of rebranding efforts these days. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has his. And the NRSC is working on appealing to the young and hip with their Buzzfeed-style website. Now there’s Sen. Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in the Senate, whose campaign is out with a new web video that splices inspirational lines from McConnell speeches and argues that the GOP is the party of opportunity for minorities and immigrants. But the video also has a decidedly Tea Party feel at times. It has gotten more than a million views in a day.
  • Liberal Group Links McConnell to Al-Qaeda in New Ad

    04/12/2013 10:42:01 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 16 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 12, 2013 | Eliana Johnson
    A new ad from the liberal group Americans United for Change links the views of Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell to those of al-Qaeda senior operative Adam Gadhan. The ad attacks McConnell for his opposition to expanding criminal background checks on gun purchases and contends that Gadhan agrees. It goes on to play a clip of the al-Qaeda operative, reportedly used in a recruitment video for the terrorist organization, encouraging Americans to go out and purchase weapons. “You can go down to a gun show at the local convention center and come away with a fully automatic assault rifle, without...
  • Bill Clinton Encourages Both Judd and Challenger in Possible Senate Bid

    03/23/2013 8:44:14 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 22, 2013 | SHUSHANNAH WALSHE
    Former President Bill Clinton has spoken to both Ashley Judd and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes about the U.S. Senate race in Kentucky, encouraging them both to take a hard look at the race. ABC News has learned that Clinton encouraged Judd to enter the race and promised he would help her, according to several Kentucky political sources. That conversation happened sometime between the November election and President Barack Obama's second inauguration. Earlier this month Clinton met with Grimes, who is also weighing a bid, after he spoke at an event for former Kentucky Sen. Wendell Ford in...
  • Ashley Judd target of GOP preemptive strike

    03/07/2013 9:38:42 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 63 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/4/2013 | Lois Romano
    She’s not even a candidate yet. But the GOP opposition research machine is already in full froth over what it views as perhaps the juiciest 2014 target: Ashley Judd, who is exploring a challenge to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Republicans are homing in with glee on the actress and activist, picking apart her views and statements and compiling a thick compendium of speeches, writings and tweets. What they found: Judd may not have a legislative record, but she has left quite a paper trail. This early opposition research effort seems as much about scaring Democrats nationally about a...
  • Beshear talked with Judd 'convinced she's seriously considering' U.S. Senate race

    03/05/2013 9:31:19 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 25 replies
    CN|2 Pure Politics ^ | 3/4/2013 | Nick Storm
    Gov. Steve Beshear said Tuesday he has now talked with actress Ashley Judd about how “seriously” she’s considering running for U.S. Senate in 2014 against Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. While Beshear would not go into detail on the conversation, he did say that he is convinced that Judd is “seriously considering a race for United States Senate in the Democratic primary.” Beshear told reporters Tuesday at a bill signing that he thinks Judd could be an “effective and formidable opponent” against McConnell in a general election. Beshear has a good idea of what that takes having lost by double-digit...
  • Ky. voters react as Judd's liberal positions are detailed

    03/01/2013 12:46:06 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 40 replies
    WHAS-11 ^ | 2/26/2012 | Joe Arnold
    LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -- After two decades in front of the camera as an actress and more recently as an activist, Ashley Judd has been unguarded in her comments -- a candor which might cause complications if she runs for U.S. Senate from Kentucky. As Judd inches closer to a decision, her outspoken nature is yielding decades of pointed and controversial comments which Kentucky Democratic strategists concede are a gold mine for the campaign of potential opponent, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R). Judd's essays and speeches are easily accessible on her website. In one, she criticized the tradition of a...
  • Stumbo says he'll encourage Judd to challenge McConnell but wants to talk with her about coal

    03/01/2013 12:25:55 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 26 replies
    CN|2 Inside Politics ^ | 2/28/2013 | Ryan Alessi
    While some Kentucky Democrats have been skeptical of a potential Ashley Judd candidacy for U.S. Senate, House Speaker Greg Stumbo is no longer among them, saying Thursday he would encourage her to run. “When I talk to her I’m going to encourage her as I would any other candidate that this is a winnable race,” he said. Stumbo went on to blast Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, calling him “Dr. Doom” and “the father of gridlock.” Stumbo and Judd have traded phone messages in recent days. He said she left him another message on his work phone last night. Stumob...
  • Planned Parenthood TV Ad Hits Sen. McConnell

    02/27/2013 2:59:45 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 1 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2/22/2013 | Chris Good
    Planned Parenthood is airing a new TV ad attacking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The Kentucky Republican joined a brief with 10 other GOP lawmakers this week supporting the craft chain Hobby Lobby in its lawsuit seeking to avoid mandatory health coverage of birth control pills in its employee health plans. Utah GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch led the group of senators in their effort, The Washington Times reported. Planned Parenthood, displeased with that development, today unveiled this TV ad running on network affiliates in the Lexington and Louisville markets: The group did not say how much it is spending to...
  • Group doubles-down on ad challenging McConnell on his position against assault weapons ban

    02/27/2013 11:34:28 AM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 14 replies
    CN|2 Pure Politics ^ | 02/25/2013 | Ryan Alessi
    A liberal group is again challenging U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s position on gun control in a commercial that began running Monday in Kentucky and Washington in advance of the Senate’s next hearing on guns. The group Progressive Change Campaign Committee is spending $100,000 to run the ad for at least a week. It began airing Monday in Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green and Paducah markets plus Washington, D.C., as the Senate’s Judiciary Committee prepares for a hearing Wednesday on the “Assault Weapons Ban of 2013.” It features Edmonson County resident Gary Nutt telling viewers that, as a hunter, he doesn’t see...
  • Progressive Group Mounts Racist Attack Against Mitch McConnell’s Wife

    02/26/2013 7:28:56 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 19 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Feb. 26, 2013 | Mytheos Holt
    Liberals may often accuse conservatives of being racist for making particular criticisms of Obama, but at least one liberal group appears to be more than willing to delve into actual racism when it comes to opposing a prominent Republican. The hitch? They’re not attacking the politician himself in this case. They’re attacking his wife. The politician in question is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who happens to be married to former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao. Chao, who is ethnically Chinese, but was born in Thaiwan, has been a fairly quiet figure relative to McConnell and hasn’t been known...
  • Mourdock race a magnet for Senate GOP

    09/11/2012 7:42:08 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 7 replies
    Fort Wayne Journal Gazette ^ | September 11, 2012 | Brian Francisco
    Indiana is becoming a frequent destination for U.S. Senate Republicans who support the election of Richard Mourdock. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., joined Mourdock in Indianapolis on Monday to talk about health care legislation at an orthopedics hospital. Other senators who have appeared with Mourdock since his May 8 nomination include Dan Coats of Indiana, Rick Rubio of Florida and John Thune of South Dakota. Mourdock’s campaign said Monday that Sens. Coats, Rob Portman of Ohio and John Cornyn of Texas plan to gather for Mourdock events Sept. 26 in Fort Wayne and Indianapolis. Cornyn is chairman of the National Republican...
  • Surprise: Elizabeth Warren Refuses to Explain Heritage Claims at the DNC

    09/04/2012 9:55:36 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 44 replies ^ | Sep 04, 2012 | Daniel Doherty
    As an obligatory follow-up to my post earlier today, it appears US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is steadfastly refusing to confirm or deny allegations she purposefully lied about her ethnic heritage in order to bolster her academic career. The Boston Herald reports: Elizabeth Warren, scrambling to shift focus from her ongoing Cherokee scandal, dismissed demands from Native Americans who want her to explain her heritage claims in her first appearance at the Democratic National Convention this morning. “I’ve answered those questions, what I’m here to talk about (is) what’s happening to America’s working class families,” said Warren, who had just...
  • US Chamber Airs Anti-King TV Ads in Maine

    07/26/2012 8:32:21 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 3 replies
    MPBN ^ | 07/26/2012
    The 30-second ad portrays King as a free-spending liberal, calling him the "king of spending," while Maine's former governor says the ads are negative attacks by outside money "trying to influence Maine voters." PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has begun airing TV ads in Maine taking on independent Senate candidate Angus King. The 30-second ad portrays King as a free-spending liberal during his years as Maine's governor, calling him the "king of spending.'' The ad says government spending skyrocketed under King, and that he left the state with a billion-dollar shortfall when he left office. King...
  • Harry Reid in 1993: "No Sane Country" Would Permit Birthright Citizenship

    08/18/2010 3:57:28 PM PDT · by justlurking · 20 replies
    CSPAN 2 ^ | 1993-09-20 | Harry Reid
    In Harry's own words, on September 20, 1993 at 16:43 PM: "If making it easy to be an illegal alien wasn't enough, how about offering a reward for being an illegal immigrant? No sane country would do that. Right? Guess again! If you break our laws by entering this country without permission and give birth to a child, we reward that child with US citizenship."
  • Sharron Angle ad: Wipeout (Harry Reid's Senate Opponent)

    08/04/2010 7:57:19 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 27 replies
    Sharron Angle for U.S. Senate ^ | 08/04/2010 | Sharron Angle
    Excellent new ad from the Angle campaign that makes its point very clearly and succinctly. Click the link to view.
  • Nevada Senate: Angle 48%, Reid 41%

    06/24/2010 5:53:52 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 19 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | June 24, 2010
    Sharron Angle’s modest bounce after her Republican Primary win appears to be over, but she still holds a slight lead over Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada’s U.S. Senate race. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Nevada shows Angle earning 48% support, while Reid, the state’s longtime Democratic senator, picks up 41% of the vote. Eight percent (8%) like some other candidate in the race, while just two percent (2%) are undecided.
  • Why Norm Coleman Will Win (+GOP Activists to Sue)

    01/17/2009 10:02:03 AM PST · by flattorney · 33 replies · 3,235+ views
    Town Hall ^ | Saturday, January 17, 2009 | Ron Carey
    Anyone following the recount has no doubt heard the bluster and bravado regularly coming from the Al Franken campaign. However, in recent days, Franken and his Washington legal team have seemed awfully desperate for a campaign that is trying to convince people they are winning. They have now tried to shove Al Franken onto the Senate floor through three separate venues – only be to be rebuffed and delayed because their effort clearly violates Minnesota law. Why, if they claim to have a lead, are they so desperately anxious to put Al Franken in a Senate seat? Simple: They know...
  • Senate recount: Order expected today on trial date (MN Franken/Coleman)

    01/16/2009 11:30:29 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 9 replies · 873+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 1/16/09 | Mike Kaszuba
    A special judges panel held its first meeting with campaign lawyers today, a day after DFLer Al Franken and Republican Norm Coleman dueled over how broad Coleman's legal challenge to the U.S. Senate recount should be and how long it should take. After the closed-door meeting in St. Paul, attorneys for both campaigns said the three-judge panel is likely to issue an order later today saying when the trial will begin and what the schedule will be. They also said a hearing will be held Wednesday at which the panel will consider Franken's motion to dismiss Coleman's lawsuit. One of...
  • Coleman camp: Franken at (MN) Supreme Court like bank robber asking for receipt

    01/13/2009 7:36:42 PM PST · by flattorney · 14 replies · 1,937+ views
    The Minnesota Independent ^ | January 13, 2009 | Chris Steller
    Al Franken filed a petition with the Minnesota Supreme Court … that’s a bit like a bank robber stopping on his way out the door to ask the teller for a receipt.” That’s how an e-mail appeal for funds from the campaign of former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman described today’s legal move by the Al Franken campaign that asked the state’s high court to order the governor to issue an election certificate. In another response, Coleman attorney Fritz Knaak told reporters that Franken has gone beyond the “epitome of arrogance … [by] asking to go above the laws of our...
  • Video: The O'Reilly Factor: Hollywood-Soros-Franken, + Can Coleman Still Win?

    01/12/2009 11:34:05 AM PST · by flattorney · 11 replies · 2,161+ views
    The O'Reilly Factor ^ | January 9, 2009 | Staff/MDE
    FOX "The O'Reilly Factor"Video: "Minnesota Madness" Segment Aired Friday, January 9, 2008       Bill and two Republican guests(1) discuss Hollywood’s and George Soros massive donations to elected “Porn-o-Rama” Franken. This includes, a rare and calculated move(2), by George Soros who personally held a large post-election Franken fundraiser at his residence in New York City to support Al in the ballot recount/contest(3). I wrote about and published the list of Hollywood/high profile Franken donors three days before this news piece, not that this was new Soros Shadow Party news for anyone that has closely followed/been involved in this Coleman-Franken fiasco....
  • (GOP Former MN SOS, 99-07,) Mary Kiffmeyer slams (Coleman-Franken) U.S. Senate recount

    01/09/2009 4:23:56 PM PST · by flattorney · 12 replies · 1,701+ views
    Capitol Report ^ | January 09, 2009 | Kevin Featherly
    - - Former GOP MN secretary of state says absentee ballots should not have been included in recount Former Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer is now criticizing the handling of the U.S. Senate election recount in the race between Democrat Al Franken and Republican Norm Coleman that ended with Franken on top. Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, now a freshman state representative from District 16B, did not speak publicly about the recount while it was ongoing, but is willing to talk about it now that the results are certified and the dispute has moved into the courts. Kiffmeyer, who from 1999 to...
  • Why Soros wants Norm Coleman out of the Senate (A Must Read)

    01/09/2009 2:27:47 PM PST · by flattorney · 44 replies · 3,807+ views
    American Thinker ^ | January 09, 2009 | Ed Lasky
    George Soros is the biggest sugar daddy of the Democratic Party, and naturally wants to ensure that the Democrats have a monopoly of power in America. Recently, I wrote an article for American Thinker on the role that George Soros has played in helping the Democrat Al Franken in his race against the Republican incumbent Norm Coleman for a Senate seat in Minnesota. However, there may be one other reason that Soros was determined that Norm Coleman in particular lose his seat. This was personal. Norm Coleman was the chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations and as...
  • Send in the Clown (Al “SorosBoy” Franken)

    01/09/2009 12:18:12 PM PST · by flattorney · 14 replies · 1,644+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | January 09, 2009 | Kathy Shaidle
    Send in the Clown It sounds like the plot of a 1990s straight-to-video Hollywood flick, but barring any dramatic developments – such as a successful court challenge by Republican opponent Norm Coleman – former “Saturday Night Live” cast member and comedian Al Franken will become the next U.S. Senator from Minnesota, likely on the strength of fraudulent votes. Franken’s fitness for office has been a matter of debate ever since he announced his candidacy in February 2007. Having made a career of “debunking” provocative statements made by famous conservatives in books like Rush Limbaugh Is a Big, Fat Idiot, The...
  • The Stealing the (MN U.S. Senate) Election Project (+ Latest Coleman News)

    01/08/2009 11:41:00 AM PST · by flattorney · 5 replies · 1,614+ views
    Frontpage Magazine/CNSNews ^ | January 08, 2009 | Fred Lucas
    The highly publicized vote recount in the Minnesota Senate race between Democrat Al Franken and Republican Norm Coleman is shining a light on Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, the state’s chief election officer. Ritchie is chairman of the Minnesota Canvassing Board, which on Monday certified that Franken received 225 more votes than Coleman did. Ritchie gave partial credit for his 2006 election to a liberal 527 group, the Secretary of State Project, which says its goal is to “ensure fair, clean elections” by replacing conservative secretaries of state with liberal Democrats. “I want to thank the Secretary of State...
  • MO-Senate: Bond to Retire (Open GOP seat in 2010)

    01/08/2009 9:37:55 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 109 replies · 3,286+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | January 8, 2009 | Chris Cillizza
    Bond is the third Republican Senator to leave the chamber in 2010 -- following Sens. Sam Brownback (Kans.) and Mel Martinez (Fla.) down that path. Democrats are expected to heavily target all three seats. Bond's retirement ends a long -- and, at times, rocky -- career in Missouri politics that began more than four decades ago when he ran and lost a race for Congress. In 1970, Bond bounced back to be elected state auditor and two years after that was elected governor of the Show Me State. In 1976 he was defeated for re-election but in 1980 reclaimed the...
  • Murkowski leads Palin in new poll [AK]

    01/07/2009 1:55:05 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 28 replies · 1,209+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-01-06 | Aaron Blake
    Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin might have a tougher time than once thought if she were to take on Sen. Lisa Murkowski in a Republican primary next year. A Dittman Research poll shows Murkowski leading this year’s GOP vice presidential nominee in the hypothetical matchup, 57-33, according to KTUU-TV in Anchorage.
  • A Message From Norm Coleman's Campaign (We're Gonna Contest This!)

    01/05/2009 4:12:21 PM PST · by MplsSteve · 119 replies · 6,145+ views
    Norm Coleman's Relection Campaign | 1/05/09 | Team Coleman
    Dear Supporter, As you may have read or heard by now, today the Minnesota State Canvassing Board met and made their determination in the U.S. Senate Recount, effectively proving that the only declaration coming today is one of an inaccurate count. There are a number of problems with the total certified today, including double counted votes, over 650 potentially wrongly rejected absentee votes, resulting in the disenfranchising of Minnesota voters and jeopardizing the integrity of Minnesota's election system. Harry Reid and national Democrats have now publicly said they will try to seat Al Franken tomorrow when the 111th Congress convenes...
  • Cornyn promises filibuster on Franken

    01/02/2009 3:55:24 PM PST · by Joiseydude · 42 replies · 1,658+ views ^ | 01/02/09 | Aaron Blake
    Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) threatened Friday to filibuster any attempt to seat Democratic Minnesota Senate candidate Al Franken next week. The newly minted National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) chairman said he had not whipped votes in the GOP caucus, but added that he could not imagine any members defecting and seating Franken without a certificate of election. Franken will not have that certificate as long as the election is challenged in the courts — a likely scenario, with Sen. Norm Coleman’s (R-Minn.) legal team already attacking the credibility of the recount process.
  • Senate GOP to block attempt to seat Franken early

    01/02/2009 9:45:31 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 36 replies · 1,823+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 1/2/09 | Brian Bakst/AP
    The top Senate Republican said his caucus would block any attempt to seat Democrat Al Franken until an anticipated court case over Minnesota's close election is finished and an official election certificate is conferred. Texas Sen. John Cornyn said Friday that Republicans would object to seating the race leader Franken sooner. A filibuster would require 60 votes to break — a few more than Democrats currently hold in Washington.
  • It's the Senate for Bennet [Colorado]

    01/02/2009 9:26:21 AM PST · by george76 · 86 replies · 1,679+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | January 2, 2009 | Lynn Bartels
    Denver Public Schools superintendent Michael Bennet is expected to be named Saturday as the future U.S. Senate replacement for Interior Secretary nominee Ken Salazar, according to two Democratic sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Gov. Bill Ritter is expected to name his U.S. Senate replacement pick on Saturday, ending a brief but frenzied period of speculation about who will take the seat of Interior Secretary nominee Ken Salazar. The selection would be preliminary, since Salazar is not expected to resign his U.S. Senate seat until sometime after Jan. 15, when he faces a confirmation hearing — and later...
  • [LIVE THREAD] Minnesota State Canvassing Board review of challenged ballots in the U.S. Senate race

    Minnesota State Canvassing Board review of challenged ballots in the U.S. Senate race HERE
  • Minn. Supreme Court intervenes in recount case

    12/15/2008 3:07:25 PM PST · by Chet 99 · 71 replies · 8,631+ views
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Supreme Court is getting involved in the state's unsettled U.S. Senate race. The court said Monday it will weigh whether to stop the sorting and counting of wrongly rejected absentee ballots until clear instructions are handed down. Republican Sen. Norm Coleman petitioned the court to step in after the state board overseeing the recount recommended those ballots be considered last week. Coleman maintains there aren't clear guidelines for the recommendation and could lead to disarray among the 87 counties.
  • Al Franken gets boosts in Minn. Senate recount

    12/12/2008 11:42:25 AM PST · by dr_who · 40 replies · 2,617+ views Press ^ | 12/12/08 | BRIAN BAKST
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Democrat Al Franken got good news Friday in his bid for the Senate, winning favorable rulings from a state elections board on rejected absentee ballots and the tally in one of his strongholds. The Canvassing Board overseeing the race recount recommended that county election boards sort and count wrongly rejected absentee ballots. The five-member panel also urged that a recount in one University of Minnesota area precinct be based on Election Night tapes from a ballot counting machine. The recount there, where results favor Franken, ended with 133 missing ballots that could be counted if...
  • Minnesota Senate recount nears end: Coleman leads by 787 votes

    12/05/2008 7:42:30 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 46 replies · 2,149+ views ^ | Dec 5, 2008 | By Todd Melby
    The recount has swung back and forth between the two men, with batches of uncounted ballots being discovered here and there as well as clerical errors changing the totals. With the recount virtually complete on Friday, Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said Coleman led Franken by 787 votes. Local newspapers put Coleman's margin at about 200 votes, tallying ballots that had previously been challenged.
  • Franken camp claims four-vote lead (Oh no Franken might win :()

    12/05/2008 6:36:58 PM PST · by gocats5 · 63 replies · 2,472+ views
    With all but one precinct re-counted in the Minnesota Senate race, Franken campaign attorney Marc Elias is claiming Franken leads Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) by four votes. The number from Franken's internal tally does not include the Minneapolis precinct where 133 ballots went missing. The Franken count includes the thousands of disputed ballots that both campaigns objected to during the recount process.
  • Senate recount: Finish line is within sight (MN)

    12/04/2008 7:58:19 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 20 replies · 1,337+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 12/04/08 | MIKE KASZUBA and BOB VON STERNBERG
    The U.S. Senate recount neared its final hours Thursday, buffeted by the kinds of disputes over missing ballots and challenged ballots that have become familiar in the month since the post-election drama began. Yet at day's end, with 99 percent of the ballots counted, the gap separating Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken was only 36 votes larger than it had been at the start. Coleman now leads by 251, according to Star Tribune tabulations. As on Wednesday, the case of 133 missing ballots in Minneapolis held center stage. The city's top election official said she did not...
  • Franken campaign claims first lead in recount

    12/03/2008 12:39:11 PM PST · by jessduntno · 66 replies · 2,659+ views
    minnesota independent ^ | By 12/3/08 1:17 PM | Paul Demko
    Al Franken’s campaign claims it now holds a 22-vote lead in the U.S. Senate race with just 138,000 votes left to be recounted. This figure contrasts with other tabulations, based on numbers from the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office, that show Coleman maintaining a 303-vote lead. The Franken numbers differ in a couple of respects from the SOS data. Most importantly the Democratic camp’s vote tally relies on the call made by local election officials in determining which candidate an individual intended to support. By contrast the other tallies don’t take into consideration the roughly 6,000 ballots that have been...

    12/02/2008 5:54:32 PM PST · by Repeal The 17th · 188 replies · 8,461+ views
    Georgia Secretary of State - Karen Handel ^ | December 2, 2008 | The Voters
    Take it to the bank.
  • GA 2008 SENATE RUNOFF ELECTION RESULTS (Live) [Chambliss wins in landslide: 58/42%]

    12/02/2008 3:49:00 PM PST · by RobFromGa · 716 replies · 37,616+ views
    self | Dec 2, 2008 | RobFromGa
    The polls close in ten minutes. Hopefully Georgia has held the line today. Poll traffic was reported as steady here Northeast Atlanta today...
  • Things looking bad for Franken in Minn.

    12/02/2008 11:49:14 AM PST · by Gary Johnson in 2012 · 38 replies · 1,791+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 12/02/2008 | Jay Bookman
    Today’s Senate runoff between Jim Martin and Saxby Chambliss has drawn national attention in large part because of the possibility that a Martin victory would give Democrats 60 seats in the Senate, enough to close off filibusters. However, Sen. Jim Martin would become that 60th vote only if Sen. Al Franken became the 59th. And that seems highly unlikely. Franken has fallen behind by more than 300 votes in the Minnesota Senate recount (although the Franken camp claims the real margin is less than 80), with less than 10 percent of the votes still to be recounted. According to The...
  • McCollum ponders run for Fla. Senate seat[Sen. Mel Martinez Seat]

    12/02/2008 11:43:46 AM PST · by BGHater · 36 replies · 1,285+ views
    The Hill ^ | 02 Dec 2008 | Michael O'Brien
    Former U.S. representative and current Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum (R) said he will “seriously consider” running to replace Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) in 2010. “At this point, my plan is — at the appropriate time — to announce my intention to seek reelection as Florida’s attorney general,” McCollum said in a statement Tuesday following an announcement from Martinez that he would not seek a second term. “However, given today’s development, I will seriously consider and discuss with my family a race for this U.S. Senate seat, and we will share our decision at a later date.” McCollum said he...
  • Gap in Senate recount widens, Coleman up 344 votes

    12/01/2008 7:09:33 PM PST · by AmericanMade1776 · 20 replies · 1,324+ views
    Kare ^ | Dec 1,2008
    The hand recount of Minnesota Senate ballots is in its final week, but the results are likely to be inconclusive. The declaration of a winner will be on hold until thousands of disputed ballots are sorted out. By Friday, all of the state's 87 counties should be done with their collective review of 2.9 million ballots. A five-member board will gather beginning Dec. 16 to rule on ballot challenges made by Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and Democratic challenger Al Franken. As of Monday night, Coleman was up 344 votes when Nov. 4 and recounted numbers from precincts are put side...
  • Franken May Appeal To Senate, Courts

    12/01/2008 3:45:30 PM PST · by Red Steel · 57 replies · 2,417+ views
    cBS ^ | December 1, 2008, 5:55 PM | Brian Montopoli
    Minnesota Senate candidate Al Franken's campaign says it may appeal to the U.S. Senate or the courts because it believes that up to 1,000 absentee ballots were improperly disqualified in the state's recount of votes, The Hill reports. "Wherever the numbers stand todayÂ…that number simply cannot be relevant if it does not include all the votes that were legally cast," Franken attorney Marc Elias said, according to the newspaper. "No recount can be considered accurate or complete until all the ballots cast by lawful voters are counted." Franken trails Republican rival Norm Coleman by 282 votes with most of the...
  • Franken May Seek Senate's Help to Win Race

    12/01/2008 2:09:15 PM PST · by lewisglad · 72 replies · 3,323+ views
    The Hill ^ | Posted: 12/01/08 04:01 PM [ET] | By Michael O'Brien
    Al Franken’s (D) campaign may ask the Democratic-led Senate to intervene on his behalf to allow some disqualified absentee ballots to be counted in his quest to unseat Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.). Franken attorney Marc Elias made the case to reporters Monday that as many as 1,000 absentee ballots were improperly disqualified and that the Senate or the courts may need to step in to resolve the issue. “No recount can be considered accurate or complete until all the ballots cast by lawful voters are counted,” Elias said of the recount that became necessary when only about 200 votes separated...
  • Ballot Challenge - View Challenged Ballots in Coleman v. Franken

    11/29/2008 11:14:27 AM PST · by GreatOne · 11 replies · 1,190+ views
    Minneapolis RedStar ^ | November 29, 2008 | No one
    Clicking on the link and then registering for the website will allow you to view and vote for yourself on ballots which have been challenged by either campaign.
  • VANITY - Analysis of Minnesota Recount

    11/29/2008 10:21:55 AM PST · by ex-Libertarian · 13 replies · 1,237+ views
    11/29/2008 | vanity
    The recount is around 88% complete with Coleman ahead in the official tally by 282 votes. At the same time, there are 5,623 ballots which have been challenged by one or the other campaign, and these ballots are removed - temporarily - from the official tally. Therefore the 282 vote lead is not very meaningful; what matters is the dispensation of the challenged ballots. For example, if these challenged ballots break 52.6% to 47.4% in favor of Franken, he wins. Note also that the vast majority of challenged ballots will go against the candidate making the challenge. That's because most...