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  • Minnesota Court Of Appeals Rules Against KSTP In Ballot Case (Coleman/Franken)

    08/10/2010 11:39:54 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 7 replies · 2+ views ^ | 8/10/10 | Josh Simeone
    Rejected absentee ballots are private information, with that ruling the Minnesota court of appeals says KSTP-TV can't look at them. That reverses a ruling by a Ramsey county judge that allowed KSTP and four other Hubbard broadcasting stations to get access to unopened, rejected absentee ballots from the 2008 election. Last year, a 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS investigation uncovered absentee ballots that had been wrongly accepted and rejected. The station sued to examine the 13-thousand that were never counted in the election to continue it's investigation. The appeals court says the law states clearly that sealed absentee ballots are private data...
  • Chapter 3: How Franken's attorneys outmaneuvered Coleman's team to secure the Senate seat.

    09/21/2009 9:11:28 AM PDT · by mojito · 44 replies · 3,233+ views
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 9/19/2009 | Dave Orrick
    Tony Trimble couldn't catch a break. As one of the lead attorneys for Sen. Norm Coleman following Election Day, he hadn't stopped working in months. And as he watched the Republican's lead over Democrat Al Franken slip steadily and then finally vanish in the largest recount in American history, he marveled at how everything seemed to be breaking Franken's way. Clerical corrections, countless one- and two-vote shifts from sloppily filled-out ballots, major judicial rulings. They all added to Franken's vote quarry. In the closing days of the recount, Trimble watched, dumbstruck, as 933 rejected absentee ballots — once the domain...
  • Joe Repya: Why I'm leaving the Minnesota GOP

    07/08/2009 6:55:10 AM PDT · by flattorney · 147 replies · 3,860+ views
    Twin Cities ^ | June 23, 2009 | Joe Repya
    As a military officer for 30 years, I came to recognize the necessity of good leadership. When I retired from the military in 1998, I became active politically in the Republican Party. Since that time, I've been elected to two National Republican Conventions, acted as a military spokesperson for the Bush/Cheney campaign in 2004, and served as national veterans coordinator for Fred Thompson's presidential run. In 2007, I ran for Minnesota GOP party chair as a reform candidate, and lost. Over the years I have raised tens of thousands of dollars for GOP coffers, donated many thousands of dollars to...
  • Al Franken — Democrat From Acorn (Acorn's Sec of State Program)

    07/06/2009 11:44:00 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 21 replies · 1,253+ views
    IBD ^ | 7/6/09 | Mikey_1962
    Politics: The former Stuart Smalley becomes the 60th Democrat in the U.S. Senate, thanks to the community organizers at Acorn and the little-known Secretary of State Project. Is the system being rigged? Incumbent Republican Norm Coleman conceded defeat in the mother of all recounts in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race after the state's Supreme Court unanimously rejected his lawsuit. Arguably, his seat may have been lost the day in 2006 when Democrat Mark Ritchie defeated two-term incumbent Republican Mary Kiffmeyer to become Minnesota secretary of state. It was Ritchie who orchestrated the recount that gave Democratic challenger Franken a lead some...
  • WSJ: Franken Stole the Election

    07/03/2009 9:14:36 PM PDT · by newbie2008 · 51 replies · 2,714+ views
    The Wall Street Journal’s editors weigh in on Al Franken’s Senate win: The ‘Absentee’ Senator. The Minnesota Supreme Court yesterday declared Democrat Al Franken the winner of last year’s disputed Senate race, and Republican incumbent Norm Coleman’s gracious concession at least spares the state any further legal combat. The unfortunate lesson is that you don’t need to win the vote on Election Day as long as your lawyers are creative enough to have enough new or disqualified ballots counted after the fact.
  • Al Franken — Democrat From Acorn

    07/02/2009 5:26:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies · 2,296+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 2, 2009
    Politics: The former Stuart Smalley becomes the 60th Democrat in the U.S. Senate, thanks to the community organizers at Acorn and the little-known Secretary of State Project. Is the system being rigged?Politics: The former Stuart Smalley becomes the 60th Democrat in the U.S. Senate, thanks to the community organizers at Acorn and the little-known Secretary of State Project. Is the system being rigged? Incumbent Republican Norm Coleman conceded defeat in the mother of all recounts in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race after the state's Supreme Court unanimously rejected his lawsuit. Arguably, his seat may have been lost the day in 2006...
  • Al Franken Inducted into Democrat Conspiracy

    07/02/2009 8:26:14 AM PDT · by grizzlyfish · 11 replies · 475+ views
    Weekly World News ^ | 7/2/09 | Reginald Cunningham III
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Al Franken was approved Tuesday to join the US Senate. The Democratic Party will now involve him in their secret plans. The Minnesota Supreme Court ratified Al Franken yesterday as having won the Senatorial election seven months ago. Incumbent Norm Coleman, having exhausted all legal channels except for the Minnesota Thunderdome, finally conceded the race, saying only, “Next time Franken. Next time.” The Democrats welcomed Franken into their upper echelons of power with a decoder ring and other perks. In a private ceremony involving robes and jasmine scented aromatherapy candles, Franken was sworn in as a Democrat...
  • Menendez: 'Franken would give Democrats "a little more strength" to pursue their agenda.'

    07/01/2009 11:27:37 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 8 replies · 437+ views
    foxnews ^ | 7/1/09 | Chad Pergram
    Like an oasis in the desert, the 60-vote Democratic supermajority is a mirage. Yes, former comedian Al Franken is now Minnesota's senator-elect -- thanks to the state Supreme Court's ruling Tuesday -- giving Democrats enough members in the Senate to hit a filibuster-proof majority. This is no laughing matter. But that's on a really, really good day. For all intents and purposes, Democrats don't truly have 60 votes in the Senate. With the addition of Franken, they technically have 58. Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., caucus with Democrats but don't define themselves that way. Sanders, a socialist,...
  • Congrats, Democrats! Here's Your New Senator!

    06/30/2009 7:54:19 PM PDT · by gmp31555 · 20 replies · 1,350+ views
    This is a very disturbing picture.....
  • ... And Franken Makes 60 for Dems

    06/30/2009 6:57:47 PM PDT · by LUV W · 83 replies · 1,891+ views ^ | June 30, 2009
    Franken Declared Winner of Minnesota Senate Election, Giving Dems Filibuster-Proof Majority After the Minnesota high court rejects a legal challenge from Norm Coleman, the Republican concedes to Democrat Al Franken in the state's Senate race. Democrat Al Franken, right, with his wife Frannie Franken smile as they meet the media at their house in MInneapolis Tuesday June 30, 2009 after the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Democrat in the Senate race against Republican Norm Coleman. (AP) Democrat Al Franken as the winner of the state's vacant Senate seat after the state's high court ruled that Republican challenger...
  • Franken Heads to Senate, Bolsters Democrats' Hand

    06/30/2009 5:20:34 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 62 replies · 1,474+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 06-30-09 | NAFTALI BENDAVID and GREG HITT
    Minnesota Court Confirms Razor-Thin Election Win, but Party's Filibuster-Proof Majority Is Vulnerable to Internal Fissures. WASHINGTON -- The Minnesota Supreme Court cleared the way for Democrat Al Franken to become Minnesota's new U.S. senator, ending a festering eight-month election dispute and giving the Democrats a 60-seat voting majority in the Senate. The court on Tuesday unanimously upheld Mr. Franken's margin of 312 votes out of 2.9 million cast in November's election, giving him the seat that had been held for one term by Republican Norm Coleman. Mr. Coleman conceded at a news conference at his home two hours later, saying...
  • Cornyn Says He Respects Coleman's Concession

    06/30/2009 2:53:11 PM PDT · by steve-b · 9 replies · 647+ views
    Politico ^ | 6/30/09 | Josh Kraushaar
    The National Republican Senatorial Committee spent nearly $1 million on Norm Coleman’s legal fees to back the Republican's appeals and draw out the Minnesota Senate race. But now that the state Supreme Court made its final ruling, NRSC Chairman John Cornyn said he "respects" Coleman's decision to concede: "Throughout the last several months, Senate Republicans have made clear that the people of Minnesota, not politicians in Washington, should decide this election. Now that the courts have spoken, I join Norm in respecting that decision and moving forward to address the important issues facing our country....
  • Michael Steele ‘Deeply Disappointed’ By Franken Victory

    “I am deeply disappointed in the decision made by the state Supreme Court, and I share the frustration of Minnesota’s voters. At the core of our democracy lies two concrete principles: No valid vote should go uncounted and all votes should be treated equally. Sadly, those principles were not adhered to during this election. While I would have proudly stood behind Norm Coleman had he chosen to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, I know that his decision to withdraw from this race was not an easy one, but one that he felt was the best decision for the people...
  • Senate Democrats to Pawlenty: certify Franken

    06/30/2009 2:03:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies · 1,562+ views ^ | June 30, 2009 | Laurie Kellman
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats are urging Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty to certify Democrat Al Franken's election to the Senate following the state Supreme Court's ruling that the former Saturday Night Live comedian defeated GOP incumbent Norm Coleman.
  • Coleman concedes, Pawlenty to sign election certificate today, to-do list from Obama

    06/30/2009 1:49:16 PM PDT · by steve-b · 20 replies · 1,451+ views
    Star-Tribune ^ | 6/30/09 | James Shiffer
    In a 15-minute news conference, looking relaxed and upbeat, Norm Coleman congratulated Al Franken, reminisced about his 6-year term and the "longest election in Minnesota history" and didn't discuss the details of the rejected legal challenge. "We have reached the point where further litigation damages the unity of our state," Coleman said. "I congratulate Al Franken in his victory in his election." "The bottom line is that's history. I'm not looking back… We are a nation of laws, not men and women. The court has spoken.".... Moments later, Gov. Tim Pawlenty's office issued the following statement: "The Minnesota Supreme Court...
  • Coleman Concedes. Franken Dem No. 60. Totalitarianism, here we come!

    06/30/2009 1:47:28 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 111 replies · 3,920+ views
    Associated Press, Aol Feed ^ | 6/30/09 | Brian Bakst
    ST. PAUL, Minn. -Republican Norm Coleman conceded to Democrat Al Franken in Minnesota's contested Senate race on Tuesday, ending a nearly eight-month recount and court fight over an election decided by only a few hundred votes. Coleman announced his decision at a news conference in St. Paul hours after a unanimous Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that Franken, a former "Saturday Night Live" comedian and liberal commentator, should be certified the winner. "The Supreme Court has made its decision and I will abide by the results," Coleman told reporters outside his St. Paul home. Coleman, appearing relaxed and upbeat, said he...
  • GOP's Coleman concedes, sending Franken to Senate

    06/30/2009 1:12:47 PM PDT · by jackmercer · 74 replies · 4,798+ views
    WRAL ^ | 06/30/2009 | BRIAN BAKST
    ST. PAUL, Minn. — Republican Norm Coleman has conceded to Democrat Al Franken in Minnesota's contested Senate race, ending a nearly eight-month recount and court fight. Coleman conceded at a news conference in St. Paul, a few hours after a unanimous Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Tuesday the former "Saturday Night Live" comedian and liberal commentator should be certified the winner..............
  • Coleman: the GOP's million-dollar man

    06/30/2009 12:27:15 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 8 replies · 811+ views
    Coleman: the GOP's million-dollar man GOP senators, the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee insist that the Coleman challenge has been worth the money — for now. Over the past three months, the NRSC spent nearly $1 million to pay his legal bills, and since Election Day, Republican senators and the RNC have pumped in hundreds of thousands of dollars more. -snip- Coleman’s legal challenge has reached the Minnesota Supreme Court, but many legal experts believe that the court’s decision — expected any day — will affirm that Franken won last November’s election. If that happens, Coleman...
  • Al Franken may prove to be a joke on Blanche Lincoln

    06/30/2009 12:36:37 PM PDT · by KRyanJames · 25 replies · 917+ views
    The K. Ryan James Blog ^ | 30 Jun 2009 | Kenneth Ryan James
    While many will touch on the humor of “funny man” Al Franken now taking his shtick to the Senate, and MSNBC will likely be apoplectic tonight at the concept of 60 Democrat senators now moving forward Barack Obama’s deficit-spending, big government policies through the upper chamber, I submit that the punchline may be at the cost of “conservative” Democrat senators, including Arkansas’s own Blanche Lincoln, who will now have a target painted on them to be the 60th vote on such things as card check, cap and tax and Obamacare.
  • State Supreme Court Rules For Franken 5-0

    06/30/2009 11:14:29 AM PDT · by jamese777 · 79 replies · 2,699+ views
    The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled unanimously in favor of Al Franken in the disputed U.S. Senate race, according to Franken's attorney.
  • Minnesota court calls Al Franken the winner

    06/30/2009 11:31:14 AM PDT · by steve-b · 6 replies · 1,001+ views
    Politico ^ | 6/30/09 | Manu Raju
    The Minnesota Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously ruled Al Franken the winner of last November's Senate race, putting the former "Saturday Night Live” star on the brink of becoming a United States senator and Democrats on the cusp of holding a dominant supermajority in the Senate. In a unanimous 5-0 decision, the court upheld a three-judge panel's April 14 ruling that Franken defeated Republican Norm Coleman in the race by 312 votes out of 2.9 million cast....
  • Minnesota's highest court rules for Al Franken

    June 30, 2009 BREAKING: Minnesota's highest court rules for Al Franken Posted: 02:25 PM ET (CNN) — Minnesota's Supreme Court has dismissed former Sen. Norm Coleman's challenge to the state's November election results and declared Democratic challenger Al Franken the winner. The unanimous opinion ruled that Franken "received the highest number of votes legally cast" and is entitled "to receive the certificate of election as United States senator from the state of Minnesota." The former "Saturday Night Live" writer and performer had declared victory in the disputed race after a recount ended in January, but Coleman — a Republican who...
  • Al Franken confirmed to Senate in MN (BARF!)

    06/30/2009 11:11:24 AM PDT · by PreciousLiberty · 257 replies · 13,666+ views
    Fox News ^ | 6/30/2009 | Self
    Al Franken confirmed to MN senate by MN supreme court.
  • National Republican Senatorial Committee spends almost $1M to help Norm Coleman

    06/24/2009 2:21:11 AM PDT · by flattorney · 4 replies · 800+ views
    Twin Cities Pioneer Press ^ | June 24, 2009 | Rachel E. Stassen-Berger
    The National Republican Senatorial Committee spent almost $1 million last month on Republican Norm Coleman's attempt to win last year's U.S. Senate race. Coleman is attempting to overturn Democrat Al Franken's slender lead. The former senator's appeal of a trial court's decision that Franken won is awaiting a ruling from the Minnesota Supreme Court. That ruling could be issued any day. Last month, the NRSC spent $937,917 to help Coleman in that effort. Minneapolis law firm Dorsey & Whitney, home to Coleman attorney Jim Langdon, received $350,171 of that and Washington, D.C., law firm Patton Boggs, Coleman legal spokesman Ben...
  • "Supreme Court ruling on U.S. Senate race to arrive tomorrow"

    06/18/2009 4:57:56 AM PDT · by walsh · 12 replies · 1,245+ views
    Politics in Minnesota ^ | June 18, 2009 | walsh
    PIM has now heard from two sources on different sides of the Minnesota U.S. Senate race recount scene that the final Minnesota Supreme Court ruling is expected to arrive tomorrow, Thursday, June 18th
  • MINNESOTA VOTE FRAUD: 2,812 Dead Voters

    06/04/2009 7:59:46 AM PDT · by james.richardson · 190 replies · 13,578+ views
    Redstate ^ | 6/04/09 | James Richardson
    A review of Minnesota’s statewide database of registered voters revealed at least 2,812 deceased individuals voted in last November’s general election, according to a new report by the “traditional values” advocacy group Minnesota Majority. After obtaining the list of voters who participated in November’s election, the group hired an independent firm who specializes in “death suppression” for direct mailing lists to review the data. The process, which involved matching names and addresses to state death records, bore troubling results. According to Minnesota statute 201.13, the commissioner of health is to report monthly the name, address, date of birth, and county...
  • Report: Dead People May Have Voted in Minnesota

    06/04/2009 6:07:26 PM PDT · by markomalley · 47 replies · 1,780+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 6/3/2009 | David A. Patten
    Over 2,800 people who were already dead may have "voted" in last November's election in Minnesota -- an indication either of voter fraud, or of record-keeping so flawed that it leaves the state vulnerable to fraudulent ballots being cast according to a government watchdog group. Minnesota Majority, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with several Republican supporters, is calling for a federal investigation into Minnesota's election practices. "The secretary of state's office is now in what I interpret to be panic mode," Minnesota Majority founder Jeff Davis tells Newsmax. According to Davis, the issue of deceased persons on the voter rolls dates...
  • Group claims thousands of 'voters' are deceased (MN)

    06/03/2009 6:34:28 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 51 replies · 2,360+ views ^ | 6/3/09 | Nicole Muehlhausen
    A Minnesota group claims they’ve uncovered thousands of votes that were registered in deceased people’s names and say the Secretary of State left them on the voting rolls. 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS took the names of a handful of dead voters and tried to find out why they're listed by the state as having voted and found tired election workers, long hours, and confusing rules may be more to blame than outright fraud. Julie Webster died in August 2006, but she voted two years later on Nov. 4, 2008. Her widow Henry Webster did not know until 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS told...
  • Court Skeptical Of Norm Coleman's Arguments

    06/02/2009 6:16:40 AM PDT · by steve-b · 24 replies · 994+ views
    Politico ^ | 6/1/09 | Josh Kraushaar
    Republican Norm Coleman's legal team on Monday faced a skeptical audience of five Minnesota Supreme Court justices, who could be his last lifeline to prevent Democrat Al Franken from being seated as the state's junior senator. During the one-hour proceeding, the five justices peppered Coleman attorney Joe Friedberg with pointed questions on whether the campaign had provided enough evidence to prove that Coleman would have won the election if additional absentee ballots were included. Justice Christopher Dietzen, an appointee of Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty who is considered to be the court's most conservative judge, said during the hearing that Coleman's...
  • (Tim) Pawlenty to DNC chief: Butt out of Senate race (MN)

    05/21/2009 5:05:47 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 4 replies · 766+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 5/21/09 | BOB VON STERNBERG
    Gov. Tim Pawlenty has this piece of advice for Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine: Butt out of Minnesota's U.S. Senate race. In a letter, Pawlenty has pointedly rebuffed Kaine's request this week that he prod fellow Republican Norm Coleman to abandon his fight to regain the state's vacant Senate seat. For either Coleman or Democrat Al Franken to be seated, Pawlenty must sign an election certificate. In his letter, Pawlenty replied: "Some of your Democratic colleagues and members of the media have inaccurately stated that an election certification is being withheld," Pawlenty wrote. "That is not the case."
  • Franken meets with vice president in Washington

    05/06/2009 4:53:25 PM PDT · by SmithL · 21 replies · 866+ views
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic Senate candidate Al Franken met privately with Vice President Joe Biden late Wednesday afternoon to update him on the still-contested Minnesota Senate race. Franken, who said he is eager to join the Senate,
  • Specter Says He ‘Misspoke” on Minnesota Senate Race

    05/05/2009 8:26:04 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 26 replies · 1,117+ views ^ | May 5, 2009 | Bart Jansen
    The political whirlwind that surrounded Sen. Arlen Specter ’s switch from the Republican to Democratic party had him forgetting which team he is rooting for in 2010. But after voicing support for Republican Norm Coleman in his contested Minnesota Senate race, Specter said he misspoke in a New York Times magazine interview and is supporting Democrats. Specter switched parties April 30 in an effort to hold his Pennsylvania seat for a sixth term in the 2010 election. The move upset fellow Republicans and elated Democrats who edged to a 59-seat majority with two independents in a Senate where 60 senators...
  • Specter: I Want a Coleman Win

    05/05/2009 2:34:49 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 32 replies · 1,399+ views ^ | May 5, 2009 | Mark Halperin
    ATTENTION, LIBERAL BLOGGERS (AND AL FRANKEN)!!! The new Democrat says the Minnesota Republican should return to the Senate.
  • Democrat joker Al Franken to hand Obama control of Senate

    05/03/2009 6:51:14 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 28 replies · 1,968+ views
    UKTimesonline ^ | 5/4/09 | Sarah Baxter
    A COMEDIAN who had a walk-on part in the Rutles film spoof of the Beatles is poised to deliver a 60-seat super-majority to the Democrats in the Senate as President Barack Obama consolidates his grip on the levers of power. Al Franken, 57, a satirist turned Democrat politician, is expected to be proclaimed the winner of the protracted race for the US Senate in Minnesota, in time to give Obama a free hand to appoint a Supreme Court replacement for retiring Justice David Souter without fear of Republican blocking tactics. If Franken wins, Obama will hold an unassailable majority after...
  • Franken's in limbo as the weeks grind on (Strib In Tank For Franken)

    05/02/2009 5:51:49 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 24 replies · 1,106+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 5/2/09 | PATRICIA LOPEZ
    Six months after Election Day, Al Franken is a man in limbo, preparing for an office he's not entirely sure he's going to get, chained to a fundraising treadmill for a legal battle that goes on and on, and champing to get to work while precious committee assignments and pitched policy battles pass him by. He has hired a Minnesota state director -- Alana Peterson -- but she's working for free because he can't draw on any money budgeted for a Senate seat that has no winner. His office? Most days it's his Minneapolis townhouse. On Friday, it was the...
  • New Ad Pressures Pawlenty To Seat Franken

    05/02/2009 10:13:27 AM PDT · by steve-b · 17 replies · 924+ views
    CBS ^ | 4/30/09 | Brian Montopoli
    Liberal advocacy group Americans United For Change has released a new ad pressuring Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty to "act in the best interest of Minnesota" and certify Democrat Al Franken as the state's senator. Franken was declared the victor in his battle against Norm Coleman for the Minnesota Senate seat following a recount and legal wrangling that has lasted for months. Coleman is now appealing the decision to the state Supreme Court. "Most Minnesotans – including Republicans – believe that once the state Supreme Court rules, Governor Pawlenty should do his legal duty and certify Al Franken as our senator,"...
  • No Minn. senator until at least June

    04/25/2009 5:20:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 32 replies · 2,130+ views ^ | April 24, 2009 | Martin Kady II
    The never-ending Minnesota Senate race won’t be decided until this summer, thanks to a state Supreme Court decision Friday to hear oral arguments starting June 1. The elongated time table is frustrating for Democrats agitating to seat Democrat Al Franken, who would be the 59th Democrat in the Senate. It’s a minor victory for Republicans, who appreciate every delay in this case and face an uphill battle in overturning Franken’s 312-vote lead. Coleman’s first filing is due April 30. Franken must file his paperwork by May 11, followed by a mandatory Coleman response on May 15. Oral arguments are scheduled...
  • Surprise, Coleman Appeals Franken Ruling - Again Special

    04/20/2009 10:03:54 PM PDT · by FreeAndEqual · 7 replies · 657+ views
    DigitalJournal Magazine ^ | April 20,2009 | Stephen Dohnberg
    After more than 5 months since a close election race in Minnesota, & a decision in favour of Franken in the lower courts, Coleman files an appeal to take the decision to the MN Supreme Court. Franken spokesperson says Coleman campaign in "death throes"
  • Minnesota's Missing Votes: Some Senate absentee ballots are more equal than others.

    04/18/2009 8:01:46 PM PDT · by Gordon Greene · 6 replies · 1,019+ views ^ | APRIL 18, 2009 |
    Meanwhile, back in the Minnesota Senate recount, the three-judge panel reviewing the race has declared Democrat Al Franken the winner. Republican Norm Coleman intends to appeal to the state's Supreme Court, while Democrats and the press corps pressure him to surrender. We hope Mr. Coleman keeps fighting, because the outcome so far hangs on the fact that some votes have been counted differently from others... ...Even without any irregularities, this is as close to a "tie" as it gets. And there have been plenty of irregularities. By the end of the recount, the state was awash with evidence of duplicate...
  • Minnesota's Missing Votes

    04/18/2009 4:08:50 AM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 22 replies · 1,385+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 04-18-09 | The Wall Street Journal
    Meanwhile, back in the Minnesota Senate recount, the three-judge panel reviewing the race has declared Democrat Al Franken the winner. Republican Norm Coleman intends to appeal to the state's Supreme Court, while Democrats and the press corps pressure him to surrender. We hope Mr. Coleman keeps fighting, because the outcome so far hangs on the fact that some votes have been counted differently from others. APEven after the recount and panel-findings, the 312-vote margin separating the two men equals about .01% of the 2.9 million votes cast. Even without any irregularities, this is as close to a "tie" as it...
  • Minnesota's Missing Votes: Some Senate absentee ballots are more equal than others.

    04/18/2009 2:28:13 AM PDT · by Scanian · 16 replies · 1,064+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 18, 2009 | Editorial
    Meanwhile, back in the Minnesota Senate recount, the three-judge panel reviewing the race has declared Democrat Al Franken the winner. Republican Norm Coleman intends to appeal to the state's Supreme Court, while Democrats and the press corps pressure him to surrender. We hope Mr. Coleman keeps fighting, because the outcome so far hangs on the fact that some votes have been counted differently from others. Even after the recount and panel-findings, the 312-vote margin separating the two men equals about .01% of the 2.9 million votes cast. Even without any irregularities, this is as close to a "tie" as it...
  • Eggs thrown at ex-Sen. Coleman's house; police investigate

    04/16/2009 8:59:11 PM PDT · by MplsSteve · 25 replies · 893+ views
    St Paul (Mn) Pioneer Press ^ | 4/16/09 | Mara Gottfried - Staff Reporter
    St. Paul police are investigating after eggs were thrown at former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman's house in the Crocus Hill neighborhood. It happened about 9:20 p.m. Tuesday, according to a police report that recorded the incident as misdemeanor criminal damage to property. After eggs had hit the front door of Coleman's home in the 600 block of Osceola Avenue, a resident of the home saw a man who appeared to be in his 20s outside, said Peter Panos, police spokesman. The report didn't say who the resident was or whether Coleman was home, Panos said today. The resident then saw...
  • Poll: Minnesotans want Coleman to concede (barf)

    04/15/2009 9:17:37 PM PDT · by zaphod3000 · 14 replies · 808+ views
    POLITICO ^ | Apr 15, 2009 | Ben Smith
    Norm Coleman doesn’t have much support back home for contesting the results of the Minnesota Senate race, according to a new poll of Minnesota voters conducted by Public Policy Polling. The poll showed that 63 percent of Minnesota voters said they believe Coleman should concede the race to Democrat Al Franken, with just 37 percent supporting further appeals. And 59 percent said they want Gov. Tim Pawlenty to sign the certificate declaring Franken the winner. “With the ruling of the three judge panel it appears that most Minnesota voters are now ready for this election be over,” said Public Policy...
  • Top Business Lobbyists Vow To Raise Big Bucks For Coleman Appeal

    04/15/2009 9:09:42 PM PDT · by zaphod3000 · 6 replies · 483+ views
    The Plum Line ^ | April 15, 2009 | Greg Sargent
    A group of several dozen of the most influential business lobbyists in Washington is vowing to raise and spend whatever it takes to bankroll Norm Coleman’s upcoming appeal fight, in the wake of a three-judge ruling declaring that Al Franken defeated Coleman in the Minnesota Senate race. The group of lobbyists, which calls itself “Team Coleman,” is made up of some of the biggest players in D.C.’s permanent lobbying establishment, and includes executives from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Business, the National Restaurant Association and others. “We will raise as much as is necessary,” Dirk...
  • Minn. Senate flashpoint: the judges

    04/15/2009 8:12:37 PM PDT · by zaphod3000 · 7 replies · 741+ views
    POLITICO ^ | April 15, 2009 | JOSH KRAUSHAAR
    Norm Coleman’s campaign hasn’t yet filed its expected appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court, but partisans are already gearing up for what could be the next flashpoint in the Coleman-Al Franken Senate contest — the backgrounds of Minnesota’s high court justices. The Coleman and Franken camps have not expressed any sign of public concern about any of the five jurists who would hear their case. And neither side has requested any recusals. But as Coleman prepares to take his argument to Minnesota’s top court in a bid to keep his slim election hopes alive, and as Democrats implore him to...
  • In Minnesota, a Battle Without End for a Senate Seat

    04/15/2009 6:41:32 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 13 replies · 828+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 14, 2009 | Adam Nagourney
    [Al] Franken and [Norm] Coleman are caught in a political twilight, players in a race that will not end. A three-judge panel declared Mr. Franken the winner on Monday by 312 votes out of roughly 3 million cast, after a seven-week trial, but Mr. Coleman promptly announced that he would appeal to the state’s highest court, raising the prospect that Minnesota will not get its second senator until the Congressional recess begins this summer. This is not merely another example of the kind of whisker-close political contest that has become a regular part of the American political landscape since the...
  • Coleman to appeal loss to Minnesota Supreme Court

    04/14/2009 11:17:02 AM PDT · by jasonmyos · 57 replies · 3,216+ views
    ST. Paul, Minn. (Legal Newsline)-Republican Norm Coleman will appeal Monday's court decision that gave Democrat Al Franken the protracted U.S. Senate race in Minnesota, a spokesman said.
  • Judges In Minnesota Rule Al Franken Is U.S. Senate Winner (Video)

    Stuart Smalley goes to Washington! Seriously, what is wrong with people in Minnesota? I understand Norm Coleman may have some weaknesses, but Al Franken? Really?
  • APNewsAlert { Franken wins }

    04/13/2009 4:36:01 PM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 829+ views
    Minnesota court declares Al Franken
  • JUDGES: Franken winner of Senate race

    04/13/2009 4:37:37 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 235 replies · 11,279+ views ^ | 4/13/09 | Nicole Muehlhausen
    Over five months after the election, a three-judge panel has declared Democrat Al Franken the winner of the Minnesota U.S. Senate race. The judges issued their final ruling late Monday, stating "Franken received the highest number of lawfully cast ballots in the Nov. 4, 2008 general election." They also have determined that Franken is entitled to receive the certificate of election. Last week, Republican Norm Coleman suffered a blow after a few hundred previously rejected absentee ballots were opened and counted at the tail end of Coleman's lawsuit contesting his loss in a statewide recount. They broke almost 2-to-1 for...