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The Sleuth: November 9, 2008 - November 15, 2008

Minnesota Recount Gets Uglier By the Minute

Democratic Senate challenger Al Franken, trailing Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) by a paper thin margin, is now, to coin a phrase, going legal. Franken filed a lawsuit today seeking access to data on voters whose absentee ballots were rejected. According to the Associated Press, Franken filed the suit in Ramsey County District Court but hopes that a ruling in his favor will apply statewide. Even...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  November 13, 2008; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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Lobbyists Wonder If They'll Be Included in Obama Inaugural Fun

Seems like the entire country is anxiously awaiting details of Barack Obama's inaugural festivities, including Washington lobbyists who aren't quite sure how they'll fit into the picture. "The No. 1 question on K Street and beyond is: what's the structure going to be this time around for underwriting the inaugural balls?" says Tom Jolly, a veteran Democratic lobbyist, who, like every other "L Word" in...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  November 13, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Obamamania! The Inaugural Craze

Everyone wants a piece of the Barack Obama inaugural action. And since Montanans love to party, it's no surprise they're aiming to host the first big bash of inauguration week. Big Sky Night, which held one of the better parties in Denver during the Democratic National Convention last summer, has scheduled its "Montana Party at the Inaugural" for Sunday night, Jan. 18, two nights before...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  November 12, 2008; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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One GOP Political Aide Counts Herself Lucky

Battered by the Democrats' perfect storm, many haggard Republican aides are pounding the pavement in search of work. But one GOP operative who has emerged a lucky survivor of last week's wipe-out election is Karen Hanretty, chief spokeswoman for the National Republican Congressional Committee. Hanretty, who ran the press shop during the NRCC's most tumultuous time in recent history, has accepted a job with Qorvis...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  November 11, 2008; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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