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MN-Senate: Will It Ever End?


Norm Coleman and Al Franken, still. Photo by Eric Miller of Reuters)

It's been 125 days since Minnesota voters went to the polls to choose between Norm Coleman and Al Franken as their next senator. And yet, the Minnesota Senate seat still sits vacant.

The election contest brought by Coleman following a recount that showed Franken with a 225-vote lead enters its seventh week today. Coleman's legal team rested its case last week and counsel for Franken expects to wrap up its own arguments either late this week or early next. Rebuttals by each side will follow and then closing arguments.

Most informed observers in Minnesota expect some sort of decision from the three-judge state panel by the end of the month although either side would then have ten days to appeal the judgment to the state Supreme Court.

"It's a pretty up-in-the-air-process," said Ben Ginsberg, who is serving as legal counsel to the Coleman recount effort, regarding the ultimate end date of the race.

The Franken team is more definitive. "We've been through a fair election, a meticulous and fair recount, and now a fair election contest," said Franken spokeswoman Jess McIntosh. "Minnesota can be proud of process we have, and we're confident it will re-confirm that last November, Al Franken received the most votes."

What's clear is that the average Minnesotan is growing tired of the back and forth. The Associated Press penned a piece today entitled "Minnesota Senate race leaves voters tired of law drama" that featured a series of quotes from residents of the Land of 10,000 Lakes expressing their disinterest in the entire thing.

The more that people want to move on from this story, the better for Franken -- thanks to the fact that he currently leads the race. Voters pay only marginal attention to elections in the immediate run-up to an election, and generally see politics as tangential (at best) to their daily lives.

With the economy in tatters, the extended legal fight over what ballots should be counted (and which excluded) may well be increasingly seen as small potatoes in the eyes of Minnesota voters -- a sentiment that would complicate Coleman's appeal if he comes up short in the election contest.

That's not to say everything has been caviar and roses for Franken of late. His attempt to be declared the winner -- and be given the election certificate that would allow Senate Democrats to seat him as their 59th member -- was rejected late last week by the Minnesota state Supreme Court, a decision the Coleman campaign touted as a "victory for Minnesota Law and Minnesotans."

The simple fact is that this race has gone on far beyond what anyone -- even the candidates themselves -- likely expected and, predictably, the public has grown tired of reading about the legal wrangling in the newspaper. That weariness makes the eventual decision by the three-judge panel all the more important as there isn't likely to be much of an appetite for another appeal regardless of the outcome.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 9, 2009; 4:03 PM ET
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As long as Al Franken cannot get seated, Coleman and the Republicans win. Their goal is to keep Obama away from 60 Senate Democratic seats for as long as possible. Coleman and the GOP would drag this contest out until the 2010 election, if they could.

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Posted by: cjprentiss | March 13, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

You meant to say, "uninterest." Disinterest means impartiality, not lack of interest.

Posted by: JONWINDY | March 11, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Kudra1 asks
"My remaining questions are: Is the Diebold machine (or whatever new name they're going by) still being used? Or, will Minnesota go with the #2 pencil...that is if a "re-election" is wanted?"

MN uses optical scanners; I'm unsure of the manufacturer. They're not the diebold electronic voting machines that have been much maligned. What we've seen in the MN case is that having the paper ballots facilitates a recount - but they are also not infallible (recall the recount arguments over 'Lizard People' and identifying marks like greasy fingerprints).

If it came down to a recount - which, again, is not a provision in MN law, so appears to be an extremely unlikely outcome - MN would likely use the optical scanners again. In this system, voters connect two bars with a line using an ink pen, not a pencil.

Posted by: bsimon1 | March 11, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Al Franken truly won by 649 votes. It is documented in the Akashik Records. Tell the other guy to give it up. He lost. He is a loser.

Al Franken won by 649 legitimate votes.

As for the other guy, his little putrid team he has around him should be getting indicted for voter fraud, instead of being allowed to fight with Al Franken about the Senate seat.

Truly,
Karen Romero

Posted by: karenmarieromero | March 10, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: ztcb41 | March 10, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: ArlingtonHokie | March 10, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Memo to Chris:Ben Ginsburg has no legal standing related to the ongoing court proceedings. He is nothing but a republican flack sent to spin the proceeding to you, the media. You appear to have fell for his baloney, hook, line and sinker.

Hacktacular! Why don't you interview Joe Friedberg who actually represent Coleman in this matter?

Posted by: cfeher | March 10, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of third-party candidate Barkley, from whom did he pull more votes, Franken or Coleman?
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The seat was Colemans's to lose until the Ventura-annointed Barkley jumped into the race late, running as a conservative-leaning anti-Bush Independent. It seems only in Minnesota do Independents fare so well.

Posted by: RambleOn | March 10, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Bisimon1,
Thank you for your anwering post. My remaining questions are: Is the Diebold machine (or whatever new name they're going by) still being used? Or, will Minnesota go with the #2 pencil...that is if a "re-election" is wanted?

Posted by: Kudra1 | March 10, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Newbeeboy,
The "possession arrow is pointing toward the Republicans after the Washington state governor race a few years back.

Posted by: Buffal0Bill | March 10, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Kudra1 writes
"If Minnesota goes for another election...won't this process just start all over again?"

Yes. Also, holding a 'do over' election isn't in current law. The law says that a contested election goes to the phase we're in now. At the end of this process, the three judge panel will identify a winner that should receive the certificate from the Governor & Secretary of State. Presumably the loser will appeal to the state Supreme Court. The prediction at this time is that the SSC will defer to the judges in the election contest (i.e. the three judge panel). Should the loser choose to try the federal courts, it is less clear what would happen. Some predict that the election then goes to the Senate, which Constitutionally is the final arbiter of the elections of its members.

Posted by: bsimon1 | March 10, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

"it seems Obama and lady Macbeth are ready to spit on Britain with an incompetent gift of DVDs."

What kind of unpatriotic sad sack would side with the foreign press in criticizing our commander in chief in a time of war?

Posted by: bsimon1 | March 10, 2009 10:58 AM
=============================
Whats good for the goose is good for the gander.

This happened to Bush constantly. Just because you think Obama walks on water doesn't mean he shouldn't have the same scrutiny.

Much of the military is against the empty suit marxist anyways and dislike him as commander in chief.

Posted by: Cryos | March 10, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Once the challenge is done at the end of March it's over. Coleman may file an appeal, but The State Supreme Court will have no stomach for it and will deny it. If it can be appealed to the US Supreme Court, they too will not want to be involved. It may take a few weeks for the rejections to come in, but once they are in Franken will get his certificate and he can be seated.

Posted by: caribis | March 10, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

franken didn't drag the election into the gutter. A recount is MANDATORY. Coleman CHOSE to take this to the courts, not mandatory.

Posted by: alexeipg | March 10, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

If Minnesota goes for another election...won't this process just start all over again? A close win for Franken/Coleman, another recount, an new winner, another appeal, the certificate to seat refused, another appeal, and so on? You guys need to have some sort of appeal stop, to prepare for when Republicans will try to steal an election again. ( 'cause you know they're developing those strategies now.) Are you guys still using those Diebold machines? tip:do the recount with a #2 pencil.

Posted by: Kudra1 | March 10, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Actually for some of us here in the frozen Northland, find it the cheapest and most interesting thing to do in our winter of discontent. Certainly when you compare it with $9.00 movie tickets it is a real value.

Posted by: Minnesotan602 | March 10, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

The MN process is very reasonable-a state mandated recount to settle all questions. When the Republicans didn't get what they wanted they sued in an election contest. There has been a lot of sloppy lawyering, but no breakthrough to prove the election was substantially flawed. Now it is obvious that they are flapping their gums just to establish grounds for appeal to state and US Supreme Courts.

This is no longer about Mn where elections are run well-it is an organizational move on the part of the GOP to reduce the number of Democrats in the senate if not by election then by legal wrangling.

Posted by: babloom | March 10, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

"Norm DON'T GIVE UP THE FIGHT. We need you in the Senate to help fillibuster Obama/Pelosi/Reid. Considering anything coming out of Congress/Seante in the next four years constructive is laughable."

Coleman has already given up. He has found a new job and everything. No, this legal battle is to keep the Senate at 99 members for as long as possible.

Posted by: DDAWD | March 10, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

If Gore had behaved more like a pit bull and less like a gentleman in 2000, we would have had a very different planet in 2009. Coleman is just doing what Republicans do best: fight to the death for power, even if they don't have a legitimate right to it. Keeping Dems from getting closer to a 60-vote majority in the Senate is the goal. If Obama had more votes, perhaps he wouldn't have watered down the stimulus bill as much as he did.

Posted by: shapiromarilyn | March 10, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

"it seems Obama and lady Macbeth are ready to spit on Britain with an incompetent gift of DVDs."

What kind of unpatriotic sad sack would side with the foreign press in criticizing our commander in chief in a time of war?

Posted by: bsimon1 | March 10, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

this thing will Coleman and Franken has become ridiculous and a farce. Coleman is like the pit bull that won't let go. Let the chips fall where they may. I am tired of the drama - MN makes the florida re-count look like a cake dance. This continuation of this court theatre is a big waste of money. I wouldn't care who was ahead, either Franken or coleman - it is time to act respectable and end this like gentleman. coleman just say thank you to everyone who supported you and you will look like the person above the fray. MN has enough to do than continue this endless excuse for a court trail.

Posted by: mj9501 | March 10, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

JPMOTU apparently hasn't been following the recount and knows nothing about MN election law, or the facts on the ground by repeating long discredited lies (if ANY of those claims have been true, the Republican judges hearing the case might have ruled his way somewhere along the line, or maybe Coleman's lawyer might have at least raised them at some point).

Posted by: kreuz_missile | March 10, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Why is it Coleman's fate to give up? After all he did WIN the original election. But after an unscrupulous recount of ballots, some even found in the trunk of a car, some counted twice, don't count the miliatry votes, and because you liberal dumbocrats just can't seem to win in a fair election, you wish to suspend all election laws.

Let's go back to the original tallied count where Coleman WON the election and place the blame on Franken for dragging this election into the gutter. The only way the dumbocrats win in an election is to CHEAT.

Norm DON'T GIVE UP THE FIGHT. We need you in the Senate to help fillibuster Obama/Pelosi/Reid. Considering anything coming out of Congress/Seante in the next four years constructive is laughable.

Posted by: JPMOTU | March 10, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

I would say that - after the Bush/Gore 2000 election decision (and the final four coming up) - the possession arrow is pointing to the Democrats.

Also, thanks for clarifying the 3rd party factor -- I don't really follow politics - I'm learning a lot from these posts.

Posted by: newbeeboy | March 10, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

As long as the Republicans can keep Franken from being seated they have "won", overruling the will of Minnesotans.
Since they are doing nothing positive, only obstructing, it doesn't matter whether they have an actual Senator in the seat, all they want is to prevent there from being another vote for anything constructive or positive proposed by President Obama.

Posted by: bethechangeyouwant | March 10, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of third-party candidate Barkley, from whom did he pull more votes, Franken or Coleman?

Posted by: Garak | March 10, 2009 7:49 AM | Report abuse

If Coleman ever wants a political life in Minnesota he had better stop the denial and delay. Franken clearly won the election, and Coleman's long-shot court case will only prevent Minnesota from having two Senators temporarily. I will never forget Coleman saying the night the polls closed that Franken should give up and not be a sore loser. What a hypocrite Coleman is-I will NEVER FORGET those words by Coleman. The shoe is on the other foot now.

Posted by: dobermantmacleod | March 10, 2009 7:00 AM | Report abuse

Repubs are only about doing the will of the people when it conveniently fits their sinister agendas, or when they can fool enough people into thinking that they are doing the right thing. This recount fiasco by Ab-Norm Coleman is EXACTLY the same thing that Repubs criticized Al Gore for during Clueless and Darth Vader's first election. So much for their phony concern for the good of the nation!

Posted by: jeffersontao | March 10, 2009 4:31 AM | Report abuse

Chris,
there were three main candidates in the U.S. Senate race in MN. The third one is even pictured. So why not name Dean Barkley of the Independent Party? If not for him, this race wouldn't have been so close.

Posted by: esr91 | March 10, 2009 3:45 AM | Report abuse

Coleman can't win. At this point even a new election wouldn't work. But he can keep the democrats one vote further from that 60 vote number...

Posted by: theamazingjex | March 10, 2009 2:39 AM | Report abuse

Since Obama has brought his circus act to town, why add a clown?

Posted by: zjr78xva | March 10, 2009 1:51 AM | Report abuse

It's amazing the way king_of_zouk just spits out lines he reads on conservative blogs or hears on fox. He's like a parrot that can type.

Posted by: nodebris | March 10, 2009 1:16 AM | Report abuse

TO THE URGENT ATTENTION OF ATTY. GEN. HOLDER: (Staff: please forward)

THE VICTIMS OF THE BUSH-CHENEY ERA "EXTRAJUDICIAL PUNISHMENT NETWORK" HAVE BEEN TOLD "THERE IS NOTHING TO INVESTIGATE."

IN A SENSE, THAT IS CORRECT. FEDERAL AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES APPEAR TO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT'S HAPPENING, AND WHO'S DOING IT.

WE IMPLORE YOU: PLEASE END THIS ONGOING PERSECUTION -- ENABLED BY FEDERAL POLICIES AND PROGRAMS.


***


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* Silent, covert microwave radiation weapons assaults on innocent but "targeted" U.S. citizens;

* Terroristic vigilante community gang stalking, surreptitious home entry, police-tolerated vandalism;

* Secret federal "programs of personal financial destruction."

The journalist who wrote the articles linked below can't leave his house without "community gang stalkers" making surreptitious entry to commit vandalism. And he is stalked and harassed wherever he goes.

THIS IS DOMESTIC TERRORISM. And it's happening coast-to-coast -- enabled by a " multi-agency action" of the federal government, which has usurped and co-opted local law enforcement.

May the author of these articles meet with you personally in the near future?


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http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

http://www.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 10, 2009 12:35 AM | Report abuse

The number of illegal votes--like precincts where the number of votes is greater than the number of registered voters, for example--greatly exceeds the margin of difference of 225 votes. The current Franken lead is entirely tainted and bogus. Minnesota Supremes need courage to do the right thing.

Posted by: yourstruly1991 | March 10, 2009 12:22 AM | Report abuse

It's going to be really sweet to see Box Turtle Cornyn and the inept GOPer crew have to fork over all Franken's legal costs for this travesty of justice. Coleman brought the challenge: if (when) he loses all costs come out of his pocket, which means out of the NRSC's. Heh.


Seriously, though, the ECC needs to cut GOPer Cornyn a deal. Coleman brought the suit and he hasn't even come close to making a plausible case. Not even close. The motion for summary judgment should be granted.

Posted by: DrainYou | March 9, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

"He funded a bunch of slimy 507s. I am all for free speech, even hate speech, innuendo and sliming. But not be a big, giant conglomerate. Better when small groups band together. And the motivation was all about pure, raw power. Especially considering his capitalistic roots. Very hypocritical."

Thanks. You're the only one who has actually been able to answer this question. I suspect most people hate Soros because Bill O' Reilly does.

Posted by: DDAWD | March 9, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

"KOZ, leapin and the rest of the right wing nuts here are toxic little swine that create issues out of thin air and the suckers here buy into his crap. IGNORE THEM. They have NOTHING of value to contribute."

People typically do.

Posted by: DDAWD | March 9, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

When a Democratic candidate wins a close election the rabid right calls it "election theft". When the Republican's outright steal an election, as Bush did in 2000, they excuse it. And Reagan was a genius and "fixed the economy with his tax cuts and deregulation even though, three years after doing this, the economy was in worse shape than when he entered office (note, we're comparing the awful unemployment numbers today with the even worse ones in 1983). The right just blathers and tosses of lies. KOZ, leapin and the rest of the right wing nuts here are toxic little swine that create issues out of thin air and the suckers here buy into his crap. IGNORE THEM. They have NOTHING of value to contribute.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | March 9, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

I can top that: I'm even for incoherent speech. Zuke rocks.

But I should point out that "disinterest" doesn't mean lack of interest.

Posted by: mattintx | March 9, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

He funded a bunch of slimy 507s. I am all for free speech, even hate speech, innuendo and sliming. But not be a big, giant conglomerate. Better when small groups band together. And the motivation was all about pure, raw power. Especially considering his capitalistic roots. Very hypocritical.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | March 9, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

The Borgen Project has some good info on the cost of addressing global poverty.

$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.
$550 billion: U.S. Defense budget

Posted by: atsegga | March 9, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

"Too all the liberals on here. I assume you agree with the Bush decision in 2000 right? if not you're hypocrites. Then again you are liberals.

What ever happened to "counting all the votes" and "disenfranchised voters?" The double standards of liberals is amusing."

Hardly.

For one thing, Bush 2000 and this are completely different because this one is being allowed to play itself out in the courts to its conclusion, it is not being stopped based on the calendar (as it should heve with the Presidency, but Congress was the proper venue constitutionally for that decision, not SCOTUS).

Second- "count every vote?" You mean to count every vote, except the illegal ones, right? YOu know, the double counted ballots that Coleman keeps harping on? Face it, neither side wants every vote counted. They want the legal ones counted under the legal definitions that is most favorable to this side. Which, For Coleman right now, means the more the better since he is behind and fading.

"The Minnesota thing will only end after they run out of washed up entertainers."

And what do they all have in common? Beating Norm Coleman it seems...

Posted by: kreuz_missile | March 9, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

"Then the political bug bit him and he was determined to purchase power at any cost. He is like the ny Yankees of politics. And as we know money does not always buy success and it is gross to watch. Plus he had become a lib freak."

But what did he actually do? Purchase power from where?

Posted by: DDAWD | March 9, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

George soros used to be an ok guy. He did a lot of charity and was a proud to be an American. Then the political bug bit him and he was determined to purchase power at any cost. He is like the ny Yankees of politics. And as we know money does not always buy success and it is gross to watch. Plus he had become a lib freak.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | March 9, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

KoZ

Can you tell me about George Soros? Why do you dislike him?

Posted by: DDAWD | March 9, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Who said it?

I didn't do it.

A. Barack Obama
B. Bart Simpson.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | March 9, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Are you a socialist?

Let me check my teleprompter. Hey no fair. Can I phone a friend?

Posted by: king_of_zouk | March 9, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Too all the liberals on here. I assume you agree with the Bush decision in 2000 right? if not you're hypocrites. Then again you are liberals.

What ever happened to "counting all the votes" and "disenfranchised voters?" The double standards of liberals is amusing.

Posted by: Cryos | March 9, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

If I were an incumbent who couldn't beat a comedian (a fair comedian) by a significant margin..I might just throw in the towel..or hide away somewhere.

Posted by: newbeeboy | March 9, 2009 4:26 PM
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Nah this is merely an effect of the large vote for Barkley and the tools who bought into Obama's false promises.

If a re-election was held Franken would be demolished.

Posted by: Cryos | March 9, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

"With the economy in tatters, the extended legal fight over what ballots should be counted (and which excluded) may well be increasingly seen as small potatoes in the eyes of Minnesota voters."

This attitude by the voters of Minnesota is the reason that Franken was allowed to steal the election in the first place. If they send Franken to the senate to assist Obama in bankrupting America, they will get what they deserve.

Posted by: okiesplace | March 9, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

"With the economy in tatters, the extended legal fight over what ballots should be counted (and which excluded) may well be increasingly seen as small potatoes in the eyes of Minnesota voters."

This attitude by the voters of Minnesota is the reason that Franken was allowed to steal the election in the first place. If they send Franken to the senate to assist Obama in bankrupting America, they will get what they deserve.

Posted by: okiesplace | March 9, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

republcians can't cheat their way to a seat. better call a recount!

Posted by: drindl | March 9, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

How dare a repub refuse to bend over to fraud and crookedness. Doesn't he know the Capone admin runs things now.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | March 9, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

it seems Obama and lady Macbeth are ready to spit on Britain with an incompetent gift of DVDs. Meanwhile Cuba, Syria and Talibanistan can expect the royal treatment. That's change allright. And Canada - go eat snow.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | March 9, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

This makes me appreciate Dino Ropssi the GOP Candidate for Governor of my state, WA, who lost in a similar reversal of fortune a few years ago...jeesh, Norm Coleman is petty and worse, he is hurting the people of his adopted State (maybe it is time he moves back to New York?)

Posted by: Hold_that_tiger | March 9, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Shame, shame on Minnesota state government for allowing this profane miscarriage to occur. Minnesota has a responsibility to seat 2 senators to assist in governing the nation. The republican powers in Minnesota should hide their heads in the mud!

Posted by: m1kem1lls | March 9, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I can only imagine how Franken would be pilloried by the right-wing press if the shoe were on the other foot and he was behind in the count yet still dragging the election out for this long. It's time for Coleman to accept his fate.

Posted by: francissheed | March 9, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Al, can I call you Al? Al, this is bigger than you and your effort this is about all of us. When for the good of the country we Democrats allowed the Bush wipes to proceed with their argument that their was no way to get a competent recount vote thus someone had to blink. The repugs COULD have governed WITH Al Gore or even from the middle but they went postal medievil. So, for us in t.v. land, you MUST not back-down, blink and allow the weapons of mass distraction to undo voted for change. Just do what they would do, that is your marker... and if that entails standing on a tottering soapbox and screaming bloody murder, you HAVE to do it.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | March 9, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

"You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows" as one minnesotan once said.

With Coleman's people complaining directly to judges about their decisions, completely blowing one of their key witness's testimony, and now openly suggesting another election, we can see how this is likely to end (in the next couple of weeks).

Coleman will appeal the decision to recognize that Franken has the most votes to the MN Supremes, they may or may not take the appeal, but if they do, they will rule quickly on behalf of the recognized winner and Senator Franken should be seated by early April.

The idea that Minnesota would tolerate another costly and time-consuming election (after having our election workers working overtime for 6 months straight) is a GOP fantasy.

Posted by: stpaulsage | March 9, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

BUSH-CHENEY "EXTRAJUDICIAL PUNISHMENT NETWORK"...

Will It Ever End?


WHAT DO OBAMA'S BUSH HOLDOVERS KNOW ABOUT THIS:

* Silent, covert microwave radiation weapons assaults on innocent but "targeted" U.S. citizens;

* Terroristic vigilante community gang stalking, surreptitious home entry, police-tolerated vandalism;

* Secret federal "programs of personal financial destruction."


http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-targets-terrorizes-u-s-citizens
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

http://www.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 9, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse


This really should be Minnesota's problem to deal with, but I'm getting tired of having less than 100 Senators.

We need Franken in Washington so that Ted Kennedy can skip a few more close votes.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | March 9, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

The Minnesota thing will only end after they run out of washed up entertainers.

Posted by: leapin | March 9, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

If I were an incumbent who couldn't beat a comedian (a fair comedian) by a significant margin..I might just throw in the towel..or hide away somewhere.

Posted by: newbeeboy | March 9, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Since when has Coleman shown any concern for the public's interests here? He WILL push this thing as long as he can, period. In his mind, he is winning simply by not having Franken seated. He is betting on the fact that the people will be so weary, confused, and tired of the back and forth that they will demand a new election to decide everything "once and for all".

The panel's decision will not be the end of it.

Posted by: PeixeGato1 | March 9, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

For additional coverage on the election contest, the MN Post ( http://www.minnpost.com ) is doing an excellent job. Jay Weiner recently won an award for his coverage; Eric Black analyzes some legal precedents today that imply the loser of the election contest (the current stage) will have little additional legal recourse.

Posted by: bsimon1 | March 9, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

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