Archive for the 'Minnesota' Category

Self-Respect Watch: Congressman admits feeling like a “freshman at the senior prom”

By Darren Garnick | Related entries in Barack, Democrats, General Politics, Hillary, Maryland, Minnesota, News, Polls

Barack Obama is now turning Wednesdays into his own upscale version of Chamber of Commerce/Rotary Club mixers, serving up cocktails, Maryland crab, Wagyu beef, Nantucket scallops and citrus salad — according to a recent Associated Press review of 2009 White House parties. I confess to not knowing what Wagyu beef is, but I do know […]

March 6th, 2009 | Permalink| 3 Comments »

Minnesota Senate Race Could Be Decided By Court?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Law, Minnesota, Senate

I think they should just have another revote, but I’ve heard that’s a tough nut to crack because of costs and legal issues. So I understand why some want to lean on the courts. From Minnesota Independent: “The most obvious, clean resolution is resolution by the [current] three-judge court, with no appeal,” says [Guy] Charles, […]

March 2nd, 2009 | Permalink| 4 Comments »

Norm Coleman Takes A Job?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Jobs, Minnesota

The Minnesota recount saga still hasn’t ended, but Coleman is already moving on? Hrmm… Last session’s senior senator from Minnesota Norm Coleman, still battling Al Franken to be seated in the Senate, has taken a paid job as a consultant to the Republican Jewish Coalition, which harshly attacked Obama last fall, its executive director, Matt […]

January 22nd, 2009 | Permalink| No Comments »

Meanwhile, In Minnesota…

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Law, Minnesota

Coleman is suing to challenge Franken’s lead. The saga continues… Republican Norm Coleman’s trial challenging DFLer Al Franken’s lead in the U.S. Senate recount will begin Jan. 26, according to an order issued this afternoon by the three-judge panel that will hear the case. The order did not map out when specific issues would be […]

January 17th, 2009 | Permalink| 4 Comments »

Franken To Be Declared The Winner

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Democrats, Minnesota, Republicans

Coleman will challenge this in the courts, but it appears as if Al will become the Senator from Minnesota. From CNN: The canvassing board on Monday will say a recount determined Franken won by 225 votes, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie told CNN. However, Coleman’s campaign, which contends the recount should have included about 650 […]

January 5th, 2009 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

Minnesota Recount Over. Franken Up 225 Votes.

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Law, Minnesota, Voting

However, Norm Coleman is going to the courts to add even more rejected absentee ballots. Still, to overcome a 225 votes deficit at this point seems extremely unlikely. Here’s more from the Star Tribune… DFLer Al Franken held an unofficial lead of 225 votes over Coleman, according to a newspaper tally of the officials’ count […]

January 3rd, 2009 | Permalink| 3 Comments »

Cornyn Threatens Filibuster if Franken Seated

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Minnesota, Senate

With Al Franken up just 50 votes in the Minnesota recount, congressional Republicans are worried the Democratic controlled Senate might try to seat Franken provisionally. Now, Republican Senator John Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, has threatened a filibuster if Democrats try to seat Franken before the Minnesota secretary of state and governor […]

January 3rd, 2009 | Permalink| 5 Comments »

Al Franken Will Likely Be Senator Franken?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Law, Minnesota, Voting

What looked completely unlikely just a few weeks ago has turned around for the funnyman as he has won some key decisions in the past week and is now ahead by just 46 votes. That’s right…46 votes. From the Star Tribune: A state Supreme Court ruling Wednesday narrowed the options available for Sen. Norm Coleman […]

December 25th, 2008 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

Minnesota Recount Ends, Well Sort Of At Least

By Doug Mataconis | Related entries in Minnesota, Senate

The recount in the Senate race between Norm Coleman and Al Franken has ended and Norm Coleman still holds on to a razor thin lead, but it’s not over yet: Like the election itself, the Senate recount has ended — except that it hasn’t. At 11:29 a.m. Friday at the Wright County Government Center in […]

December 6th, 2008 | Permalink| 7 Comments »

Minnesota Recount Keeps Going…and Going…

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Minnesota, Senate

The recount in the Minnesota U.S. Senate election is almost over. But the legal challenges mean there will be no official winner for awhile longer. Right now, incumbent Republican Norm Coleman leads Democratic challenger Al Franken by 251 votes with several thousand contested ballots awaiting review. The state canvassing board will convene on December 16th […]

December 5th, 2008 | Permalink| 6 Comments »