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    It doesn't matter. Specter lost his seniority.

    Did Norm Coleman once sell cars in Minnesota?

    Ya think?


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    You had to go pretty Far on that one Zip.

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    So, can I put ya down for that Truecoat?

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    Default Franken Wins!


    June 30, 2009, 2:27 pm
    Court Rules Franken Has Won Senate Seat

    By Kate PhillipsThe Minnesota Supreme Court has just issued its long-awaited judgment in the Senate race, declaring that Democrat Al Franken is the winner.
    The 32-page unanimous decision by the state’s highest court was released after a seven-months long battle over the seat formerly held by Norm Coleman. On every ground, the judicial panel rejected Mr. Coleman’s claims of trial errors or constitutional violations, and decided that Mr. Franken’s election should be certified by the state as valid.
    Gov. Tim Pawlenty had indicated as late as Monday that he was willing to certify Mr. Franken as the winner once the state’s highest court decided the recount and Mr. Coleman’s battle. On CNN on Sunday, Mr. Pawlenty said: “I’m prepared to sign it as soon as they give the green light.”
    Asked what he would do if Mr. Coleman decided to appeal to the federal courts, as had been mentioned before this ruling, Mr. Pawlenty added: “A federal court could stay or put a limit on or stop the effect of the state court ruling. If they chose, if they do that, I would certainly follow their direction. But if that doesn’t happen promptly or drags out for any period of time, then we need to move ahead with signing this, particularly if I’m ordered to do that by the state court.”
    Some legal experts already are pointing out that the Minnesota Supreme Court did not issue a directive ordering Governor Pawlenty to sign the certificate. And there is, according to legal experts, a rehearing period of 10 days, under the Minnesota judges’ ruling.
    If Mr. Coleman concedes, Mr. Franken will become the Democrats’ much coveted 60th vote. That is the number required to avert filibusters, and with both Senators Edward M. Kennedy and Robert C. Byrd absent due to illness, the Democrats have sometimes scrambled to make sure they had lined up enough votes.
    Spokesmen for both Mr. Coleman and Mr. Franken issued statements announcing news conferences later this afternoon.
    In reaction, Senator Bob Menendez, the chairman of the National Democratic Senatorial Committee, said this in his statement:
    “As we’ve seen over the past 238 days, no matter how many times Norm Coleman goes to court, the result of the election never changes: Al Franken earned more votes than Norm Coleman. Al Franken was elected to the Senate and he ought to be able to get to work for the people of Minnesota. We’ve always said that Norm Coleman deserved his day in court, and he got eight months. Now we expect Governor Pawlenty to do the right thing, follow the law, and sign the election certificate. From health care to the Supreme Court to getting our economy moving again, the challenges facing us are complex and we need Al Franken in the Senate. In this historic and urgent moment in our history, Minnesotans have gone long enough without full representation. Al Franken will be an critical voice on the issues before us and it’s time to let him get to work.”
    Just this morning, MSNBC’s First Read listed several factoids that have accumulated during this fight:
    $51.1 million has been raised between Coleman and Franken for the entire campaign
    – $50.3 million has been spent between the two candidates
    – $11 million (at least) has been spent on the recount
    – 2,424,946 votes were cast
    – 312 votes separate the candidates (Franken leads)
    – 239 days since Election Day 2008
    – 34 weeks since Election Day 2008
    – 7 months, 27 days since Election Day 2008
    – 4 seasons seen since Election Day 2008 election.

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