Minnesota Court Orders Examining 4800 Absentee Ballots
The court overseeing the Minnesota recount
yesterday that 4800 disputed
absentee ballots must be verified to see if they are valid. This is a big
victory for Norm Coleman since with so many ballots in play, he might pick up
the 226 votes he needs to win.
Robin Carnahan Announces for the Senate
Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) has
yesterday that she is running for the open Senate seat being vacated by
Sen. Kit Bond (R). Carnahan had no choice. It is in her blood.
Dad (Mel Carnahan) was governor of Missouri. Mom (Jean Carnahan) was
(an appointed) senator. Brother Russ Carnahan is a U.S. representative
from MO-03. Needless to say the
Carnahan name is well known in Missouri and she is a shoo-in for the
Democratic nomination (unless she gets into a primary fight with her brother).
But Missouri is full of nice people and attacking your
sister is considered poor form. Probably Robin and Russ flipped a coin
to see who got to go after the seat and Robin won.
The Republican nominee isn't known yet but
former senator Jim Talent is said to be interested,
along with state Treasurer Sarah Steelman and Rep. Roy Blunt.
Hodes Will Run for Gregg's Seat
Representative Paul Hodes (D-NH) has
that he is running for the Senate seat currently occupied by soon-to-be
Secretary of Commerce Judd Gregg. Gov. John Lynch (D-NH) named
Bonnie Newman, a Republican, to Gregg's seat, but she is not
expected to run in 2010, leaving an open seat. Given how blue New
Hampshire has become in the past two election cycles, Hodes has an
excellent chance of winning the seat--unless Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH)
challenges him to a primary fight. But the winner of a primary is still
in pretty good shape given the way the state has been voting.
Former senator John Sununu might try to get his job back, but the voters kicked
him out of office last year and there is little reason to think they now regret their decision.
Former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle has withdrawn his candidacy for being
Secretary of Health and Human Services after the NY Times called for it yesterday.
What is amazing is that high ranking politicians, of both parties, think they can
flout the law and get away with it. Come to think of, most of the time they do, that's
why it never occurs to them that not paying your taxes might be a problem at a
confirmation hearing. As if that weren't enough, Obama's pick to be chief performance
officer, Nancy Killefer, is also withdrawing when it came out that she didn't pay her
taxes on household help. One would think that transition committees would ask specific
questions like: "Have you paid all the taxes you owe?" and "Have you ever committed
a felony?" Not to mention asking for all the candidates' tax returns for at least 10 years.
But that is apparently not how it is done--or the candidates lie outright.
Minority Groups Worried about Gregg Running the Census
As Secretary of Commerce, Judd Gregg will be responsible for making sure everybody is counted in the
2010 census, which will be used as the basis for allocating seats in the House.
Minority groups are
that Gregg won't try very hard to find poor people, transients, and homeless people, thus reducing
the representation of states with a lot of them. Some people have advocated using statistical techniques
to estimate the number of people missed, but the constitution calls for an enumeration, not a statistical
model, so anything short of an actual count would probably be ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
Nevertheless, Gregg has a fair amount of discretion about how hard the enumerators try to count
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