Minnesota Recount To Continue Today
Lots of Senate news today.
The Minnesota canvassing board will begin
900 disputed absentee ballots today
have agreed on. The board hopes to finish tomorrow.
However, Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) has filed suit with the state Supreme Court asking to count an additional
2000 ballots (from Coleman-friendly counties). If he loses that case, he has promised to file another suit.
By Monday morning we should have a final count unless the courts interfere.
Since Coleman has not been certified as the winner, when his term expires today at noon,
he will cease
to be a senator and will lose his desk on the Senate floor and his office. He will still be
allowed to wander onto the Senate floor, however, as this courtesy is extended to all former
More on the Illinois Senate Appointment
Whatever else can be said of Roland Burris, who has been appointed to Barack Obama's
vacant seat in the Senate, he certainly has a sense of humility befitting a senator.
In addition to naming his children Roland and Rolanda, he built himself a lovely
clearly suitable for a senator. Only it is not at all clear he will get to be a senator.
It is likely that when he shows up at the Senate next week he will be barred from the
floor and the issue of his seating will be referred to the rules committee, which will probably
delay making a decision until after the near certain impeachment and probable conviction
of Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich. If Blagojevich is convicted, Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn (D) will become governor.
Ironically, although Burris won't be allowed onto the floor of the Senate, Blagojevich will be,
as floor privileges are granted to all sitting governors.
Ritter Names Bennet to Salazar's Senate Seat
Gov. Bill Ritter (D-CO) has
the head of the Denver public school system, Michael Bennet,
to replace Sen. Ken Salazar, who is resigning later this month to become Secretary of the Interior.
Bennet has never been elected to public office but he does have some political experience as
chief of staff to Denver mayor John Hickenlooper.
Bennet, at 44, will be the youngest member of the Senate.
He will have to stand for election in 2010 although he is totally unknown in most of the state.
It seems like a very strange pick. Hickenlooper and any one of several Democrats in the House
would have seemed more natural choices.
It will also be confusing, as we will now have a Sen. Bennet (D-CO) and a Sen. Bennett (R-UT).
Paterson Believed to be Close to Naming Kennedy to NY Senate seat
Yet another soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat may be close to having a new occupant.
Sources close to Gov. David Paterson (D-NY)
that he is likely to choose
Caroline Kennedy to fill Hillary Clinton's seat when she resigns to become Secretary of State.
Clinton's term won't expire until 2012, so on Tuesday, when the Senate meets, she will continue to be
a voting member of the Senate until she resigns. She has said she won't resign until she is
confirmed for her new post.
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