Minnesota Senate Race May Be Certified Today
As far as state election officials are concerned, all the votes have been counted in the
Minnesota Senate race and Al Franken won by
However, Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) has asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to count additional votes (in
Coleman-friendly territory). The court has not yet ruled on Coleman's request.
It should be remembered that two of the seven members of the court are on the canvassing board, including
chief justice Eric Magnuson. It seems unlikely that Magnuson (the justice) will tell Magnuson (the canvasser)
that he screwed up. However, it is possible that he and associate justice G. Barry Anderson will recuse themselves
from voting on the case.
Coleman has said that if his request is denied he will file another lawsuit, probably alleging that votes in
some (Franken-friendly) precincts were counted twice.
With the Senate set to reconvene tomorrow, the court may act today. It is not unheard of to have courts act
within a day, for example, hearing last minute appeals from prisoners scheduled to be executed that day.
Kaine to Succeed Dean at the DNC
Yesterday we had a story
about the six-way fight for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee. The party that occupies
the White House has a much easier job: the President just says who he would like and the national committee
members all stand up and salute. President-elect Obama has now
that he wants Gov. Tim Kaine (D-VA) to be chairman of the DNC and that will surely happen now.
Kaine is currently serving his fourth and final year as governor of Virginia and is forbidden by law from
succeeding himself. Ironically, the highest profile Democrat trying to become the governor of Virginia is
Terry McAuliffe, who was formerly chairman of the DNC. It has happened before that a (former) governor has become
chairman of the DNC: the current chairman, Howard Dean, was governor of Vermont for almost six terms before
taking over the DNC.
Richardson Withdraws from Secretary of Commerce Nomination
Secretary-designate Bill Richardson has
his name as the new Secretary of Commerce.
He is being investigated for possible favoritism in granting state contracts to political donors and didn't
want the economic stimulus to be held up by a long drawn-out confirmation hearing.
Democrats Not Budging on Refusal to Seat Burris
The top two Democrats in the Senate, majority leader, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and majority whip,
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), both
yesterday that they don't intend to seat Roland Burris, who the scandal-plagued governor of Illinois,
Rod Blagojevich (D), has appointed to Obama's empty seat. However Reid added that he is a former lawyer
so there is always room to negotiate. What they would negotiate is not clear and there isn't much time since
the Senate reconvenes tomorrow.
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