Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Minnesota Senate Seat Catch-Up

Well, let's find out what is going on with this Minnesota Seat.

First, Al Franken asked for the certification so he can be seated, probably for the Inauguration and he was told one word, "No" by the governor and secretary of state.

The Minnesota law is pretty straight forward.

"Minnesota law is very clear on when a certificate of election can be issued," Ritchie said in a statement. "Neither the governor nor I may sign a certificate of election in the U.S. Senate race until all election contests have reached a final determination. Even if the governor issues a certificate of election prior to the conclusion of the contest phase, I will not sign it."

In the meantime, Justice Alan Page, appointed a bi-partisan panel to review Norm Coleman's election case.
The panel, named Monday by state Supreme Court Justice Alan Page, includes one judge each from Hennepin, Pennington and Stearns counties.

The three may give up the next two months of their lives to deal with the complicated election case filed by Republican Norm Coleman. Coleman's case claims Democrat Al Franken, who ended the two-month Senate recount with a 225-vote lead, won't be ahead once all votes are correctly counted.

The panel's tripartisan background may help assuage partisan fears that politics will drive the next stage of the tough, testy and tight Coleman-Franken fight.

Their speed also may determine how quickly the next senator will be known.

And during all of this, Minnesotans are getting fed up with Coleman dragging this out. Many feel the process of the mandatory recount was fair, honest, and open. Many also feel that Coleman should chuck it up and CONCEDE.

Coleman is asking the court to reverse the count that was performed for all eyes to see. That is a tough pill for Coleman to swallow, because in the end I believe Al Franken will be victorious, as he was at the end of the recount. Coleman will have to deal with losing to a former wrestler and a comedian. That is the fact.

Great diary on all the court filings, here
Franken's Team latest court filing

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