Senate recount trial: Judges' ruling is boon to Franken

  • Article by: PAT DOYLE and KEVIN DUCHSCHERE , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: April 1, 2009 - 11:46 AM

Absentee ballots to be counted will be far fewer than Coleman sought in effort to close the U.S. Senate gap.

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djlearyMar. 31, 09 4:17 PM

The real effort is the decisions along the way to move it from state court jurisdiction to the federal courts which are heavily dominated by Bush appointed judges, especially at the appellate level. The goal is to do everything possible to get it to the US Supreme Court so they can rely on their precedent set in the Bush v Florida case. We'll all be much older before this is finished.

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marting23aMar. 31, 09 4:19 PM

Can this finally end this mess? In order to win this Coleman is going to need to capture 313 out of 400 votes (78.25%). Regardless of how likely or unlikely that is, can this finally be over?

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thunderMar. 31, 09 4:20 PM

have won on election day. All the votes were not counted at that point. Normmie himself made that arguement the center of his lawsuit.

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johnfilterMar. 31, 09 4:20 PM

is the death knell of Coleman's lawsuit. That thump was the fall of his political career.

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anon6262Mar. 31, 09 4:21 PM

We have a new senator in MN! Congratulations Senator Franken.

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lilgopherMar. 31, 09 4:22 PM

Wow, I can wait until this thing is over and Governor Franken is seated!

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charlieiqMar. 31, 09 4:23 PM

You could install a trained monkey in this post and, at this late date,I and thousands of others, could not care less.

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davideltonMar. 31, 09 4:23 PM

does that mean they could deliver them sooner and have them counted sooner? At any rate That is not enough ballots for Norm to take a lead or come close. Hope they rule and order an election certificate to be issued soon!

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puragentMar. 31, 09 4:26 PM

Norm Coleman was not named nor certified as the winner on election day. Norm did say that even though the vote was close, Franken should just concede and avoid the recount in the interest of the citizens of Minnesota. After state law mandated a recount, Al Franken was CERTIFIED the winner. Norm whined and filed lawsuit to overturn the will of the people. If Norm pulls this out, you are right, the whole process will have been corrupted, but not by Ritchie. Norm Coleman= Out for what he can get and screw everyone else.

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jpberkaMar. 31, 09 4:26 PM

John... you're imagining things. This isn't Florida. This isn't some 3rd world country with corrupt officials. Mark Ritchie did a fine job representing Minnesota. The man you voted for fought the good fight and ended up in a very close election. After a hand count of every single ballot cast, he doesn't have as many votes. It is time for him to do the right thing if he wants any future in Minnesota politics.

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