State's high court may not be the last word in recount

  • Article by: PAT DOYLE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 13, 2009 - 12:39 PM

Norm Coleman could take his case to federal court, possibly leaving the state's second U.S. Senate seat empty for months more.

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hfnorthApr. 12, 09 8:02 PM

or what is best for the people of Minnesota. It's all about Norm Coleman and how he can stay on the government teat for the remainder of what is left of a six year term. Screw the electorate; Norm's ambitions are paramount and every legal avenue must be pursued by Norm to keep his government job.

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memoryloanApr. 12, 09 8:05 PM

The People have spoken. Hike up those big boy panties, get a backbone, and END this travestry.

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hiker056Apr. 12, 09 8:26 PM

Time for your embarrassing act to leave Minnesota.

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foobarxyzApr. 12, 09 8:31 PM

Please! That's been his plan all along. He lost. He knows he lost. He's just stalling now. This might be harsh, but I'll say it -- Norm is a loser. He lost to Ventura. He would've lost the last Senate race but for a plane crash (and a whole lot of inadvertent help from Rick Kahn). Now, he's lost this race (against a comedian), despite a third-party candidate that almost certainly took more votes away from the Democrat than from him. He's done. And he knows it. But, he doesn't have any real reason NOT to keep stalling to try to keep Franken out of the seat as long as possible. That is, unless he cared about Minnesota getting representation (which, he obviously doesn't).

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cheers1122Apr. 12, 09 8:37 PM

When Colman was winning the election count he told Frankin to do what was best for Minnesota, and to pull out of the race. Now that he is behind, he refuses to take his own advice and do what is best for the state. Talk about hypocritical. Minnesota deserves to have 2 senators, and Colman's behavior is not helping the state.

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a1batrossApr. 12, 09 8:38 PM

Minnesota is a state. States are independent entities. Once Franken has won in the State Supreme Court, Pawlenty should sign the certificate, and Franken ought to be seated. Coleman can go ahead and take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, but Minnesota should not be unrepresented during that time...

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rmartell5Apr. 12, 09 8:43 PM

is order a new election. The Constitution gives the election power to the States and once the Minnesota Supreme Court says what that law is, the US SCt. will not have a basis to overturn based on state law. There is no federal election law as there was in Bush v. Gore. The Constitution also makes the US Senate the sole and final judge of its own members elections. The US SCt cannot frustrate the Senate by ordering a new election. So the only gain for the GOP is to try to stall and stall and stall. Great platform to run on. By the way the three judges have examined the absentee return envelopes of about 3,000 ABs and Franken's lead increased by 87 votes.

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noinkApr. 12, 09 8:58 PM

Norm go for it!

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helterApr. 12, 09 9:00 PM

best seen from a long way off. This court case has put some of the unsavory truths of politics- and especially of the desperation of the Republican Party to hold onto whatever vestiges of power they can- on public display. With transcriptions. Coleman's elected political career is over and he must (unless he is a complete dunce) know it. His actions in this court case are serving a different purpose, one that is transparently obvious. Of course, had the Democrats not been dazzled by B-list celebrity and fielded a real candidate, we wouldn't be in this situation. Oh well, look for Norm on K Street in November 2010 making millions lobbying for the coal industry.

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ander999Apr. 12, 09 9:01 PM

Norm Coleman and the Republican Party have raised the "sore loser" act to a whole new level. They have no concern for the citizens of Minnesota, just for their personal ambitions and political agenda.

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