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Posted by Greg on April 19, 2009
Posted by Greg on March 19, 2009
Good stuff in NY-20 special election
Posted by Greg on March 9, 2009
Good post at Minn Post examining the legal precedents affecting Coleman’s challenge to the 2008 US Senate election.
Over recent days, Team Coleman has often faced the criticism that he is raising his arguments too late. This is a big one. Judge Kurt Marben (one of the ThreeJudges hearing the contest) specifically asked Team Coleman why the court should not follow the Bell v. Gannaway precedent and rule that challenges to the acceptability of absentee ballots must be made before the ballot gets into the ballot box.
It’s looking good for Franken.
Posted by Greg on March 2, 2009
Matthew Iglesias ponders the decline of Reagan voters. Thank God.
McCain won about 51 percent of the vote among the approximately 53 percent of the electorate that was at least 45 years old. But Obama won a decisive victory among Americans younger than 45—precisely none of whom were part of Ronald Reagan’s original coalition, and few of whom were part of his 1984 re-election campaign.
Posted by Greg on January 6, 2009
Republican Norm Coleman, who received 225 fewer votes than DFLer Al Franken in the U.S. Senate recount, will challenge the result in court. He told reporters at a state Capitol news conference that a lawsuit, known as an election contest, would proceed.
Foolish. Taking the “noble” path and accepting defeat with class would give him sympathy within the base and set him up well for another run at governor – and beyond Pawlenty, there’s no obvious heir apparent.
Coming off as a sore loser and petty after his repeated attempts to change the rules in counting isn’t going to gain him much public sympathy.
Posted by Greg on January 3, 2009
It’s over except the law suits. Al Franken has defeated Norm Coleman in the Minnesota senate race.
Norm Coleman’s term as a U.S. senator ended at noon Washington time on Saturday, and by evening his hopes of winning a second term had been dealt an expected but serious setback as state officials counted previously rejected absentee ballots in St. Paul.
DFLer Al Franken held an unofficial lead of 225 votes over Coleman, according to a newspaper tally of the officials’ count of the absentee ballots. Franken had led unofficially by 49 votes going into the day and gained a net 176 votes from the new ballots.
With the recount complete, focus immediately shifted to the Minnesota Supreme Court, which continued to consider a request from the Coleman campaign to alter the process and add more absentee ballots to be reconsidered.
Note, Minnesota law doesn’t allow the election to be certified until all legal challenges are resolved, so even though Coleman is very unlikely to prevail, Franken can’t be seated for Minnesota until the whole mess is over.
Posted by Greg on December 3, 2008
John Cole tries to help some confused souls on the right understand last November:
The Republicans did not lose because of media bias. Dan Rather wasn’t in New Orleans knocking water bottles out of people’s hands at the convention center. Brian Williams didn’t crash the stock market. Keith Olbermann didn’t invade Iraq. Chris Matthews doesn’t run OPEC.
Republicans lost because they were in charge of the country for the better part of the last decade, and their governance has been an unmitigated disaster. This is not rocket science. You can argue that democrats should share some of the blame for some of the policies, and you would not get any disagreement from me, but that does not change the fact that the Republicans were in charge, and blew it.
Posted by Greg on November 19, 2008
Not that Utah’s electoral votes were ever in question, but it’s still amazing that Salt Lake County voted for Obama.
Salt Lake County just turned a shade bluer. After completing the final canvass of votes cast in the general election Nov. 4, President-elect Barack Obama can claim another battleground victory — he out-polled Sen. John McCain in Salt Lake County by a margin of 296 votes.
Fifty state strategy anyone?
Posted by Greg on November 19, 2008
Speaks for itself. LOL
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Posted by Greg on November 18, 2008
As expected, Lieberman gets off scott free from the Democratic caucus after spending the last two years undermining their agenda and supporting the oppsition in the elections.
Senate Democrats refused Tuesday to strip Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) of his prized chairmanship of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
Jane Hamsher calls it about right:
It’s high irony for Reid to talk about being “unified as Democrats.” He just told the people who worked hard for Obama’s election, who still want to see some oversight on Katrina, to go Cheney themselves.
Steve Benen observes that Lieberman is probably the slickest senator in Washington right now.
Lieberman knows Senate Democrats better than Democratic voters do. My friend Matt told me via email yesterday, “If Lieberman ends up keeping his gavel on Homeland Security, I think we need to stop for a moment and recognize him as the smartest politician in Washington. He will have correctly made a bet about the fortitude of his Democratic colleagues in the Senate and he will have been right, against all apparent odds.”
This is a decision, I suspect, that the caucus will regret in the not-too-distant future. It’s predicated on the assumption that Lieberman really is a Demcorat at heart.
Indeed. Lieberman played his caucus for fools – and he was right. Alas.
Posted by Greg on November 18, 2008
Hat tip to MNPublius which highights a new Dartmouth study examining the Minnesota senate race and finding everything to be running above board, and that Al Franken has a very good chance of winning this thing.
The 30+ page study takes a look at everything from the spatial distribution of voters, to the recount process in Minnesota, to the relative rates at which identifiable voter groups commit error on optical scan ballots, and comes to the conclusion that ” it appears plausible that Coleman’s 206-vote lead as of November 12, 2008 may be reversed by the recount process.”
I will quibble with one thing. They say Franken may win the recount. No, Franken is likely to win the election. The recount is not a separate thing but part of the counting process and is mandated by Minnesota law when things are this close in the automated tally.
No wonder the GOP is soiling their diapers over this.
Posted by Greg on November 14, 2008
Posted by Greg on November 13, 2008
Interesting story from a roundtable in Florida re Palin’s lack of qualifications.
A surprising moment occurred late this afternoon in a press roundtable featuring Govs. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and Jon Huntsman of Utah, former Ebay CEO and McCain national campaign co-chairman Meg Whitman, and former OMB Director Rob Portman. A reporter asked whether they would have felt comfortable with Palin as president. After a moment of awkward silence, there were several answers given—but no one said “yes.”
At some point, all this will be funny. Not quite yet.
Posted by Greg on November 10, 2008
Great piece at FiveThirtyEight analyzing the Minnesota senate race and the growing possibility that Al Franken will emerge the winner.