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April 21, 2009

Coleman appeals Franken victory in Minnesota Senate race

Coleman appeals Franken victory in Minnesota Senate race

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Norm Coleman filed an appeal with the Minnesota Supreme Court challenging opponent Al Franken’s court victory last week which gave Franken a 312-vote lead in the disputed 2008 Minnesota United States Senate election, reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Al Franken just before addressing the 2008 Olmsted County Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Convention in Rochester, Minnesota.
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Norm Coleman
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The basis for Coleman’s appeal has yet to be given and will be included in a legal brief to be filed by the Coleman campaign later this week.

Jim Langdon, lawyer for the Coleman campaign, said that the oral arguments in the court could begin in anywhere from “two weeks to two months”, adding more time to a process which has continued since a razor-thin difference between the two candidates’ vote totals triggered an automatic recount in November 2008. The Supreme Court is not required to hear oral arguments and it is possible they could refuse to hear the case.

A spokesperson for the Franken campaign says that Coleman is up to the “same old, same old.”

“Sometimes you come up on the short end of a close and bitter election. But at some point, you have to accept the reality for what it is,” said Marc Elias, one of Franken’s lawyers.

The Coleman campaign argues that 4,400 ballots from Coleman-leaning districts have improperly not been counted, while some undetermined number of ballots (perhaps contributing up to 100 of Franken’s 312-vote margin) were accidentally double-counted. Coleman also argues that 132 ballots from the Dinkytown neighborhood of Minneapolis should not have been counted, since the envelope containing them was lost or stolen after the machine count and before the recount. The Franken campaign, meanwhile, supports the previous three-judge panel (from a Democrat, a Republican, and an Independent) unanimous ruling giving Franken victory.

The Franken campaign, anticipating a final victory and certification by the Minnesota Secretary of State, has begun hiring a staff for Franken’s senatorial office. Franken’s spokespeople say he is going to start by hiring Alana Peterson, a former state director for Representative Jim Oberstar, as state director.



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December 3, 2008

Republican Senator from Georgia wins run-off election

Republican Senator from Georgia wins run-off election

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

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United States Republican incumbent Senator Saxby Chambliss won reelection over Democrat Jim Martin in the state of Georgia in a run-off election on Tuesday, taking 57.5% of the popular vote to Martin’s 42.5%. The run-off occurred because neither Martin nor Chambliss received a majority in the general election in November.

“People all around the world truly had their eyes on Georgia, and you have delivered tonight a strong message to the world that conservative Georgian values matter,” Saxby Chambliss said in his victory speech. “Now comes the hard work.”

“Tonight, the voters of Georgia have spoken,” Jim Martin said in his concession speech. “I accept the decision that has been made.”

The election was widely watched because a win by Martin would have been crucial for the Democrats to achieve a supermajority in the Senate allowing them to terminate filibusters. Under the rules of the United States Senate, senators can prolong debate indefinitely unless 60 out of the 100 senators vote to close the matter.

Without Martin, the Democrats will have 59 or 58 senators. The exact number depends upon an ongoing recount in Minnesota between Republican incumbent Norm Coleman and Democratic challenger Al Franken.

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In the past, filibusters have frequently involved coalitions of senators, and votes to stop filibusters have rarely been precisely along party lines.

The contest between Martin and Chambliss featured heavy involvement by major politicians and celebrities. Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin campaigned for Chambliss, while former President Bill Clinton and the rapper Ludacris campaigned for Martin.



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October 31, 2008

Former U.S. President Clinton stumps for Obama, Franken in Minneapolis

Former U.S. President Clinton stumps for Obama, Franken in Minneapolis

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Friday, October 31, 2008

Minneapolis, Minnesota — Speaking to about 4000 people at the Minneapolis Convention Center Thursday night, former U.S. President Bill Clinton gave a speech exhorting audience members to support U.S. Presidential Candidate Barack Obama and Minnesota senatorial candidate Al Franken in the upcoming election on Nov. 4.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton (right) speaks at a rally on Oct. 30 in support of Barack Obama, Al Franken (pictured, left) and other Democratic candidates.
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“Barack Obama can lead us in changing the way Americans think about America, the role of government and the way we work together,” Clinton said, according to the Associated Press. “We learned the other way is not worth a flip. We’ve got to work together.”

Clinton — whose wife Hillary Clinton ran against Obama for the Democratic nomination earlier this year — has been accused in the past of not fully supporting Obama’s presidency. He showed no lack of support for both Obama and Franken with whom he shared the stage. Franken is running against incumbent Republican Norm Coleman and independent candidate Dean Barkley.

According to Clinton, the Minnesota race is crucial. If Franken is elected, Clinton says he will be one more senator to help Obama run the country without major Republican opposition in the Senate. With 60 Democrats in the Senate, Democrats will be able to push legislation through without filibusters by GOP members, which can cause a bill to delay in passing or fail all together.

“[Obama] has a chance to rewrite the 21st century,” Clinton said, according to the Star Tribune, referring to the presidency of George W. Bush. “Let’s go back and do it right this time. In order to do that, he’s going to have to get some votes. …” in Congress.

The Minnesota race is close. According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Sen. Coleman leads Franken 37.3 percent to 35.8 percent in an average of recent polls. 16 percent supported Barkley.

Before introducing Clinton, Franken thanked him for the support of him and his wife.

“I am privileged to say the Clintons are my friends,” Franken said, according to the Star Tribune. “But more important, they are friends of the middle class, of working men and women in this state and this country I’m running to represent.”

A Minnesota Public Radio News/University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute poll conducted this week found that 52 percent of likely voters supported Obama, while 41 percent supported GOP candidate John McCain. Clinton — who carried the state by a landslide in 1996 — did not hesitate to ask for more votes, telling the crowd: “I want you to do better than that for Barack Obama.”

Clinton was the final speaker in a long list of Minnesota Democrats, including: former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale, the mayors of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, R. T. Rybak and Chris Coleman, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives Margaret Anderson Kelliher. Mayor Coleman is not related to Senator Coleman, who also served as mayor of Saint Paul.

All of the speakers touched on continuing to work toward electing Obama, Franken and other Democrats to Minnesota seats in congress. Even with the 11-point lead Obama holds in the MPR poll, Obama campaign staff circulated the hall at the beginning on the rally and at the end asking attendees to volunteer their time going door-to-door and making phone calls to registered Democrats.

“Barack Obama is going to be the next president of the United States,” Mayor Coleman said, according to the Associated Press. “But we’ve got to work to make it happen.”



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February 2, 2007

Comedian Al Franken to run for US Senate

Comedian Al Franken to run for US Senate

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Friday, February 2, 2007

Al Franken.

Al Franken, a comedian, is going to run for Senator in 2008 for the state of Minnesota according to an unnamed official currently serving in the state, media reports say.

According to the unnamed official, Franken said that he is planning to run for the senate in 2008 during a conversation.

The director of Franken’s Midwest Values Political Action Committee has refused to comment on the reports, and Franken has made no official announcement himself.

Earlier this week, Franken announced on his Air America Radio show that he will no longer be hosting the show, but also said that he would make a decision about the senate race in the near future.

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November 6, 2006

Air America radio files for bankruptcy, allegedly due to advertiser blackout

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Air America radio files for bankruptcy, allegedly due to advertiser blackout

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Monday, November 6, 2006

Air America Radio filed for bankruptcy on October 13th, with close to $20 million in liabilities. A recent memo from ABC has suggested that Air America’s financial problems are partially the result of the loss of revenue from 90 corporate advertisers who requested their ads not be run on stations who carry Air America.

It is common for U.S. advertisers to avoid the time slots of controversial shows, such as Rush Limbaugh. However, the practice of blacking out the entire affiliated station is relatively unusual, raising the question of whether the move was politically motivated to favor right wing syndicated news programming over the liberal leanings of Air America reports.

In a news report published by The Huffington Post, author Josh Silver claims that the difference is not political per se, as several of the companies that withdrew advertising support were companies that made major contributions to the Democratic parties. Instead, he suggests the difference is that Air America journalism occasionally focuses on corporate malfeasance.

Other political programming, such as Rush Limbaugh or the Daily Show, rarely cover corporate behavior.

The bankruptcy filing by Air America underscores the dilemma faced by news media outlets that depend on advertising revenues from business and government to survive. The exact reasons for the blackballing of Air America are unclear, but if unflattering editorial programming can be held hostage to protect the interests of a news organization’s sponsors, chances for a vibrant press are reduced.

Air America Radio was known best for its flagship program, Al Franken show. Franken himself is owed $360,750 by Air America.

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