The jury that will rule on disputed
ballots in the Minnesota Senate recount includes the Democratic
secretary of state, two Supreme Court justices appointed by a
Republican governor and two district judges whose politics are
harder to gauge.
Sen. Norm Coleman, responding to a call
Tuesday for investigations into allegations that a friend and
political donor attempted to steer $75,000 to him, said he would
welcome any investigation.
Both the Franken and Coleman campaigns say they're working on amassing hundreds of attorneys and volunteers to monitor the counting, while campaign finance laws will now allow maxed-out contributors to donate to the campaigns again.
As the state gears up for a recount, Al Franken and Sen. Norm Coleman are engaged in a public relations battle that political observers say is intended to influence who will be the winner.
The post-election race for the U.S. Senate in Minnesota will move into a new stage this week. The state's 87 counties have been counting ballots and double checking their tallies since last Tuesday's election.