Posted at 7:11 AM on April 14, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
The U.S. Senate race is now headed to the Minnesota Supreme Court. The three-judge panel overseeing the recount trial ruled that Democrat Al Franken got the most votes in 2008. Franken said Republican Norm Coleman should let him go to Washington. Coleman says he will appeal. He has ten days to file the appeal. MPR, the Pi Press, the Star Tribune, AP, Forum Communications and MinnPost have stories.
You can read the ruling here.
Here's the audio from Franken's news conference.
One Supreme Court justice gave money to Coleman. Another gave to the late Sen. Wellstone. Coleman said Justice Chris Dietzen's contribution should not disqualify him from hearing the appeal.
Gov. Pawlenty hedges a bit on when he'll issue the election certificate to the winner. For the first time he's suggested he has the right to interpret when the certificate should be issued. He has said in the past that he'll take his direction from the courts. Pawlenty made his comments on MPR's Midday program.
Under the Dome
State lawmakers return to the State Capitol today and will jump right in to examine and process their budget related bills. On Monday, House DFLers released their K12 proposal.
DFL House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher and DFL Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller will be on MPR's Midday this morning.
The Duluth News Tribune says the St. Louis County Board is set to OK a housing project on Lake Vermilion. It's the same site where Gov. Pawlenty wants to create a state park.
A report says the air quality around a dairy poses a health risk.
The Minnesota Dentists launch a PR offensive against DFL Sen. Anne Lynch.
There are some Tea Parties scheduled for Wednesday across the state to call for a repeal to the federal stimulus and to cut taxes.
Governor Pawlenty and other midwestern governors call for a transportation initiative.
Minnesota National Guard members are preparing to deployed to Iraq. Godspeed.
Roll Call (subscription required) reports that DFL Rep. Betty McCollum may have inadvertently received a property tax break intended for Washington D.C. residents. She may owe back taxes. McCollum's Chief of Staff tells the Star Tribune that the mistake was not hers but filed a correction.
GOP Rep. John Kline made a secret trip to Afghanistan. He gave a sober assessment of the war in Afghanistan to the Star Tribune.
DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar will travel to Waco, Texas.
President Obama eases travel and money transfers to Cuba.
Good-bye Harry Kalas.
Posted at 7:36 AM on April 14, 2009
by Tom Scheck
DFL House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher and DFL Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller are scheduled to be on MPR's Midday at 11.
Posted at 4:48 PM on April 14, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Republican Norm Coleman spoke with MPR's Tom Crann today about the ruling by the three-judge panel that said Democrat Al Franken got the most votes in the 2008 contest. Coleman also addressed why he's continuing his legal fight. You can listen to the interview here:
Posted at 7:48 PM on April 14, 2009
by Tom Scheck
The DNC just issued a news release saying they plan on running a radio ad calling on Republican Norm Coleman to concede. Here's a link to the ad.
Update: A source with knowledge of the buy says it will run on KSTP-AM and AM950 through the end of the week. The source said they'll buy another week if Coleman doesn't concede.
Here's the news release:
Washington, DC-- Today, the Democratic National Committee announced it will begin running a radio ad in Minneapolis/St. Paul calling on Norm Coleman to concede the Minnesota Senate race to Democrat Al Franken. The ad will run on news talk radio stations in the Twin Cities and comes one day after a three judge panel in Minnesota decisively and overwhelmingly declared Franken the winner of the contested race and said he was entitled to an election certificate.
But instead of conceding, Coleman continues to put his political ambition ahead of what's right for Minnesotans who deserve full representation in the U.S. Senate. Despite what analysts and many have called a hopeless cause, Coleman is vowing to continue his appeals and legal challenges and cause further delay in seating the rightful winner in he race, Al Franken.
"Enough is enough," said DNC Chairman Tim Kaine. "Al Franken won the election, the recount and now the legal challenge where his lead actually grew. Minnesota deserves two Senators and the people of America deserve 100 in the U.S. Senate. More importantly, the voters who cast ballots on Election Day deserve to have their verdict stand. Senator Coleman should not put his political ambition ahead of the will of the people. It's time for Norm Coleman to concede and for Al Franken to be sworn in as the next U.S. Senator from Minnesota. If Mr. Coleman won't concede, state officials should issue an election certificate to Al Franken, as the three judge panel said he is entitled to, so he can be sworn in immediately."