Coleman, Franken get final say today

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This text is replaced by the Flash movie. Minnesota's long-running U.S. Senate election trial is almost over.

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Fred Arbogast

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Seems like Norm has dug himself a deeper hole by not offering as much specificity while Franken has gone into meticulous detail. The law is the law is the law. Proof must be offered that the rejected ballots have met the letter of the law.
The Rad Rethuglican

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From the story: "Attorney and Coleman trial spokesman Ben Ginsberg acknowledged, "The court has not shown a great deal of sympathy on these arguments." But he said the court still has to deal with the problem. "

Don't worry your shiny little head, Benjie, the Court will "deal with the problem" all right. They're going to use the legal equivalent of Raid bug spray to deal with you pests. Coleman has hijacked the election process and proven nothing of substance over the course of this trial. Out of nearly 3 million votes cast, any mistakes have not only been extremely isolated, but they have been "inadvertent" and did not even approach the level of favoring one candidate over another.

Remember that word (inadvertent) Norm. You're going to be seeing that a lot in the Judges' decision casting your case into the dustbin of history. You're going to read "random" a lot too. Your pointless exercise in legal sleight of hand is finally at an end. Thank God.

COUNTRY FIRST NORM, don't waste more of our time with an appeal. You should rather lose this election (a second time) than paralyze the country at a time when we need all hands on deck.
SorryMinnesota

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I voted for Norm Coleman. I now know how paying attention to the issues means something. All I knew about either guy was what I saw on the TV ads, and I really didn't like either guy, but I chose one. Since then, I have tried to pay more attention, and I made a horrible choice. Why isn't there more press about the guy in Texas funneling money to Norm's wife? Norm has taken more freebees than any other Senator... Now this trial, and he doesn't care how much money the people of Minnesota have to spend on it. Franken, from what I've been able to tell, is a decent man. He has gone on many, many USO tours overseas, and seems to genuinely care about the young kids fighting our fights for us. Sorry, Minnesota. I, and many people like me, made a mistake.
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It won't be much longer now Paul W.He tried to
steal this election but he (coleman) just could'nt
pull it off. welcome aboard sen.franken!
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Is it possible Coleman STILL won't go away? An appeal by this slimeball is a definite possiblilty. The GOP will go to any lengths to keep another Democrat from being seated in the Senate. I hope I'm wrong, but I fear the GOP and Coleman feel they have nothing to lose. Coleman's reputation in this state is already irreparably harmed. He has no political future here. So any additional fallout from more obstruction can't hurt him further. And the GOP will keep funnelling national $$$ into this obstruction just to keep Al from doing our great state's business in Washington. How sad!
Needing Representation

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While the most extreme partisians repeat their tired rhetoric, the State of Minnesota moves closer to finally having equal representation in the US Senate - and the possibility of the people's work progressing moves closer to reality.
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Norm Coleman's lack of character is magnified by his incompetence, irresponsibility, dishonesty, and disregard for the Law.

And then we have to tolerate lectures from posters who miss the obvious irony of these being Republican values at their best.

Some think that Norm Coleman is ruining any political future he may have by desperately holding on despite obvious defeat. The reality is much more dire when one looks to Coleman's future.

If there is any semblence of justice Norm will be joining Senator Ted Stevens, Congressmen Duke Cunningham, Robert Ney and John Doolittle in Prison.

Of course this is just the tip of Republican corruption over the last 8 years. And they seem to never learn as they still prop up disgraced former members of Congress like Delay, Gingrich, Conrad Burns...
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Hopefully Normie's incompetence will cause his donor base to dry up, and Coleman can dry up and blow away.
kwoods

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Now we get to see if these three (3) judges will follow the law and the U.S. Constitution or if they will choose to continue the disenfranchising of Minnesota voters as did the Election Canvassing Board.

In other words, will they allow illegal ballots and Phantom ballots, to remain in the hand count tally.

If these three (3) judges really want this election recount to come to a quick end, the quickest way is to follow the law and reverse the Election Canvassing Board's violation of law.
kwoods

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Rad Rethuglican wrote:
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Checked the link. Didn't find it. You speak lies.
Rad,
Above posted is a post of yours, from last week, that I just now have time to respond to which
apparently you did not search very hard and then called me a liar. Have you no shame?

Here is the link:
http://christianmind.blogspot.com/search...

"I woke up from dozing in my living room chair just long enough to catch Al Franken on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night. When Leno asked his thoughts about Supreme Court Justice nominee Samuel Alito, Franken replied that he has some "scary" ideas like that of a woman having to inform her husband before having an abortion."
You Have To Be Kidding

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kwoods wrote:
Now we get to see if these three (3) judges will follow the law and the U.S. Constitution or if they will choose to continue the disenfranchising of Minnesota voters as did the Election Canvassing Board.
In other words, will they allow illegal ballots and Phantom ballots, to remain in the hand count tally.
If these three (3) judges really want this election recount to come to a quick end, the quickest way is to follow the law and reverse the Election Canvassing Board's violation of law.
These 3 judges, like the canvassing board before them, is honoring and following the law.

Republicans crying about disenfranchising voters is hypocrisy at its finest.

It ranks up their with the current Repukes whining about wealth redistribution - while silently supporting years of assault on the middle and working classes and massive redistributing upward.

Years of government supported tax dodges, trade scams, corporate subsidies, deregulation fantasies, financial hustles, de-unionization schemes, bankruptcy loopholes and every other imaginable means, that effectively stole money from the majority of hardworking Americans and stuffed it into the pockets of the few.

And now they whine about redistribution -- classic!!!

Saddest in this is the high number of people who not only are too stupid to know their pockets have been picked, but then become the mouth pieces for this hypocrisy.
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Mar 13, 2009
 
Whatever the outcome, the loser is going to appeal and there will be another 7 week trial, probably followed by another appeal.

Obama or Pawlenty should get some balls and step in and declare a winner.
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Poor Norm!
He was a lock to be former President's official sycophant, but than his grandiosity got Coleman to think that he could once again dupe the MN voters into believing in his latest character transformation.

There is good news though. Norm’s highly refined sycophant skills will serve him well as one of Big Pappa's stable of working "girls" in Prison.

Lack of character and his chameleon personality will serve him well in his new subsidized housing he should be enjoying soon.
SunShine

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Mar 13, 2009
 
Another great headline that means absolutly NOTHING!

"Final" my rosey red!

What ever the three "Wise Men" decide, will then be apealed to the State Supreme Court, regardless of their desision.
julie

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I do not like Norm Coleman. I think he is a snake. He has served 6 years. It is time for someone else. Yes, Norm seeks a "lifetime" in the Senate. I don't think he deserves a "lifetime" in the Senate. He needs (Mr. Coleman) to find a different line of work.
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Coleman will not be missed any more than this protracted election.
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Any appeal to the MN State Supreme Court will be handled in an expedited manner. Once dispensed by the State Supremes Franken will be sitted.

Coleman's lack of honor will likely result in him trying to drag it before the US Supreme Court, but smart money says they will not touch it.
The Rad Rethuglican

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kwoods wrote:
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Rad,
Above posted is a post of yours, from last week, that I just now have time to respond to which
apparently you did not search very hard and then called me a liar. Have you no shame?
Here is the link:
http://christianmind.blogspot.com/search...
"I woke up from dozing in my living room chair just long enough to catch Al Franken on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night. When Leno asked his thoughts about Supreme Court Justice nominee Samuel Alito, Franken replied that he has some "scary" ideas like that of a woman having to inform her husband before having an abortion."
You are bizarre and not who you claim to be. Latte has you figured out and it ain't pretty in terms of mental health. The interesting thing is that you either have connections to Coleman or access to Westlaw. Maybe YOU are the one who ran his database that gave out sensitive donor information.

Norm ran his computer operation about as well as his legal team did this trial.

I dismiss you!

Goodnight.
kwoods

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You Have To Be Kidding,
By your response, are you then acknowledging that the three (3) judges will not do their duty under law which will necessitate a federal lawsuit to address the rights of the disenfranchised voters?

What about your own hypocrisy? Perhaps, this would be a good time to go look at yourself in the mirror.

The blocking of legitimate ballots from being counted and the taking and counting of illegal ballots is what Franken was arguing and complaining about.

Now that Franken has been cheated to be ahead, Franken doesn't care about Minnesota voters and the counting of their ballots.
Almost Feel Sorry

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Looking at Coleman's pained grin makes me almost feel sorry for him. Then I remember years of corruption, privilege and sleeze and think "God, will this ever end!"

Mr. Coleman's judgement will come, but it will be in a much higher court that this or the Supreme Court

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