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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 02:24 PM
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(Sen. Al) Franken names chief of staff
Source: Star Tribune

For the second time this month, Al Franken has announced a staff member for a U.S. Senate office that still isn't quite his.

Franken's campaign said today he plans to hire Drew Littman, a longtime Capitol Hill staffer, as his chief of staff.

According to the campaign, Littman served as head of Franken's informal transition team, a job he has performed for a half-dozen other newly-elected Senators.

Last week, Franken said he plans to hire longtime DFL activist Alana Peterson to serve as his state director, a move clearly intended to position him as the likely winner of the still-unresolved contest with Republican Norm Coleman.

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w4rma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 02:29 PM
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1. There needs to be a law preventing this from happening again to another U.S. Senator. (nt)
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jberryhill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 08:32 AM
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10. Well, what would you like the law to say?
Edited on Thu Apr-30-09 08:32 AM by jberryhill
If you'd like it to say that whomever is projected the winner on election night gets the seat, then Coleman would be senator.

Minnesota seems to be capable of sorting this out correctly, and Franken will be seated.

You can look at this thing as having kept Franken from being seated, but it has also kept Coleman from being seated.

Half-full / Half-empty sort of thing...
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Doremus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 08:48 AM
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12. One improvement that comes to mind is a law requiring faster court scheduling.
Having to wait almost two months is crazy.
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winyanstaz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 02:35 PM
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2. so why isnt he seated already? this is crazy
heads should roll or something...the man won already!
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bdamomma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 02:38 PM
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3. His constituents need to kick up about this, the repigs are just
hoping that people won't notice all the appeals and thus no representation.
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Ozymanithrax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 02:42 PM
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4. Not sure that you would or could pass a law.
Elections are held in each of the 50 states. The Constitution gives them that power. Each state would have to come up with a law or the Constitution would have to be changed. The reason why Coleman wasn't elected was that the close election triggered a recount. Remember, Coleman won the original count. Franken won in both recount rounds.

Imagine if there were no recount provision. It would be Senator Coleman all the way. I don't see a remedy.
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MasonJar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 02:51 PM
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5. Minn.has a law which says that the winner cannot be seated until all
appeals are over. Obviously they need a new law which insists on expediting the procedure. This is clearly an unfair extension by the GOPers, but a legal one. A law could facilitate the speed of the process.
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 03:29 PM
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6. He needs to start acting like he is the Senator
Make the public see him as Senator to push the matter just a little.
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BlueIdaho Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 04:45 PM
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7. No - we need a riot.
The good people of MN need to raise a big stink over the republican party's actions limiting their representation in congress. This thing will end quickly if and when it becomes a net negative for the local, state and national republican party. Fuck the stupid tea bags - how about attacking a political party that is actively taking away the constitutionally guaranteed representation of an electorate. This is not about protecting Norm Coleman, this a conscious effort to deny the rights of citizens.
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jberryhill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 08:34 AM
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11. "the constitutionally guaranteed representation of an electorate"

The Constitution guarantees the states the right to determine the process for choosing their senators.

The people of Minnesota exercise that right by having a law which requires judicial challenges to be settled before a senator is seated.

Which right do you want Minnesotans to have, and which right do you want them not to have?
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 06:33 PM
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8. And what about his old pal Katherine Lanpher?
Isn't she a Minnesotan? Last I heard she was writing a book about being single in New York City.

http://www.katherinelanpher.com/mainpage.html

:headbang:
rocktivity
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coyotespaw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 04:29 AM
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9. Actually, she's a fellow Quad-Citian...
from Moline IL
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