Minnesota Keeps At It
The Minnesota recount process kept moving, albeit slowly, yesterday.
Al Franken now leads by
However, some challenged ballots remain to be processed.
If you want to view some of the challenged ballots, the Star Tribune has some
Coleman asked for a do-over on 16 previously challenged ballots but the canvassing board
It increasingly appears that Coleman is grasping at straws. The board seems to feel it is capable of doing its
work without the candidates' help. Coleman keeps raising issues that the board doesn't feel are valid.
Franken is just biding his time waiting for the results.
In addition, there are about 1600 absentee ballots that may have been improperly rejected.
They were supposed to be counted by Dec. 31, but the canvassing board has asked for an
until January 2.
The candidates have agreed to this date but also have
to a plan in which absentee votes are only
submitted to the canvassing board if both campaigns agree. While neither campaign knows what the unopened vote
is, they both know where it came from. It is likely that Coleman will reject all votes from Franken-friendly
counties and Franken will reject all votes from Coleman-friendly counties so possibly no votes will be counted.
The court decision enabling this was truly stupid. It should have ordered all 1600 contested ballots to go
to the canvassing board to let them decide what to do and kept the campaigns out of the loop. As a result
of this decision, some legitimate votes will be discarded and there will be lawsuits over them unless the
court changes its mind.
Poll Shows NY Voters Prefer Kennedy Dynasty to Cuomo Dynasty
A Quinnipiac University
shows that 33% of the New York voters want Gov. David Paterson (D-NY) to appoint Caroline Kennedy, daughter of
the late President Kennedy to Hillary Clinton's Senate seat. However, a nearly equal number, 29%, want him to
appoint state attorney general Andrew Cuomo, son of the former governor, Mario Cuomo. At 4%,
Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), is the leading nondynastic candidate.
However, Gov. Paterson is surely not against dynasties; he, himself, is the son of a state senator.
Resistance to Kennedy from Democratic officials
Advisors to the governor apparently have had enough of the "Kennedy is inevitable, get used to it" line coming
from pro-Kennedy circles. It sounds eerily like the "Hillary is inevitable, get used to it" line we were hearing
about a year ago. And this time around it is a lot less inevitable because there is only one voter, and he has
his own interests to think about. In particular, he doesn't owe anything to the Kennedys but would prefer to
get Cuomo a good job so Cuomo won't challenge him in a gubernatorial primary in 2010, something Kennedy would
never do (having no experience isn't so terrible for a legislative position but is an issue for an executive
position). Paterson has given no indication of who he plans to choose and all this public jockeying probably
has zero effect on him.
Being appointed to the Senate is
and the governors of New York, Illinois, Colorado, and Delaware are
surely aware of that. The governor of Delaware took the safest course and appointed a placeholder (Ted Kaufman)
who said he will not run in 2010. In that way, the Democrat, most likely another dynastic candidate--Joe Biden's
son, Beau--will not be burdened by votes taken in the 111th Congress. So far, there is little hard evidence about
what Paterson will do and in Illinois we don't even know who will do the appointing, if anyone.
Colorado depends a lot of who Gov. Ritter picks.
Obama Releases Report on Blagojevich Contacts
President-elect Barack Obama
a report yesterday stating that the only member of his staff who talked
to Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D-IL), who has been charged in a criminal complaint, was chief-of-staff designate Rahm Emanuel. They
talked about Emanuel's seat in the House. The governor has no authority to appoint a successor as state law requires
a special election, although in many cases (but not his) a governor's endorsement could be a plus for a candidate.
Clearly, the Obama team smelled a rotting fish in Springfield and pretty much avoided the place on purpose.
Third World People Visit the U.S. for Bargains
Middle and Upper class Mexicans are now doing their
in the U.S. because it is cheaper than in Mexico. If you go back 10, 20, 30 years, Americans traveled around
the world to poor countries looking for bargains. Now the economy is in such bad straights that it looks
attractive to people from a genuine third world country. Clearly things are moving in the wrong direction.
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