Note: Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Posting will probably be brief and sporadic
for a week or so due to travel.
Franken Loses Appeal on Absentee Ballots
Al Franken lost a
key appeal yesterday
when the canvassing board ruled 5-0 that the thousands of rejected absentee ballots did not have to reexamined.
However, the ruling is not the end of the case. The board probably didn't have the authority to order
a reexamination in the first place. Franken has not yet said what he will do. Some of the counties may be
willing to reexamine the rejected absentee ballots on their own. Franken could also go to court on this.
is a good recap of where we are now in the Senate race recount.
Goode Files for a Recount in VA-05
Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA) has
for a recount in his close loss to Tom Perriello (D). The margin was only 745 votes.
The recount is complicated by the fact that much of the district uses touch screen machines but parts
use paper ballots. The recount could take weeks.
Why Waxman Won
Last week Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) unseated Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) as chairman of the powerful
House energy committee. The two men couldn't be more different and represent very different ends of
the automobile spectrum. Dingell strongly represents the producers in Michigan; Waxman represents
the consumers, in Southern California. Harold Meyerson has an interesting
on the two men and the consequences of this upset.
Dow Jones Rises for Fourth Straight Day
The Dow Jones index
yesterday for the fourth straight day--something it hasn't done since
last Spring--signaling that Wall St. expects the Obama administration to tackle the economy quickly. His newly
announced econmic team has not been popular with the left wing of the Democratic Party, but otherwise
has been well received. The Dow closed at 8727 yesterday.
Rangel Inquiry to be Finished before Congress Reconvenes in January
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has
that the ethics inquiry into the financial doings of Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) will be finished before
the new House meets on Jan. 5. After the defeat of Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) last week, Rangell could be
the next domino to fall, even without an ethics probe. If the ethics committee finds that Rangel did anything
wrong, the possibility of a challenge to his leadership will increase greatly.
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