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Dismissed. With. Prejudice.

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 14, 2009

I was wondering what was taking the Election Contest Court so long to issue their ruling in the wake of the final vote count last Tuesday. Now I know why. They were crafting a 24-karat platinum boot to be sent upside the head of Norm Coleman:eat-it-norm1

Eat it, Norm.


Posted in Al Franken, Norm Coleman, Republicans | 5 Comments »

Just Trying to Beat Phoenix Woman

Posted by MEC on April 7, 2009

I’m just trying to beat out Phoenix Woman by posting the news from her state before she does:

Al Franken wins by 312 votes.

Two questions remain:

How soon the Republicans will file an appeal with the Minnesota Supreme Court?

Will Governor Pawlenty sign the election certificate or will he bow to down to the Republican Party?

Posted in 2008, Al Franken | 2 Comments »

Tuesday Morning News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 7, 2009


Well, well: “U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt and his wife are reviewing records to see if they mistakenly received tax breaks on a Washington, D.C., property. Records show the Republican from Springfield, who is running for U.S. Senate, may have erroneously received a homestead exemption for a $1.6 million residence in Georgetown.” Of course, this won’t get splashed all over the evening news the way Hilda Solis’ hubby’s tax woes were.

— Why did New York magazine’s oh-so-flattering puff piece on right-wing hatemonger Glenn Beck fail to quote his more famous comments? Because then it wouldn’t be a puff piece any more, silly.

— The final votes in the 2008 Senatorial election featuring Norm Coleman, Al Franken and Dean Barkley are going to be counted today. At the end of the count, Al Franken will still be ahead, and be declared the winner of the election, at which point Coleman will ready an appeal for the Minnesota Supreme Court. (Actually, Team Coleman readied their appeal months ago — but they’ll still take their sweet time before they officially file it; they’re allowed ten days to do so, and they will use most if not all of them in order to continue their portion of Operation Stonewall.)

Posted in 111th Congress, Al Franken, fascism, IOKIYAR, Minnesota, Norm Coleman, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, Republicans as cancer, rightwing moral cripples, taxes | 2 Comments »

The Day Of Reckoning?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 1, 2009

Norquist said it, I believe it, that settles it

Norquist said it, I believe it, that settles it

Harry Reid said he wanted to seat Al Franken by April 1. John Cornyn said he was going to hold his breath and turn blue if Reid tried it. What will happen?

What I would like to think would happen is that Reid would just say “Screw it” and trigger the nuclear option. After all, it’s already on the table for the budget bill. Might as well get it over with.

Posted in 111th Congress, 2008, Al Franken, Congress, IOKIYAR, Minnesota, Norm Coleman, Senate, Silly Republicans | 3 Comments »

Tuesday Morning News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 31, 2009


— Still no Election Contest Court ruling in the Franken-Coleman contest as of this morning. They’ve been at it for over two weeks now. What could be the problem? [UPDATE: They hear and obey!]

— Speaking of the Franken-Coleman contest, Eric Boehlert notes that the same media that was viciously attacking Al Gore for being a “sore loser” in 2000 is being nice as pie to Norm Coleman even though his actions have been far more sore-loserish — and have been far more time-consuming — than Gore’s ever were.

— In more pleasant news, Skype has come to the iPhone. Glorious.

Posted in 111th Congress, 2008, Al Franken, Al Gore, GOP/Media Complex, media, Media machine, mediawhores, Minnesota, Norm Coleman, technology | 2 Comments »

Harry Reid: Franken Will Be Seated By April 1. Period.

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 27, 2009

This actually is not unreasonable — Coleman can only take his appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court and that should happen sometime early next month.

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Tuesday Morning News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 17, 2009


Chris Steller of the Minnesota Independent notices that the St. Paul Pioneer Press, which has backed honoring the final results of the recount, has now — hard on the heels of a court decision that has dealt a mortal blow to Norm Coleman’s hopes of retaking his old Senate seat — suddenly decided that the recount was a wash and that there needs to be a do-over instead. Could this have anything to do with the PiPress’ endorsing Coleman during the campaign last year, Steller wonders?

— Ho hum, Donald Trump’s filing for bankruptcy again. This is the third time for his entertainment company.

There was an NPR program a few years ago that contrasted Trump with Richard Branson, back when they both had reality-TV programs on the air. Trump’s “The Apprentice” was a ratings hit, yet nobody watched Branson’s “The Rebel Billionaire” — people much preferred watching a piss-poor manager reward incompetent backstabbing suckups to seeing a genuine success story challenging other people to get outside their comfort zones. And really, as go TV audiences, so go the alleged “smartest guys in the room”. They all take after the Trump model and not the Branson model, even though Branson is by far the better businessman and manager of the two.

— Surprise, surprise: A handful of racists at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado got President Obama’s picture removed from the base’s commissary. Remember that Colorado Springs is also home to the US Air Force Academy, and to James Dobson’s ministry, which also with other nearby conservative Christian groups has infiltrated the Academy to such an extent that Jewish cadets have a very tough time there.

Posted in 111th Congress, 2008, Al Franken, anti-Semitism, media, Minnesota, Norm Coleman, President Obama, Professional Christians, racism, Republicans, Republicans acting badly | 3 Comments »

Norm Coleman Is A Very Lucky Man

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 27, 2009

If any other mortal had tried to get away with doctored or tampered evidence in the suit they brought before a court, the judge or judges would have dismissed the suit with prejudice. But the Election Contest Court has given Norm a mulligan:

Earlier today, Franken attorney Marc Elias raised serious questions about the Coleman campaign erasing sections from photocopies of rejected absentee-ballot envelopes that they’re attempting to get put into the count. Later questioning by Elias of Coleman attorney Gloria Sonnen revealed that the submitted copies also include written notes added on to the envelopes by the Coleman team, and it’s impossible to tell what writing was there originally and what was added by the Coleman camp.

The judges have now ordered Coleman’s legal team to subpoena and submit the original ballot envelopes themselves, if they want them to be reviewed and potentially counted.

What does this tell you about Norm’s multi-million-dollar Lawyer Horde? Nothing that’s very good, as TPM commenter RWN explains:

an this by my Dad who is retired former Judge and of course friend of State Supreme and Fed Judges. He was appalled by what he read. This would be a big case, the jurists on the panel looking at this as a career opportunity to apply the law and with the basic sloppiness of the litigant he said tells him they are merely grandstanding and using the court.

He is a registered GOP but becoming in name only as he goes into his 8th Decade of life.

His final comment is that the panel was more respectful due to the notoriety of the case and the voters to Coleman but this will probably get very ‘firm’ as they go forward as in ‘Who are you trying to kid?’

“Is this the state of the Republican Party?”

I replied, yes, he said…this is not good for us guys…Boner doing the tax cuts garbage as America is pink slipped and their legal team doing this in MN.

“We need a new party”.

No kidding.

Posted in 2008, Al Franken, judicial rulings, Minnesota, Norm Coleman, wrong way to go about it, WTF? | Comments Off on Norm Coleman Is A Very Lucky Man

Yes, THAT Alan Page

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 12, 2009


If you were watching a lot of football during the 1970s, you probably saw the guy in the purple jersey on your TV screen every now and then. And if you were watching a lot of the Minnesota Senate recount via The UpTake over the past couple of months, you probably saw the guy in the black robe and bowtie at least once. Turns out they’re one and the same:

Alan Cedric Page (born August 7, 1945 in Canton, Ohio) is a jurist and former professional American football player. He graduated from Canton Central Catholic High School in 1964, received his B.A. in political science from the University of Notre Dame in 1967, and received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1978. Justice Page is particularly notable for the fact that he is both a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and an Associate Justice with the Minnesota Supreme Court. Justice Page is married to Diane Sims Page and is the father of four children, Nina, Georgi, Justin and Kamie.

He’s picking the judges for the three-judge panel that will hear Norm Coleman’s contest of the recount.  He’s a good man.

Posted in Al Franken, Minnesota, Norm Coleman, Senate | Comments Off on Yes, THAT Alan Page


Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 7, 2009


A nice working definition of Calvinball is that it’s when you think you can make up the rules as you go along.

For instance, we have Norm Coleman on November 5 of last year, wanting to protect his 215-vote lead, begging Al Franken to forego the state-mandated recount by saying that “If I were trailing, I would step back” (kudos to Steve Sack for the lovely illo reproduced in miniature above; go view it at the Strib site in its full glory). Now we have Norm Coleman, trailing by 225 votes (ten votes more than his November 5 lead), not stepping back, but filing a contest.

We now also have some choice Calvinball going on with regard to potential CIA directors. As DougJ points out, all the things that Leon Panetta’s critics are currently exercised about are things that didn’t bother them one bit when it was George W. Bush picking the CIA chiefs.

Posted in Al Franken, CIA, hypocrites, Norm Coleman | 1 Comment »

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