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Tuesday Morning News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 17, 2009

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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

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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

Calvinball

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 7, 2009

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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 »

Minnesota Senate Recount Update, 12/14/08

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 14, 2008

This piece at the WCCO.com website discussing an AP analysis of the challenged ballots is among the most sensible I’ve seen of the TradMed offerings on this story. The salient points:

— Fewer than half of the challenges left — about 1,640 — are in genuine doubt. Still, that’s eight times more than the current margin between the two men.

— In ballots that could easily be assigned, Franken netted 200 more votes than Coleman. But that number was essentially meaningless because Coleman has withdrawn significantly fewer challenges than Franken — that is, the pool of challenges that can be awarded to Franken at this stage is notably larger.

— Nearly 300 challenges wouldn’t benefit either man because the voter clearly favored a third-party candidate or skipped the race.

— Of the challenges that can’t be reliably awarded to either candidate now, more than 400 possible Franken votes are being held up because on grounds that those voters identified their ballots through write-ins, initials, signatures, phone numbers or some other distinctive marking. At least 300 possible Coleman votes are in limbo for the same reasons.

— The next biggest class of ballot that can’t easily be awarded falls in the category of unclear voter intent. Nearly 600 involve cases where a voter filled in two ovals but crossed out one, put an X above or below their darkened oval or put differently sized partial marks in more than one. There are slightly more potential Franken ballots in that pile as well.

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, who heads the panel filled out by four judges, has set a goal of completing the challenged ballot reviews by Friday. The AP analysis suggests that the process could move fast once the board shows its mind on the challenge types that occurred most frequently.

This, of course, doesn’t cover the fate of the “fifth pile” absentee ballots — that is, those absentee ballots that were rejected for reasons other than the four allowed by state law. Mark Ritchie, Minnesota’s Secretary of State, asked the county elections boards to go over their rejected absentee ballots to make sure they were all rejected for the right reasons (a preliminary check found that several were not). As of last Friday, per a press availability held by Ritchie and recorded by The UpTake, seventy-four of Minnesota’s eighty-seven counties have either finished with doing this check, or are in the midst of doing it.

The upshot of all of this? Ritchie is determined that, however narrow the margin, it be absolutely trustworthy. He is also determined that every vote that can be counted, is actually counted. There will be no reason for this to go to court or the US Senate, if he has his way: The final total will be rock-solid. But you wouldn’t know that if you only got your information on the recount from some of the headlines of the StarTribune — which, as Chris Steller of the Minnesota Independent points out, used verbiage (“muddle”, “doubt”, “confusing” and “confusion”, for instance) that comes straight from the Coleman campaign’s press releases.

Posted in 2008, Al Franken, media, Media machine, mediawhores, Minnesota, Norm Coleman | 2 Comments »

204 Votes

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 16, 2008

That’s Norm Coleman’s alleged lead right now.

No wonder he fears the recount.   Even the recanvassing of the county clerks’ data hasn’t been kind to him.

Posted in 2008, Al Franken, Minnesota, Norm Coleman, Republicans acting badly | Comments Off on 204 Votes

Franken-Coleman Race Update

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 14, 2008

Norm Coleman actually thought he could be NRSC chair. Heh.

He’s not been doing so well in the courts lately, either.

Posted in 2008, Al Franken, Minnesota, Norm Coleman | Comments Off on Franken-Coleman Race Update

Wanna Know What’ll Be On TPM Next Week?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 12, 2008

Simple: Read FDL today.

Last week, Lindsay Beyerstein, writing in FDL’s Campaign Silo, broke the story of the difference between Norm Coleman’s senate financial disclosures and the Hays Company’s statements about the nature of Laurie Coleman’s association with their company.

This week, TPM’s Zachary Roth has the exact same story, with points identical to Beyerstein’s, but with wording just different enough to avoid getting nabbed for plagiarism — and with no links back to, or credit for, Beyerstein’s piece.

Posted in blogger ethics, blogs and blogging, Norm Coleman, Republicans, WTF? | 2 Comments »

Did Norm Coleman’s Sugar Daddy Finance Sarah Palin’s Shopping Spree?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 6, 2008

Lindsay Beyerstein has the story:

Two suit-related scandals rocked Republican politics in 2008. The first involved Sen. Norm Coleman and the second Gov. Sarah Palin. These sartorial scandals shared an unlikely epicenter: Neiman Marcus, Minneapolis.

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Where did Coleman’s suits come from? Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis. How were they paid for? A wealthy GOP donor reportedly picked up the tab. Where did many of Sarah Palin’s lavish articles originate? Nieman Marcus in Minneapolis. Nicole Wallace sent Palin to Neiman’s to buy three suits. The Newsweek story implies that a wealthy GOP donor had agreed to pick up the tab for the suits, but was surprised when Palin went on a much larger shopping spree.

Here’s the kicker. Who signed for Sarah Palin’s Neimans’ outlay? Why, none other than GOP consultant and Coleman ally Jeff Larson.

All this makes me wonder whether the anonymous GOP donor was Nasser Kazeminy himself. How many GOP bigwigs run a tab at Neimans for Republican makeovers? Even if a another wealthy donor payed for Palin’s clothes, the episode might shed light on how Republicans do business in the Twin Cities.

Many observers wondered why Coleman chose “every gift I’ve ever received” as his suitgate soundbite. His staffers insist that he reported every gift he was obliged to report on his Senate financial disclosure forms. On its face, the declaration seems to imply that Kazeminy didn’t give Coleman any suits. If that were true, why wouldn’t Coleman simply deny that Kazeminy gave him suits?

What if Kazeminy bought suits for Norm Coleman’s campaign in the same way that Sarah Palin’s handlers allegedly acquired her wardrobe without actually giving it to her? Coleman was Larson’s boss, and Larson was Palin’s personal shopper. So, the Kazeminy theory partially explains means, motive, and opportunity.

Remember, Sarah Palin justified the clothes expenditures by saying that she wasn’t going to keep them after the campaign was done. Hmmmmm.

Posted in 2008, Minnesota, Norm Coleman, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples, Sarah Palin, WTF? | Comments Off on Did Norm Coleman’s Sugar Daddy Finance Sarah Palin’s Shopping Spree?

Senator’s Wife, Actress, Blo-And-Go Exec…

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 4, 2008

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Funny how she doesn’t seem to have much (if any) of a record (or of a regular paycheck) in this field. As Lindsay Beyerstein says:

Minnesota records show that Laurie Coleman obtained her Resident Insurer Producer’s License on October 7, 2006.

Laurie Coleman is 51 years old and reportedly spends a great deal of time in California, pursuing her career as an actress. Coleman has been described in the media as a model, a ballerina, an actress, and an entrepreneur. Search as I might, I could find no mention of Coleman ever being described as an insurance producer, apart from the claims that have emerged in the wake of the lawsuits.

Gee, I wonder why that would be? Maybe this might shed some light on it:

According to separate lawsuits filed in Texas and Delaware last week a wealthy Republican donor funneled $75,000 from a Texas oil services company to Sen. Norm Coleman through the insurance company that employs Norm’s wife, Laurie.

The Texas lawsuit asserts that the insurance company did no work for the oil services firm. and that a so-called “consulting” agreement was allegedly just a ruse for shifting money to the Colemans.

Sounds like Norm might be joining Ted Stevens soon on the Convicted Republican Senators bench. Assuming, that is, he makes it past today.

Posted in 2008, big money, corruption, Norm Coleman, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, WTF? | 1 Comment »

 
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