Smart Liberal and Female


Franken Fights for Senate Seat…
December 2, 2008, 7:47 pm
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And the Democrats are holding their breath to see if they can get to 60!  Team Franken is claiming to be within 50 votes of freshman Republican Norm Coleman.  Coleman won in 2002, after Senator Paul Wellstone’s plane went down.  To me, and other Wellstone fans, that will always be his seat.  In my mind, had Senator Wellstone lived, there’d be no Norm Coleman to beat.

Naturally the Coleman team is claiming the count is much more in his favor. 

I guess we’ll have to wait and see how many votes are tossed, and how many uncounted absentee ballots actually get counted.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/scorecard/

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Franken Loses Critical Ruling
November 26, 2008, 1:23 pm
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Today Minnesota’s Canvassing Board denied Al Franken’s request to include 12,000 absentee ballots in the current recount.  These ballots apparently are being discounted due to technicalities.  Minnesota law requires they not be counted.  The Franken Campaign is still hopeful that up to 6,400 ballot may have been mistakenly thrown out.  It is unknown whether the ballots will be looked at again to ensure valid ballots are counted.

This is not good news for Team Franken.  However, with approximately 80% of the vote counted, 3594 ballots are being challenged by both sides.  Team Coleman is challenging 1836 and Team Franken is challenging 1758.

Damn it.  I can’t say I’m thrilled with Minnesota’s voting laws right now.  I also can’t say I’m thrilled with the idea of keeping Norm the Worm Coleman in the Senate for another 6 years. 

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/11/26/minnesota.recount/index.html



Anyone Ready for 2010?
November 25, 2008, 11:04 pm
Filed under: Election 2009, election 2010, election 2012, politics, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , ,

I’m not sure I am.  I feel like this election is never going to end.  I figure my family has been campaigning actively or working on campaigns since May of 2007, and won’t be done for another 2 weeks…atleast!  Ugh.  So when I hear someone mention the upcoming elections in 2009, 2010, or God forbid 2012, I cringe more than just a little.

However, I came across a pretty interesting article about Senate races to watch in 2010.  Hey, I’ll admit, anything that gets me to a 60 seat Democratic Majority is of great interest to me!  What I found particularly interesting was the idea that Tom Tancredo may run for Senate in Colorado. 

I’m just going to come right out and say the guy’s a nut!  Seriously.  I think he may be a little unhinged.  All I think of when I think of former Congressman Tancredo is that crazy ass ad he ran while campaigning for President.  I’ve pasted below for amusement.  If you haven’t seen it before you may wonder if it is an ad or a spoof.  Humorously enough, it’s a real ad!  What’s even funnier than the B Movie scare tactics is the up-lifting Church like music playing in the background. 

Enjoy. 

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1108/15755.html



Chambliss and Martin Running Neck and Neck
November 25, 2008, 6:51 pm
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Many polls have Chambliss and Martin in a pretty tight race.  Some have Chambliss leading, but within the margin of error.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/2008/11/ga-senate_tight_as_a_tick.html?nav=rss_blog



Franken…Number 59 or Magical Number 60?

Franken is narrowing the gap between Republican Freshman Senator Norm Coleman in the bitter cold state of Minnesota.  Coleman now leads by a mere 174 votes!  Whoo hooo Team Franken!

As a fellow former Minnesotan, Paul Wellstone fan, and Franken lover this is GREAT news.  I have good feeling about the recount!

My only question is…will Franken or Jim Martin be number 59 or 60 for the Democrats? 

http://www.politico.com/blogs/scorecard/1108/Colemans_lead_down_to_174.html



That Beautiful Magical Number: 60

60.  The new 20.  No, not really, but a pretty great number if the Democrats can make it happen.  Imagine it, we get Barack Obama and Joe Biden in the White House…but that’s not all we have for our winners Johnny, we’ve got a clear majority in the Senate.  Sixty seats!  This is where the crowd goes wild!  We also have a growing majority in the House of Representatives.   

Whoo hoo baby.  Good times are coming.

What seats are up for grabs?  How do we get to 60?  I’m glad I asked!  Let me tell you!

Democrats are leading or gaining in…

New Mexico:  Tom Udall leading Steve Pearce in this once held Republican seat

Alaska:  Mark Begich tied up with incumbent Ted I’m a Crook Stevens

Colorado:  Mark Udall beating Bob Schaffer in another open formerly Republican seat

North Carolina:  Kay Hagen is giving incumbent Elizabeth Dole a run for her money.

New Hampshire:  Jeanne Shaheen is giving incumbent John Sununu Hell.

Minnesota:  Al Franken is knocking down incumbent Norm the Worm Coleman

Oregon:  Jeff Merkley has another incumbant in trouble, Gordon Smith

Georgia:  Jim Martin is gaining on Saxby I’m a Real Jackass Chambliss

Kentucky:  Bruce Lunsford gaining on Mitch McConnell

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/26/senate.majority/index.html

http://www.cookpolitical.com/charts/senate/raceratings_2008-10-23_11-37-46.php




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