Well, the holidays are over and this, our children are heading back to school and our Senators are heading back to Washington. Whether or not two Senators will be successful at heading to Washington is another story.
There is finally (?) a winner in the Minnesota race for the senate. A state election board on will announce Democrat Al Franken has defeated Republican incumbent Norm Coleman, according to state officials who told CNN Sunday. A board will say Al Franken won the U.S. Senate race by 225 votes, Minnesota’s secretary of state says.
However, Republican’s are mad and want a recount. They say there were about 650 absentee ballots that it says were improperly rejected in the initial count. After the results are certified, Coleman’s campaign will have seven days to file a challenge.
Why has this taken so long? Don’t ask. The initial count from the November 4 election put Coleman, a first-term senator, 215 votes ahead of Franken. The slim margin triggered an automatic recount. During the recount, Franken’s campaign alleged that thousands of absentee ballots had been improperly rejected and asked that they be counted. The state’s Supreme Court eventually ordered that rejected absentee ballots be counted if local officials and each campaign could agree that the selected ballots were rejected mistakenly. Thanks for asking.
So, what’s going to happen now?
Republican Sen. Sen. John Cornyn , aka the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, has pledged a GOP filibuster if the Democrat-controlled Senate attempts to seat Franken before all legal battles play out and before Minnesota’s Gov., a Republican, can co-sign the secretary of state’s certificate.
What the heck is a filibuster anyway?
Wiki says a filibuster
A filibuster, or “talking out a bill”, is a form of obstruction in a legislature or other decision-making body. An attempt is made to infinitely extend debate upon a proposal in order to delay the progress or completely prevent a vote on the proposal taking place.
This term was applied at the time to American adventurers, mostly from Southern states, who sought to overthrow the governments of Central American states, and was transferred to the users of the filibuster, seen as a tactic for pirating or hijacking debate.
Mr. Burris is heading to D.C. as well.
Roland Burris, says Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s appointment of him is legal.Senate Democratic leaders have scheduled a meeting with Roland Burris.
The meeting will be between Burris; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada; and Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, one day after the Senate convenes, said the source.
Burris says that he will be there on Tuesday when Senators head back to work. Members of the Senate Democratic majority, who have vowed to use procedure to prevent Burris from taking the seat.
Senate leaders cite Article 1, Section 5 of the U.S. Constitution, which states “Each House shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own Members.”
Those leaders say it’s the pick by the potentially tainted governor that poses the problem, not the pick itself.
So, what else do these guys have to do while they await the new President?