BREAKING NEWS: Board Rules Against Franken In Minnesota Senate Recount

This will be appealed.

Minnesota’s Canvassing Board on Wednesday denied Al Franken’s request to include thousands of absentee ballots in a recount in the U.S. Senate race in the state.

The five-member board, which oversees the recount, stressed during Wednesday’s hearing that it wasn’t rejecting the merits made by Franken’s attorneys. The panel also indicated that the fight over the exclusion of the absentee ballots from the recount most will likely land in court.

Some 12,000 absentee ballots were rejected from the initial vote count because of technicalities and errors.

Unofficial results from the November 4 election put Sen. Norm Coleman, a freshman Republican, 215 votes ahead of Democratic challenger Franken, best known for his stint on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and as a former talk-show host on progressive radio network Air America..

The slim margin for Coleman, far less than half of 1 percent, triggered an automatic recount, marking the first time there’s been a recount of a U.S. Senate race in Minnesota.

Franken’s campaign argued that some 6,400 absentee ballots were wrongly rejected. Coleman’s team said the board doesn’t have the authority to include the disputed ballots in the recount.

Barack Obama Says He Has “A Mandate To Move The Country In A New Direction”

I was waiting for this word, the ‘M word’ if you will, to be used by Barack Obama.  

When the Supreme Court gave George Bush a one vote victory in 2000, the Republicans acted like they had a mandate.  It is truly good to hear the word ‘mandate’ used propetly after the resounding victory this month at the polls where votes were actually counted, and trust was truly placed on the shoulders of a candidate.

“We had a decisive win … and so I don’t think there is any question we have a mandate to move the country in a new direction,” Obama said at a press conference.

For those that might disagree with that, and one can only do so for purely political reasons, lets examine why Obama indeed does have a mandate to change the nation.

By historical standards, Obama’s win fits relatively nicely into the mandate category.

He took 365 electoral votes and 52.6 percent of the popular vote, totals that compare very favorably to George W. Bush’s electoral and popular vote counts (286, 50.67 percent in 2004; 271, 47.88 percent in 2000) as well as those of former President Bill Clinton who took 379 electoral votes in his 1996 win over former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole (R) and 370 in beating then President George H.W. Bush in 1992.

(Obama’s win does not constitute a landslide by modern historical definitions, however, as his vote totals don’t come close to the 525 electoral votes and nearly 59 percent of the popular vote then President Ronald Reagan took in his win over former Vice President Walter Mondale of Minnesota.)

And, Obama also assured the sort of downballot majorities — a gain of 24 seats in the House and seven seats (and counting) in the Senate — that typically accompany so-called presidential mandates.