Finally, Al Franken is seated in the Senate after Norm Coleman concedes (following his Minnesota Supreme Court loss). It’s been half a year now, so you could say this is the epitome of a hard-fought victory. Congrats, Al!
Today is a good day, and it’s only getting started! First, the greatest news that’s happened in a while- the RIAA has publicly stated that they are ending individual lawsuits against file sharers! Of course, there’s the 35,000 individuals that unfortunately got sued and lost money needlessly, so it’s hard to forgive still. The greater victory is that we’re not making criminals out of our citizens needlessly. There are way too many people to thank for helping to get to this point, but I’ll be the first to say I’m grateful.
The second good piece of news is that Al Franken has taken his first lead in the Minnesota senate race (I saw it live at The Uptake (donate to them!)), and most news outlets seem to be favoring him as the eventual victor. If rejected absentee ballots are counted, I don’t think there’s going to be any question – those are projected to heavily favor Franken.
Franken’s still projected to be up by about 50 votes after the primary recount and before the absentee ballots are counted. We’ll know more tomorrow, live coverage at The Uptake.
I’ve been watching a lot of the Al Franken-Norm Coleman battle in the Minnesota Senate race lately. At this point, I know more about Minnesota election law than my own. I’ve been a longtime fan of Al Franken, and I think it would be great to see him in the Senate. I think he will come off with the win too – the rejected absentee ballots and the contested ballots I think both favor Franken over Coleman, so I don’t believe the Coleman vote lead will hold up at all.
It’s remarkable how open an electoral process they have in Minnesota – every contested ballot can be viewed on the internet, the recount was videotaped and independently monitored, and they have remarkably few missing ballots. I think they have a real chance of getting the correct candidate in office.
If you want to check it out, The Uptake is the best place I’ve found for continuous coverage. They’ve got hours of live footage of the press conferences and the recount process, which is just fascinating stuff to me.