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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

So will Tim Pawlenty certify the 2008 election now?
Posted by Jill | 3:20 PM
The Minnesota Supreme Court delivered the smackdown to Smarmin' Normin' Coleman today:
The Minnesota Supreme Court has just ruled that Democrat Al Franken will be the state's next U.S. Senator bringing the months long contest against former Republican Sen. Norm Coleman.

The decision was a unanimous 5 to 0 ruling, finding that Franken was "entitled" to be certified by the state's Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, and its Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.

Pawlenty has recently said he would sign the certification for Franken, if ordered to do so by the MN Supremes. The state requires a signature for certification from both the Governor and the Sec. of State before Congress members may be seated. State law also allows for all election contests to be settled in the state before certification is signed.

Here's the kicker, though. I'm not sure that this decision constitutes a direct order. It says that Franken was "entitled" to be certified, but is that an order?

UPDATE: MSNBC is reporting that Norm Coleman has conceded. Doesn't mean Pawlenty will certify the election, though...

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Anonymous Quoizel said...
Lets hope he doesn't take it as a direct order. Thats all we need is the democrats to have more power.