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    Democrats may try to seat Franken

    Even though he has not been certified the winner, and a legal contest is sure to follow.

    Senate Dems May Try To Seat Franken

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    New York Sen. Charles Schumer seemed to endorse this move Sunday, saying the race was settled and that Franken had won the election.

    "While there are still possible legal issues that will run their course, there is no longer any doubt who will be the next Senator from Minnesota," Schumer said. "With the Senate set to begin meeting on Tuesday to address the important issues facing the nation, it is crucial that Minnesota's seat not remain empty, and I hope this process will resolve itself as soon as possible."
    Y'know, there was a certified Presidential winner in Florida in 2000, by mid-November.
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    Re: Democrats may try to seat Franken

    Quote Originally Posted by Harshaw View Post
    Even though he has not been certified the winner, and a legal contest is sure to follow.

    Senate Dems May Try To Seat Franken

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    Y'know, there was a certified Presidential winner in Florida in 2000, by mid-November.
    That will be filibustered, and if not, I can see a court case here. Franken may have won, but until the legal challenge is settled, seating Franken would be illegal.
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    Re: Democrats may try to seat Franken

    Of course, but hardly the point.
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    Re: Democrats may try to seat Franken

    I thought Franken was certified as the winner on Monday? If I'm mistaken about that, then I agree that he shouldn't be seated yet. However, that also shouldn't give the Republicans a blank check to file challenge after challenge to prevent him from taking his seat for as long as possible. If Coleman is still filing challenges in February and nothing has substantially changed, then I think Franken should be seated.
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    Re: Democrats may try to seat Franken

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    I thought Franken was certified as the winner on Monday? If I'm mistaken about that, then I agree that he shouldn't be seated yet. However, that also shouldn't give the Republicans a blank check to file challenge after challenge to prevent him from taking his seat for as long as possible. If Coleman is still filing challenges in February and nothing has substantially changed, then I think Franken should be seated.
    It was certified, but he cannot be seated until he gets a "final election certificate," which can't issue until the challenges are resolved:

    Minnesota law doesn't allow the issuance of a final election certificate until legal challenges are settled, meaning the state will be represented only by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat, when Congress convenes on Tuesday.
    Franken Certified Winner Of Minn. Recount, Democrat Takes Slim Victory In Senate Recount But Rival Norm Coleman Vows Legal Challenge - CBS News

    Also, wtf is Schumer talking about? I'd love to know the pressing matters facing the nation that it's absolutely crucial to have the junior Senator from MN there to address. The Senate has managed to get along despite plenty of its members being too ill to show up for months or years, so I doubt it's going to fall apart in the next couple weeks.
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