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share save 120 16 Bye Bye Senator Ted Stevens   Finally
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Senator Ted Stevens, R-Alaska

Good riddance to the corrupt and convicted felon senior Senator from Alaska.

Tuesday’s vote count showed the convicted Alaska Senator trailing Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich by 3,700 votes– more than the 2,500 overseas ballots still uncounted.

And, go out with some class, would you? And concede.

Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska was defeated in his bid for re-election on Tuesday.

Mr. Stevens, a Republican and a 40-year incumbent, was trailing his Democratic challenger, Mayor Mark Begich of Anchorage, by 3,724 votes out of more than 315,000 cast after state election officials on Tuesday counted more than 35,000 absentee and other outstanding ballots.

Only an estimated 2,500 ballots remain to be counted next week, according to Gail Fenumiai, the state elections director.

“I am humbled and honored to serve Alaska in the United States Senate,” Mr. Begich said. “It’s been an incredible journey getting to this point, and I appreciate the support and commitment of the thousands of Alaskans who have brought us to this day.”

Mr. Stevens did not immediately concede the race. Presuming the results are certified, the senator could request a recount, but he would have to pay for it.

Time to retire, Senator and serve your sentence.

Bye Bye……


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Senator Norm Coleman, R- Minnesota and Democrat contender Al Franken

Flap a little over an hour ago got off the phone with a California-based attorney working for the GOP regarding the Minnesota recount and…..

The recount has started in the Minnesota U.S. Senate race between incumbent Senator Norm Coleman and Democrat challenger Al Franken.

The recount plan has been approved.

In a meeting that lasted less than an hour today, the state Canvassing Board unanimously approved a plan to hand recount, beginning tomorrow morning, nearly 3 million ballots to determine who won the U.S. Senate race between Republican Norm Coleman, the incumbent, and Democrat Al Franken, the challenger.

The five-member panel also unanimously decided to take at least a few days to determine what to do about requests by the Franken campaign to review rejected absentee ballots and count any that were improperly voided.

Coleman leads by such a slim margin that a hand recount is mandatory. Coleman’s unofficial lead is now 215 votes, after results from audits — mini-recounts to determine voting machines’ accuracy — are counted.

The recount is slated to begin tomorrow morning, essentially resetting the race to 0-0, and will last at least though the beginning of December.

Stay tuned……


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share save 120 16 Eric Holder To Be Obamas Attorney General?
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Former Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder and Pardon Attorney Roger Adams testify on the pardon that former President Clinton gave to Marc Rich during a Senate Judiciary Hearing February 14, 2001 in Washington DC

Another Bill Clinton administration retread for Barack Obama?

Apparently so.

Washington attorney Eric Holder is President-elect Barack Obama’s top choice to be the next attorney general and aides have gone so far as to ask senators whether he would be confirmed, an Obama official and people close to the matter said Tuesday.

Holder, a former U.S. attorney who served as the No. 2 official in the Justice Department under President Bill Clinton, would be the nation’s first black attorney general.

An Obama official and two Democrats in touch with the transition team confirmed that Holder is Obama’s top choice but the Obama official said the decision has not been finalized.

PLUS CA CHANGE and Marc Rich…….


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share save 120 16 The Crocodile in the Bathtub for the California Supreme Court   Proposition 8
Yes on California Proposition 8 Television Ad featuring California Supreme Court – “Whether You Like it Or Not”

The Crocodile in the bathtub?

“It is a time of lots of crocodiles in the bathtub,” said Santa Clara University law professor Gerald Uelmen, who has followed the court for decades. “Their oath requires them to ignore these kinds of political threats. But the threat of having to face a contested election is a significant one.”

Uelmen used a metaphor coined by California Supreme Court Justice Otto Kaus, a Democrat who served on the court after voters recalled Chief Justice Rose Bird and two other justices who had voted against death sentences.

Kaus later said that, as hard as he tried to decide cases impartially, he was never sure whether the threat of a recall election — “the crocodile in the bathtub” — was influencing his votes.

“It was like finding a crocodile in your bathtub when you go to shave in the morning,” Kaus said. “You know it’s there, and you try not to think about it, but it’s hard to think about much else while you’re shaving.”

You bet.

Yes on 8 proponents will NOT say it because they do not feel it is in their best interests to attempt to intimidate the California Supreme court but Flap will. Those Justices that vote to overturn Proposition 8 WILL be recalled and stand for election in June 2010 (a primary election where the turnout is lower and decidely more conservative).

Difficult to do, you ask?

No, the million of signatories of the original Proposition 8 petition will be rounded up and the donors will pony up again for the campaign. Flap does not doubt there will be additional California Constitutional amendments restricting the jurisdiction of the California Supreme Court as well.

Stay tuned……


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share save 120 16 Tony Strickland Extends Lead in California State Senate Race   The Fat Lady Sings
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Former California Assembly Members Tony Strickland and Hannah-Beth Jackson candidates for California State Senate District 19

Ventura County has updated its vote totals yesterday whereas Santa Barbara County and Los Angeles County Elections  did not for the California State Senate District 19 race.

Republican Tony Strickland inched ahead of Democrat Hannah-Beth Jackson by an additional 70 votes in the latest round of ballot-counting, leaving Strickland with a lead of 2,258 votes Monday.

The two candidates for the 19th state Senate District seat have been neck-and-neck since election night, although Strickland has pulled ahead gradually as more late absentee and provisional ballots are counted. He now has 50.3 percent of the vote to Jackson’s 49.7 percent.

On Monday afternoon, the County of Ventura released the results of 14,934 more ballots, bringing the total counted to 318,603. That means that about 95 percent of the ballots cast in the Nov. 4 election have been counted, according to county Elections Division estimates of how many votes were cast in the county.

The votes left to count are absentee ballots that were turned in on Election Day, or provisional ballots. Both take longer than standard ballots to count because they have to be checked against the voter rolls.

According to Flap’s math Republican Tony Strickland has extended his lead to 2,211 votes versus 1,560 votes last Wednesday.

The raw figures:

Santa Barbara County:

  • Hannah-Beth Jackson: 70,098
  • Tony Strickland: 56,744

Los Angeles County:

  • Hannah-Beth Jackson: 11,611
  • Tony Strickland: 15,806

Ventura County:

  • Hannah-Beth Jackson: 112,771
  • Tony Strickland: 124,141

As Flap said before, this race is over and Tony Strickland has been elected. There will be a recount but Hannah-Beth Jackson would need a miracle to pull off a win.

But, stay tuned for more ballot counts as they are released.


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