Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Al Franken becomes Senator Al Franken

Former Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN) has conceded to Democratic challenger and former SNL comedian Al Franken, finally giving up a lengthy legal battle challenging the validity of a recount that Franken had (legally) brought up in the aftermath of the election nearly eight months ago. The concession came following a ruling from the Minnesota Supreme Court, which ruled in Franken's favor over Coleman's legal qualms.

With the victory, Democrats now control a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, though some of those Democrats are still conservative-leaning, Blue Dog Dems that favor a moderate fiscal policy. Still, it's all the more easier to pass important legislation now that Franken is the Senator from Minnesota.

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