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The Minnesota Independent posted a contrast piece yesterday on the dueling press conferences that followed from the Supreme Court ruling there that pronounced Al Franken the state's new senator. The decision came after eight months of recount madness and a series of related lawsuits filed by now-former senator Norm Coleman. Coleman held his press conference in the backyard of his St Paul home and threatened to call the police on journalists he didn't want to attend. Franken stood on his front stoop in Minneapolis and laid a table of snacks for the reporters attending.
Nearly eight months after Election Day and coming at the end of a dizzying series of lawsuits, the Minnesota Supreme Court today ruled that Al Franken defeated Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and can now claim his seat. Franken will be the 58th Democratic U.S. Senator. Counting Franken and the two Independent Democrat-leaning members of the Conference, the party will now enjoy a filibuster-proof majority of 60, a fact that fueled the heated contest from the minute the polls closed in November. The court declared Franken won by 312 votes.
Taking a cue from Talking Points Memo, the Obama campaign put up an interactive map on Friday to track "some of the most toxic attacks" from the McCain campaign in the form of robocalls and printed material in Colorado and other battleground states.