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Old 11-17-2012, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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Ron Barber was declared the winner by the Phoenix newspapers today in a tight race for the seat once held by Gabbie Giffords. News conferences are scheduled by both candidates this afternoon. This makes AZ 5:4 democrat and adds to the loss of seats by the Republicans in the House.

The republican, McSally traveled to DC to have her photo taken on the capitol steps with other freshman congressmen and women. I guess they will have to air brush her out now.
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Old 11-17-2012, 06:46 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Good news.
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Old 11-17-2012, 07:56 AM
 
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How many seats in the house did the Repubs lose this year to Dems?

Same with the Senate...didn't the Dems gain there also?
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:48 PM
 
Location: San Antonio Texas
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Ron Barber was declared the winner by the Phoenix newspapers today in a tight race for the seat once held by Gabbie Giffords. News conferences are scheduled by both candidates this afternoon. This makes AZ 5:4 democrat and adds to the loss of seats by the Republicans in the House.

The republican, McSally traveled to DC to have her photo taken on the capitol steps with other freshman congressmen and women. I guess they will have to air brush her out now.

Wonderful news!!!

Did Ariz ever finish counting all of those provisional ballots? Is Flake the "official" winner?; might there be a potential upset by Carmona?
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:02 PM
 
Location: The beautiful Garden State
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Ron Barber was declared the winner by the Phoenix newspapers today in a tight race for the seat once held by Gabbie Giffords. News conferences are scheduled by both candidates this afternoon. This makes AZ 5:4 democrat and adds to the loss of seats by the Republicans in the House.

The republican, McSally traveled to DC to have her photo taken on the capitol steps with other freshman congressmen and women. I guess they will have to air brush her out now.
I wonder why she did that when the race wasn't officially over? I mean she was trailing at the time.

Strange.

McSally, still trailing, attends orientation
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:05 PM
 
Location: The beautiful Garden State
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I wonder why she did that when the race wasn't officially over? I mean she was trailing at the time.

Strange.

McSally, still trailing, attends orientation
Okay, I read it more carefully now:

"She is one of seven attendees at the orientation who may not actually become members of Congress, the Washington Post reported. They are in races so close that the Committee on House Administration extended invitations to them despite the uncertainty."

You would think they (the House) would wait for the results to be finished before they would start orientations. Rather awkward.
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:20 PM
 
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Okay, I read it more carefully now:

"She is one of seven attendees at the orientation who may not actually become members of Congress, the Washington Post reported. They are in races so close that the Committee on House Administration extended invitations to them despite the uncertainty."

You would think they (the House) would wait for the results to be finished before they would start orientations. Rather awkward.
On the other hand, if the houses of Congress did that, freshman orientation for the Senate after the 2008 elections wouldn't have happened... until July of 2009 (when the GOP finally conceded and allowed Al Franken to be sworn in).
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:23 PM
 
Location: The beautiful Garden State
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On the other hand, if the houses of Congress did that, freshman orientation for the Senate after the 2008 elections wouldn't have happened... until July of 2009 (when the GOP finally conceded and allowed Al Franken to be sworn in).
That whole Al Franken thing was crazy. It was by 312 votes, wasn't it? No wonder both sides fought bitterly for recounts. That was so close.

So did they both attend orientation?
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:29 PM
 
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That whole Al Franken thing was crazy. It was by 312 votes, wasn't it? No wonder both sides fought bitterly for recounts. That was so close.

So did they both attend orientation?
It was indeed close. But it was effectively over by January, by which time both the State Canvassing Board and the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that Franken had gotten more votes. Each of these decisions was unanimous. And each of these bipartisan bodies included two Minnesota Supreme Court Justices that had been appointed by Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty.

That should have been the end of it.

But Coleman kept appealing, Pawlenty refused to issue the certificate of election, and Republican Senators vowed to filibuster any attempt to seat Franken before the certificate was issued.
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:39 PM
 
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It was indeed close. But it was effectively over by January, by which time both the State Canvassing Board and the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that Franken had gotten more votes. Each of these decisions was unanimous. And each of these bipartisan bodies included two Minnesota Supreme Court Justices that had been appointed by Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty.

That should have been the end of it.

But Coleman kept appealing, Pawlenty refused to issue the certificate of election, and Republican Senators vowed to filibuster any attempt to seat Franken before the certificate was issued.
Oh, I see. Just crazy! Sounds like that was a pretty painful process for everyone involved.
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