franken-coleman-court.thumbnail.jpgWhile the Coleman contest trial winds down to the nitty-gritty, and Coleman’s chances get ever slimmer even as the universe of rejected absentee ballots to be counted shows signs of tipping in Franken’s favor, I thought it might be time to do a little bit of housecleaning:

Paul Crawford, the Reader’s Advocate for the University Chronicle of St. Cloud [Minnesota] State University, raises some pointed legal and ethical questions about Norm’s new lobbying gig with the Republican Jewish Coalition.

– Blast from the past:  Nearly two months ago, legal eagle Sara, who got to live through the Anderson-Rolvaag recount that provided Minnesota with its recount case law, explained that the reason the Minnesota Supreme Court chose to require the campaigns to take part in setting ballot-counting standards is because that’s how it was done during Anderson v. Rolvaag, and since this is settled law all the way up to the US Supreme Court, the judges didn’t want to break it open and revisit it.  (And staying within the bounds of settled law — especially law that’s been tested in the highest court in the land — makes it that much harder for any decisions to be overturned on appeal.)

The RNC’s shoveled $250,000 to the Republican Party of Minnesota to pay for Norm’s Hundred-Lawyer Horde, even as Al Franken says that the narrowing of the ballot universe means "we’re going to win soon".