As the Senate Turns…

By Dotcomabc

Jan 4, 2009 10:40am

In Minnesota, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports, "Al Franken won an impressive share Saturday of what may be the last ballots tallied in the U.S. Senate recount, boosting his unofficial lead over Sen. Norm Coleman to 225 votes heading into a Monday meeting where the state Canvassing Board will certify the final result of the race. At least two things, however, still stand in the way of Franken becoming Minnesota’s newest U.S. senator: the possibility of a ruling by the Minnesota Supreme Court that more wrongly rejected absentee ballots should be counted, and a legal contest that Coleman attorneys all but promised should Franken prevail."

In Illinois, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., told George Stephanopoulos this morning on "This Week" that Roland Burris will not be seated even provisionally as the junior senator from Illinois.

In New York, we learn that when she worked for New York City’s Education Department as chief executive of the Office of Strategic Partnerships (for $1 a year), Caroline Kennedy didn’t have to fill out the standard 32-page financial disclosure forms each year.

For less drama, meanwhile, check out this fantastic 2007 New Yorker profile (by the amazing Kate Boo) of the new senator from Colorado, Denver schools superintendent Michael Bennet.

- jpt

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