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CONGRATULATIONS, SENATOR: Al Franken is good enough, smart enough and doggone it people elected him.

"SOMETHING I SAID?": David Letterman's Palin sayonara.


THERE WILL BE BLOOD: A New Zealand safety billboard bleeds support.

Introducing Senator-Elect Franken

Harry Reid introduces Senator-Elect Al Franken for his first Senate press conference, quoting former Republican Congressman Vin Weber as saying Franken's detractors will be "pleasantly surprised" to find he "is a smart guy who's serious about issues and a hard worker." Franken reiterates that he is the second senator from Minnesota, not the magic sixtieth vote in the Senate. Hopefully, he's both.

"I am going to work day and night to make sure that our kids have a great future, and that America's best days lay ahead. I'm ready to get to work."

Minnesota Supreme Court: Al Franken Winner in U.S. Senate Race

The Minnesota Supreme Court has declared Al Franken the winner in his U.S. Senate race against incumbent Norm Coleman:

Franken "'Affirmed,' wrote the Supreme Court, unanimously rejecting Republican Norm Coleman's claims that inconsistent practices by local elections officials and wrong decisions by a lower court had denied him victory. 'Al Franken received the highest number of votes legally cast and is entitled [under Minnesota law] to receive the certificate of election as United States Senator from the State of Minnesota,' the court wrote."

UPDATE: And Coleman has conceded.

Watch MSNBC report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Al Franken Declared Winner in Minnesota; Coleman Won't Concede

A three judge panel declared Al Franken received the most votes and is the winner in Minnesota's drawn out and contentious Senate race. It's not over though:

Franken "The ruling isn't expected to be the final word because Coleman immediately announced plans to appeal to the state Supreme Court. He has 10 days to do so. That appeal could mean weeks more delay in seating Minnesota's second senator. After a statewide recount and seven-week trial, Franken stands 312 votes ahead. Franken actually gained more votes from the election challenge than Coleman, the candidate who brought it."

DNC Chair Tim Kaine released a statement: "Enough is enough. It is time for Norm Coleman to concede and for Al Franken to be sworn in as the next U.S. Senator from Minnesota.  The voters of Minnesota months ago elected Al Franken to the Senate – and during every step in the legal process that judgment has been confirmed.  Norm Coleman’s own legal challenge resulted in more votes for Al Franken and now a three judge panel has ruled Al Franken the winner.  Former Senator Coleman’s insistence on continuing his quixotic quest for this seat at best shows that he is putting his own political ambition ahead of the people and worst that he is complicit in an effort by national Republicans to deny Al Franken this seat for as long as possible so there is one less Democratic vote for President Obama’s agenda for change.  The people of Minnesota deserve two Senators and the people of America deserve 100 in the U.S. Senate.  More importantly, the voters who cast ballots on Election Day deserve to have their verdict stand.  Senator Coleman may have a right to continue his legal challenges no matter how hopeless they are, but the right thing to do here is to concede defeat and allow this saga to end once and for all.”

Oral arguments in Coleman's appeal aren't expected to happen until mid to late May.

Watch KTSP's report, and interview with Coleman, AFTER THE JUMP...

Al Franken Declares Victory in Minnesota Senate Race


His speech to reporters, as well as a message from Bill O'Reilly, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Al Franken Flashback: Mick Jagger Solid Gold


Watch Marilyn McCoo introduce likely Minnesota Senator Al Franken on a vintage clip of Solid Gold, AFTER THE JUMP...

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