Tuesday, June 30, 2009

An EFCA Game Changer: Franken to be Seated

Hoping for the best, yet preparing for the worst has always been a good motto with regard to handling labor relations.

Therefore, it should come as no surprise to any of you that comedian-turned-politician (is there a difference?) Al Franken has won his election against Norm Coleman for the Senate seat in Minnesota.

Earlier today, the Minnesota Supreme Court unanimously rejected Norm Coleman's legal arguments, ending one of the longest Senate races ever.

Coleman earlier answered the question of whether this would end his challenge by stating: "I thought we had a better case, but the court has spoken. I'll abide by the results. There will be no further litigation."

As a result of this development, the Democrats now have a filibuster-proof majority, leaving the question of the timing of the hallucinogenically-named Employee Free Choice Act to a matter of "when" not "if."

While there is still the potential for compromise legislation to be crafted, Tom Harkin has threatened, barring any compromise, to send the legislation to the Senate floor for an "up or down vote" after July 4th (which is less than a week away).

We'll keep you posted as developments arise.
"I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes." -- Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776

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