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High court rejects Franken bid


ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Supreme Court today rejected Al Franken's demand to immediately become a U.S. senator.

In January, Franken asked the high court to order Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Secretary of State Mark Ritchie to sign an election certificate so he could take office, even while a lawsuit by Norm Coleman was pending. They would not sign a certificate.

Supreme Court justices today said there is no legal authority for them to order that a certificate be signed.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.