In this April 13, 2009 file photo Al Franken talks with reporters outside his home in Minneapolis. On Tuesday, June 30,2009, the Minnesota Supreme Court paves way for Democrat Al Franken to fill long-vacant Senate seat
Here is some good news.
The Minnesota Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered that Democrat Al Franken be certified as the winner of the state's long-running Senate race, paving the way for a resolution in the seven-month fight over the seat.
The high court rejected a legal challenge from Republican Norm Coleman, whose options for regaining the Senate seat are dwindling.
Justices said Franken is entitled to the election certificate he needs to assume office. With Franken and the usual backing of two independents, Democrats will have a big enough majority to overcome Republican filibusters.
Coleman hasn't ruled out seeking federal court intervention.
That was at 3.12pm; at 4.30, this headline appeared: GOP's Coleman concedes, sending Franken to Senate