Mikey tries to grandstand, fails miserably


By Jeff Fecke | June 8, 2009 • So Mikey Brodkorb got it into his head that with the Minnesota Supreme Court poised to permanently deal Norm Coleman out of the recount game, now might be his last chance to engage in what the kids like to call “grandstanding.” Because as we all know, Mikey is all about the truth:

Jeff Fecke is a freelance writer who lives in Eagan, Minnesota.In addition to his own blog, Blog of the Moderate Left, he also contributes to Alas, a Blog, Minnesota Campaign Report, and AlterNet. Fecke has appeared as a guest on the “Today” show, the Alan Colmes radio show, and the Mark Heaney Show. Fecke is divorced, and the father of one really terrific daughter. His debut novel, The Valkyrie’s Tale, is now available.

Starting today, I will be filing data practices request for copies of the front side of all ballots relative to the 2008 U.S. Senate general election contained within rejected absentee ballot envelopes in the possession of certain county/city offices that were not submitted late and were not submitted by persons who otherwise voted in the 2008 general election. I am not aware of any similarly filed data request.

My data practices request will be filed in the counties of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Olmsted, Sherburne and Washington, and the cities of Edina, Minnetonka, Orono and Plymouth.

Please click here to review a sample of one of the data practices requests that will be filed today.

Once I receive the request information from the counties and cities, I plan on posting the ballots on Minnesota Democrats Exposed for counting.

Annoying red text in the original. Oky doky, so Mikey has decided he’s going to prove Norm won by cherry-picking ballots that have been rejected by the canvassing board, the trial court, and soon, the Supreme Court, because that strategy worked for Al Gore in Florida. Fine and dandy. Except Jay Weiner has found an itty-bitty problem:

The state Data Practices Act specifically prohibits the opening of ballots (emphasis added):

“The following government data is classified as nonpublic data with regard to data not on individuals, pursuant to section 13.02, subdivision 9, and as private data with regard to data on individuals, pursuant to section 13.02, subdivision 12: Security information; trade secret information; sealed absentee ballots prior to opening by an election judge; sealed bids, including the number of bids received, prior to the opening of the bids; parking space leasing data; and labor relations information, provided that specific labor relations information which relates to a specific labor organization is classified as protected nonpublic data pursuant to section 13.02, subdivision 13.”


I’m sure when Brodkorb’s DPA request is rejected for, you know, not complying with the law, he’ll come back wailing and gnashing his teeth about the eevul Mark Ritchie who hates freedom and democracy. Unfortunately for Mikey, Ritchie can’t be held responsible for Mikey’s inability to read.

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