Recount remembered: Jay Weiner book to tell behind-the-scenes Franken-Coleman story

Joe Friedberg, Jay Weiner, Norm Coleman
Photo by Chuck Olsen
Jay Weiner, center, was just about everywhere during the prolonged Al Franken- Norm Coleman Senate recount proceedings. That includes this June 1 briefing with Coleman lawyer Joe Friedberg, left, following Supreme Court oral arguments.

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MinnPost’s Jay Weiner, who covered every twist and turn of the Al Franken-Norm Coleman recount saga, has signed a contract with the University of Minnesota Press to write a book about Minnesota’s longest election contest.

Jay, who will devote most of his time to the book over the next several months but still write occasionally for MinnPost, won a Frank Premack Award for his reporting. Judges praised him for “breathing life into a process that moves at a glacial pace” and for providing “a very in-depth, personal perspective that made coverage refreshing and interesting.”

The book, Jay says, “will dive inside the events of the eight-month-long recount and election contest.”

Publication is set for fall 2010, just as interest in Minnesota’s state and congressional election races ramps up.

Don Effenberger is a MinnPost news editor.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Aaron Landry on 07/29/2009 - 10:51 am.

    This is a subject I’m certain everyone wants to re-live.

  2. Submitted by Terry Hayes on 07/29/2009 - 11:45 am.

    oh, that reminds me–it’s lunchtime!
    Aaron Landry’s comment made me LOL.
    Just curious, who did Jay Weiner cover this for, Minnpost? I don’t remember his coverage, but I do remember the Uptake and their fine mostly 2-man team covering it, also Brad Blog and fivethirtyeight.com. Sorry I missed Jay’s.
    Will look forward to the book with heightened anticipation!

    Not really.

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