On the Radar: Murkowski, Times Square, winter weather
December 30th, 2010
10:08 AM ET

On the Radar: Murkowski, Times Square, winter weather

Alaska election certification: Alaska state officials will certify Sen. Lisa Murkowski's write-in election victory Thursday. The certification will then be flown to Washington to be delivered to the secretary of the Senate, clearing the way for Murkowski to be sworn in next week.

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging Murkowski's victory.

Murkowski was defeated in the Republican primary in August by Joe Miller, a Tea Party-backed candidate. Murkowski then waged the write-in campaign in the general election in November to defeat Miller, who filed a lawsuit challenging the result.

U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline had previously issued an injunction to block certification of the election results pending a resolution of Miller's lawsuit. In his ruling Tuesday, Beistline said "the injunction is lifted and the Division of Elections may certify the election results immediately."

The final vote count in the election was 101,091 to 90,839.

Murkowski's victory marks only the second time a person won a write-in campaign for the Senate. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina won a write-in campaign in 1954.

New Year's Eve test: Operators will have a dress rehearsal of the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball at noon Thursday. The famous ball's lights will be turned on and hoisted up the 141-foot flagpole atop One Times Square.

CNN's Anderson Cooper will be joined by comedian Kathy Griffin for the actual event, starting at 11 p.m. ET Friday and counting down to midnight.

Winter weather: Heavy snow is expected at higher elevations in Arizona, Utah and Colorado. Blizzard conditions are even possible for some areas, mainly above 7,000 feet, CNN meteorologist Monica O'Connor says.

Winter storm warnings are posted for Minnesota and the Dakotas. Forecasts call for 6 to 12 inches of snow through the weekend and wind gusts of 20 to 30 mph.

Folks in the Northeast will get some relief as pleasant conditions follow high pressure slowly moving off the coast.

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  1. Jim Brieske

    Lisa Murkowski needs to be abducted by a bunch of Mexican Bandits and passed around nightly from one to the other till all 500 of them have put their things everywhere.
    Then after a year and a half (some get a second night on her request) she can decide if she wants to be the intake and depository for the gang or go free.
    jim

    December 30, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. duke

    "Jimmy Rebel"
    AKA,
    Jim brieske!!
    Why don't you go get some end of life counseling??

    December 30, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Richard in Texas

    Jim. I am getting the feeling your are not a Murkowski fan.

    December 30, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. myflotus

    Jim B., Gotta a feeling you've been at the tea party waaaaaay too long.

    December 30, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jim Brieske

    Richard in Texas, Yes I would say I don't like her much. I sent Mexican Bandits to Alaska to get her.
    The fact is she cheated. Alaska State Law states in Write In campaign the candidate's name must be spelled correctly on the write in ballot. That's the law!
    How difficult is it to write her name on a seperate piece of paper and transfer the exact correct spelling to one's write in ballot by looking at the piece of paper? The people of Alaska must be too stupid apparently to do that because some court decided that law should be disregarded.
    I know let's disregard all hunting and fishing laws in Alaska. From now there is no hunting and fishing in Alaska.
    From now on it's illegal for aircraft that carry 249 people or less to operate in Alaska.
    See I can make up laws too for Alaska.
    Lastly, if you are a female with blond hair and big breasts between the ages of 18 and 40, you can not live in Alaska.
    jim
    duke. I'm very old, not dying. If I were, makes no difference. We all die.
    I look remarkably good for my age.

    December 30, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |