On November 29, a lower Alaska state court in Fairbanks held a hearing in Joe Miller’s lawsuit against the state of Alaska. Miller, the Republican Party nominee for U.S. Senate, had filed the lawsuit to stop the state from certifying Lisa Murkowski as the winner in the U.S. Senate race. The judge in Fairbanks ruled that the case should have been filed in state court in Juneau. See this story. The next step will be for the new judge to decide whether Murkowski should be allowed to intervene in the case. Only then can the case get to the merits. A hearing will be held on Wednesday, December 1.