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    Constitutional amendment could ban governors from appointing Senate replacements

    In the aftermath of the Blago controversy, Senator Russ Feingold has introduced an amendment to the US Constitution that would strip away the power of governors to make interim Senate appointments. I think it's a good idea, and I think this amendment has an outside shot of making it. The bad news is that, if it does go into the Constitution, it will take years - Years in which Senate replacements will still be decided, not on the basis of qualifications, but on the basis of partisanship.

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    Re: Constitutional amendment could ban governors from appointing Senate replacements

    I think interim appointments until the next major election cycle (already practiced in several states) is a better way to go. It doesn't make sense to have a state unrepresented because of the actions of a single corrupt governor in a corrupt state.
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    Re: Constitutional amendment could ban governors from appointing Senate replacements

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    I think interim appointments until the next major election cycle (already practiced in several states) is a better way to go. It doesn't make sense to have a state unrepresented because of the actions of a single corrupt governor in a corrupt state.
    The seat would not be unrepresented. There would be a special election to fill that seat. Several states are already doing it that way.
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    Re: Constitutional amendment could ban governors from appointing Senate replacements

    This would strip States of one of their rights? It will never pass. Some Govs make dumb choices. Just look at New York's last two. Stuff happens.
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    Re: Constitutional amendment could ban governors from appointing Senate replacements

    Quote Originally Posted by ADK_Forever View Post
    This would strip States of one of their rights? It will never pass. Some Govs make dumb choices. Just look at New York's last two. Stuff happens.
    I think your absolutely correct of this.

    If the governor makes a bad choice we can remove him/her and the senator.
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    Re: Constitutional amendment could ban governors from appointing Senate replacements

    Flags are going off in my head right now. Haven't we learned not to change the constitution unless absolutely necessary? Blago is going to be impeached, and his appointment has not be sworn in. The constitution has not been exploited in this instance. This would just further the centralization of the federal government, and this time visibly! This will not make it, the states will not allow this!

    No, I do not like this idea. I do not like it, I do not like it, I do not like it!
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    Re: Constitutional amendment could ban governors from appointing Senate replacements

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    In the aftermath of the Blago controversy, Senator Russ Feingold has introduced an amendment to the US Constitution that would strip away the power of governors to make interim Senate appointments. I think it's a good idea, and I think this amendment has an outside shot of making it. The bad news is that, if it does go into the Constitution, it will take years - Years in which Senate replacements will still be decided, not on the basis of qualifications, but on the basis of partisanship.

    Article is here.
    While I was completely disgusted with the Blago thing, I am not sure I agree that it is the business of all states to tell individual states how the selection of their replacement Senators should be done.

    If states want their Senatorial representation to be tainted, why should the rest of the states care, really.

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    Re: Constitutional amendment could ban governors from appointing Senate replacements

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    In the aftermath of the Blago controversy, Senator Russ Feingold has introduced an amendment to the US Constitution that would strip away the power of governors to make interim Senate appointments. I think it's a good idea, and I think this amendment has an outside shot of making it. The bad news is that, if it does go into the Constitution, it will take years - Years in which Senate replacements will still be decided, not on the basis of qualifications, but on the basis of partisanship.

    Article is here.
    While I don't support appointments, I don't support the senate stripping away the rights of gov to appoint senate representatives.

    I support people changing their own states laws for the gov to appoint like that.

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    Re: Constitutional amendment could ban governors from appointing Senate replacements

    I think it is a good idea to have special elections instead of a governor appointing someone. Sure voters can be bought off with hollow promises but it is the most democratic and corrupt free solution. States and cities have ballot issues and elections all the time, so there is no reason why the people can not pick a replacement
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    Re: Constitutional amendment could ban governors from appointing Senate replacements

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    The seat would not be unrepresented. There would be a special election to fill that seat. Several states are already doing it that way.
    Wouldn't it be better to do it on a biennial election cycle when there are more people voting than in a special election which typically has far lower turnouts?
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