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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    Quote Originally Posted by Barbbtx View Post
    If Byrd was a Republican all headlines would read something like "Former KKK member, Robert Byrd (R) dead at 92."
    Oh well, my condolences to his family.
    It takes a 'conservative' to remind us all that Byrd was once in the KKK. I am surprised that you didn't call him 'sheets' as many 'conservatives' do.

    'Conservatives' continue to whine they don't get a fair shake in the media, no surprise there.

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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    Quote Originally Posted by Gill View Post
    No... the next Senator from West Virginia will definitely be a Democrat. Not sure why you think a Democratic governor would appoint a Republican to Byrd's seat.
    That would only be temporary, and the election that counts will be this fall.
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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    Didn't realize you were West Virginian Riv. How you liking Charlottesville?
    Actually, I love Charlottesville. It's big enough to do whatever I want, awesome bands come and play right down the street from where I work, but it's small town enough to be ... well... small town-ish. I'm close enough to the ocean to go scuba diving on weekends, and to the rivers to go boogie boarding, and to Snowshoe to go snowboarding. Really, it's location is pretty fricken awesome.

    And yes, I'm from WV. Though my immediate family (and I) have moved around a lot, WV is home. It's where I started elementary school, and then eventually went to high school. (all the years in between were in other states) My parent's families are from WV for as far back as we can trace. And of course that's where I worked on my rivers for a decade.

    And yeah, god bless WVA tourism. Snowshoe is by far the best snowboarding in the immediete Virginia area (though sadly been a few years since I've been). And with Charlestown opening up the Hollywood Casino we get a nice place to go for a weekend of gambling without having to deal with the obnoxious Jersey Turnpike.

    Heading there for my bachelor party in August actually
    Snowshoe is where I started my Ski Patrol career. It's less than an hour from my parent's place and where I went to high school. I know a couple folks with condos up there that I'm goinig to be using in... get this.. August when I'm up there for a high school reunion.

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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    That would only be temporary, and the election that counts will be this fall.
    Byrd's term was through 2012, so the appointment should be for the next two years.

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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    Yep. I know its a tangent but its why I love Virginia. Beach within a short time away. Snowboarding within a short time away. Beautiful mountains within a short time away. Historic places within a short time away. Wonderful forests within a short time away. Amusement parks within a short time away. Big lakes within a short time away. You've got a little bit of everything.

    My fiance is dieing to get out of the state but I think its cause she's lived on the border of, and now in, Northern Virginia her whole life. I would love to get back down to Roanoke, or Charlottesville really. You got a decent sized city for that metropolitan feel while at the same time being spitting distance to the country.

    Bad Zyph, stop derailing, robert byrd, robert byrd. lol

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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    Yes, it is big, but chemical production is pretty huge. See Charleston.

    And, btw... it IS considered a southern state since it's south of the Mason Dixon line.
    I've been spending my time in the Wheeling area, so all I see is rusting and boarded up factories in that part of the state.

    I don't consider WV a southern state because they weren't part of the confederacy.

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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    Quote Originally Posted by Gill View Post
    No... the next Senator from West Virginia will definitely be a Democrat. Not sure why you think a Democratic governor would appoint a Republican to Byrd's seat.
    If Byrd had lived another week, the Democratic governor would get to appoint his successor, otherwise there will be a special election.

    Byrd's current term expires on January 3, 2013. Under West Virginia state law on handling Senate vacancies, "if the vacancy occurs less than two years and six months before the end of the term, the Governor appoints someone to fill the unexpired term and there is no election". Otherwise, Manchin would appoint an interim replacement, and an special election would be held in November to determine who held the seat in 2011 and 2012.
    FiveThirtyEight: Politics Done Right: Senator Byrd is Ill; A Note on West Virginia's Vacancy Laws

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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    I can't say I remember much about Byrd, other than thinking he was pretty much like Strom Thurmond in some of his racial attitudes.

    (not trying to derail thread, but thats the only thing I remember)

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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    If Byrd had lived another week, the Democratic governor would get to appoint his successor, otherwise there will be a special election.



    FiveThirtyEight: Politics Done Right: Senator Byrd is Ill; A Note on West Virginia's Vacancy Laws
    I heard that, but there is also some question of the exact timing. Does the time start when Byrd actually dies or when the governor declares the seat open?? I'm hearing there could be some game playing with the actual date.

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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    It takes a 'conservative' to remind us all that Byrd was once in the KKK. I am surprised that you didn't call him 'sheets' as many 'conservatives' do.

    'Conservatives' continue to whine they don't get a fair shake in the media, no surprise there.
    Actually, the article linked in the OP reminded us of Byrd's former affiliation with the KKK. I don't believe Barbbtx wrote it.
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