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    Kennedy Seeks Change in Massachusetts Succession Rules

    Kennedy Seeks Change in Massachusetts Succession Rules


    "Massachusetts Democrats have spent considerable time in recent years fiddling with how to fill a U.S. Senate vacancy. Now, ailing Sen. Ted Kennedy has asked Massachusetts state leaders to once again alter the procedure.

    In a letter to Massachusetts leaders, Kennedy asked that Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick get the authority to quickly appoint a successor to his seat — presumably a Democrat –rather than waiting five months or so for a special election. To maintain the appearance of fairness, Kennedy requested that the governor pick someone who will commit to not run for the seat at the time of the special election. Kennedy’s request would require legislators to alter a 2004 succession law that requires a special election be held to fill a Senate vacancy.

    The seemingly arcane matter has a lot to with what best suits Democrats’ interest. Right now, Democrats are worried that their 60-vote filibuster-proof majority in the Senate would slip to 59, at least temporarily. In 2004, they worried that a victory by home state Sen. John Kerry, who was running for president, would create a vacancy that then-GOP Gov. Mitt Romney would fill with a Republican. "


    Any thoughts on this? Is it cool we change the rules when things may not go our way?

    At least our politicians BS is predictable and consistent. As long as we expect nothing but self serving BS we will not be dissappointed.
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    Re: Kennedy Seeks Change in Massachusetts Succession Rules

    I think it should be up to the people to appoint a replacement.
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    Re: Kennedy Seeks Change in Massachusetts Succession Rules

    It's what's being done in Florida right now only the players are Republicans.


    Of course it is fair to "ask" for rule change in a Democracy. Because those that will or will not approve the rule change are elected representatives themselves. He's not dictating to the State what will happen.

    The man is so sick he couldn't attend his own sister's funeral nor attend his award ceremony at the White House.

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    Re: Kennedy Seeks Change in Massachusetts Succession Rules

    In Massachusetts do you really think it is going to matter?

    What is the likelihood that the people are going to elect a Republican to replace Kennedy?

    Let me give you a clue....ahhhh.....zero.
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    Re: Kennedy Seeks Change in Massachusetts Succession Rules

    Quote Originally Posted by disneydude View Post
    In Massachusetts do you really think it is going to matter?

    What is the likelihood that the people are going to elect a Republican to replace Kennedy?

    Let me give you a clue....ahhhh.....zero.
    Unfortunately you have a clue to give. I do not care where or what the result is. The process should be standard across the board. I do not expect everyone to understand the merits of a consistent working process.
    Good luck on finding that clue. Cheating when things are not going your way is not cool period.
    Thank you

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    Re: Kennedy Seeks Change in Massachusetts Succession Rules

    I think they should have an election, but not one that lasts a long time. The people of Mass deserve a Rep just as much as any of us do.
    It's time for a revolution in our country. Not a revolution forged with guns and bombs but a revolution forged of compassion and altruism. A revolution that extends a hand to those who don't have and who cannot. A revolution that makes Health Care available to all those in the US.

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    Re: Kennedy Seeks Change in Massachusetts Succession Rules

    Quote Originally Posted by akyron View Post
    Kennedy Seeks Change in Massachusetts Succession Rules


    "Massachusetts Democrats have spent considerable time in recent years fiddling with how to fill a U.S. Senate vacancy. Now, ailing Sen. Ted Kennedy has asked Massachusetts state leaders to once again alter the procedure.

    In a letter to Massachusetts leaders, Kennedy asked that Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick get the authority to quickly appoint a successor to his seat — presumably a Democrat –rather than waiting five months or so for a special election. To maintain the appearance of fairness, Kennedy requested that the governor pick someone who will commit to not run for the seat at the time of the special election. Kennedy’s request would require legislators to alter a 2004 succession law that requires a special election be held to fill a Senate vacancy.

    The seemingly arcane matter has a lot to with what best suits Democrats’ interest. Right now, Democrats are worried that their 60-vote filibuster-proof majority in the Senate would slip to 59, at least temporarily. In 2004, they worried that a victory by home state Sen. John Kerry, who was running for president, would create a vacancy that then-GOP Gov. Mitt Romney would fill with a Republican. "


    Any thoughts on this? Is it cool we change the rules when things may not go our way?

    At least our politicians BS is predictable and consistent. As long as we expect nothing but self serving BS we will not be dissappointed.
    I think the Seventeenth Amendment should be repealed and the state legislatures should go back to appointing the senators.

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    Re: Kennedy Seeks Change in Massachusetts Succession Rules

    Quote Originally Posted by disneydude View Post
    In Massachusetts do you really think it is going to matter?

    What is the likelihood that the people are going to elect a Republican to replace Kennedy?

    Let me give you a clue....ahhhh.....zero.
    Obviously, Kennedy is concerned that there won't be a Liberal Democrat to replace him.

    The sooner he dies the better of we'll all be.
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    Re: Kennedy Seeks Change in Massachusetts Succession Rules

    Quote Originally Posted by akyron View Post
    Kennedy Seeks Change in Massachusetts Succession Rules


    "Massachusetts Democrats have spent considerable time in recent years fiddling with how to fill a U.S. Senate vacancy. Now, ailing Sen. Ted Kennedy has asked Massachusetts state leaders to once again alter the procedure.

    In a letter to Massachusetts leaders, Kennedy asked that Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick get the authority to quickly appoint a successor to his seat — presumably a Democrat –rather than waiting five months or so for a special election. To maintain the appearance of fairness, Kennedy requested that the governor pick someone who will commit to not run for the seat at the time of the special election. Kennedy’s request would require legislators to alter a 2004 succession law that requires a special election be held to fill a Senate vacancy.

    The seemingly arcane matter has a lot to with what best suits Democrats’ interest. Right now, Democrats are worried that their 60-vote filibuster-proof majority in the Senate would slip to 59, at least temporarily. In 2004, they worried that a victory by home state Sen. John Kerry, who was running for president, would create a vacancy that then-GOP Gov. Mitt Romney would fill with a Republican. "


    Any thoughts on this? Is it cool we change the rules when things may not go our way?

    At least our politicians BS is predictable and consistent. As long as we expect nothing but self serving BS we will not be dissappointed.
    Kennedy goes to his grave,,,as a Seccesionist. I LOVE IT!

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    rolleyes Re: Kennedy Seeks Change in Massachusetts Succession Rules

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    The sooner he dies the better of we'll all be.
    Very classy.

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