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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sen. Edward Kennedy, who is battling brain cancer, is urging Massachusetts officials to change a law to allow for an immediate temporary replacement should a vacancy occur for one of his state's two Senate seats.
Under a 2004 Massachusetts law, a special election must be held 145 to 160 days after a Senate seat becomes vacant. The winner of that election would serve the remainder of a senator's unexpired term.
Kennedy, a Democratic senator who has represented Massachusetts for nearly 47 years, was re-elected in November 2006. His six-year term ends in January 2013.
Originally posted by RRconservative
Anyway, what happens the next time a Republican is governor? Do they just change it back?
What is wrong with Massachusetts anyway? Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, and Deval Patrick.....ugh
If these uninformed, hapless, left-wing cretins in Massachusetts had a functioning brain in their otherwise empty heads, rightful justice would have triumphed and Teddy Kennedy would still be in jail for killing Maryjoe Kopechne. Money talked and Teddy Kennedy walked!!
Guangdong Province now has a booming economy and accounts for half of China's GDP.
But it is an economy powered by millions of migrant workers who are desperate enough to accept long hours, low pay and dangerous conditions because the alternatives back home are worse Inside China's sweatshops
Secrets, Lies, And Sweatshops
American importers have long answered criticism of conditions at their Chinese suppliers with labor rules and inspections. But many factories have just gotten better at concealing abuses...
when auditors interviewed workers in one section, some said that they were paid less than the minimum wage and that most of them were obliged to work an extra three to five hours a day, without overtime pay, the report shows. Most toiled an entire month without a day off. Workers told auditors that the factory had a different set of records showing actual overtime hours, the report says. www.businessweek.com...
Originally posted by Tentickles
Wouldnt it just be better if someone shot the old fool. Say from a 3rd story book repository?
Originally posted by Hal9000
reply to post by jsobecky
This would be enlightening if it is true and for now I'll take your word for it, but can you please provide a source that explains that he had the law changed in 2004? It would be hypocritical, but there seems to be a lot of that going on on both sides of the aisle these days. Wouldn't you agree?
Last week, the Journal’s op-ed writers ripped the plan:
What Mr. Kennedy doesn’t volunteer is that he orchestrated the 2004 succession law revision that now requires a special election, and for similarly partisan reasons. John Kerry, the other Senator from the state, was running for President in 2004, and Mr. Kennedy wanted the law changed so the Republican Governor at the time, Mitt Romney, could not name Mr. Kerry’s replacement. “Prodded by a personal appeal from Senator Edward M. Kennedy,” reported the Boston Globe in 2004, “Democratic legislative leaders have agreed to take up a stalled bill creating a special election process to replace U.S. Senator John F. Kerry if he wins the presidency.” Now that the state has a Democratic Governor, Mr. Kennedy wants to revert to gubernatorial appointments.
Well he's dead now, so I guess this thread is rather pointless, because the governor will appoint a replacement that can attend the senate.
ETA: Re-read and misunderstood the initial OP. Looks like under the law Mass. will have a special election in January. I seriously doubt a Conservative could take the Senate seat, but I guess we'll see.
Originally posted by marg6043
Well now that he is death, who is there to keep the dynasty and perpetuate their influence in Government.
I guess nobody.
Originally posted by Tentickles
Just look at the Bushes... they descend from Nazi supporters!