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This action if achieved would set precedent and lead to our senators and representative being less inclined to thumb their noses at their constituents (especially senators).

Everyone, “We the People” need to support these folks as we have Scott Brown!

1 posted on 01/18/2010 9:41:53 AM PST by Errant
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To: Errant

So, what’s the hold up?


2 posted on 01/18/2010 9:47:11 AM PST by kempster
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To: Errant

A repeal of the 17th Amendment would allow the recall of every member of Senate. Prior to the implementation of the 17th, every member of the US Senate was APPOINTED by the respective state legislature to represent the STATE. They were not elected. Made no campaign promises, owed nobody any favors except to honor states wishes within congress.
If they failed in their duties, their State Legislature could recall and fire the Senator.

The 17th Amendment allowed Senators to be voted in by the people of the state.


4 posted on 01/18/2010 9:53:30 AM PST by o_zarkman44 (Obama is the ultimate LIE!)
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To: Errant

I understand from a politically active citizen in Louisiana...it can’t be done. He said they tried to do this to Gov. Blanko and it was not possible.


5 posted on 01/18/2010 9:57:03 AM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: Errant

The tenth amendment does indeed provide for all rights not stated in the Constitution to be the property of the States and the people. However, in the removal of a Senator from the Senate, the Constitution gives that power to the Senate, so the tenth amendment does not give that power to the States or the people.

Article I Section 5

Each House shall be the judge of the elections, returns and qualifications of its own members, and a majority of each shall constitute a quorum to do business; but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized to compel the attendance of absent members, in such manner, and under such penalties as each House may provide.

Each House may determine the rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and, with the concurrence of two thirds, expel a member.


6 posted on 01/18/2010 9:57:42 AM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: Errant

recall is to polite.... they should go with tar and feathers and a ride out of town on a rail.


7 posted on 01/18/2010 9:58:35 AM PST by madamemayhem (defeat isn't getting knocked down, it's not getting back up)
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To: Errant

A good link that describes which states can recall Senators and the grounds necessary.
http://www.ncsl.org/LegislaturesElections/ElectionsCampaigns/RecallofStateOfficials/tabid/16581/Default.aspx

In Louisiana, one of the 18 states that allows recall, here are the particulars

Who can be recalled-
All but judicial officers
Signature requirements-
“ Signature requirements are based on a formula,
generally a percentage of the vote
in the last election for the office in question,
although some states base the formula
on the number of eligible voters or other variants. “

Louisiana has a high threshold-one third of eligible voters.
Petition circulation time-180 days


8 posted on 01/18/2010 10:01:21 AM PST by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: Errant
In simplest terns, since the U.S. Constitution has NOT provided a means for the citizens to remove Representatives or Senators and has NOT forbidden the States or the people from doing so, then it is reserved to the States or the people.

I'm not sure about that.

The Constitution expressly grants Congress the power to be the judge of its own members in Article I Section 5.

-PJ

12 posted on 01/18/2010 10:06:57 AM PST by Political Junkie Too ("Comprehensive" reform bills only end up as incomprehensible messes.)
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To: Errant

Great idea !! Does anyone have a list of the other 17 states that have similar provision(s) for recall ?


14 posted on 01/18/2010 10:08:32 AM PST by BobbyinCT
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To: Errant

It doesn’t matter if Louisiana is one of 18 states, recalls are only for state elections and state officials.

SCOTUS ruled that members of House of Representatives and Senators are federal employees, and as such cannot be recalled by states electorate once elected and seated.

So all these recalls of Senators are exercises in futility.


17 posted on 01/18/2010 10:28:11 AM PST by CutePuppy (If you don't ask the right questions you may not get the right answers)
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To: Errant

http://www.batonrougeteaparty.net/Recall/tabid/178/Default.aspx


19 posted on 01/18/2010 10:37:53 AM PST by cajuncow
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To: lsucat; Roux; Pikachu_Dad; WFTR; chemicalman; abb; Liberty911; CajunConservative; LSUfan; ...

Pelican State ping


29 posted on 01/18/2010 6:51:56 PM PST by rrstar96 (Strength and Honor!)
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To: Errant
Oh boo hoo, LA had a chance to vote her out in 08. They failed.
30 posted on 01/18/2010 7:34:56 PM PST by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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