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Manchin should have a special election. More than 2 1/2 years remain in his term and the law should be followed. West Virginians should demand the ability to vote for their Senator.
1 posted on 06/28/2010 7:19:04 AM PDT by Maelstorm
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RIP: Robert Byrd “I’m the Oldest Thing Around Here”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocWuPkNLla4


2 posted on 06/28/2010 7:20:50 AM PDT by Maelstorm (Tyranny thrives when the people are silent.)
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There are still mentions of Cheney having been at the helm of Halliburton years after he left, but somehow the newspapers don’t see fit to remind the public of Byrd’s past association with the KKK.


3 posted on 06/28/2010 7:21:43 AM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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He will think about it for a month,then say,whoops,deadline is passed and put his own guy in till 2012.


4 posted on 06/28/2010 7:21:48 AM PDT by wiggen (Government owned slave.)
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That is just so silly.......the law and democrats.


5 posted on 06/28/2010 7:22:07 AM PDT by svcw (Habakkuk 2:3)
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State law mandates that, if a Senate vacancy occurs more than 2 1/2 years before the term is up, a special election be held to fill the seat. There were exactly two years, six months and five days left in Byrd's term when he died.

So it depend on the meaning of the 'one/half' of this definition?

Seems, even with a leap year; there is no abiguity!

6 posted on 06/28/2010 7:22:42 AM PDT by cricket ('flies don't lie')
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The Dems will do whatever is necessary to have their appointee serve until 2012.

There’s really no point in debating it, imo.

It would be a miracle if we have a special election for this, imo.


9 posted on 06/28/2010 7:25:34 AM PDT by ltc8k6
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The Dems will “deem” Senator Byrd to be still alive until the 4th of July..................


10 posted on 06/28/2010 7:29:45 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. He's just some guy in the neighborhood.............)
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Byrd's death would not impact the partisan makeup of the chamber, nor would it directly impact the pending 2010 elections.

But depending on what sort of replacement the governor picks, Byrd's death could have a huge impact on the Obama agenda for the remainder of this Senate term.

Byrd was pretty solid against amnesty and open borders legislation and amendments, and also against Cap and Trade. Those are the two huge issues still hanging out there before the end of the Congress.

Byrd's death at this time might actually help Obama and the Dims before we can elect a new Congress. But maybe the governor will appoint someone who will represent WV views on those two issues.

11 posted on 06/28/2010 7:29:57 AM PDT by Will88
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Governor Manchin covets this seat, so he will do whatever best positions him to get it. He could wait six days, declare the seat vacant and appoint himself. If the law does not allow that, he could appoint his mother, wife, cousin to the seat and then run in the special election. He will be hard to beat in a special election.


14 posted on 06/28/2010 7:32:10 AM PDT by centurion316
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Manchin will appoint the corpse of Robert Byrd to fill the seat.
18 posted on 06/28/2010 7:37:40 AM PDT by ReagansRaiders (Sarah Palin - Bob McDonnell 2012)
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God speed Senator Byrd on his way.

But good lord 9 senate terms?................this country was not built to have life time politicians.

People like Byrd, Lugar and McCain will only leave the senate feet first. We have forsaken who we are by allowing these people to serve until they are room temperature.

19 posted on 06/28/2010 7:38:07 AM PDT by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing....except not doing it sooner!)
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In actuality, having the special election benefits Gov. Manchin if he wants to run for the seat. He can appoint a short-term seat warmer and then run for the seat himself in a snap election.

If he waits and puts someone in for the longer haul, there is a chance that that individual may become very comfortable in the seat. It also allows other potential opponents the time to organize. I doubt the GOP has anyone who is ready, willing and able to run at this point.

The really big question here: does Gov. Manchin want to be a U.S. Senator?


23 posted on 06/28/2010 7:40:10 AM PDT by RKBA Democrat (How many children are enough? One more....)
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It might be that Manchin wants to appoint an interim Senator -- one who pledges not to run this November, leaving the way clear for Manchin to run then. If Manchin tried to step into the Senate immediately (by resigning the Governorship and arranging for the Lt. Gov. to appoint him), things could get ugly for Manchin: lawsuits trying to force a November 2010 election, and a defeat for Manchin, either in 2010 or 2012.

The history of Governors appointing themselves to vacant Senate seats should not encourage Manchin to make such a move. An interim Senator could enable Manchin to run this November without that onus on him, and while maintaining the not inconsiderable powers of Governor in the meantime. Furthermore, if he lost the Senate race, he'd still be Governor until 2013.

24 posted on 06/28/2010 7:42:55 AM PDT by southernnorthcarolina ("Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own." -- Aesop)
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The law is quite clear, yet the dem governor will undoubtedly ignore it in order to keep his appointee in the seat longer and deny voters the opportunity to select their OWN senator.


29 posted on 06/28/2010 8:12:16 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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the democrat plantation will replace

the old racist with a

new, post-modern racist.


32 posted on 06/28/2010 8:38:10 AM PDT by ken21 (who runs the gop?)
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Just change the law to benefit the Demonrats as was done with Ted Kennedy’s seat and Obama’s seat which was sold.


34 posted on 06/28/2010 8:48:38 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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“Filling Sen. Robert C. Byrd’s Senate seat (WV Law requires a special election)”

The fact that even The Washington Post is stating this, is going to make it very difficult for WV ‘rats to weasel out of one.

I have written here on FR previously that West Virginia will eventually transmogrify into the most conservative state east of the Mississippi and north of the Mason-Dixon line, due to its demographics and lack of cultural “diversity”.

Having said that, who are the most eligible Republicans in WV to be considered for a Senatorial seat?


38 posted on 06/28/2010 9:08:52 AM PDT by Grumplestiltskin (I may look new, but it's only deja vu!)
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The WV law is flawed. It says more than 2 1/2 years requires a special election. But, it requires a timely filing for the primary, which effectively makes 3 years.

But does it?

Independent and third-party candidates have until July 30th to file and until August 1 to file their petitions. True, the WV law stipulates that you have to file for the primary, but this unconstitutionally requires Senators to be members of parties that hold primaries (e.e., Dem., Rep. and Mountain parties). What about members of other parties and independents?

I think it is reasonable to argue that members of non-primary parties and independents can timely file by August 30th, and that the AG or the courts of the state would do well to promulgate a rule to provide equal rights to members of primary parties (i.e., they too can file the requisite petitions by July 30th, when the 2 1/2 year rule applies but it is too late to file for the primary).


39 posted on 06/28/2010 9:21:42 AM PDT by Redmen4ever
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2542881/posts Manchin very much wants this seat himself. He has already said that he will not appoint himself. So, will he allow a special election or appoint a Democrat replacement?

If he appoints a Dem, then he has a primary challenge in 2012 unless he picks a seat filler who will step aside. But he takes the chance that his pick may decide after 2.5 years that he wants to stay a US Senator. Also, he will have to deal with voters angry that they didn't get to vote on the replacement, especially if his nominee votes for Cap n' Tax, etc.

His best chance to get the seat is to allow an election in November, since it is a Republican wave year, a pubbie will probably take the seat. This will set him up for 2012, when he finishes his term as a popular governor. So he doesn't have a primary challenge, and he might bet on the voters looking for a change again in 2012.

46 posted on 06/28/2010 11:02:06 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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this should be fun


50 posted on 06/30/2010 4:17:34 AM PDT by screaming eagle2 (bama)
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