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W.Va. AG: Special election OK for Byrd's seat
MSNBC/AP ^ | July 8, 2010 | LAWRENCE MESSINA

Posted on 07/08/2010 12:41:59 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia's attorney general says Gov. Joe Manchin can put the late Robert C. Byrd's Senate seat on the ballot this November.

Manchin requested a legal opinion from Attorney General Darrell McGraw, who issued it Thursday.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: 111th; 2010midterms; 2010senaterace; byrd; byrdseat; byrdsenateseat; selectednotelected; wv2010

1 posted on 07/08/2010 12:42:00 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Hooray!


2 posted on 07/08/2010 12:43:19 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: Free ThinkerNY

You mean Valerie Jarrett isn’t going to be the appointed Senator from WVA? Whats up with that?


3 posted on 07/08/2010 12:43:55 PM PDT by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“Can” not “Shall” ... not holding my breath ..


4 posted on 07/08/2010 12:44:56 PM PDT by 11th_VA (Brewer for President 2012)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

***Manchin will appoint someone to fill the vacancy in the meantime. The Democrat says he may run for Byrd’s seat, but won’t have himself appointed.***

Democrat appointee will have a *home team* advantage.


5 posted on 07/08/2010 12:46:17 PM PDT by sodpoodle (Despair - Man's surrender. Laughter - God's redemption)
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

Are they still trying to work the slum lord queen into the Senate?


6 posted on 07/08/2010 12:48:09 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Good News! One less Rat Senator at least until Nov.


7 posted on 07/08/2010 12:48:28 PM PDT by JPG (Mr. Gore, or is it Mr. Stone or Mr. Woody? Whatever, you're under arrest.)
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To: JPG

Did you read the article?
Gov can appoint somebody right away, but Gov himself may run in special elections in Nov.

Manchin (D) looks favorite, but McCain won the state easily. GOP should run some pro-life conservative and paint Manchin as part of Nancy Pelosi gang once he gets into DC.


8 posted on 07/08/2010 12:53:32 PM PDT by heiss
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To: JPG

You sure about that?


9 posted on 07/08/2010 12:54:28 PM PDT by matthew fuller (2012: Bachman, Bolton, Brewer, Liz Cheney, Coburn, DeMint, Inhofe, Jindal, Palin and Pence.)
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To: heiss
"Sure, Manchin may win, but better a small chance to get a Republican in there than [...] no chance at all until 2012."

-- Ace of Spades

10 posted on 07/08/2010 12:57:26 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (http://www.conservatives4palin.com/)
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To: matthew fuller

I am NOT sure of that. WV local politics is very strange. WV went strongly for McPain, but also returned communist democRat Jay Rockefeller to the Senate.


11 posted on 07/08/2010 12:59:46 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: heiss
Ooops. Sometimes you think you know and then you find out that you don't.
12 posted on 07/08/2010 1:05:42 PM PDT by JPG (Mr. Gore, or is it Mr. Stone or Mr. Woody? Whatever, you're under arrest.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Curious to see if the United Mine Workers will throw support behind a DNC and POTUS that is seeking to harm the coal industry.

Not that I’m expecting them to otherwise... just curious.


13 posted on 07/08/2010 1:06:25 PM PDT by Made In The USA (Home Depot should begin stocking up on pitchforks and torches.)
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To: 11th_VA

good point,
but the more ground they have to fight over, the better chanc they have to lose.
11/2/2010
is gong to be awesome
the only good democrat is a ddead democrat.


14 posted on 07/08/2010 1:08:46 PM PDT by genghis
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Rats! I was hoping that West Virginia chose replacement Senators via pistol duel at 15 paces...(at least I think they did the last time they needed one...)


15 posted on 07/08/2010 1:13:00 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: ArrogantBustard
Rockefeller is more just “stupid” then communist.
When I lived in the state I knew some people who were on his staff when he was Governor. They despaired to me (after a few beers loosened tongues!) about how thick he was. His popularity is based primarily on the following statement, "Well he's too rich to steal!". If I had a buck for every time I heard that statement when I lived in WV I'd be as rich as Rockefeller!
16 posted on 07/08/2010 1:15:49 PM PDT by Reily
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Nice pickup opportunity. Bad year to be a dem. We are going in with a 20 point swin (like Brown in Mass.)I think we could have actually picked up the two NY Senate seats if only we could have found two viable candidates.


17 posted on 07/08/2010 1:16:03 PM PDT by MattinNJ (NJ's new slogan. Garrett and Christie. Perfect together.)
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To: WashingtonSource
No cause for celebration. Here are my comments of July 5 on another thread:

I expect that sometime this week, Governor Manchin will announce that he believes that the West Virginia law on special elections is flawed, that he supports an early special election, and that he will ask a special session of the legislature to modify the law to permit a special election this November. He will then announce his candidacy.

He will do this because he now believes that his best chance for election to the Senate is this year. There may be a blacklash if he reneges on his promise not to appoint himself, and its hard to predict what a race in 2012 may look like. In 2012, he might have two opponents: a Republican challenger and the person he appoints to fill the seat.

The best chance for Republicans is probably to wait until 2012 for a special election, Manchin is very popular right now.

All of this is happening because the Democrats have figured out that Manchin can win in November. He is very popular and will feed on the sympathy vote from Byrd's death. By 2012, Byrd's memory will have faded and who knows what kind of shape the Democrats will be in. Their chance is now and they are taking it. Not good news for Republicans.

18 posted on 07/08/2010 1:22:35 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: heiss
My brother who lives in WV says the only state GOP’er with enough stature is Shelly Capito.(The state's only GOP congressthing.) Though some people say Manchin could actually run to the right of her. However there plenty of pics and sound bites of Obam & Biden dissing coal, etc as well as Manchin & Obama together. Interesting fodder to use, it would at least interesting to hear Manchin explain his way out of them.
19 posted on 07/08/2010 1:25:31 PM PDT by Reily
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To: Reily
More

My brother as [art of his job travels throughout WV, he says Manchin isn't that popular and Obama is absolutely loathed !

20 posted on 07/08/2010 1:58:53 PM PDT by Reily
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Isn’t there another Rockefeller who can move there and run?


21 posted on 07/08/2010 2:14:25 PM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: centurion316

Why doesn’t he just appoint himself — rather than submit to an election?


22 posted on 07/08/2010 4:16:18 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: centurion316

I believe the special election would be to finish the kkk’s term. It is up in 2012 whether someone is elected or appointed.

If we can not pick up seats in a conservative state like WV we are doomed. Why does this state vote for republicans for POTUS and rats for congress? More ‘conservative’ people wanting goodies over principal, I think. Sad and we argue about RINO’s in CA, the second most liberal state, but ‘oh well’ about a far left socialist rat pig from a state like this.

Our country is doomed.


23 posted on 07/08/2010 4:25:41 PM PDT by TJC (V)
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To: WashingtonSource

He promised that he would not do that. Not that such a promise has ever stopped a politician, but I suspect that they have internal polling that shows that Manchin would pay a price when an election finally comes around.

What is happening right now is all to the advantage of the Democrats, or it wouldn’t be happening.


24 posted on 07/08/2010 4:28:45 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: TJC

The reason?

T.V. commercials. And ‘star’ names like Rockefeller, They see the t.v. commercials and believe them. Never checking on a candidates past votes or past careers.


25 posted on 07/08/2010 4:32:46 PM PDT by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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