Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

West Virginia special election for U.S. Senate seat in doubt (RAT Goodwin stays thru 2012?)
Herald-Mail ^ | 7/18/10

Posted on 07/18/2010 4:54:05 PM PDT by Libloather

W.Va. special election for U.S. Senate seat in doubt
July 18, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A special election is now in doubt for the seat held by the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd.

Pending legislation would put the seat on the Nov. 2 ballot following an Aug. 28 primary. But the Legislature recessed Sunday without acting on it.

State officials had questioned whether they could follow the necessary election timetable if a bill wasn’t passed by Sunday. Gov. Joe Manchin’s office says it believes the special election can still go forward if a bill passes Monday.

Without the legislation, the governor may still declare a special election. The other option would be to allow his temporary appointee, Carte Goodwin, to hold the seat until 2012.

(Excerpt) Read more at herald-mail.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: byrd; goodwin; senate; wv; wv20102010midterms
The fix?
1 posted on 07/18/2010 4:54:09 PM PDT by Libloather
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Libloather

Doesn’t there state constitution mandate a special election?


2 posted on 07/18/2010 5:00:21 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Obi-Wan Palin: Strike her down and she shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Libloather

Anyone with half a brain knew within a few hours of the passing of old Byrd that there would not be an election for the seat this fall.


3 posted on 07/18/2010 5:01:04 PM PDT by FoxInSocks (B. Hussein Obama: Central Planning Czar)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: FoxInSocks
It's just not this election. The Constitution states that each House of Congress sets their own rules and handles any disputes regarding elections. I can easily see Pelosi refusing to seat any newly-elected Republican Congressmen, thus maintaining Democrat control, and there's really nothing anyone can do about it.

Article I, Sec 5:

Each House shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own Members

4 posted on 07/18/2010 5:07:07 PM PDT by Hoodat (.For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Tanniker Smith
Lawmakers at Odds Over Special Primary
POSTED: July 18, 2010
By JOSELYN KING Political Writer

WHEELING - It took two tries Saturday for the West Virginia House of Delegates to pass legislation setting a Nov. 2 date for state voters to elect their next U.S. senator.

But as of late Saturday, the House and Senate remained at odds over when that legislation becomes effective, and the need for a special primary election next month. Private discussions continued late Saturday night among state officials to attempt to resolve the differences.

The state Senate on Friday passed a bill establishing a Nov. 2 date - the day of the regular general election - for a special election to fill the seat previously occupied by U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va. The bill also calls for a special election on Aug. 28.

On Saturday, House members debated their version of the legislation, which cancels the primary election if only one candidate were to file for their party. The West Virginia Secretary of State's Office estimates the cost of the primary election at $5.9 million. The House initially rejected the bill by a vote of 42 in favor, 45 against and 13 not voting. Then after a two-hour recess, members reconsidered the legislation - passing it with 50 in favor, 34 against and 16 not voting.

http://www.theintelligencer.net/page/content.detail/id/539858.html?nav=515

5 posted on 07/18/2010 5:10:53 PM PDT by Libloather (Tea totaler, PROUD birther, mobster, pro-lifer, anti-warmer, enemy of the state, extremist....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Libloather

Yes, the fix is in. This Carte Goodwin is a hand puppet
of Jay Rockefeller. Goodwin will vote exactly as his
boss Jay tells him, and that will be exactly as
Obama wants. The Goodwin family is a bunch of
hillbilly mafia. This is the absolute worst outcome
of this whole Senatorial affair. Clearing up the
ambiguity in the law could have been done months
or years ago, but it wasn’t for a reason. A free
and open election would have put a Democrat seat
up for a possible loss. So this whole affair was
manufactured as to keep a very important Senate
seat safe for the corrupt Democrats. Liberals
can only be trusted to be what they are; vile,
evil, corrupt, anti-American with an unquenchable
craving for stolen power over other humans.
A day of reckoning is coming.


6 posted on 07/18/2010 5:13:51 PM PDT by Doulos1 (Bitter Clinger Forever)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Libloather

Smart move - he must have gotten some polling - 2010 is going to be a REALLY BAD year.


7 posted on 07/18/2010 5:13:54 PM PDT by BobL (The whole point of being human is knowing when the party's over.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Libloather

the stupid party will let the socialist do that.


8 posted on 07/18/2010 5:14:24 PM PDT by ken21 (who runs the gop?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Libloather

I hope the voters say No on this. It isn’t up to Obama and Company nor the Congress to decide this; it’s up to the voters.


9 posted on 07/18/2010 5:35:13 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tanniker Smith

Their election laws in place are specific about the replacement procedure. The time line has passed by their current laws to hold a primary and general election this year. Thus the appt would be until the 2012 election which is also the time the normal seat would be up for election. The legislature is trying to amend the procedure by allowing for a primary followed by the general election in Nov of this year. I expect they’ll get it worked out.


10 posted on 07/18/2010 5:42:00 PM PDT by deport
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: BobL

Governor Manchin wants Bryd’s seat. The reality is he is going to be a lot less popular after the 2011 legislative session. He’s trying to get out while his poll numbers are still high.


11 posted on 07/18/2010 6:07:23 PM PDT by meatloaf
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Doulos1
A free and open election would have put a Democrat seat up for a possible loss.

No way the RATs would lose. Even though WV went for McNut in 08, the GOP failed to win a single state-wide office.

12 posted on 07/18/2010 8:34:44 PM PDT by Roccus (......and then there were none.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Hoodat

I’ve always wondered about that. If a congresscritter is newly elected, they wouldn’t be a member, yet, would they ?


13 posted on 07/18/2010 8:59:36 PM PDT by stylin19a (Never buy a putter until you first get a chance to throw it)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: stylin19a
If a congresscritter is newly elected, they wouldn’t be a member, yet, would they ?

Technically, they do not become a member until the House recognizes them as a member once the new Congress convenes on January 5. And yes, technically, Nancy Pelosi could get the rest of the Democrats to refuse to seat any new Republicans. They have done it in the past and got away with it. Nothing is to stop them from doing it again en masse (except for Amendment II and the Fourth Branch of government, perhaps).

14 posted on 07/18/2010 9:09:36 PM PDT by Hoodat (.For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Libloather

The coal industry owns Manchin, owns the WV political class, and owns that senate seat.

As there was just the smallest chance that a politician not hand picked by the coal industry could win the seat in a primary and general election is reason enough to suspend democratic processes in the state of West Virginia.


15 posted on 07/19/2010 12:38:01 AM PDT by JerseyHighlander
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Libloather

A few days before Byrd’s death, one of the WVa papers ran an article on Manchin’s desire to run for that Senate seat. He would likely win it. He cannot run for another governor’s term. He can’t appoint himself.

Leaving it empty would make sense given his intent.


16 posted on 07/19/2010 12:53:37 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it. Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hoodat

Read the history of Congress after the War of Yankee Agression. The Confederate states were considered “states in rebellion” and where not seated for the 13th, 14th & 15th Amendments until after they had been ratified. MS did not ratify the 13th until 1995.


17 posted on 07/19/2010 4:04:52 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Roccus

There is a major shift going on in West Virginia.
Mollohan (D) lost -there were some that said that would
never happen. Nick Rahall (D) is in trouble and will
probably lose his seat to Spike Maynard. Obama and
the liberals are despised in West Virginia. Unionism
is at an all time low with only the teachers union
and they are losing power by the day. George Bush
won WV twice. Capito kick Bob Byrd’s nurse’s arse,
without breaking a sweat. With a registration of
2:1 Demo to Repub the right conservative candidate
can and do win. Spike is running in southern WV
where the registration is close to 8:1 (D to R)
yet is polling very well. We ain’t all dumb
hillbillies, we are going to suprise a lot of
folks. Gerrymandering hurts us but we are working
through it. Change is coming in November.


18 posted on 07/19/2010 4:54:20 AM PDT by Doulos1 (Bitter Clinger Forever)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Doulos1
There is a major shift going on in West Virginia. Mollohan (D) lost -there were some that said that would never happen. Nick Rahall (D) is in trouble and will probably lose his seat to Spike Maynard

Mollohan only lost the primary. Oliverio, who defeated him, will win in Nov.

Spike Maynard, a life-long Rat who quit his job as a judge in a snit over losing a primary in 08, switched parties just last Nov. He is nothing but an opportunist taking advantage of the inept WVGOP.

We ain’t all dumb hillbillies,...

I never said or implied that.

19 posted on 07/19/2010 5:13:20 AM PDT by Roccus (......and then there were none.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Roccus

Mollohan is gone, check.
Rahall will be gone, check.
Sam Nunn was a life long RAT but more
conservative than 70% of the Repubs
serving in the Senate right now.
There are a very few conservative
RATS, Spike is one of them.


20 posted on 07/19/2010 5:24:27 AM PDT by Doulos1 (Bitter Clinger Forever)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Libloather
The fix?

Maybe by Republicans or the governors political opponents among the Democrats. Manchin want to be Senator. He's not going to let Goodwin stay until 2012 if he can help it. He'll declare a special election and run for the seat himself.

21 posted on 07/19/2010 5:29:26 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Doulos1

Mollahan is gone because somebody “didn’t get theirs”...conservatism had nothing to do with it.
We’ll see about Rahall, but I don’t trust Maynard one bit either.

Don’t forget, it was the dog and pony show put on by the WVGOP last Super Tuesday that gave us McNut as a Presidential candidate.


22 posted on 07/19/2010 5:44:21 AM PDT by Roccus (......and then there were none.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson