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To: Michael.SF.
Does anyone know the Dem-GOP makeup of the commission now...I seem to recall that being one of the reasons the Dems were fighting so hard on this.
13 posted on 05/10/2002 10:07:36 AM PDT by rwfromkansas
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To: rwfromkansas
Now that Bush's appointee has been confirmed, it is 4-3 in favor of the left-wing radicals with one open seat. The open seat is to be filled by the Senate. The democRATs and Republicans have always taken turns filling that seat and it is the Republicans turn. The Rats will undoubtedly ignore tradition and fill the empty seat with another left wing radical, giving them a 5-3 advantage.
15 posted on 05/10/2002 10:21:36 AM PDT by Bubba_Leroy
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To: rwfromkansas
Does anyone know the Dem-GOP makeup of the commission now...I seem to recall that being one of the reasons the Dems were fighting so hard on this.

That's where it gets interesting again. Bush's pick would have made the panel 4-4 liberal-conservative (though not 4-4 dem-rep since two or three of the libs are "independants"). In the interim, however, one of the repulicans' terms has ended and the replacement is to be selected by the congress. "Tradition" says that this pick belongs to the Republicans who would probably re-appoint the same guy, but the power sits with Daschle who could ignore "longstanding tradition" and pick whoever he wants (including the woman who was just booted).

21 posted on 05/10/2002 12:04:44 PM PDT by IMRight
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To: rwfromkansas
4 (aligned with GOP)- 4 (aligned with DEMS).
27 posted on 05/10/2002 1:22:45 PM PDT by Catie
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