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  • Former U.S. Sen. Harry F. Byrd Jr. Dies

    07/30/2013 8:03:47 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 32 replies
    Harry F. Byrd Jr., who made history with his Independent run to the U.S. Senate in 1970, died this morning at his home in Winchester. He was 98. His name may have preceded him into the Senate, but it was his declaration of independence and two successful elections as an Independent candidate that made his own name in that chamber. Harry Byrd Jr. is the only Independent to win election to the U.S. Senate with a majority of the vote despite facing a challenge from both major parties.
  • Happy Illegal Holiday! [Today is Constitution Day]

    09/17/2011 1:18:39 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 3 replies
    NYT ^ | September 16, 2011 | KENT GREENFIELD
    TODAY is Constitution Day, the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution in 1787. Since 2005, by Congressional mandate, all educational institutions receiving federal funds — from preschools to universities, whether public or private — are required to provide relevant educational programming to observe the occasion. Boston College, where I teach, generally hosts a symposium; the local middle school offers skits about the First Amendment. The Constitution Day mandate was a brainchild of the late Senator Robert C. Byrd, who believed it was necessary to address the nation’s lack of appreciation for our founding document.
  • Robert Byrd obituary

    06/27/2011 12:42:53 PM PDT · by Huskrrrr · 20 replies
    guardian.co.uk ^ | June 27,2011 | christopher reed
    As a conservative Democrat with a segregationist background, US Senator Robert Byrd had spent half a century in Congress and was its oldest member when, on 12 February 2003, he was hailed as the nation's lonely voice of conscience after a historic speech. On the senate floor, Byrd, who has died aged 92, lambasted his "paralysed" colleagues for their craven submission to preparations for what he branded an illegal war in Iraq. They listened silently as he told them: "As this nation stands at the brink of battle, every American on some level must be contemplating the horrors of war....
  • (Former) KKK leader, mayoral candidate speaks

    03/23/2011 6:54:21 PM PDT · by reefdiver · 5 replies
    wtsp.com ^ | March 23rd, 12:25 pmDEMOCRAT | Tammie Fields
    But Darryl Paulson, a USF professor, who is an expert in the Klan, points to a case in which two Klansman with the United Klans of America were convicted of attacking 19-year-old Michael Donald in 1981 in Mobile, Alabama. Donald was beaten up and his throat was cut.
  • Carl Cameron: Repubs say Manchin will vote with them to get reelcted in 2012.

    11/02/2010 6:07:08 PM PDT · by Anti-Hillary · 22 replies
    Fox News | 11-2-10
    "Since he is filling Byrds seat, he will vote with the Pubbies at least until 2012, when he will have to run again"
  • Senator Asks Voters for Same Mandate They Gave Kennedy and Byrd

    10/09/2010 3:32:08 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 15 replies · 1+ views
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 9 October 2010 | John Semmens
    In the midst of a tight race to retain his seat, Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev) said he takes his example of what a senator can be “from two of the greatest men to ever have served in the US Senate.” “Both these men overcame adversity and held their seats for decades,” Reid recalled. “Senator Byrd (D-W. Va) rose from scandalous beginnings as an Exalted Cyclops for the Ku Klux Klan to serve in the senate for more than 50 years. Senator Kennedy (D-Mass) killed a young woman in a drunk driving accident but was still reelected seven more times and...
  • Byrd's family will receive remainder of his salary (Senator Robert Byrd)

    09/29/2010 2:48:13 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 42 replies
    Politico ^ | September 28, 2010 | Manu Raju
    The must-pass spending bill pending in the Senate includes a little-noticed provision that would pay the family of the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd for the salary he would have commanded in the next fiscal year. The Senate handbook says that upon the death of a senator who had been serving in office, “in the next appropriations bill, an item will be inserted for a gratuity to be paid to the widow(er) or other next- of-kin, in the amount of one-year’s compensation.” As a result, the bill calls for “equal shares” of the late senator’s $193,400 salary to be split...
  • Sen. Byrd's family denounces campaign attack ad

    09/06/2010 12:47:01 AM PDT · by Ghengis · 37 replies
    AP Yahoo ^ | September 5, 2010 | LAWRENCE MESSINA
    Sen. Byrd's family denounces campaign attack ad By LAWRENCE MESSINA, Associated Press Writer Lawrence Messina, Associated Press Writer Sun Sep 5, 5:41 pm ET CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The family of the late Robert C. Byrd blasted the GOP nominee for his U.S. Senate seat Sunday after he used an image from Byrd's memorial service in a TV ad attacking the Democratic nominee. The ad by Republican John Raese's campaign seeks to link President Barack Obama to Gov. Joe Manchin by displaying an image of the two Democrats at the state Capitol ceremony marking Byrd's June 28 death. Raese and Manchin...
  • Sen. Byrd's family denounces campaign attack ad (ex-klan member maybe still eligible to vote)

    09/05/2010 8:35:55 PM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9/05/10 | Lawrence Messina
    Sen. Byrd's family denounces campaign attack adBy Lawrence Messina, Associated Press Writer Sun Sep 5, 5:41 pm ET CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The family of the late Robert C. Byrd blasted the GOP nominee for his U.S. Senate seat Sunday after he used an image from Byrd's memorial service in a TV ad attacking the Democratic nominee. The ad by Republican John Raese's campaign seeks to link President Barack Obama to Gov. Joe Manchin by displaying an image of the two Democrats at the state Capitol ceremony marking Byrd's June 28 death. Raese and Manchin are running in a special election...
  • Election 2010: West Virginia Senate Special Election

    09/05/2010 9:22:04 AM PDT · by curth · 9 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | Monday, August 30, 2010 | Scott Rasmussen
    Rasmussen Reports post-primary survey of West Virginia’s U.S. Senate race, Democratic Governor Joe Manchin attracts 48% of the vote while Republican John Raese earns 42%. The latest statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate while seven percent (7%) are undecided. Just after state legislators officially approved a special Senate election this year to replace the late Robert Byrd, Manchin led Raese by a 51% to 35% margin. The latest numbers move the West Virginia race from Solid Democratic to Leans Democratic in the Rasmussen Reports Senate Balance of Power Rankings. Manchin still earns...
  • Ann Coulter: WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE, WHO NEEDS KEITH OLBERMANN? (Racists Under Every Tea Bag!)

    07/28/2010 3:43:15 PM PDT · by Syncro · 34 replies · 3+ views
    AnnCoulter.Com ^ | July 28, 2010 | Ann Couter
    WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE, WHO NEEDS KEITH OLBERMANN?July 28, 2010 While engaging in astonishing viciousness, vulgarity and violence toward Republicans, liberals accuse cheerful, law-abiding Tea Party activists of being violent racists. Responding to these vile charges, conservative television pundits think it's a great comeback to say: "There is the fringe on both sides." Both sides? Really? How about: "That's a complete lie"? Did that occur to you simpering morons as a possible reply to the slanderous claim that conservatives are fiery racists? The most notorious accusations of "racism" at anti-Obama rallies so far has consisted of the allegation that...
  • The Obama Factor In West Virginia

    07/23/2010 12:04:45 PM PDT · by CaroleL · 23 replies
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 07/23/10 | CaroleL
    The primaries to determine the candidates who will battle for the seat vacated by the late Senator Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia) are little more than a month away. But most who are watching the race believe it will be a contest between Governor Joe Manchin (D) and Republican industrialist John Raese. The latest poll shows the Governor with a significant 16 point lead (51% - 35%) so should we put this one in the Democratic win column? Not yet.
  • History shows Republicans have improved civil rights

    07/21/2010 11:50:04 AM PDT · by 1pitech · 5 replies
    Kansas State University Collegian ^ | 07-21-10 | Paul A. Ibbetson
    First is the assumption that it is unfashionable for African-Americans, or anyone for that matter, to break from the liberal mantra that all good things come from the Democratic Party. Second, and equally unpopular, is the illumination of numerous pivotal points in history when republicans, not democrats, created opportunities for minorities to ascend to positions of justly earned greatness.Note: People can comment directly to article without putting their name or registering by clicking the (Site Comment) spot at the bottom right of the page.
  • Wanted: One Real West Virginia Republican

    07/21/2010 9:14:23 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 1 replies
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 07/21/10 | CaroleL
    Even after a compromise was reached by the state legislature allowing US Representative Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia) to run both for the Senate and a sixth term in the House, Ms. Capito has decided she will not run to replace the late Senator Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia).
  • Capito Won't Run For Senate (West Virginia Republican Capitulates??)

    07/21/2010 7:44:25 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 77 replies
    PMSNBC ^ | 07/21/10
    Mark Murray writes: The Charleston Daily Mail (WV) reports that GOP Rep. Shelley Moore Capito won't run in the special election for Robert Byrd's Senate seat, side-stepping what would have been a competitive contest against Gov. Joe Manchin (D), who is running for the seat.
  • West Virginia special election for Byrd's Senate seat set (last-minute deal made)

    07/20/2010 6:35:44 AM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    WVVA ^ | 7/20/10
    W.Va. special election for Byrd's Senate seat setPosted: Jul 20, 2010 7:42 AM EDT CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A last-minute legislative compromise has cleared the way for a November election to fill the late Robert C. Byrd's U.S. Senate seat. The measure, which sets an Aug. 28 primary and Nov. 2 general election, was passed 83-7 by the House and 29-0 by the Senate. The compromise allows Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito to run both for Byrd's seat and a sixth U.S. House term. She's considered the GOP's top prospect for winning the seat. Gov. Joe Manchin has said it's...
  • West Virginia special election for U.S. Senate seat in doubt (RAT Goodwin stays thru 2012?)

    07/18/2010 4:54:05 PM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Herald-Mail ^ | 7/18/10
    W.Va. special election for U.S. Senate seat in doubtJuly 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,...
  • Capito mulls options (WV decision coming soon)

    07/18/2010 8:29:00 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 8 replies
    The Martinsburg Journal ^ | July 18, 2010 | John McVey
    Possibly by the middle of the week and definitely by the end of the week is when U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., will announce if she intends to run for West Virginia's vacant U.S. Senate seat. "The law hasn't been changed yet, so there is no decision to be made now," she said Saturday at the Berkeley County Republican Club's Reagan Picnic at Poor House Farm Park, where she was the featured speaker. State legislators continued to meet in special session Saturday to change the succession law to fill the late Robert C. Byrd's unexpired term, which runs through...
  • Break With the Past: Changing a dorm name makes a good step....

    07/15/2010 8:56:19 AM PDT · by BnBlFlag · 74 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 7/14/10 | Unknown
    Break with the Past: Changing a dorm name makes a good Step towards healing UT's troubled racial history After several months of discussion within the University of Texas community in Austin, UT President William Powers Jr. will ask the school's board of regents today to consider renaming a dorm that now honors a former law professor, William Stewart Simkins, along with a neighboring park dedicated to his brother Eldred, a judge and UT regent. The reason? Simkins was not only a legal educator at UT from 1899-1929. He and his brother were members of the Ku Klux Klan during a...
  • Robert Byrd's Highways to Nowhere: Government pork hasn't made West Virginia prosperous.

    07/10/2010 10:24:03 AM PDT · by rhema · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/10/10 | BRIAN BOLDUC
    'His heart belonged to you," President Obama told the hundreds of West Virginians who attended Robert Byrd's funeral last week. "Making life better here was his only agenda." Maybe so. But despite the $4 billion in pork that Byrd served his constituents over the past 19 years alone—not to mention the untold billions before observers started keeping tabs—West Virginia remains the third poorest state in the country. Government spending does not prosperity make. When Byrd became senator in 1959, West Virginia ranked No. 39 in median family income, and No. 42 in per capita income. Today, it's No. 48 in...
  • West Va. Gov Manchin: Senate run 'highly likely'

    07/09/2010 9:17:40 PM PDT · by no dems · 26 replies · 2+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 9, 2010 | Liz Sidoti
    West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin said Friday that "it's highly likely" that he'll run for the late Robert C. Byrd's Senate seat but will make a decision next week.
  • West Virginia Senate: Manchin (D) 53%, Capito (R) 39%

    07/09/2010 2:28:57 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 45 replies · 1+ views
    A special Senate election this November to replace the late Robert Byrd is still awaiting the green light from West Virginia’s attorney general, but popular Democratic Governor Joe Manchin is the early leader in hypothetical matchups with two of his possible Republican opponents. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in West Virginia, taken Thursday night, shows Manchin with 53% support, while Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito earns 39% of the vote. Three percent (3%) prefer another candidate in the race, and five percent (5%) are undecided. If former West Virginia Secretary of State Betty Ireland is his GOP...
  • Farewell To The King Of Pork

    07/09/2010 7:06:10 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 7 replies
    Personal Liberty ^ | 7/9/2010 | Chip Wood
    There’s been a lot written over the past 12 days about the death of Robert Byrd, the so-called “last lion of the Senate.” But the West Virginia senator was no lion despite all the accolades that have been heaped on him since his death. He was a pig. In fact, when it came to grabbing as much government booty as he could, the distinguished senator was the greediest pig of all. Fox News commentator Fred Barnes put it well when he said, “[Byrd] epitomized what most members of Congress try to do: maximize the flow of Federal funds to their...
  • W.Va. AG: Special election OK for Byrd's seat

    07/08/2010 12:41:59 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 24 replies
    MSNBC/AP ^ | July 8, 2010 | LAWRENCE MESSINA
    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.
  • West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin considers run to fill Robert Byrd's Senate seat

    07/07/2010 12:33:24 PM PDT · by heiss · 13 replies · 1+ views
    LA Times blog ^ | July 7, 2010 | Staff
    West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III said Wednesday he would strongly consider running in a special election to replace the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd, a vote he would like to see occur in November. Speaking with reporters, the Democratic governor said he will seek an opinion from the state attorney general to clarify what needs to happen for an election to take place in November. He also again ruled out appointing himself to the post, but said he had several "high-caliber" candidates in mind for what would be a temporary assignment.
  • Byrd to be buried at (an) Arlington cemetery (Columbia Gardens)

    07/06/2010 2:59:16 PM PDT · by Libloather · 49 replies · 2+ views
    Byrd to be buried at Arlington cemeteryBy ASSOCIATED PRESS Updated: 12:08 p.m. on Tuesday, July 6, 2010 ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Family, friends and employees paid last respects Tuesday to Sen. Robert C. Byrd. His casket was carried into Memorial Baptist Church in Arlington, Va., by a military honor guard, and a line formed for the late morning service in this Washington-area suburb. A single red rose, a spray of white ones and the twang of a bluegrass banjo were in the midst as mourners gathered inside a church. The 92-year-old Mr. Byrd, who died last week, was to be...
  • Christian Adams Blows Whistle on Progressives and Race

    07/06/2010 4:02:30 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 31 replies · 1+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 06 july 10 | Jeffrey Lord
    Christian Adams and Bill Clinton. Who would have thought a heretofore unknown career Justice Department lawyer and the famously garrulous former President could combine to turn the spotlight on the centuries old -- if never formally acknowledged -- alliance between progressives and racism? President Clinton first. In winging along in his eulogy for the late West Virginia U.S. Senator Robert Byrd, former President Bill Clinton decided (impulsively?) to address the much commented upon knowledge that Senator Byrd spent part of his early career as an "Exalted Cyclops" of the Ku Klux Klan. Blurted Clinton of that which must not be...
  • West Va. Secretary of State Pushes for Senate Special Election Change

    07/03/2010 12:54:42 PM PDT · by Qbert · 12 replies
    The Fix- Washington Post ^ | 7/3/2010 | Felicia Sonmez
    West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant (D) is calling on Gov. Joe Manchin (D) and the state Legislature to decide in a special session whether West Virginia law allows for the special election to succeed the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D) to take place earlier than November 2012. Tennant announced in a video message that while she personally supports holding a special election earlier than 2012, no election can take place before then unless the state Legislature or the Supreme Court acts. "I personally would support any attempt by the Legislature to change the current law," Tennant said. "If...
  • Tributes and memories (of a Klan rally)

    07/03/2010 10:40:20 AM PDT · by carolinacrazy · 5 replies
    West Virginia Gazette ^ | 7/2/2010 | Phil Kabler
    Presidents and leaders of Congress on Friday paid tribute to Sen. Robert C. Byrd, whom they said revered the U.S. Constitution, cherished the U.S. Senate, but most of all, loved his home state of West Virginia.
  • The liberals' favorite Klansman

    07/03/2010 2:21:06 AM PDT · by Scanian · 32 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | July 3, 2010 | Jonah Goldberg
    It is a good rule of thumb not to speak ill of the dead. But what to do when a man is celebrated beyond the limits of decorum or common sense? Robert Byrd, the longest-serving member of the Senate in American history, died Monday. It was truly a remarkable career. But what's more remarkable is how he has been lionized by the champions of liberalism. On Thursday, Byrd's colleagues took the unusual step of honoring him with a special service on the Senate floor, where he would lay in repose -- with some irony -- on the Lincoln Catafalque, the...
  • Clinton: Robert Byrd Wasn't a Racist, Just the State He Represented Was VIDEO

    07/02/2010 5:31:33 PM PDT · by nysuperdoodle · 24 replies · 1+ views
    ECR ^ | 2 Jul 10 | EC
    Bill Clinton's comments today at the Robert Byrd funeral take the cake. In one swift moment, Clinton manages to defend Byrd by condemning the entire state of West Virginia - "He once had a fleeting association with the Ku Klux Klan, what does that mean? I'll tell you what it means. He was a country boy from the hills and hollows from West Virginia. He was trying to get elected," former President Bill Clinton said of Sen. Robert Byrd. "And maybe he did something he shouldn't have done come and he spent the rest of his life making it up....
  • Clinton says Byrd joined KKK to help him get elected

    07/02/2010 12:51:36 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 143 replies · 3+ views
    Clinton says Byrd joined KKK to help him get elected By Eric Zimmermann - 07/02/10 02:58 PM ET Former President Bill Clinton explained the late Sen. Robert Byrd's (D-W.V.) membership in the Ku Klux Klan Friday by claiming Byrd was simply trying to get elected. Speaking at Byrd's funeral in Charleston today, Clinton seemed to criticize newspaper eulogies that dwelled on Byrd's association with the Klan. "They mention that he once had a fleeting association with the Ku Klux Klan, and what does that mean? I'll tell you what it means," Clinton said. "He was a country boy from the...
  • Caption photo of Obummer, Biden, and Bubba at Byrd service.

    07/02/2010 12:19:19 PM PDT · by Upstate NY Guy · 69 replies
    Drudge | 7/2/10 | unknown
  • Caption Obama, Biden & Clinton at Byrds Memorial Service

    07/02/2010 11:18:17 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 61 replies
    U.S. President Barack Obama attends the memorial service for U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd on the steps of the state capitol in Charleston, West Virginia, July 2, 2010. From L-R are: West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III, Obama, U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden, and former U.S. President Bill Clinton
  • Sen. Robert Byrd makes final journey to the Senate

    07/01/2010 8:31:36 AM PDT · by BobP · 26 replies
    AM Radio Broadcast | July 1, 2010 | Me
    Sen. Robert Byrd has returned to the to the chamber where he served more than a half-century for one final visit. A hearse bearing the remains of the late West Virginia Democrat, who served in Congress longer than anyone else in the nation's history, arrived this morning in front of the long marble stairway leading to the Senate chamber. Byrd's body will remain in the Senate chamber today for colleagues and the public to pay respects. The last time the Senate chamber served such a purpose was for North Dakota Republican William Langer in 1959, the year Byrd entered the...
  • Robert Byrd's Life -- Good, Bad and All American

    07/01/2010 5:19:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 1, 2010 | Michael Barone
    About 10,000 men and women have served in the United States Congress. Robert C. Byrd, who died Monday at age 92, served longer than all the rest - -more than 57 years, with six in the House and 51 in the Senate. In 1917, the year he was born, the United States had 103 million people and the nation had just entered World War I. The year he died, the United States had 310 million people, with military personnel in more than 100 countries around the world. Byrd's life and career tell us many things about our country -- some...
  • Robert Byrd replacement not immediate concern for W. Va. Gov (Delay by Dem to avoid election)

    06/30/2010 6:08:32 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 38 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 6/30/2010 | Lawrence Messina
    West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin doesn't expect to start searching for a successor to U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd until after the longest-serving senator in history is laid to rest next week. Manchin says he's instead focused on comforting Byrd's family and staff, and preparing the West Virginia memorial scheduled for Friday for the iconic figure who died Monday at 92 after years of frail health.
  • He Cared About the Constitution (Barf - let me count the ways he helped destroy our freedoms)

    06/29/2010 6:38:48 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 15 replies · 1+ views
    foxnews ^ | 6/28/10 | James P. Pinkerton
    A man of the Senate. I am sure that Robert Byrd, who died last night, would want people to remember that about him. And amidst all the remembrances of his life--from his many fans and his many critics--it’s important to remember what the word “Senator” meant to Byrd. Byrd was a throwback: A throwback to the Constitution. To him, it mattered a lot that the powers of Congress are listed first in the Constitution, in Article One, while the powers of the president are listed second, in Article Two. For Byrd, that ordering of power was sacred and permanent--as sacred...
  • Inouye succeeds Byrd as Senate president pro-tempore

    06/29/2010 12:41:14 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 28 | Paul Kane
    Following the death of Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.), Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), the most senior member of the Senate, will be sworn in as president pro-tempore of the Senate, placing him third in the line of succession to become president. Inouye will be formally sworn in once the chamber opens for business Monday, at 2 p.m. EDT, in a service just steps away from the long-time desk of Inouye's close friend, Byrd, who died at 3 a.m. Monday. Staff have already draped a black mohair cloth over Byrd's desk, placing white roses atop it, a standard symbol of mourning when...
  • Sen. Robert C. Byrd

    06/28/2010 4:44:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    IBD Edirorials ^ | June 28, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    R.I.P.: The passing of the longest-serving senator gives mainstream media another chance to rewrite history. Will he be touted as a constitutional scholar or a free-spending former Klansman who fought civil rights? That Robert Byrd left his mark would be an understatement. Our prayers are with his family and the people of West Virginia. He was both the dean of the Senate and the prince of pork. He knew the history of his chamber better than anybody, having authored a four-volume history of the upper chamber, and the Constitution better than most. He also, quite shamelessly, brought home so much...
  • Byrd special election to be held in 2012

    06/28/2010 3:04:31 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 49 replies · 1+ views
    West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant (D) announced this afternoon that a special election to replace the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D) will be held in 2012, not this fall as some had speculated. Calling the state election code an "interesting" document, Tennant said that because the filing deadline for this election had long passed that the "next" election for a special to be held was not November 2010 but November 2012. Democrats had predicted Tennant's decision, insisting the law was clear and citing a 1994 case decided by the state Supreme Court that affirmed the idea of a...
  • Let's Not Forget Sen. Byrd's Negative Legacy

    06/28/2010 2:34:50 PM PDT · by SloopJohnB · 9 replies
    Reason.com ^ | June 28, 2010 | Nick Gillespie
    As the encomia mount like rotting, fly-buzzed piles of the pork-barrel spending he so systematically shoveled back to his West Virginia home, let's not forget the late Sen. Robert Byrd's most undeniable legacy: Undermining belief in politicians as little more than self-serving glad-handers on the hunt for more and more taxpayer money for their constituents.
  • Scrambling for Senate Votes on Wall Street Reform

    06/28/2010 1:56:52 PM PDT · by Siena Dreaming · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | June 28, 2010 | Jennifer Liberto
    The smooth passage of the final Wall Street reform bill later this week just got tougher. Senate Democrats on Monday were scrambling to secure the60 votes they need to overcome a GOP filibuster following the death of Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., and critical comments by Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, a moderate Republican who had been supportive of the legislation. The hang up for Brown: A provision that would charge banks and hedge funds a new tax to pay the $19 billion ten-year tab for implementing the new reforms. A Brown spokeswoman on Monday reiterated that Brown "cannot support any bill...
  • Byrd may lie in state

    06/28/2010 1:05:11 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 168 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | June 28, 2010 | Erika Lovley
    Sen. Robert Byrd may join Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy among historic figures who have lain in state in the Capitol Rotunda — an honor only bestowed upon 28 other Americans over the past 160 years. Senate leaders are likely to make a request for Byrd to lie in state, aides said Monday, but they are still awaiting approval from Byrd’s family to go ahead with a formal resolution that would allow Byrd’s casket to rest under the dome for a public viewing. With a career that spanned nearly 58 years and ranked him as the longest-serving member in congressional...
  • Senator Byrd Dies on the Anniversary of Republicans Repealing the Fugitive Slave Act

    06/28/2010 12:38:09 PM PDT · by Todd Kinsey · 9 replies
    The Examiner.com ^ | June 28, 2010 | Todd Kinsey
    On Monday, June 28, 2010 former Ku Klux Klansman and Senator Robert Byrd passed. In a strange twist of fate the senator's passing occurred on the anniversary of the repeal of the Fugitive Slave Act. According to Michael Zak, The Fugitive Slave Act was written by a pair of Democrats, Senator James Mason (D-VA) and Senator Andrew Butler (D-SC), had written the Fugitive Slave Act. The bill repealing the Fugitive Slave Act was written by a Republican congressman from Ohio, Rufus Spalding and signed into law by Republican President Abraham Lincoln. Let's not forget that it was the Republican Party...
  • Byrd's death triggers special election...but when?

    06/28/2010 12:29:30 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/28/2010 | Chris Cillizza
    The death of West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd (D) will trigger a fierce battle to replace him, although the timing of that race remains an open question. West Virginia law states that if there is a Senate vacancy more than 2 1/2 years before the incumbent's term ends, a special election would be called for this November. That 2 1/2-year mark is July 3 -- four days from now. But, as the Post's Paul Kane notes, the language of the law is unclear as it sets up a schedule that would begin the special election process after the "primary next."...
  • Once a Clymer...

    06/28/2010 9:31:33 AM PDT · by Noumenon · 10 replies
    NYT | June 28, 2010 | Adam clymer
    Adam Clymer, NYT when Strom Thurmond died: Strom Thurmond, Foe of Integration, Dies at 100 By ADAM CLYMER Published: June 27, 2003 And again, remembering Byrd: Robert Byrd, Respected Voice of the Senate, Dies at 92 By ADAM CLYMER Published: June 28, 2010
  • Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) Dead at 92; Pork Barrel & White Sheet Manufacturers Hardest Hit

    06/28/2010 9:58:48 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-28-10 | Aye Chihuahua
    Robert Byrd, WV Democrat Senator, and former Kleagle of the KKK, has died at the age of 92. Best known for his fiery rhetoric on the Senate floor as well as his ability to bring home barrels of cash for his state, Byrd also has a rather colorful past that his supporters would rather whitewash. For many years Byrd served as a Kleagle (recruiter) for the KKK. Senator Byrd famously opposed the integration of the armed forces under President Truman famously stating that he would never fight: "with a Negro by my side. Rather I should die a thousand times,...
  • WV Law is Ambiguous About Whether Special Election Must be Held

    06/28/2010 9:44:36 AM PDT · by Redmen4ever · 33 replies
    Ballot Access News ^ | 6/28/10 | Richard Winger
    West Virginia law says a special election must be held if the vacancy occurred more than two and one-half years before the end of the term...Byrd died more than two and one-half years before end of his term. So, one would think there will be a special election in 2010 to fill the last two years of his seat. On the other hand, there is no provision for a special election that occurs too late for a primary, and no provision for a special primary. West Virginia’s primary this year was May 11...[T]he deadline for independent candidates, and for the...
  • WV Gov. Joe Manchin says he hasn't decided on Byrd successor, won't appoint self to fill seat

    06/28/2010 7:33:28 AM PDT · by Brandonmark · 52 replies · 2+ views
    Fox8 News ^ | June 28, 2010 | AP
    Breaking News West Va. Gov. Joe Manchin says he has not made a decision on Byrd's successor, will not appoint himself to seat - AP CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin says he will not appoint himself to fill the U.S. Senate vacancy created by the death of Sen. Robert C. Byrd. Manchin told The Associated Press there is no timetable for him to consider a replacement for Congress' longest-serving member.