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Re: Senator Seats

John R do you realize that you just disqualified the ONE from running for the presdency. He didnt complete his term as senator from llinois. Nor did shrillary complete the term she was elected to. As a matter of fact the ONE only went to the senate a few days at all . i believe 130 days.

Re: Senator Seats

Yeah, Harris, but the problem with trying to dictate how Senate seats should be assigned is that each state has their own constitution and their own laws to govern such situations. We can have opinions, but if we don't live and vote in those states, opinions are all that they have.

I am quite sure that the reason that nearly every state has a law that gives the governor the ability to appoint a senator to fill a seat until their special election is that state-wide elections cost a bloody fortune. I think that it costs something like 70-80 million dollars to run an election here. Running a special election and then running the real thing less than two years later is more money than most states want to spend. Especially in this kind of economic climate.

Re: Senator Seats

These proposals would probably require further amendment to the Constitution.
Amendment XVII
The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each state, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each state shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the state legislatures.

When vacancies happen in the representation of any state in the Senate, the executive authority of such state shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, that the legislature of any state may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.

This amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the election or term of any Senator chosen before it becomes valid as part of the Constitution.
The middle paragraph of the XVII amendment seems to leave it up to the state legislatures to decide how these vacancies shall be filled, in their own state.
John: I'm not sure I like your idea.
Duane: John can't disqualify anyone, nor do I believe he tried to. He simply made a proposal, which would require a constitutional amendment.

Re: Senator Seats

Mad Doc and JackB,

You both are correct. I recognize that often people forget the fiscal impact on common sense solutions. My opinion defintiely would have impacted the past election but I still believe it to have merit even if would have been contrary to Obama's participationn in the pesidential election.

John R...