August 26, 2009

Special Election To Replace Kennedy Likely in January

Posted: 12:31 PM ET

Via Politico

Ted-KennedySen. Edward M. Kennedy urged Massachusetts lawmakers last week to give Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick the power to name his successor. But with reactions to Kennedy’s proposal mixed – and with the legislature not due back until after Labor Day – it appears for now that Massachusetts will be without a second senator until a special election can be held early next year.

While many states allow a governor to fill a vacant Senate state, Massachusetts Democrats changed their state’s law in 2004 to prevent then Gov. Mitt Romney – a Republican – from naming a replacement for Sen. John Kerry if he had defeated George W. Bush in the presidential race.

Under the 2004 law, the governor must set a special election to fill a vacant Senate seat between 145 and 160 days after the vacancy occurs – meaning, in this case, that a special election would be held in the second half of January 2010.


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george   August 26th, 2009 12:37 pm ET

a difficult senate seat to fill....

Helen Dixon   August 27th, 2009 1:47 am ET

Senator Kennedy was so dedicated to Universal Health Care, and now more than ever I pray that it will pass, what an honor to him that would be! Just the idea of him being so adamant about Health Care for all; tells us that it is the best & only answer for our country's needs! He believed that for a long time, & now we must take the baton and run all the way with it, for him! We will work even harder to get it passed for him!

Godspeed to our "Liberal Lion of the Senate"
...R.I.P.... dear 'Teddy'...R.I.P. ...

Wayne Hobson   August 27th, 2009 4:42 am ET

For nearly half a century, Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy strode gallantly before us, shaking the floor of the Senate with his Massachusettian tailored voice. His powerfully energetic speeches and warm, sincere handshake were of mythological portion.

He was of simplistic breeding, from American royalty, yet his genteel smile put ordinary down-home folk at ease. He earned the respect and admiration of every race, creed, color, and social class of distinction that this vast country possesses. He was not merely the voice of the working man, the minority, and the poor, but he was the voice of a nation.

He knew our pain, our grief, our disappointments, for he too walked among us and surely bore his own share of these. Yet he faced his losses, his grief, his failures, and his own faults with his head held high and he taught this great nation the greatest lesson of all – how to journey on through that dark and sometimes dreadful night known as life and overcome.

Kathryn Chapman   August 27th, 2009 7:34 am ET

Mr. King,
I do not watch your show, never been a big fan. This morning, while watching "Morning Joe", they showed a clip from your show. You were talking to Kate whatshername, the women with 8 kids. That sealed the deal, I will never watch your show! These people have nothing to give to our society. They don't make us better, they make us look like idiots!
Now, I would like to offer a suggestion. Please have the families come on your show, who have lost love ones in Iraq and Afghanistan. Maybe you have already done shows on our military, but before you or whoever books your guests, brings one of these fake celebes on, just wait and book one of these families. Devote the whole hour to that fallen hero. Have them tell their story, show their pictures, share their memories, and honor them as they should be. I am sure these families would love to come to New York and speak about their fallen sailor or soilder. We as a nation would benifit from a show like that, to remind us that there are families who have paid the ultimate price. Then I will watch your show.

Thank You,
Kathryn Chapman
Proud Navy Mom
Fort Worth, Texas

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