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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 02:15 PM
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Massachusetts State Senate Passes Appointment Bill For Kennedy's Seat

Massachusetts State Senate Passes Appointment Bill For Kennedy's Seat

Eric Kleefeld

The Massachusetts state Senate has passed the bill to provide for a temporary appointment to Ted Kennedy's Senate seat, voting by a 24-16 margin. Gov. Deval Patrick is expected to name an appointee by the end of the week, putting Democrats back at 60 seats.

Until 2004, state law had provided for a gubernatorial appointee who would hold the office until the next regular Congressional election. State Democrats changed the process to a special election with no appointment in 2004, when John Kerry was running for president and Republican Mitt Romney was governor.

The new law, which was requested by Kennedy shortly before his death, will provide for an appointee of the same party as the departing Senator, who will be expected to not run in the expedited special election. Former Gov. Mike Dukakis, the 1988 Democratic nominee for president, is widely viewed as the favorite for the appointment.



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ronnykmarshall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 02:16 PM
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1. Mike! Mike! Mike!
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 02:17 PM
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2. Mike! Mike! Mike!
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 02:48 PM
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5. Mike! Mike! Mike!
Perfect choice.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 02:17 PM
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3. Wow and Wow..thanks
Pro! And, why shouldn't he be able to appoint someone to fill Senator Kennedy's seat for the interim.

Laws are made all the time..some good and some not so good. This is one of the good ones.
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mvd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 02:33 PM
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4. Good news
K&R
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flamingdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 03:35 PM
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6. very, very good nt
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Undercurrent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 03:43 PM
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7. Most happy to recommend and kick!
:dem:
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Mass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 04:33 PM
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8. Senator Mike Dukakis? That sounds nice.
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