November 5th, 2002


Go vote.

I'm not going to go vote today, as I've already voted via absentee ballot, but, unlike wbwolf, I do believe that there are enough differences between candidates to rate taking time to go to the polls. (I can't comment on his LJ, or else this would be a comment there.) The candidates in the various races might agree on more than they disagree about, but there are always issues where who gets elected will make real differences. The example that springs immediately to mind is when George W. Bush replaced Ann Richards as governor of Texas; while this may not have made that much difference overall, it did result in signing the Texas concealed carry permit law, something I considered very important.

I do believe that where the parties have similar views, it is because they represent the vill of the vast majority of the American electorate, and so is not that much of a bad thing. In any event, we're stuck with them for all practical purposes; I don't believe that a third party (let alone more) can have any real impact on the system beyond moving the two major parties in one direction or another.
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When does the new Senator take office?

According to Minnesota law, the replacement for Wellstone takes office when the results are certified, no later than 19 November. Simple, right?

Maybe not. It seems that some Senate sources are saying that they consider the Constitutional provision that a Senate term is six years, no more, no less, to be controlling, which would have the appointee, Dean Barkley, serve until January.

This means that it'll likely wind up in the Supreme Court, since the issue may well decide control of the Senate during the lame duck session scheduled to start 11 November. If Talent takes the Missouri seat, he's seated immediately, and thus control of the Senate is in Barkley's hands. He could hand control to either party. Obviously, the parties can't allow that.
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Ooooh, ironic...

An addendum to the previous post: The precedent that a replacement Senator serves until the end of the term in these circumstances was set when Walter Mondale left the Senate to become VP. The Democrats thought it was a good idea at the time...
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On the road again, part 2

My first trip just got expanded to include a visit to Silver Spring, Maryland in between Philadelphia and New Jersey, wheee. I'm going to wind up spending 6 hours or so on the road that day.
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