December 30, 2008

THE DEMOCRATS VS THE ILLINOIS CONSTITUTION:

Blagojevich tries to name Obama successor (MIKE ALLEN & CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN, 12/30/08, Politico)

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich plans to appoint former state attorney general and comptroller Roland Burris to fill out President-elect Obama's term in the U.S. Senate, a Senate official told Politico.

But Senate Democratic leaders have threatened not to seat someone who was named by the disgraced governor, who is accused of trying to sell the seat to the highest bidder.


Bad enough they'll seat Al Franken whose "election" is dubious, is one political party really going to overrule the laws of a state and decide who it prefers for the Senate?


MORE:
Ah, this may already be a settled question, Can the Senate not seat Burris? (Pete Williams, 12/30/08, NBC)

In January 1967, Adam Clayton Powell of New York was re-elected by the Harlem district he represented since 1942, despite allegations that he had misused official travel funds and made improper payments to his wife. The House, invoking a provision of the Constitution that says, "Each House shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own Members," decided that Powell was unqualified and refused to seat him, declaring the seat vacant.

So, he sued.

The Supreme Court ruled -- by a vote of 8 to 1 -- that the House was wrong and that Powell must be seated. The court said in deciding whether to exclude, Congress is limited to considering only whether a member meets the very minimal requirements for office set out in the Constitution.


A good Colgate man, Brother Powell and never lacking in cojones. His first year at alma mater he just passed as white.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at December 30, 2008 1:43 PM
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