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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

John Deeth Blog: History lesson: Iowa Senate appointments

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

U.S. Senate appointments are a hot issue these days. Assuming Judd
Gregg's confirmed, an unusually high total of five Senators will be
sitting by appointment, and we've seen all kinds of scenarios: the
blatant placeholder in Delaware, the deal-making in New Hampshire, the
Caroline Kennedy song and dance in New York and the Blagojvich-Burris
opera buffa. So it's not a shocker that proposals to ban the practice
are in the works. Russ Feingold wants to do it at the federal level by
constitutional amendment, and Mark Kuhn wants to do it at the state
level through legislation. It's not an issue that's come up in Iowa
since great-grandfather's day, when we saw a run of three Senate
vacancies and two appointments in 14 years.


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