Is This Seat Taken?

From CBS News:

(The Politico) Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has named Rep. Roger Wicker as the next Republican senator from Mississippi, ushering in a new era for the state in wake of Sen. Trent Lott’s surprise retirement from the Senate.

Barbour made the announcement on the last day of the year in order to avoid a special election. But Wicker’s appointment is only temporary — he will have to run for reelection in November 2008.

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November 2008? Well, not so fast…..
From The Fix at the Washington Post:

Hours after Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) issued a statement declaring next November as the date for the special election to replace resigning Sen. Trent Lott (R), the state Democratic Party appears ready to challenge Barbour’s reading of election law.

“We will wait for Senator Lott’s official notice of resignation, when he will undoubtedly announce the exact date he will leave office,” said Mississippi Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Dowdy in a statement released late Monday. “But if he does resign this calendar year we expect the governor to uphold the law and call a special election within 100 days. It is important that Mississippi be represented in Washington by a senator who was elected by the state’s voters as soon as possible.”

Here’s what the pertinent Mississippi law is:

(1) If a vacancy shall occur in the office of United States Senator from Mississippi by death, resignation or otherwise, the Governor shall, within ten (10) days after receiving official notice of such vacancy, issue his proclamation for an election to be held in the state to elect a Senator to fill such unexpired term as may remain, provided the unexpired term is more than twelve (12) months and the election shall be held within ninety (90) days from the time the proclamation is issued and the returns of such election shall be certified to the Governor in the manner set out above for regular elections, unless the vacancy shall occur in a year that there shall be held a general state or congressional election, in which event the Governor’s proclamation shall designate the general election day as the time for electing a Senator, and the vacancy shall be filled by appointment as hereinafter provided.

Well, Trent could not wait to start stuffing his pockets with that lobbyist cash spending more time with his family, and he left with more than a year left in his term.

From Bloomberg:

Barbour set Nov. 4, 2008, for a special election to fill the remaining four years of Lott’s term.

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat, has said that Barbour has an obligation under state law to hold an election to replace Lott within 100 days.

Democratic Candidates

Mississippi Democrats said they would field strong candidates for Lott’s former Senate seat and Wicker’s House seat.

Democrats are also waiting to see if Hood will take legal action to force an earlier election, state Democratic Party spokesman Terry Cassreino said today. “What happens next is up to Attorney General Hood,” Cassreino said.

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9 responses to “Is This Seat Taken?

  1. nightowl724

    My son always knows when I’m reading your stuff. I LOL and then he asks, “Nonnie?” and I answer. “Yep.” You had me at the title, you sly little blogger, you… The rest was icing on the cake!

  2. nonnie9999

    😆 that has to be one of the very best compliments ever!! thank the kid for me.

  3. nonnie you are the clever one.

    Hopefully Wicker will just keep the seat warm for the democrat.

    BTW:Congrats on your debut at American Street

  4. nonnie9999

    hey nyt!!
    thanks so much. good luck today over at AS. i am on my way over to see what you’ve done with the place.
    everybody, give nyt some love:

  5. Nonnie:
    Thanks I was nervous, you would have thought it was my first date.

  6. nonnie9999

    boy oh boy do i know what you mean! 😮 i was nervous the entire last week! once i hit the publish button, i felt a little better. i think we will all be a lot calmer next week.

  7. Nonnie:
    Yeah next week should go better. I hope.

  8. Todd Rubach

    I dream of hitting the lottery . Say 175 million! Then I would start a new political party and go to other states and try the same. We need another party. Plus a real MSM attack. Because the facts behind what Lott did haven’t been called into question, nor has anybody confronted him with a microphone. He’s such a scumbag crook. I’d love to have Pascagoula ship building investigated.

  9. nonnie9999

    hey todd 😀
    you just let me know what the new logo is, and i will have the t-shirt made. not only do we need a new party to shake things up, we need to remake the 2 that are now in existence. that is, if they can still be salvaged. as for the msm, not sure it exists anymore. there is the mainstream propaganda tools for large corporations, but nothing more than that.