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Political Question:
« on: December 03, 2008, 03:03:50 PM »

How are the vacancies filled that are left by the election, and the appointed cabinet members?
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Re: Political Question:
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2008, 03:18:02 PM »

The POTUS appoints new cabinet secretaries 'With The Advice And Cosent' of the Congress.

The only exception would be Gates, who will be staying until 2010.
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Re: Political Question:
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2008, 03:23:56 PM »

The POTUS appoints new cabinet secretaries 'With The Advice And Cosent' of the Congress.

The only exception would be Gates, who will be staying until 2010.

Hmmm.  I was thinking more like how do they pick a new Senator for Clinton, or new Governor for that one dude?

Special election?
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Re: Political Question:
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2008, 03:50:55 PM »

The POTUS appoints new cabinet secretaries 'With The Advice And Cosent' of the Congress.

The only exception would be Gates, who will be staying until 2010.

Hmmm.  I was thinking more like how do they pick a new Senator for Clinton, or new Governor for that one dude?

Special election?

rock, paper, scissors or some kind of foot tapping in the stalls in the mens room
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Re: Political Question:
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2008, 04:06:02 PM »

The POTUS appoints new cabinet secretaries 'With The Advice And Cosent' of the Congress.

The only exception would be Gates, who will be staying until 2010.

Hmmm.  I was thinking more like how do they pick a new Senator for Clinton, or new Governor for that one dude?

Special election?

Generally, Senators are appointed by the Governor of the state they live in (Lisa Murkowski was appointed by her father Frank when he left the Senate to become Governor of Alaska). Whether or not they have a special election for a vacant seat or wait until the next cycle varies widely by state.



As far as Governor Richardson, I don't really know. I assume the Lt. Governor assumes his duties, but I'd guess that varies by state as well.
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Re: Political Question:
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2008, 04:10:55 PM »

Thanks.
Interesting.  I figured it was a little more complicated than I was thinking.
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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2008, 08:50:55 AM »

When Mikey Leavitt vacated the governors mansion in Utah for the greener pastures of HHS, his Lt. Governor assumed the governorship until the next regular election. Most states have constitutional provisions for how to deal with a vacated senate or house of reps seat. I think with rare exception, it becomes an executive appointment.
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« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2008, 08:07:16 AM »

Ah.  Apparently in Illinois the practice is to sell the seat to the highest bidder.


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