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  1. scout

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    #15 Jersey

    I'm kind of shocked that this isn't all over the news, or I've missed it entirely, Obama has offered the Dept. of Commerce cabinet postion to N.H. Senator Gregg (R). This article is saying that the Dem. Gov. of N.H. would not automatically replace him with a Democrat.
    I'm thinking some type of agreement may be in place (it it is a Rep.) that certain votes on particular items are accounted for. Judging by the comments by Rep. in the article they don't seem to be panicking, but you have to believe they are sweating bullets. If Coleman does not win his appeal, and Gregg accepts the post and is replaced by an Ind. or a Dem, that gives the Senate 60 votes and no alibis.

    Gregg assuring Republicans his departure for Commerce Dept. wouldn't affect balance of power -- Newsday.com
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    A Republican had better be picked, a Republican was voted for by the people and that's what they should get.
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    Fox is reporting it..........
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    IN 2000 A Dem was voted in by the people, then what happened??? It has nothing to do with the will of the people it is politics..
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    #24 Jersey

    I have no idea but they should have picked a Democrat - especially in a case like this where it's so close. Even more especially when Granny Pelosi is trying to spend us to oblivion.
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    The republicans really don't have a Filibuster now....

    McCain, Snowe, Collins etc.
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    #24 Jersey

    But when they vote unanimously it still says something just like the Dems are losing support for their $1T spending bill.
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    New Hampshire is a Democratic state.


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    #24 Jersey

    That's fine but they elected a Republican Senator and therefore they should have one.
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    Maybe they just elected the candidate they wanted and weren't necessarily concerned about the party affiliation. It happens. Sometimes voters don't get hung up on what color tie the politician wears.

    Partisan politics...same old same old.
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    #24 Jersey

    Absolutely true. But the best guess, the most likely way to fullfil the will of the people is to pick someone from the same party, D or R.
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    Its of little consequence either way. Reid won't have too much trouble peeling off one Republican or another if the vote's close and the stage is set for another Republican slaughter in 2010. Next figure on the Dems riding Obama's coat-tails in 2012, which means the R's really don't have much of a shot at gaining seats until 2014.
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    As much as I would like to share your optimism, the great economic unknown may derail any plans of the Dems... have to wonder how long people can hold out as there is no good economic news on the horizon..
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    I think when a senator/congressman moves on or gets removed, there should always be a special election, not appointed by a governor. I am sure what Blago did is the norm and not a one time case. He was just dumb enough to get caught.
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    #75 Jersey

    I completely agree with that. In theory, an incoming president could pick nothing but Senators or Reps (depending on what he needs more) to change the makeop of Congress. I always though it was strange -even when I was a kid in school learning about the government in Social Studies - to have a Senator appointed by a governor.

    Better yet, let the governor appoint a temporary replacement (from the same party as the outgoing Congressman) while the special election is held so that no state is poorly represented and the voters have who they want for the remainder of the term. Don't forget that Senators have a 6-year term. That's a long time!
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    It's Bonnie Newman (R). Googled her but didn't see anything glaring, looks well qualified. Anyone from N.H. have any knowledge of her.

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