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  •  Remember to point. mock and laugh (3+ / 0-)
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    This land is your land and this land is my land, sure, but the world is run by those that never listen to music anyway. ~ Bob Dylan ~

    by NCTim on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 06:41:40 AM PST

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    •  Follow McCrory's footsteps (4+ / 0-)
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      Can the OK governor follow NC gov McCrory's footsteps when it comes to replacing the house seat vacated by Mel Watt?

      McCrory won't hold a special election because it costs too much.

      Saving money is his reason for depriving Watt's district of representation for a year.

      The new Republican solution for saving money:

      Don't have elections!  They're too expensive!

      "If you are cast on a desert island with only a screwdriver, a hatchet, and a chisel to make a boat...go make the best one you can. It would be better if you had a saw, but you haven't." T.Roosevelt on politics.

      by NCJan on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 08:29:52 AM PST

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      •  McCrory included (3+ / 0-)
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        some blathering about congress being ineffective.  He fails to recognize the root cause.  Mel Watt's replacement would be part of the cure.

        This land is your land and this land is my land, sure, but the world is run by those that never listen to music anyway. ~ Bob Dylan ~

        by NCTim on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 08:37:55 AM PST

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      •  No (0+ / 0-)

        Oklahoma law requires a special election, always. Most likely the special election will be held on election day since Coburn will remain in office until a new Senate is sworn in next January.. Gov. Fallin is prohibeted by law from appointing a successor.

        •  NC law requires it too (1+ / 0-)
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          McCrory just decided it was a good idea to wait until November to have it

          Watt's departure from Congress triggers a special election. It was possible that voters would have gone to the polls earlier than the regular election dates in order to choose Watt's replacement, but holding special elections separate from this year's scheduled mid-term elections would have cost more than $1 million, McCrory said, while getting a replacement into office only two months sooner.

          McCrory also worried that a series of special elections intermingled with regular elections would be "too complex" for voters to keep track of.

          http://www.wral.com/...

          "If you are cast on a desert island with only a screwdriver, a hatchet, and a chisel to make a boat...go make the best one you can. It would be better if you had a saw, but you haven't." T.Roosevelt on politics.

          by NCJan on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 01:07:32 PM PST

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        •  This is especially craven (0+ / 0-)

          Coburn still has two years left to his term, so essentially people will be voting for a replacement and a new congressperson during the same election.

          Oh, and I forgot to mention--this is a minority-majority, heavily democratic district.

          NAACP has threatened to sue, but again McCrory says that a lawsuit would just be wasting the state's money.

          Yup.

          "If you are cast on a desert island with only a screwdriver, a hatchet, and a chisel to make a boat...go make the best one you can. It would be better if you had a saw, but you haven't." T.Roosevelt on politics.

          by NCJan on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 01:14:38 PM PST

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