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  •  Well it varies based on the state. (1+ / 0-)
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    From wikipedia:

    The lieutenant governor is also frequently the presiding officer of the upper house of the state legislature (usually called the Senate). This mirrors the federal procedure, under which the Vice President is President of the United States Senate. In a few states, including Hawaii and Utah, the position of Lieutenant Governor is equivalent to that of Secretary of State.

    I don't think it is necessarily a "make work" position as long as the Governor gives the Lt. a good portfolio. I guess I see it as almost like the Vice Presidential role at the federal level. I guess some could argue that position is "worthless" too - but if the President had to step down how would you like someone from the other political party taking his place? That is how I view the whole governor situation in Arizona. The people voted for a Democrat and Napolitano should be replaced by a Democrat until the next election. Especially in Arizona, there is PLENTY of work to be done - enough that I'm sure a Lt. Governor could make him or herself worthwhile.

    •  Kinda muddies the waters... (0+ / 0-)

      Sounds like some states have a SoS w/o a Lt Gov and some states have a Lt Gov w/o a SoS and some states have both.  The difference with the federal model is that Lt Govs run statewide independent of the Gov, instead of on a single ticket.

      I still think its generally a redundant elected position and I'd rather see whatever the duties may be fulfilled by a Gov appointee, or a legislative appointee in the case of a presiding officer.

      I consider myself an Agnostic because the only thing I believe in less than God is certainty.

      by aztronut on Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 08:54:29 PM PST

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