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  •  This was born old (4+ / 0-)

    This was posted at 5pm, AFTER Mr. Burris had ALREADY come to Washington and AFTER the Sec. of the Senate had invoked "Standing Rule 2" of THE SENATE which REQUIRES the SoS signature. Which is COMPLETELY INSANE since the Senate has NO control over whether ANY state even HAS a Secretary of State!!

    The road to hell has not YET been paved with Republicans, but it SHOULD be -- Corrected BumperSticker

    by ge0rge on Mon Jan 05, 2009 at 02:05:25 PM PST

    •  I would be elated to find our dear (1+ / 0-)
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      Marky Mark has already resigned as mayor and cannot be seated as senator because we have no secretary of state.

      If the campaign was all about "inclusion," where is the KKK representative at your inauguration?

      by Endangered Alaskan Dem on Mon Jan 05, 2009 at 02:15:05 PM PST

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    •  Standing Rule II of the Senate seems to allow (0+ / 0-)

      forms to be filled out by either the state governor or the state secretary of state.  Senate Standing Rule II.  (The specimen forms listed may be taken to require signature by both governor and secretary of state, but they're stated to be only recommended forms.)

      The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.

      by lysias on Mon Jan 05, 2009 at 02:15:21 PM PST

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      •  Oh, GOODY, rule 2 is IN CONFLICT with itself... (1+ / 0-)
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        In pertinent governing part, it reads,

        1. The Secretary of the Senate shall send copies of the following recommended forms to the governor and secretary of state of each State wherein an election is about to take place or an appointment is to be made so that they may use such forms if they see fit.

        THE RECOMMENDED FORMS FOR CERTIFICATE OF ELECTION AND CERTIFICATE OF APPOINTMENT ARE AS FOLLOWS:

        This is as clear as it can possibly be that the signature of the Secretary of State is NOT mandatory (unless state law says it is).  They MAY use these forms. These forms are RECOMMENDED.

        Unfortunately, back in part 2 of rule 2, we have

        1. The Secretary shall keep a record of the certificates of election and certificates of appointment of Senators by entering in a wellbound book kept for that purpose the date of the election or appointment, the name of the person elected or appointed, the date of the certificate, the name of the governor and the secretary of state signing and countersigning the same

        It does say "shall".  It does say "and" (emphasis added).
        But what the Secretary of the Senate "shall" do SURELY has to be PREordained by what the state and the governor did or did not HAVE to do.

        The road to hell has not YET been paved with Republicans, but it SHOULD be -- Corrected BumperSticker

        by ge0rge on Mon Jan 05, 2009 at 02:26:55 PM PST

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