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  •  And can they actually finish the job (11+ / 0-)

    before the recalls? Or can the 'new Senate' put brakes on it?

     Walker and cohorts have to realize - or they are really that clueless - that a flip of the Senate, combined with a further 'fingering' of the peasants, will surely lead to a succesful exercise of further recall -- as in Walkers job.

     They add all new meaning to the word 'surreal'......

    it tastes like burning...

    by eastvan on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 10:06:50 PM PDT

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    •  Well, one thing Tom Delay proved (10+ / 0-)

      is that you can redistrict any time you want.  So a new leg should be able to change the damage.  Of course it would cost a lot.

      Frankly, I blame everything on Nixon.

      by J Orygun on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 10:51:32 PM PDT

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    •  They think the Koch money will bail them out. nm (4+ / 0-)
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      eastvan, elwior, Hillbilly Dem, falina

      The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit. Somerset Maugham

      by verasoie on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 11:08:30 PM PDT

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    •  They can pass it by then, sure. (5+ / 0-)

      The legislation, complete with Fitzwalkermandered maps, is fully written, and the extraordinary session sets them up to pass anything they damn well please, as fast as they want to.

      To what extent it takes effect will be a matter for the lawsuits -- but in the meantime, local officials will be on the hook for drawing their wards to match the travesty that's about to be passed.

      And then the "new Senate" won't be able to overturn anything, not on their own.  They'll just be able to put brakes on anything NEW that comes down the pike.

      It's an awful situation.

      If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. - Bishop Desmond Tutu

      by AnnieJo on Thu Jul 14, 2011 at 04:19:58 AM PDT

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    •  What's the rule if the district changes mid-recall (0+ / 0-)

      Okay, so the recall rules say you need 25% of the number of voters in that district from the previous  gubernatorial election when getting petitions, then the elections are scheduled for after that.  What do the rules say about what to do if the map changes so the constituents who signed the petition are not the same set of people as the new constituents in the new version of the district who will be voting in the election?  Is it still legal?  Does it still work?

      Also, if there is a rule that the politician must live in the district, can the Republicans kick out that politician by simply moving the boundary of the district so they don't meet that requirement anymore and now live in a different numbered district?

      •  district (0+ / 0-)

        Ordinariy the new district lines wont come into effect until 2012, the old district lines being applicable for any elections, or special elections.

        Unless, I suppose, there is some specific provison in the new law specifying they take effect after some specific date.

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