Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) is proposing a constitutional amendment that would change the way vacant Senate seats are filled.
Presently, whenever there is a vacant senate seat, the executive authority of the particular state that is missing representation — the governor — appoints someone to fill the seat. Feingold claims the current system invites corruption and cites the recent questionable appointment of Roland Burris in Illinois by Gov. Blagojevich, problems with Sen. Judd Gregg’s open seat in New Hampshire, and with Hillary Clinton’s New York seat.
Feingold calls the present system a “constitutional anachronism.” “It is time to pass a constitutional amendment to end appointments by governors and the political gamesmanship they encourage," he said.
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Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Feingold Pushing Pure Democracy
Feingold Pushing Pure Democracy; Ann Schibler; JBS; 9 February 2009.