Court Denies MA-GOP Request; Kirk To Be Sworn In

From the Hill:

A Massachusetts court has rejected a request from the state Republican Party to put a temporary hold on Sen.-designate Paul Kirk's (D-Mass.) swearing-in Friday, clearing the way for Democrats to have a 60th seat in the Senate.

Kirk was appointed to the seat by Gov. Deval Patrick (D) on Thursday, but in order to do so Patrick had to declare an emergency. Republicans said Patrick had no such legal authority and filed for an injunction before the selection was announced.

Robert Byrd's health and frequent hospital stays notwithstanding, we are now back at a partisan 60 if not an ideological 60. This is a good thing for passing some sort of health care reform, but whether or not it's a good thing for the public option, we don't know.

Tags: MA-Sen, Paul Kirk, Ted Kennedy (all tags)



We have been in an emergency for a while now

And, it will take probably a decade or more to get OUT of the Emergency, thanks to a generation of Ronnie Reagan politics.

by WashStateBlue 2009-09-25 10:18AM | 0 recs
Re: Court Denies MA-GOP Request; Kirk To Be Sworn

Is there a written ruling? I'd be curious to see it.

by mcc 2009-09-25 01:02PM | 0 recs
Re: Court Denies MA-GOP Request; Kirk To Be Sworn
Yes. The ruling, all of 4 pages is here: g_news/MRP%20v.%20Governor%20denial%20of %20PI%20and%20grant%20of%20motion%20to%2 0dismiss.PDF
by meddembob 2009-09-25 02:46PM | 0 recs


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