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Archive of entries posted on July 2010

Lederman leaving Office of Legal Counsel

From Election Law Blog, news that Marty Lederman is leaving OLC to return to teaching at Georgetown   Hmmm. Tweet

Still More on the Byrd Vacancy

State officials in West Virginia disagree as to when state law permits or requires a special election to fill a vacancy in the office of U.S. Senator.  The Secretary of State believes that current law requires the election to be held in November 2012, while the Attorney General believes that the law permits, if not [...]

West Virginia Attorney General Disagrees with Secretary of State on Byrd Vacancy

           The West Virginia Attorney General has issued this opinion rejecting the Secretary of State’s legal conclusion that a special election to fill the Byrd vacancy cannot be held until November 2012.  The Attorney General’s reasoning is essentially the same as what I suggested in these prior posts (see here and here), namely that the [...]

Recess Games

           The Obama administration announced this week that the President will give a recess appointment to Donald Berwick to serve as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  The appointment will come during the Senate’s current eleven and a half day adjournment for the Independence Day holiday.              Berwick was nominated for the [...]

The Governor Weighs in on the Byrd Vacancy

            The Governor of West Virginia, apparently not entirely satisfied with the Secretary of State’s determination that the Byrd vacancy cannot be filled by a special election until November 2012, has asked the Attorney General to opine on the question of when such an election is to take place.  The Governor’s letter notes that “[t]he issue [...]