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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Don't let Senate seat be vacant

I must take issue with your editorial advocating that the legislature accede to Senator Kennedy's request to allow the Governor to appoint an interim Senator until the special election has taken place if Senator Kennedy should retire (Don't let senate seat be vacant, Boston Globe, August 21, 2009).

In itself, it may not be a bad idea, but legislative changes of this type (including the original bill that stripped the Governor of the right to appoint a replacement) should only come into force after the next election cycle. That is, present incumbents cannot be allowed to benefit from these changes.

Too often in America, politicians (e.g. Bloomberg in New York, Democrats in New Jersey, Republicans in Texas) change the rules in mid stream so that they can benefit. This should not be acceptable.

Maybe we could get an independent redistricting commission too.

Sent to Boston Globe

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