Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Filling Senate Vacancy

For this Constitution Monday, the topic of discussion comes from Article I.3.2: "When a vacancy occurs in the Senate because of death, resignation, or some other cause, the legislature of that state shall appoint another in his stead, and if the legislature is not in session the governor of that state may make a temporary appointment until the legislature convenes." By this provision, the Founders gave each state the right to be equally represented. After the Seventeenth Amendment brought the popular vote for Senators, the governor alone was responsible for making a temporary assignment until the next election.

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