July 12, 2010
Here in West Virginia, a mind-numbing tangle of election law complications awaits legislators who will assemble in special session Thursday. At the bottom of this page, Charleston lawyer Charles McElwee contends that Attorney General Darrell McGraw erred in declaring that the governor has legal authority to call a special replacement election in November, not in 2012 as the old law seems to require. Presumably, lawmakers will rejigger the state code to allow the quicker election.
Next, legislators must try to draft logical rules for a wave of expected job-shifts. Gov. Manchin presumably will run for Byrd’s seat, and probably will win it. Current law requires Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin, D-Logan, to become acting governor in Manchin’s stead – but also to continue as Senate president. This unworkable mix of executive and legislative branches must be resolved.
If the old law isn’t fixed, any new Senate president chosen by senators to succeed Tomblin would automatically become acting governor instead of Tomblin. What a mess.
We aren’t sure how the Legislature can repair these dilemmas in the brief period before the start of the special session on education, previously set for Monday.
But it must do so.
Byrd’s sad death didn’t merely end a legendary phase of West Virginia history, it also opened a Pandora’s Box of fallout problems.
Joe Manchin was born on August 24th, 1947 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Manchin
8 + 24 +2+0+0+9 = 43 = his personal year (from August 24th, 2009 to August 23rd, 2010)
43 year + 6 (June) = 49 = his personal month (from June 24th, 2010 to July 23rd, 2010)
49 month + 12 (12th of the month on Monday July 12th, 2010) = 61 = his personal day = Strategy. Planning. Contingency plans. Back up plans. Plan B. Change of plans. Tactics. Stealth.
8 + 24 +2+0+1+0 = 35 = his personal year (from August 24th, 2010 to August 23rd, 2011) = Inherit. Inheritance.