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Mar 30 '21 at 16:00 comment added Damila Update! Kentucky legislature passed a bill, and then overrode a veto on 3/29/21, so that now the state's party executive committee of the senator's party (in this case R) provides a list of 3 candidates of the senator's party (R) for the governor (currently D) to choose from.
Mar 9 '21 at 18:46 comment added GreenMatt @MikeScott: That would depend on the state's lean. In a state that tends to be strongly partisan for national elections (like Maryland), appointing an extremist may not cause the seat to flip, so a centrist would probably be a better choice for an appointment by a governor from the other side. OTOH, in a state that tends less partisan for national offices (like Pennsylvania), the chances of a flip are greater, so maybe an extreme appointee would lead to a flip. OT3H, such an appointment might be seen/used as an endorsement when the extremist runs in the next election, so could backfire.
Mar 9 '21 at 14:47 comment added Mike Scott @Andrew I’d have thought the Governor would have at least an equal incentive to pick the most extreme candidate from the other side, to give his party a better chance of flipping the seat at the next election.
Mar 9 '21 at 11:47 comment added Andrew The distinction you highlight between the "party approved" approach in Maryland and the "just the same party" approach elsewhere is v interesting - would this (in theory) incentivise a governor to pick the most centrist possible candidate from the other side?
Mar 8 '21 at 22:56 comment added Bobson @JoeW - That's covered in the next-to-last paragraph: Of these 16 states, 9 allow the Governor to appoint a replacement from a different party
Mar 8 '21 at 22:24 comment added Joe W How many of those cross party state have rules that allow for appointing someone from a different party to fill the seat? I know some states require a replacement appointee to be in the same party.
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Mar 8 '21 at 17:05 comment added BThompson KY may not be on this list much longer. Mitch McConnell and the GOP-controlled state senate are attempting to change the selection process. The impetus behind this seems to be to allow McConnell to choose Daniel Cameron as his successor if McConnell does not finish his term
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