Will There Be A Legal Showdown Before California’s Supreme Court Over Prop 8?

If the Attorney General of California has any say over the matter, there will be a legal showdown in California over the recent passage of Prop 8.  And we may know the answer by Wednesday.

Brown – who would defend Prop. 8 before the court as the state government’s top lawyer – said in a filing today that the justices should accept for review the four lawsuits that have challenged the Nov. 4 ballot measure.

All four lawsuits argue that Prop. 8, a state constitutional amendment, violates other provisions of California’s Constitution by taking rights away from a historically persecuted minority group and stripping judges of their power to protect that group.

“The profound importance of the issues raised by Proposition 8 warrants that this matter be reviewed and promptly resolved by the California Supreme Court,” Brown said in a statement accompanying a brief filed with the court.

Brown argued that the court should not impose a stay that would prevent Prop. 8 from taking effect while the cases were pending, and would allow the resumption of same-sex marriages in California until the court ruled. But Brown said the court should move quickly to decide the issue.

“Review by this court is necessary to ensure uniformity of decision, finality and certainty for the citizens of California,” the attorney general’s office said in its court filing.

The court could decide at its weekly conference Wednesday whether to accept the suits for review and whether to suspend Prop. 8 while it considers the cases.`

What Happens To Sarah Palin If Senator Stevens Fails To Win Senate Race?

The headline to this post has been opined about for more than a week in political chats nationwide.

It is the question that has brought concerns to some conservatives who see Sarah Palin as the next great hope for the beleaguered Republican Party, and smirks from liberals who see Sarah Palin as uneducated and not anywhere ready for prime-time.  Regardless of political perspective one thing is clear.  Sarah Palin needs a Senate seat with her name on it.  And to get to that place Senator Stevens needs to win his election contest in Alaska.  Should he somehow win the eleciton the U.S. Senate will kick him out, as there is no way he can serve after the legal problems that were of his own making.

Problem is the numbers do no look for the just convicted felon.  WWSD?

As bizarre as it may seem, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s presidential ambitions for 2012 hang to a considerable degree on her state’s U.S. Senate race, a contest that could be decided this week

With about 24,000 votes still to be counted, it’s less than even money that she will get the break she needs–Sen. Ted Stevens will win re-election over Democrat Mark Begich so that she can slide into the Senate seat.

Sen. Stevens, “Uncle Ted,” as he is known around Alaska for his four decades in office and the federal dollars he brought home, was found guilty of felony corruption charges by a federal jury last month. If he wins another term, his Senate colleagues will almost certainly throw him out of the chamber next year, if he doesn’t first resign on his own.

Gov. Palin could then appoint a successor, or there could be a special election. If Gov. Palin wants to run for president in 2012, common sense says she will appoint herself or run for the post, which would require her to stand for re-election in that job in 2010. Last week, she left open that possibility.

We may know the outcome of the Senate race Tuesday, when officails are expected to finish counting absentee, disputerd and challenged ballots. Mr. Begich held a 1,022-vote lead through Friday’s ballot counting.

If Sen. Stevens wins the race, the Senate can expel him by a two-thirds vote. That seems likely if he does not resign, but it isn’t clear exactly when that might take place. His GOP colleagues this week may vote to strip him of his committee assignments and throw him out of the party caucus.

If Mr. Begich wins, then those opporunities are not there for Gov. Palin and the afore-mentioned obstacles will remain to her 2012 canddiacy.

But, if Sen. Stevens prevails, Gov. Palin could decide whether she wants to come to Washington, D.C., which many would interpret as an early sign she wants to run for president in 2012.

Video: Ted Kennedy Returns To U.S. Senate

This is so good to see!  Senator Kennedy back in his powerful role that will serve the nation well as the real fight for national health care begins.

Pictures: It’s Baaaccckkk……Snow On Madison Isthmus

The snow squalls over Lake Monona shortly after 11:00 A.M. looked cold and menacing.  Gray clouds and damp chill made it very clear that November weather was really here, and about to make a statement.  First the snow/ice pellets which resembled small packing material fell, creating a popping sound as it hit the fall leaves that lay about on the ground.  Soon the large wet heavy flakes of snow came to cover everything in a soft white covering.  It is the sign of things to come.










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Will Bill Clinton Help Hillary Clinton Become Secretary Of State……Or Not?

This is not the first time that the business side of former President Bill Clinton has been a factor that headlines are made of.  The question is will they torpedo Hillary Clinton’s chances of becoming Secretary of State.  This blogger very much wants to see Hillary have that position within the Obama administration.

Team Obama, after all but offering SecState to Senator Clinton, is expressing EXASPERATION with the Clinton camp for the difficulty in getting a clean vet on President Bill Clinton’s many entanglements. “The ball is very much in her court, but the president’s finances have been a major point of sensitivity from day one,” a Democratic official said. (“Day One!”) “Given that everyone’s mystified by how deliberately public the Clintons have made this once secret process, the assumption is either that the Clintons are trying to use the public buzz to steamroll their way in, create a sense of inevitability that overcomes those concerns, or that it’s just a matter of time before they … satisfy vetting somehow, some way. Otherwise, after all this speculation, there’ll be a permanent dark cloud hanging over her finances. … But generally the sense among the no-drama Obama world is: This is well on its way to winning best Oscar for drama.”

RELAX: President Clinton was in Rotterdam and Kuwait over the past four days and got back this morning. It seems reasonable for a couple to want to talk about a life decision over the kitchen table rather than over a crackly cell connection 10 time zones away.

In Kuwait, the former president sure sounded like a man who wanted this for his wife, so he will presumably do now what he would have had to do if she’d won. AFP quoted WJC as saying at an economic conference sponsored by the National Bank of Kuwait: “If he decided to ask her and they did it together, I think she’ll be really great as a secretary of state. … She worked very hard for his election after the primary fight with him, and so did I, and we were very glad that he won and we have a lot of confidence that he can do a good job. But she didn’t do what she did with the hope or expectation of getting any kind of job offer, much less having this discussed.”

***“Obama’s vetting team expressed similar worries about Bill Clinton’s overseas fundraising when Hillary Clinton was briefly considered for the vice-presidency, former Clinton aides say.”

A neutral Democrat tells Playbook: “I doubt that they are looking for an excuse to pick someone else but rather are genuinely concerned that Bill Clinton’s work, while worthy, would be greatly complicating if she were SecState.”

“A TEAM OF LAWYERS” — N.Y. Times’ Peter Baker and Helene Cooper, A1: “A team of lawyers trying to facilitate the potential nomination spent the weekend looking into Mr. Clinton’s philanthropic organization, interactions with foreign governments and ties to pharmaceutical companies, a Democrat close to both camps said. … More than a dozen advisers to both sides said Sunday that although they did not have firm information, they considered it improbable that Mr. Obama would have opened the door to Mrs. Clinton’s appointment without having decided, at least in principle, that he would like to make it happen. Rejecting her after letting the possibility become so public would risk a new rupture in a party that spent much of the year divided between Mr. Obama and the Clintons.”