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Fighting Words and Mississippi

I’m crashing to finish a project here at my day job, but as soon as I am able I will address Lucas’s question about Chaplinsky fighting words and the relevance of this doctrine to the cross burning case, and Pestritto’s question about what happens if Lott resigns, which turns both on politics and on Mississippi election law.

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Well here is a morsel while we wait on Mr. Alt. I saw a tv pundit last night who seemed sober enough who said that the way Mississippi law works, if Lott were to resign in 2002 Musgrove ( Dem Gov.) would get to make a 90 day appointment, then a special election would be held. If Lott were to resign in 2003, it would be a 1 year appointment.

Mississippi is one of the few states where the governor is up for election in 2003. The state is in a terrible budget situation and Dems control all branches of government ( no one else to blame). There is a Republican wave coming in Mississippi, I am told. In fact Amy Tuck the Lt Governor ( an elected Dem) and thereofre presiding officer of the Senate just switched parties to the Republicans. Some pundits expect strong Republican gains in the Senate and then a couple more party switchers with the results being a Republican Senate. I dont know who the Republicans intend to run for Governor but with the terrible state of the budget and a Republican wave, it is not inconceivable that a republican could capture the Governor mansion. In fact Mississippi has had a Republican Governor elected previously. Then Trent could comfortably resign and make a killing as a lobbyist for ( fill in the blank here.)

Hers a thought Trent could run for governor and then anme his own replacement! ( dont laugh that is just what Murkowski just did in Alaska.)

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