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The Massachusetts Senate has approved a bill that would allow Gov. Deval Patrick to appoint a temporary successor to the late Sen. Ted Kenendy. The legislation was already approved by the House; after another procedural vote in both chambers, Patrick is expected to sign it and move quickly to name a new senator.
Whoever Patrick picks won’t be in office for long — a special election will be held early next year, and the winner will replace the interim senator. But whoever Patrick picks will likely have a big role to play in healthcare reform, which was Kennedy’s primary focus towards the end of his life and is the reason for the speed with which the majority Democrat state legislature has moved.
The change overturns a law made not long ago, when the governor of Massachusetts was Republican Mitt Romney. At the time, legislators were concerned that if Sen. John Kerry won the presidency, Romney would get to name his replacement. But with Patrick, a Democrat, in office, and with Kennedy’s death depriving Senate Democrats of a potentially pivotal 60th vote, there was a push — led, before his death, by the late senator himself — to rewrite the law again.
Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.More Alex Koppelman.
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World's best pie apple. Essential for Tarte Tatin. Has five prominent ribs.
So pretty. So early. So ephemeral. Tastes like strawberry candy (slightly).
My personal fave. Ultra-crisp. Graham cracker flavor. Should be famous. Isn't.
High flavored with notes of blood orange and allspice. Very rare.
Jefferson's favorite. The best all-purpose American apple.
New Hampshire's native son has a grizzled appearance and a strangely addictive curry flavor. Very, very rare.
Makes the best hard cider in America. Soon to be famous.
Freak seedling found in an Oregon field in the '60s has pink flesh and a fragrant strawberry snap. Makes a killer rose cider.
Ben Franklin's favorite. Queen Victoria's favorite. Only apple native to NYC.
Really does taste like pineapple.