Governors have floor privileges in the Senate?

OK, political science class, raise your hand if you knew that governors have floor privileges in the US Senate.

According to a LA Times article this morning, they do, and one of the scenarios the Democrats dread is that Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevhich shows up to escort his choice for Senator, Roland Burris, onto the floor. Just because he can.

11 thoughts on “Governors have floor privileges in the Senate?

  1. Ah, just turn the [P]lace into a Bundesrat and be done with it.

    PS: “Blagoevhich”? Is the guy like Colonel Q[‘]ad[d][h]af[f]i?

  2. It’s an interesting list.

    Some of them are a bit fun (Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution), while others could create quite the controversy if they ever decided to force the use of their privilege (The General Commanding the Army, the Mayor of DC).

  3. I knew the name did not look right after I typed it initially.

    But it still does not look right. It is a Serbian name, and thus is a transliteration from Cyrillic. Given that the name is rendered with the final letter, Che, as English CH (rather than C, as is often done, corresponding, sans diacritical, with the Croatian spelling), the Je was left as J instead of the English phonetic Y.

  4. Hey, I’m just relieved that no Canadian has bagged me for hyphenating their governor-general, eh. And that no Canadian, New Zealander, Queenslander, or resident of New England in NSW has bagged me for tagging ‘eh’ on sentences. Eh.

  5. As someone noted at the Volokh Conspiracy page I linked to, the US Constitution itself alternates between “Vice-President” and “Vice President”. I suppose we are lucky Webster didn’t also add “Vicepresident” or even “VicePresident”.

  6. I’ve always vaguely wondered why ‘lieutenant governor’ instead of ‘vice-governor’, but the topic is getting very unsenatorial.

  7. Okay, back to the Senate… Notice that some nations try to have all Senators chosen more or less on the same basis (USA, Aust, Canada), whereas others have upper houses with members seated via a variety of methods – elected (directly or indirectly) and/or appointed and/or hereditary and/or ex officio, and in the last category, on various bases, eg:

    * regional or local heads of govt (as diverse as Russia formerly giving provincial governors, and Northern Ireland giving the mayors of its two largest cities, seats in the upper house)

    * traditional leaders/ rulers (Fiji, Marshall Islds, Swaziland… I guess this shades into “hereditary” as in UK and Belgium)

    * religious leaders (UK bishops and, IIRC, the 1939-89 Polish parliament-in-exile reserved seats for the Catholic Church)

    * particular ethnic minorities

    * former heads of State (Italy, and note Mill’s proposal in Rep Govt for a longer list)

    So it seems to me that the US Senate’s “guest list” is in some ways an echo of the Irish/ UK/ Belgian etc model of an Upper House as a place where particular office-holders have a right to attend ex officio, although of course in the US they don’t have the same rights as members do.

  8. A number of parliaments, France and the Netherlands are examples, have Social and Economic Councils with roughly the same functional group structure as the Irish and Belgian senates and some rights to be consulted on legislation. Maybe there’s some inherent tendency towards a Millsian third chamber.

  9. Okay, back to the typography: “ExSenator,” and “VicePresident” remind me that the West needs to adapt to Chinese typography. For example, the city and state of ChongQing are written with two characters in Chinese, so rather than write it as Chongqing or split it into two words as Chong Qing, it is often written in China as ChongQing, a sensible system to me. More importantly, it seems sensible to many Chinese. Get used to it.

    But as for the German-style “representationreinforcing,” I vote for the hyphen.

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