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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Supreme Court hears arguments in recall of Conrad

No U.S. senator has ever been recalled, but that’s exactly what one group is trying to  do as they attempt to circulate a petition to recall Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D.

The Supreme Court met Wednesday to hear arguments from the state and RecallND, a group whose petition was denied by Secretary of State Al Jaeger when they tried to recall  Conrad in March.

Jaeger rejected the petition based on advice from Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem who later explained in an opinion that recall of a U.S. senator was unconstitutional  in both the state and federal constitutions.

RecallND and their attorney   Andrew Schlafly disagree with that, but Schlafly said it’s too premature for that question to be considered as it is not the job of the secretary of state to reject recall petitions based on their legality but rather whether they follow the proper form.

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