Californians, Meet Your Acting Governor, Tom Torlakson


Burt Likko

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16 Responses

  1. Avatar Miss Mary says:

    When the cat is away…Report

  2. Avatar Kolohe says:

    Maybe you want this more like the UK – if a wormhole swallows up the Parliment building, the Royals would take charge for a while.

    So ED Kain needs to emerge from the video game survival shelter and reassert his authority.Report

  3. Avatar Michael Cain says:

    Can someone that far down the line of succession act, in good conscience, when the Governor can be in Sacramento in six hours? Let’s be honest, it’s wasn’t that long ago that the Governor could be in California and struggle to get to the capital in six hours.Report

    • Avatar Autolukos in reply to Michael Cain says:

      The telephone seems like the more important change.

      In any case, if Torlakson wants to try a coup, I can get behind him as long as he agrees to build the wall and make LA pay for it.Report

      • Avatar Burt Likko in reply to Autolukos says:

        Let me say this clearly, so all you northern Californians can hear me.

        There is no f[ish]ing way I’m paying for that wall.Report

      • That wall is suspiciously crescent-shaped. Does Michell Malkin know about this?Report

      • Avatar Michael Cain in reply to Autolukos says:

        The telephone seems like the more important change.

        So long as the written rules keep up with things.

        When I was a youngster, there was a point where the Nebraska legislature wanted to pass a particular bill, the lieutenant governor approved of the bill, and the governor strongly opposed it. There weren’t enough legislative votes to override a veto. Per the state constitution, if the governor is out of the state, all of the powers — including the ability to call a special session and sign bills — devolve to the lieutenant governor. To block the bill, the governor was effectively confined to the state for most of a year.Report

  4. We do have a procedure for things like that. It’s called “Who’s buying the next round?”Report

  5. Avatar LTL FTC says:

    …an actual substitute teacher! The state is going to be so behind when Mr. Brown comes back.Report

  6. Avatar Kazzy says:

    I’ll run things. I mean, I routinely organize a dozen (or more) 4-year-olds into a quasi-functioning community. I should be up for the challenge of doing the same with you nincompoops!Report