Today's Editorials: How States Should Replace Dead or Retiring Senators

WaPo ... urges states to pass laws forcing governors, in the event that a sitting U.S. senator dies or resigns, to nominate interim replacements from the outgoing senator's political party. "It doesn't make sense to allow" governors "to shift the party makeup of the Senate," the editors write ... criticizes D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty for the "shabby way" he "let school superintendent Clifford B. Janey know that he was out of a job," but praises the mayor's replacement pick, Michelle Rhee, as "more than capable" ... urges Congress to grant the Food and Drug Administration the regulatory power to more quickly approve generic drug companies' biopharmaceutical alternatives, which are derived from living organisms. "There should be a regulatory framework for the expedited approval of follow-on biopharmaceuticals -- as long as the FDA can ensure to a reasonable degree that the alternative treatments are safe and effective," the editors write.

WSJ ... highlights the increasing popularity of coal-to-liquid technology among "alternative" energy supporters, and argues that the campaign behind it is "on its way to becoming the biggest corporate welfare scheme in U.S. history" ... hails the Supreme Court's decision yesterday ruling that "states may require unions to get permission from nonmembers before using their dues money for political activities." The editors note that the "decision is especially timely, given that next week Senate Democrats are scheduled to vote to eliminate secret-ballot elections for union organizing" ... hails Indonesia's capture of "long-time terrorist" Abu Dujana, calling it "a sign of what committed antiterror governments can accomplish, even in countries with majority-Muslim populations."

USA Today ... highlights recent findings that indicate, regardless of ethnicity, high school graduation rates for males are lower than for females. The editors argue that the "dropouts threaten to create a permanent, growing underclass of undereducated males."

LAT ... argues that although civil wars have broken out in Gaza, Lebanon and Iraq -- three Middle Eastern countries where free elections have been held recently -- democracy has not been "discredited" there. The editors write that "[d]emocracy is the only path to a government for and by the people. And without the competition of free elections, politicians have no real incentive to enact reform, and citizens have no meaningful way to hold them accountable" ... urges California lawmakers to pass a bill making solar powered water heating systems more affordable and ones powered by carbon-emitting natural gas more expensive.

NYT ... urges Congress to reform existing laws so that home health care providers are offered basic labor protections, like minimum wage and time-and-a-half for overtime.

By Rob Anderson |  June 15, 2007; 9:14 AM ET
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