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The Post Session Shuffle, Part Two

Now that First District Congressman David Wu has announced his resignation, the talk has turned to the logistics of his replacement.

David WuOver at BlueOregon, Kari Chisholm has this lowdown on the process: The Constitution says that vacant House seats are resolved with a special election. There is no gubernatorial appointment, although the governor does set the date of the special election.  According to the Secretary of State, if the date Kitzhaber selects is more than 80 days out from the resignation, there would be a special primary and a special general election. If the date he selects is fewer than 80 days after the resignation, Democrats and Republicans select their nominees through party conventions, and voters decide in a special general election.

The Oregonian reported that Kitzaber said he will set a date that allows for "sufficient time for the secretary of state to call a special primary." In other words, more than 80 days out from when Wu actually resigns, which he hasn't yet.

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The Post-Session Shuffle

Do you hear that sound? That pitter-patter of feet is what's known as the post-session shuffle, where legislators and staff leave their posts to run for office and work for other organizations, or replace those who left. Here's the list of confirmed and rumored switcheroos:

Reps. Mary Nolan, D-Portland (left), and Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie, are leaving the Oregon House to pursue other elected positions.Oregon House

Rep. Mary Nolan, D-Portland, is running for Portland City Council against Amanda Fritz. Sharon Meieran, a lawyer-turned-emergency room doctor, is thinking about running as a Democrat to replace Nolan.

Rep. Jeff Barker, D-Aloha, says he'll likely retire at the end of his term. No word yet on serious candidates looking to replace him.

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