Massachusetts Democrats could just change the law again to require a same-party appointee (really every state should do this), or Warren or Sanders could just resign before the election so the special would be concurrent with 2020. This is only a problem if Dems let it become one
That’s not how it works in most of the states that do this for their legislatures. Usually, it’s the state/local party committee of the former member submitting a few names to the governor to pick from
Massachusetts Democrats have had veto proof majorities for a very, very long time. Vermont also has a veto-proof Democratic/Progressive majority again after 2018
Both Massachusetts & Vermont will hold regularly scheduled legislative sessions in 2020
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