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Palin Blocked Again

Democrats in Alaska aren't budging in their battle against Governor Sarah Palin over an open Senate seat. Yesterday, Palin submitted three names—two of whom were already nixed by the Democrats—for approval before an appointment can be made. Today, Democrats determined Palin's triple threat strategy is illegal. "There is nothing for us to vote on, there is no appointment," explained Senate Judiciary Chairman Hollis French of Anchorage. "The governor has taken an unusual course which is outside the law and leaves us no choice but to ignore what she's done." Palin needs a majority of support from the nine Senate Democrats to proceed.