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HUFFPOST HILL – Ensign Investigation Won’t End

Happy Earth Day, that special time of year when you’re reminded that it’s Earth Day. Susan Collins won’t support Paul Ryan’s panacea budget, even though it invents a KFC Doubledown that is heart-healthy. Another left-leaning official is dep…

Happy Earth Day, that special time of year when you’re reminded that it’s Earth Day. Susan Collins won’t support Paul Ryan’s panacea budget, even though it invents a KFC Doubledown that is heart-healthy. Another left-leaning official is departing the White House, fueling rumors that President Obama will ditch Joe Biden and choose a Third Way policy paper on entitlement reform as his 2012 running mate. And come May 3, John Ensign will be just another schlub who doesn’t have access to the “Senators Only” elevator … who is under investigation by the Ethics Committee. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Friday, April 22nd, 2011:

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SANDOVAL TO ANNOUNCE HELLER … UH … ENSIGN’S REPLACEMENT WHEN LAW DEMANDS IT – John Ensign — a man whose extramarital activity and questionable professional behavior were broadcast nationwide — likely stepped down so that he wouldn’t be (uh oh!) reprimanded by the Senate Ethics Committee. Speculation quickly solidified into conventional wisdom that Rep. Dean Heller will be appointed to the spot. Republican Governor Brian Sandoval is insisting that it’s premature to settle on Heller. “I take very seriously the importance of this appointment, so to speculate on potential candidates for appointment before then would be premature,” he said in a statement. Sandoval also refused to specify when he would appoint Ensign’s successor beyond stating that he would do so before “Pursuant to the relevant law, I expect to announce an appointment before the resignation effective date of May 3,” he also said in his really helpful statement. [MSNBC]

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