Massachusetts legislators are deciding whether to change the law to allow the governor to appoint a temporary replacement.
What's most important to the ailing senator is making sure someone will be in his seat to vote on a healthcare reform bill this year.
They lure the industry with incentives, while cracking down on adult content.
The Democrat's qualifications, not race, sealed his victory, African-Americans say.
The next president is expected to name at least one new justice to the closely divided court.
California and Massachusetts have the edge, but at least half of US states have entered the race.