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Political musings from Warren E. Peterson

Prickly City in the Funnies

Posted by Warren Peterson on March 18, 2008

Prickly City is a great syndicated cartoon strip featuring a liberal coyote named Winslow and a conservative girl named Carmen. Winslow is running for president and has convinced Carmen to be on his ticket as vice president. Hence the two following e-mails between myself and the cartoonist:

Dear Scott Santis,

I am sorry to inform you but Article II, Section 1, subsection 3 of the U.S. Constitution provides that the President and Vice President may not be from the same state. Not that a coyote and a girl wouldn’t make a better ticket than Hillary/Barry or Barry/Hillary but the law is the law. Great cartoon by the way.

Warren Peterson


GREAT point. I fancy myself a Presidnetial expert and I totally missed this point!

I will most definatley be using it as a story line in Prickly City. When I do, please contact me again so I can send you a copy of the series. I am very, very grateful to you for making me feel very, very stupid.

Thanks again,

Scott Stantis

Far from stupid, Scott is refreshingly unpretenious. It will be fun to see how he weaves in the new information. Look for Prickly City in the Seattle Times. Select a date from the drop down menu, click on “Click” and enjoy.


One Response to “Prickly City in the Funnies”

  1. Dick Derham said


    Though actually many so state, as you did, neither Article II, section 1 nor Amendment 12 (which amended tbe form of the Electoral College voting after the 1800 election)precludes a President and VP from coming from the same state. All they do is provide that no elector may cast his vote for two candidates from the same state AS THE ELECTOR.

    An elector from Washington State, for example, could cast votes for a Presidential candidate from, say Pennsylvania, and also a VP candidate from Pennsylvania. Amendment 12 only precludes the Pennsylvania electors from casting votes for both candidates from Pennsylvania.

    So, if a party were prepared to gamble that it would win by a margin greater than half of the electoral votes of their candidates’ home state, or if they were prepared to accept a VP chosen by the Senate, they could proceed. (A decision more likely to be made if both candidates came from, say Alaska with 3 electoral votes than, say California with a bundle.)

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