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“We’ll show Floridians that there is just one candidate who will stand up for Florida’s environment and middle-class families in this state,” Mr. Meeks says.

ABOUT THAT CO-PRESIDENCY

The concept of a two-person, bipartisan “co-presidency” broached in Inside the Beltway on Monday by Iowa University law professor David Orentlicher rankled 100 percent of our readers. Some pointed out that the idea surfaced during the Carter administration, others dismissed the ramblings of “nutty perfessers” while still more blamed the Obama administration for turning the office into the dreaded “imperial presidency” that Mr. Orentlicher warned of.

“The idea of a dual presidency is the stupidest concept I’ve heard in a long time. I can’t imagine it working. Maybe Congress should grow a spine and use its constitutional powers against both the executive and judicial branches. Each branch should reread the Constitution and reassert its unique constitutional powers,” says reader Pete Farris. “And there is at least one return to the original design that should be made: Do away with popular election of senators. The Senate was originally the house of the states and should be returned to that status. The result would be some much-needed rebalancing of government.”

Says Barbara Hill, also a Beltway reader, “I’d say anything with two heads is a monster.”

POLL DU JOUR

- 82 percent of Americans have never met or shaken hands with their congressional representative.

- 56 percent give their representative a fair or poor rating.

- 51 percent do not have a clear idea of what their representative “stands for.”

- 43 percent say their representative “is in touch” with local people.

- 12 percent give the U.S. Congress overall a good job rating.

- 1 percent say Congress does an excellent job.

Source: A Pew Research Center/National Journal poll of 1,010 adults conducted Sept. 23-26.

*Rumbles, grumbles, humbling revelations to jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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