Gov. Sarah Palin has the right to nominate a Juneau Democrat to fill the state Senate seat vacated when Sen. Kim Elton, D-Juneau, left in mid-term to take an Obama administration job. That's state law. But the law also says the appointment has to be ratified by a majority of the Senate Democrats.
The two sides have to work together to find someone agreeable to both. There's certainly a big question about whether Palin's choice meets that criterion.