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July 3, 2013
Rubio Takes a Right: Senator Marco Rubio has began efforts to enshrine Texas’s draconian anti-abortion bill into national law, agreeing to become a lead sponsor of a Senate bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks. There is a zero percent chance that this bill, with his sponsorship, won’t attract huge national attention; it seems like an obvious attempt on Rubio’s part to re-ingratiate himself with conservatives, who turned on him pretty quickly once he started pushing for immigration reform. There’s also little chance of the bill becoming law until Republicans recapture the Senate and the White House. (Photo credit: Getty images) source

Rubio Takes a Right: Senator Marco Rubio has began efforts to enshrine Texas’s draconian anti-abortion bill into national law, agreeing to become a lead sponsor of a Senate bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks. There is a zero percent chance that this bill, with his sponsorship, won’t attract huge national attention; it seems like an obvious attempt on Rubio’s part to re-ingratiate himself with conservatives, who turned on him pretty quickly once he started pushing for immigration reform. There’s also little chance of the bill becoming law until Republicans recapture the Senate and the White House. (Photo credit: Getty images) source

16:51 // 1 year ago
June 6, 2013
Here we are talking about the post-Obama world, and where the Obama coalition is going to go. We think that Cory [Booker] is one of the people who is best positioned to advance that movement.
Steve Phillips, founder of Pac Plus, a progressive SF-based super PAC. There is a recognition amongst Democratic and progressive operatives that the Obama coalition won’t necessarily make it to the polls for every future Democratic candidate, and that if the left wants continue to utilize that coalition, it will have to be intentional and thoughtful with regard to which progressives it supports. Pac Plus is going to pour between $1 and $2 million to help elect Booker to the recently-vacated senate seat in New Jersey, which will be filled via a special election this October.  source
18:26 // 1 year ago
March 7, 2013
Another Democrat retiring: Michigan Senator Carl Levin has announced that he won’t seek reelection in 2014. In theory, this places what would have been a safe Democratic seat up for grabs. In reality, the seat will be up for grabs until after the Republican primary, at which point it will revert back to being a safe Democratic seat. Okay, in all seriousness, Levin’s retirement is indeed a blow to Democrats hoping to retain control of the Senate, but considering that Michigan is generally a pretty blue state, it’s not as big a deal as, say  Jay Rockefeller’s retirement in West Virginia (Photo credit: AP). source

Another Democrat retiring: Michigan Senator Carl Levin has announced that he won’t seek reelection in 2014. In theory, this places what would have been a safe Democratic seat up for grabs. In reality, the seat will be up for grabs until after the Republican primary, at which point it will revert back to being a safe Democratic seat. Okay, in all seriousness, Levin’s retirement is indeed a blow to Democrats hoping to retain control of the Senate, but considering that Michigan is generally a pretty blue state, it’s not as big a deal as, say  Jay Rockefeller’s retirement in West Virginia (Photo credit: AP)source

18:34 // 1 year ago
March 6, 2013
If past is any indicator, a Democratic “threat” to reform the filibuster is much like a Charlie Brown threat to go home if Lucy doesn’t play nice with the football this time. This isn’t the first time the Democratic leadership in the Senate has made noises about reforming the filibuster; it’s not even the first time they’ve admitted that they screwed up filibuster reform last time but are serious about it this time. Democrats always balk at the last minute, so don’t expect this to go anywhere. source

If past is any indicator, a Democratic “threat” to reform the filibuster is much like a Charlie Brown threat to go home if Lucy doesn’t play nice with the football this time. This isn’t the first time the Democratic leadership in the Senate has made noises about reforming the filibuster; it’s not even the first time they’ve admitted that they screwed up filibuster reform last time but are serious about it this time. Democrats always balk at the last minute, so don’t expect this to go anywhere. source

19:28 // 1 year ago
February 20, 2013
This actually does raise the legitimate question as to how direct of a democracy the founding fathers really intended to create. Joe Miller, a Tea Party candidate for the Senate in Alaska a few years back, was a proponent of this plan as well. He didn’t win; it seems that asking people to elect you to the Senate so you can take away their right to elect other people to the Senate in the future isn’t a winning campaign strategy (although Miller seems to be mulling a comeback, so what do we know). Anyway, this Georgia proposal will almost certainly go absolutely nowhere. source

This actually does raise the legitimate question as to how direct of a democracy the founding fathers really intended to create. Joe Miller, a Tea Party candidate for the Senate in Alaska a few years back, was a proponent of this plan as well. He didn’t win; it seems that asking people to elect you to the Senate so you can take away their right to elect other people to the Senate in the future isn’t a winning campaign strategy (although Miller seems to be mulling a comeback, so what do we know). Anyway, this Georgia proposal will almost certainly go absolutely nowhere. source

17:24 // 1 year ago
January 11, 2013
"[W]e believe you must be willing to take any lawful steps to ensure that America does not break its promises and trigger a global economic crisis — without Congressional approval, if necessary." So reads a letter sent to the president today by top Senate Democrats. It’s not every day that members of congress explicitly voice their willingness to be circumvented by the president, but Harry Reid and company clearly believe that the threat of default is a real possibility. Later on in the letter, the Democrats call for “a broad, bipartisan agreement” to reduce the long-term deficit - but only one that puts “the entire budget on the table,” as opposed to policy that only cuts “earned benefits for seniors and middle-class families.” (Photo credit: AP)  source

"[W]e believe you must be willing to take any lawful steps to ensure that America does not break its promises and trigger a global economic crisis — without Congressional approval, if necessary." So reads a letter sent to the president today by top Senate Democrats. It’s not every day that members of congress explicitly voice their willingness to be circumvented by the president, but Harry Reid and company clearly believe that the threat of default is a real possibility. Later on in the letter, the Democrats call for “a broad, bipartisan agreement” to reduce the long-term deficit - but only one that puts “the entire budget on the table,” as opposed to policy that only cuts “earned benefits for seniors and middle-class families.” (Photo credit: AP)  source

20:25 // 1 year ago
December 6, 2012
This may be a moment in Senate history, when a senator made a proposal that, when given an opportunity for a vote on that proposal, filibustered his own proposal…I don’t think this has ever happened before.
Sen. Dick Durbin, after Mitch McConnell’s latest scheme blew up in his face. McConnell introduced legislation today that would allow the president to unilaterally raise the debt limit, suspecting that Democrats wouldn’t have the guts to vote for it. When it became clear that Democrats did indeed have the votes to pass the bill with a simple majority, McConnell filibustered it, preventing its passage. The United States Senate, ladies and gentlemen. source
15:23 // 1 year ago
May 13, 2011
12:21 // 3 years ago