Yesterday Senate Democrats, under the leadership of Majority Leader Harry Reid, voted to junk the filibuster and approve President Obama’s judicial nominees by a simple 51 majority vote – the so-called “nuclear option.” While the move was in theory limited to judges – excluding Supreme Court nominees and bills – the cultural shift may be permanent.
|By: DSWright Wednesday July 17, 2013 6:40 am|
While some are trumpeting the deal reached between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on filibustered nominees, the devil is in the details. Part of the deal involved President Obama withdrawing nominees to the National Labor Relations Board, a move one union leader considers a betrayal.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday April 4, 2013 2:59 pm|
President Obama went to a DCCC fundraiser and told all the big donors about how he needed Nancy Pelosi to be Speaker of the House again. He claimed it would be a “whole lot easier to govern” if she were.
While the line was meant to get donors to open their wallets, it is so completely detached from the reality in Washington that it seems more appropriate as a punch line than a call to action.
|By: bmaz Saturday January 26, 2013 4:00 pm|
What can only be described as a blockbuster opinion was just handed down by the DC Circuit in the case of Canning v NLRB, the validity of President Obama’s recess appointments has been slapped down. Here is the full opinion. The three judge panel was Chief Judge David Sentelle, Karen Henderson and Thomas Griffith, all Republican appointees.
|By: Eli Friday January 25, 2013 7:25 am|
Harry Reid still hasn’t seen enough obstruction from Senate Republicans to support filibuster reform, saying, “The only way we’ll get rid of the filibuster is if it continues to be abused.” He has either been sound asleep for the past four years, is the most trusting man alive, or he is simply and completely full of the brown stuff.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday January 24, 2013 1:27 pm|
Senate Democrats are so scared of being held responsible that they effectively decided they would prefer to continue playing a majority party on TV than actually be one in real life.
|By: Jon Walker Friday November 16, 2012 2:08 pm|
The Senate Democrats are starting to get serious about reforming the Senate rules to make the chamber slightly less idiotic. One of the changes they are thinking about making is forcing the minority who wants to filibuster a bill to actually speak continuously on the Senate floor.
|By: Jon Walker Monday July 23, 2012 1:40 pm|
I think the filibuster is awful. It makes a mockery of the principles of democracy. It destroys democratic accountability. It enable politicians to make false promises they will never need to make good on. It has crippled our government. It even inherently violates the clear intent of the Constitution. That is why I think the filibuster needs to be eliminated, not reformed. So why is anyone proposing merely to “reform” it?
|By: Jon Walker Saturday May 12, 2012 7:00 pm|
In a rather monumental development Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called for the filibuster to be reformed on the Senate floor.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday March 30, 2011 4:25 pm|
By threatening to filibuster the bill, Lee is basically requiring it to get at least 60 votes in the Senate, giving other Senate Republicans leverage to make more “reasonable” hostage demands.