The unfortunate passing of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) is a sad reminder that the United States’ system for dealing with Senate vacancies is truly insane. There is no national standard. Each state has its own system and they run from the decent, to the highly undemocratic, to the legally ambiguous.
|By: Jon Walker Friday June 7, 2013 9:30 am|
|By: Jon Walker Monday June 3, 2013 11:15 am|
New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg (D) has passed away, according to his office. Lautenberg represented the state of New Jersey for nearly thirty years during two separate stints in office. The senator was 89 years old and suffered from numerous ailments. He was one of the oldest senators currently serving.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday February 14, 2013 1:03 pm|
Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) had been considering a primary challenge against Lautenberg, but now that Lautenberg is out of the race Booker is the front runner to replace him.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday April 10, 2012 12:30 pm|
New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie cancelled a tunnel project across the Hudson River in 2010, a decision which made him very popular in conservative circles, claiming that the costs has dramatically increased while the state would be forced to bear most of the risks . It turns out that he had to twist facts to justify this decision.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday July 13, 2011 5:10 pm|
Peter King (R-NY), a frequent guest on News Corp’s cable news properties (up to this point), just called for an FBI investigation into allegations that the company hacked into the voicemail accounts of 9-11 victims. Given King’s constant invocation of 9-11, only rivaled by Rudy Giuliani, this isn’t all that surprising.
King is not alone. Today, Senators Frank Lautenberg, Robert Menendez and Jay Rockefeller have sought investigations from the Justice Department or Congress.
|By: Blue Texan Wednesday June 29, 2011 10:30 am|
Unfortunately, this is far too a common refrain by now.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday January 11, 2011 5:15 pm|
It turned out that Zamudio actually pushed the holder of the gun into a wall, and thus came much closer to doing violence on an innocent man who had just taken the gun from Jared Loughner than even this description suggests. The potential for yet another innocent death was pretty high here. And a Wild West show with alternating bouts of gunfire seems like an extremely dangerous environment for bystanders.
Frank Lautenberg said it very clearly on MSNBC: the difference between this country and practically every other industrialized nation, which has a tiny fraction of the gun violence as we have in the US, is that “we don’t have more madmen, we have more guns.” And increasing the amount of armed people out there won’t help this ratio, either.
|By: Jane Hamsher Friday December 11, 2009 6:08 am|
Harry Reid uses his control over procedure to do what Harry Reid wants to do. (Tell that fish story about “60 votes” and Joe Lieberman being the block to anything to someone else.) And what he wants to do is block Dorgan’s drug reimportation bill, and protect Obama’s PhRMA deal.
|By: Laura Flanders Wednesday May 28, 2008 5:03 pm|
A chat about inside/outside electoral strategy and reality. This, and the full hour of GRITtv: Hillary and the RFK flap, Iraqi insurgency “Meeting Resistance”, Dr. Dahlia Wasfi, and Stop The Clash of Civilizations from Avaaz.org