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Surprise: Angus King to Caucus With Democrats
CNN.com ^ | 11-14-2012 | CNN.com

Posted on 11/14/2012 8:42:22 AM PST by MikeyVirginia

(CNN) - Maine's independent senator-elect announced Wednesday he would caucus with Democrats, giving the party a ten-vote advantage over Republicans in the upper chamber.

Angus King made the announcement Tuesday in the U.S. Capitol, where he and other newly elected senators and represenatatives are convening for a week of orientation. They will be officially sworn in as lawmakers in January.

(Excerpt) Read more at politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: US: Maine
KEYWORDS: 113th; angusking; maine; me2012; senate
Can you believe some Maine Republicans voted for this guy?
1 posted on 11/14/2012 8:42:26 AM PST by MikeyVirginia
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To: MikeyVirginia

so......filibusterproof?


2 posted on 11/14/2012 8:44:23 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: MikeyVirginia

He was always a democrap?


3 posted on 11/14/2012 8:44:23 AM PST by dalebert
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To: MikeyVirginia
Who?

Angus King ?

4 posted on 11/14/2012 8:45:09 AM PST by llevrok (I haven't left America. It left me.)
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To: MikeyVirginia

Catherine Hepburn, I mean Susan Collins is up for re-election in two years. I hope Charlie Summers runs against her too.


5 posted on 11/14/2012 8:45:45 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: Buckeye McFrog
so......filibusterproof?

No. 55-45, not 60-40.

6 posted on 11/14/2012 8:45:49 AM PST by Numbers Guy
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To: Buckeye McFrog

No, they need 66, he makes 55 or 56.


7 posted on 11/14/2012 8:46:29 AM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12)
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To: MikeyVirginia

Sure I can, they’ve been voting for Snowe and Collins for years now.


8 posted on 11/14/2012 8:47:06 AM PST by GilesB
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To: Numbers Guy

Unless “Dingy Harry” changes the filibuster rules which he has been trying to do.


9 posted on 11/14/2012 8:47:19 AM PST by 3Fingas
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To: Buckeye McFrog

No, they need 60, he makes 55 or 56.


10 posted on 11/14/2012 8:47:19 AM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12)
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To: 3Fingas

They need 51 to change the filibuster rules and so far cannot get that many of their 55 or 56 to agree.


11 posted on 11/14/2012 8:50:58 AM PST by Ingtar (Everyone complains about the weather, but only Liberals try to legislate it.)
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To: Ingtar

I believe they will get that number because, as evidenced by the Obamacare vote, the dems are not afraid to take advantage of their majority status while Republicans usually are.


12 posted on 11/14/2012 8:54:37 AM PST by 3Fingas
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To: MikeyVirginia

Surprise? I heard election night this “independent” would caucus with the democrats if elected.


13 posted on 11/14/2012 8:54:57 AM PST by skeeter
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To: MikeyVirginia

Color me stunned.American For Democratic Action,a proudly and openly Marxist “watchdog” group,rates each and every member of Congress...House *and* Senate...on their level of wisdom,courage and compassion by analyzing their voting record.Olympia Snowe got a 40% rating for the most recent year available.That means that they think she only voted “correctly” 40% of the time.Ten bucks says that King will score 100% for as long as he’s there.


14 posted on 11/14/2012 8:55:05 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Benghazi: What Did Baraq Know And When Did He Know It?)
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To: MikeyVirginia

I suspect many of them also voted for 0. Though in a few years, they’ll never admit it.


15 posted on 11/14/2012 8:58:20 AM PST by ABQHispConservative
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd
"No, they need 60, he makes 55 or 56."

My opinion is maybe. With Graham, McCain, Collins and a couple more of GOPe Rinos who like to reach across the aisle, Reid may just have his quorom of 60 votes to block a filibuster. The voters spoke that they want compromise to solve problems/sarcasm.

16 posted on 11/14/2012 9:05:32 AM PST by buckalfa (Nabob of Negativity)
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To: buckalfa
except for Judges and other cabinet positions they need a GOP House
17 posted on 11/14/2012 9:07:32 AM PST by scooby321 (AMS)
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To: llevrok
Angus King ?

I figured it was the creepy Burger King guy


18 posted on 11/14/2012 9:07:55 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: F15Eagle

Goodnight you Kings of Maine, you Putzes of New England...


19 posted on 11/14/2012 9:16:57 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Ingtar

33 seats were up, 23 held by Dems, and 6 of them in open Dem seats.

And the GOP manages to lose two seats. This was not due to Romney — he ran well ahead of nearly all senate GOP candidates in all senate races from coast to coast.

Hispanics and young people are a huge problem.


20 posted on 11/14/2012 9:18:15 AM PST by mwl8787
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Not a surprise, really. I’d caucus with the winners if I was an independent, too, for whatever it would gain me and my state.


21 posted on 11/14/2012 9:40:59 AM PST by vollmond (I'm an issues voter. If you're a Democrat, I've got issues.)
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To: MikeyVirginia

The two clowns up there now (Snowe, Collins) have been ensnarement to the party for a long time.


22 posted on 11/14/2012 9:55:02 AM PST by GP100
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To: MikeyVirginia
We should have had 50 Senate seats.

Losing in Vi, Ind., N.D., Montana, and Missouri, was terrible.

Coryn was a disaster as head of the Senate election committee.

23 posted on 11/14/2012 9:59:32 AM PST by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

53 - Dems
3 - Independants
44 - GOPers


24 posted on 11/14/2012 10:03:17 AM PST by Perdogg (Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA4) for President 2016)
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To: MikeyVirginia

No surprise. In fact, it’s a fitting combination: “Dingy Harry” and “Anus King” ...


25 posted on 11/14/2012 10:07:29 AM PST by glennaro
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To: 3Fingas
I believe they will get that number because, as evidenced by the Obamacare vote, the dems are not afraid to take advantage of their majority status while Republicans usually are.

All Reid has to do is take a cue from Pelosi and just "deem" his rules change passed.

26 posted on 11/14/2012 10:38:13 AM PST by COBOL2Java (The GOP-e said "Beat a Marxist with a Liberal!" What a colossal blunder.)
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To: mwl8787; All
But! But! ... GOPeeeeee! RINOoooooooos! Romney's fault!! /sarcasm

TeaParty and "conservative" darlings Akin and Mourdock lost 300-500K votes off Romney's winning margins in their respective states.

WV was another bloodbath with Raese 174K votes short or Romney's win.

Rehberg in MT bled 50K and in ND Berg shed 30K votes from Romney's margin.

FIVE Senate seats lost where Romney won the state by healthy margins. Win those and that's a 50-50 Senate.

27 posted on 11/14/2012 10:40:42 AM PST by newzjunkey
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To: 3Fingas
Unless “Dingy Harry” changes the filibuster rules which he has been trying to do.

If he does so, it will be a bad precedent for Dems. It will help with some judges' confirmations I guess. Otherwise, the House remains Republican, so Senate Dem initaitives still get blocked, then when the GOP takes back the Senate (which is certainly possible in two years), they can keep the more limited filibuster rules.

28 posted on 11/14/2012 11:58:18 AM PST by Numbers Guy
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