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  • Today’s Campaign Update (Because The Campaign Never Ends) – 5.15.2017

    05/15/2017 5:33:23 AM PDT · by EyesOfTX · 1 replies
    DB Daily Update ^ | 5.15.2017 | David Blackmon
    - Heat Street reports that the U.S. Supreme Court, thanks to an utterly idiotic ruling by the idiot majority on the idiot 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, may soon have to decide if school children can be arrested for fake belching in class. Thank God this case didn’t come up in 1967, or I would have probably spent a lifetime in prison. I swear I don’t make this stuff up. - The fake editors at the NY Times approved an op/ed piece by someone named Lee Siegel. It’s headline: “For Liberals, Is It Time To Move To Norway?” To which...
  • Democratic objections to delay Branstad confirmation

    05/11/2017 3:41:37 PM PDT · by iowamark · 13 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | May 11 2017 | James Q. Lynch
    This time next week, Gov. Terry Branstad is likely to be the United States ambassador to China, Sen. Chuck Grassley predicted Thursday. The Iowa Republican expects a vote on Branstad’s appointment as early as Tuesday, despite Democratic senators forcing a cloture vote on President Donald Trump’s nomination. “Realize he got out of committee on unanimous consent,” Grassley said. After a hearing last week, the Foreign Relations Committee recommended Branstad’s conformation unanimously on a voice vote. “Now we want to get him through the United States Senate and we have to file a cloture motion on it.” The objections may not...
  • It's Time to Get Rid of the Legislative Filibuster

    05/04/2017 6:38:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 3, 2017 | Terry Schilling
    Congress is preparing to pass an Omnibus spending bill that will fund the government through the rest of fiscal year 2017. Democrats love the bill because it fully funds Planned Parenthood and specifically omits many of President Trump's legislative priorities, such as funding for his proposed border wall with Mexico.House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi undoubtedly spoke for most Democrats when she praised the bill on Monday:“We have eliminated more than 160 Republican poison pill riders, ranging from undermining a woman’s right to reproductive health to dismantling Dodd-Frank’s vital Wall Street consumer protections... The omnibus does not fund President Trump’s immoral...
  • McConnell rejects Trump filibuster idea

    05/03/2017 6:54:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 2, 2017
    The top Republican in the Senate on Tuesday rejected President Donald Trump's suggestion that his party change the chamber's rules to undercut the ability of Democrats to block legislation with filibusters. "There is an overwhelming majority on a bipartisan basis that is not interested in changing the way the Senate operates on the legislative calendar," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters.
  • Tom Daschle: Dems More To Blame For ‘Erosion Of Institutional Pillars Of Senate’

    04/11/2017 1:35:02 PM PDT · by DeweyCA · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4-9-17 | Kerry Picket
    Former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle says Democrats are more to blame in the destruction of “institutional pillars” of the upper chamber than Republicans. In a podcast interview released Sunday with Real Clear Politics Executive Editor Carl Cannon, the South Dakota Democrat described how Democrats and Republicans argued with each other over the filibuster and the nuclear option just a few years ago. (Skip) [Daschle:] Unfortunately, Democrats have far dirtier hands when it comes to the erosion of the institutional pillars of the Senate than Republicans going all the way back to–you know, they used to do filibusters in...
  • Ed Markey can't wait to retake the Senate, so Dems can restore the filibuster.

    04/11/2017 11:00:59 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/11/17 | Robert Laurie
    Anyone buying that? No? OK Neil Gorsuch has been confirmed to a lifetime SCOTUS appointment, there’s nothing they can do about it, and Democrats are furious. Lefties who demanded the “nuclear option” be employed when they were in power, are simply aghast that the GOP has called Harry Reid’s bluff and used it against them. Remember, as Reid famously said, “Let them do it, why would we care.”
  • The Nation's Capital and the Wall

    04/10/2017 5:14:43 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 2 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | April 10, 2017 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    In the first week of April, 2017, a nostalgic nation watched as one of the grand old institutions crumbled into dust: the Senate filibuster was removed from the toolbox for presidential appointments. Many on both sides of the aisle shed a tear or two as the US Senate lost one of its most famous and romantic tools; until the Democrats overplayed their hand on the Gorsuch nomination, a single Senator could hold up a presidential appointee with a filibuster. No more. Before you shed any more tears, though, dear Gentle Reader, please consider who had long been empowered with this...
  • 3 reasons Democrats just made a dumb mistake

    04/08/2017 10:46:04 AM PDT · by 198ml · 42 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 4/8/17 | Steve Deace
    Now that the judicial filibuster in the U.S. Senate has been nuked, it’s time to look at the political fallout going forward. And for Democrats, the news is all bad. Here are three reasons why Democrats just made a dumb mistake by filibustering Neil Gorsuch. 1. The GOP is now free to put real Scalia-Thomas types throughout the judiciary The argument for years as to why Republicans needed stealth Supreme Court candidates like David Souter, Anthony Kennedy, and John Roberts (who have all gone on to be disappointments to varying degrees) was the filibuster. However, now that it’s no longer...
  • End of Filibuster Not Good for Either Party

    04/07/2017 8:01:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 7, 2017 | Linda Chavez
    Back when I was a young staffer in the House of Representatives, we viewed the Senate with some disdain. Senators -- and more so their staffs -- were imperious. They viewed themselves as being in the higher chamber and employed arcane rules, most notoriously the filibuster, to block actions they didn't like. But I've learned a thing or two in the more than 40 years since I left my job on the House Judiciary Committee, and I've changed my mind about those Senate rules. Sometimes we need a brake, judiciously applied, to give politicians and the country the time to...
  • How Strong was the Judicial Filibuster?

    04/06/2017 9:34:25 PM PDT · by confederatecarpetbag · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | April 6, 2017 | Charles C.W. Cooke
    In 2003, when Chuck Shumer began filibustering Bush’s nominees to the lower courts — a departure that tested what was a relatively new “norm” — the GOP came close to getting rid of it. In 2013, after the GOP had successfully filibustered 5 — yes, just 5 —
  • Kaine: Dems will use 'nuclear option' if GOP blocks court nominee

    04/06/2017 10:24:58 AM PDT · by confederatecarpetbag · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | Oct. 26, 2016 | Jordain Carney
    Hillary Clinton's running mate is predicting Democrats will go "nuclear" if Republicans try to stonewall a potential Supreme Court nominee by Clinton. Tim Kaine on Friday said he believes Senate Democrats will change the chamber's rules if they run into GOP obstruction in 2017. Kaine, however, said Friday that there's a "significant likelihood" that Garland will get confirmed this year.
  • McCain on filibuster change: ‘It’s a bad day for democracy’

    04/06/2017 1:27:54 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 98 replies
    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., bemoaned the state of the Senate on Thursday as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moved to change the chamber’s rules in order to break through the Democratic filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch with a simple majority. Earlier in the day, Republicans failed to reach the 60-vote supermajority needed to end debate and proceed to a vote. “It’s a bad day for democracy,” McCain said before entering the Senate chamber, where he later voted with fellow Republicans to change the rules. “I think it’s a terrible mistake that we will regret for many, many years to...
  • Senate GOP 'goes nuclear,' clearing way for Trump court pick

    04/06/2017 11:41:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    WYFF-TV ^ | April 6, 2017 | Erica Werner, The Associated Press
    Republicans invoked the "nuclear option" in the Senate Thursday, unilaterally rewriting the chamber's rules to allow President Donald Trump's nominee to ascend to the Supreme Court. Furious Democrats objected until the end, but their efforts to block Judge Neil Gorsuch failed as expected. Lawmakers of both parties bemoaned the long-term implications for the Senate, the court and the country....
  • Senate Republicans deploy ‘nuclear option’ after Gorsuch filibuster

    04/06/2017 9:16:33 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 109 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 4-6-2017 | Judson Berger
    Senate Republicans deployed the so-called “nuclear option” Thursday afternoon in a bid to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, moving to overcome a Democratic filibuster just minutes earlier. The Senate initially voted 55-45 on a motion to end debate on Gorsuch, with four Democrats breaking ranks; it needed 60 to succeed. Known as a filibuster, this vote triggered Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to go “nuclear.” This means he is trying to change Senate precedent so that the Senate can move to a final roll call with just a simple majority of 51 votes, as opposed to 60....
  • Filibuster Vote Thread

    04/06/2017 7:46:32 AM PDT · by BigEdLB · 43 replies
    US Senate ^ | Mitch Mc Connell
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  • Here's the real reason why Democrats have been so partisan about Trump's pick

    04/06/2017 8:17:27 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 6, 2017 | John R Lott Jr
    Some ask why Democrats are filibustering Judge Gorsuch, who has received accolades from even some of the most partisan, liberal lawyers. But a clash is inevitable — if not over this Supreme Court nominee, then surely over the next. Democrats are about to launch the first, partisan filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee, forcing an end to Senate rules that have helped foster centuries of bipartisanship. But while everyone is discussing the partisanship over Judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation, the real question is being ignored: what has caused this increased rancor? There is a lot at stake. In fact, there is...
  • Arkansas Senator Torches Democrats' Hypocrisy On Gorsuch Filibuster

    04/05/2017 12:24:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 5, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    Sen. Jeff Merkley spoke for over 15 hours, protesting the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, saying how this seat on the high court is stolen, and that the integrity of the courts would be undermined for decades if the Senate confirms him. Yes, a man who received the American Bar AssociationÂ’s highest rating is going to denigrate the courts. This is bath salts logic, but Merkley has been one of GorsuchÂ’s early (and vocal) opponents. HeÂ’s from a blue state. And his base is frothing at the mouth to go all-out war, even in the face of defeat....
  • How To Make Chuck E. Schumer Cry Again

    04/05/2017 7:14:59 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 7 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 4-5-17 | MOTUS
    Rich Lowry: Throughout its history, the United States Senate has experienced disgraceful filibusters (Strom Thurmond against the 1957 Civil Rights Act), entertaining filibusters (Huey Long in 1935 reciting a fried-oyster recipe) and symbolic filibusters (Rand Paul making a point about drone strikes in 2013). But the filibuster that Chuck Schumer is about to undertake against Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court is perhaps the institution’s dumbest. Hard to argue with that, but in the interest of progressive politics there is nothing so dumb that the Democrats won’t do it. It won’t block Gorsuch, won’t establish any important jurisprudential...
  • McCain: Anyone Claiming Nuclear Option Is Good For Senate Is A ‘Stupid Idiot’

    04/05/2017 5:16:37 AM PDT · by kevcol · 93 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | April 4, 2017 | Juliegrace Brufke
    “I would like to meet that idiot, I’d like to meet the numskull that would say that,” he told reporters. “That after 200 years, at least 100 years of this tradition, where the Senate has functioned pretty well, they think it would be a good idea to blow it up.” McCain said changing the rules would be a “body blow to the institution,” adding he thinks it puts them on a slippery slope. .. McCain said he’s had numerous conversations with members on both sides of the aisle in an attempt to strike an agreement on the matter.
  • The Gorsuch Filibuster Shows The Liberal Base’s Clout (state by state table of senators)

    04/05/2017 4:33:21 AM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    fivethirtyeight ^ | April 3, 2017 | Nate Silver
    Sen. Claire McCaskill At least 41 Democratic senators have publicly committed to filibuster President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, leading to a probable showdown with Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.The filibuster might seem like payback for Democrats after Republicans refused to consider the nomination of then-President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, for 293 days starting last year. Unlike Republicans last year, however, Democrats don’t have all that much power. They aren’t in the majority — and McConnell has strongly hinted that he could seek to eliminate the filibuster for Supreme Court picks if Gorsuch can’t get 60...