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  • California’s Sen. Barbara Boxer bids farewell to Congress after 33 years

    12/08/2016 2:25:06 AM PST · by Zakeet · 64 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | December 7, 2016 | Sean Cockerham
    Sen. Barbara Boxer of California bid farewell to Congress on Wednesday after 33 years as a liberal champion, choking up as she read a letter from jazz great Sonny Rollins thanking her for "making life beautiful" for the people she's represented. "What he said is all I wanted to do, make life beautiful for people," Boxer said in her farewell speech on the Senate floor. "I didn't always succeed ... I can honestly say that I never stopped trying." Former House colleagues of Boxer including Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco came to the Senate to pay their...
  • Harry Reid wants to stay, says blind eye forced retirement

    12/06/2016 4:10:14 AM PST · by kevcol · 43 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 5, 2016 | Paul Bedard
    Outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has few regrets, but one is his injury-forced retirement from the Senate. "I love this institution," he said. "I wish I could be here forever." In a profile for GW, the George Washington University magazine, the school alum said an exercise accident that blinded his right eye two years ago has forced him to leave.
  • Trump could help Republicans pick up two more Senate seats

    12/04/2016 6:36:38 PM PST · by ChessExpert · 61 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 4th, 2016 | Thomas Lifson
    There is a reasonable chance that two more Democrat Senate seats could be lost to the GOP when the next Congress convenes.
  • Senate Votes 99-0 to Extend Sanctions Against Iran

    12/01/2016 12:37:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/01/2016 | Thomas Kaplan
    WASHINGTON — The Senate voted on Thursday to extend American sanctions against Iran for a decade, sending to President Obama a measure that supporters said would help ensure that the United States could fully respond if Iran were to violate its obligations under the nuclear agreement. Iranian officials, rankled that the legislation to extend sanctions was being considered — the House overwhelmingly passed it last month — have threatened to respond if the United States goes through with the renewal. The 99-to-0 vote Thursday showed the desire of lawmakers to maintain a tough posture toward Iran amid uncertainty over the...
  • Senate Dems Pen Letter Indicating Fight Against Jeff Sessions’ AG Nomination

    11/30/2016 7:57:13 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 105 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 30, 2016 | Adelle Nazarian
    Senate Democrats are making it clear that Sen. Jeff Sessions will not have an easy time being confirmed as President-elect Donald J. Trump’s first attorney general. In a letter addressed to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Democrats on the committee pushed for extensive confirmation hearings, indicating that they plan resistance, despite the fact that they referred to him as “a colleague” with whom they “have a personal and cordial relationship.” The senators also requested that Grassley allow for outside witnesses to testify on Sessions’ track record on immigration, civil and voting rights, women’s rights, and government oversight due...
  • Unexpectedly some Senate Dems are ready to work with Trump and the GOP

    11/28/2016 9:35:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | November 28, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    What a difference a few weeks makes. Right up until the morning of November 8th the two parties were lined up in the political equivalent of trenches on the western front in WW1. You’d have been hard pressed to find a Democrat anywhere in the nation who wasn’t ready to declare open rhetorical warfare on Donald Trump and anyone agreeing with a single policy he endorsed. But now, with the dust largely settled, there’s a particular group of Democrats in the Senate who suddenly are finding common ground to be a good thing and are ready to work across the...
  • Republican John Kennedy expected to win runoff for Louisiana U.S. Senate seat

    11/25/2016 4:58:50 AM PST · by GonzoII · 23 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, November 24, 2016 | Tom Howell Jr
    Democrats have insisted that they will push to win the only outstanding Senate race in the country — a Dec. 10 runoff election in Louisiana — but it appears to be trending toward the Republican candidate, which would give the party an effective 52-48 majority next year. State Treasurer John N. Kennedy won the most votes on Nov. 8, but in a crowded field he fell far short of the 50 percent threshold needed to win outright.
  • fake news: Willing to oppose Trump, some Senate Republicans gain leverage

    11/23/2016 3:47:26 AM PST · by spintreebob · 20 replies
    yahoo news ^ | 11/22/2016 | Ginger Gibson and Richard Cowan
    NBC/Survey Monkey. As of October 23, 2016. It is no surprise that Democrats in the U.S. Congress will oppose Donald Trump but the most important resistance to fulfilling the president-elect's agenda is beginning to emerge from Republicans on Capitol Hill. The party held onto control of the Senate at the Nov. 8 election but by only a thin margin, putting powerful swing votes in just a few hands.
  • GOP Senators hint at nuclear option if Dems block Supreme Court appointment

    11/21/2016 7:47:22 AM PST · by Cheerio · 81 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 18, 2016 | John Sexton
    Republicans are vowing that President Trump’s appointment of a Supreme Court Justice to replace the late Justice Scalia will be confirmed no matter what Democrats do. Politico reports the unspoken threat underlying the GOP’s confidence is that, if necessary, they can end the Senate filibuster for confirmation: Republicans won’t come out and say it, but there’s an implicit threat in their confidence: If Democrats play things the wrong way, they might find themselves on the wrong end of a legacy-defining change to Senate rules that scraps the chamber’s 60-vote threshold to confirm Supreme Court nominees. “We’re going to confirm the...
  • If Jeff Sessions leaves the Senate, who replaces him?

    11/18/2016 9:52:14 AM PST · by House Atreides · 82 replies
    www.al.com ^ | November 14, 2016 | Cameron Smith
    "...If Sessions heads to the Trump administration, he would leave behind a coveted seat in the United States Senate. Governor Bentley would appoint Sessions's replacement in the short-term and set a date for a statewide election to fill the seat. Given the importance of the seat, we certainly shouldn't rush this. Bentley ought to appoint someone with an eye toward an election being held during the 2018 midterms. Special elections are expensive and often feature low turnout. With most of us experiencing campaign exhaustion, it's prudent to set the election during a normal cycle. So whom might Bentley appoint if...
  • When Trump makes a Supreme Court nomination

    11/18/2016 8:51:37 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 33 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 11/18/16 | Jonathan H. Adler
    The following piece was posted on the Washington Post site on 11/14/16. by Jonathan H. Adler Once he assumes office, President Donald Trump is expected to promptly nominate someone to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. This, along with subsequent nominations to the Supreme Court and lower courts, will be among his most consequential decisions. During the campaign, Trump initially identified two appellate court judges — Diane Sykes of the 7th Circuit and William Pryor of the 11th Circuit — as the sort of individuals he would name to the high court to replace Scalia. Later during the...
  • Appoint Garland Now (Senate Has Waived Its Rights)

    11/15/2016 3:23:27 PM PST · by the_daug · 65 replies
    We thePeople - petition at Whitehouese dot gov ^ | November 09, 2016 | Created by J.S.
    The Senate has waived its constitutional right to advise and consent; Obama should exercise his independent constitutional right to appoint. The Supreme Court vacancy opened during Obama's administration, it is Obama's responsibility and right to nominate and appoint a replacement. The Senate has a concurrent right to advise and consent, but its complete failure to schedule an up-or-down vote means it has waived that right. Obama can and should act now.
  • Nuke ’Em: Priming the Senate for Necessary Action

    11/14/2016 5:25:48 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 16 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 11/14/16 | Jed Babbin
    They’re prepping the congressional battlefield for the two toughest fights the Dems will have in 2017: the repeal of Obamacare and the confirmation of Trump’s nomination of a conservative to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Those are the two most important campaign promises Trump made that have to be accomplished in the coming year if they’re going to be accomplished at all. The Dems will mount their first round filibusters when the confirmation process begins. They will filibuster some of the cabinet and subcabinet folks as a warm-up so that they and their media allies can...
  • Midterm Senate Map a Democrat Nightmare (Trump 2018!)

    11/13/2016 2:07:07 PM PST · by Az Joe · 61 replies
    Polizette ^ | 11-11-16 | Jim Stinson
    Democrats may be in for long drought, facing slew of 2018 contests in deep Red states. There are 34 seats to be decided in the 2018 midterms. Twenty-six are held by Democrats — and one by Bernie Sanders, the socialist independent from Vermont. Republicans have to defend just eight. Only two of those races will occur in states that had relatively close margins for Trump: Nevada, which Trump lost, and Arizona, which Trump won. The Republicans in those states, Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, will likely be targeted. Democrats are up for re-election in...
  • How Republicans Could Overcome Filibusters by Senate Democrats

    11/12/2016 12:24:14 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | November 10, 2016 | Melissa Quinn
    As Democrats strategize on how to stop conservative legislation from making its way to Donald Trump’s desk in the White House, Republicans have a little-known rule in their toolbox that would allow them to pass legislation, including a repeal of Obamacare, with a simple majority. Democrats were able to keep 48 seats in the Senate after Tuesday’s election, giving the party the power to filibuster legislation and effectively prevent conservative policies from being enacted. But Republicans can turn to a seldom-used Senate rule that would allow them to pass legislation by a simple majority vote—legislation that has a greater chance...
  • Dem propaganda. Senate disaster in 2018.

    11/11/2016 3:52:14 PM PST · by spintreebob · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/13/2016 | Maggie Severns
    Red-state Democrats and party strategists are already nervously looking past 2016, when they are angling to recapture the Senate, to the 2018 elections, hoping against hope that their party isn’t setting itself up for a titanic midterm backlash that could flip control of the Senate for a third time in three elections. As difficult as the 2016 Senate map has been for Republicans, who had to defend numerous blue- and purple-state seats and could lose their majority, Democrats’ 2018 map looks practically unnavigable. The party starts with five ruby-red seats to defend: Indiana, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota and West Virginia....
  • Gov. Scott Walker: Get Rid Of The Filibuster For Donald Trump

    11/09/2016 7:00:00 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 54 replies
    Fox ^ | November 9, 2016
    Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday in the wake of Donald Trump’s surprising victory that Republicans should get rid of the Senate filibuster. Republicans maintained control of the House and Senate on Election Day, giving them control of the Legislative and Executive branches. “I firmly believe that he wants to work — he wants to get things done,” Walker told radio host Charlie Sykes on WTMJ, describing a phone call this week with Trump’s running mate Mike Pence. “He wants to be able to say we won and that best way to do that is to allow Paul (Ryan) to help...
  • Kelly Ayotte concedes New Hampshire Senate race to Hassan

    11/09/2016 2:23:54 PM PST · by Emergencyawesome · 99 replies
    WCVB ^ | Nov 09, 2016 | None listed
    MANCHESTER, N.H. —New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte conceded the Senate race to Gov. Maggie Hassan Wednesday evening. he concession announcement comes after Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan declared victory in the closely-watched U.S. Senate battle against the Republican incumbent. "I just spoke with Gov. Hassan to congratulate her on her election to serve in the U.S. Senate," Ayotte said in a statement. "I wish Gov. Hassan, her husband, Tom, and their children, Ben and Meg, the very best." Hassan is pledging to work with President-elect Donald Trump "when it's in the best interest of New Hampshire and the country," and she...
  • GOP’s Senate Victory Sets Stage for Trump High Court, Agenda

    11/09/2016 7:34:32 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 24 replies
    WSJ ^ | Nov 9, 2016
    President-elect will have chance to fill Scalia’s vacancy; as nominee, he said Second Amendment was ‘under siege’ Mark H. Anderson Updated Nov. 9, 2016 WASHINGTON—Republicans took a big gamble on the Supreme Court earlier this year when they shut down President Barack Obama’s effort to fill a vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February. Now, it appears that extraordinary bet may pay off. President-elect Donald Trump will likely get the chance to fill the seat, putting up a nominee after he is inaugurated in January before a Senate that Republicans will control next year. One hurdle...
  • Alabama May Be Key For Trump to Be Effective

    11/09/2016 6:56:02 AM PST · by alancarp · 13 replies
    Venity | 11/10/2016 | alancarp
    This morning on Northern Alabama's WVNN-AM, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-5/REP) mentioned that the key to Donald Trump's agenda could come down to whether the Senate votes to waive their filibuster rule. That requires 60 votes to end debate on any measure, and Democrats are already scheming to exercise the same kind of obstruction they decried of Republicans in years' past. Requiring a simple majority to pass Senate bills would go a long way toward getting Trump's plans pushed through quickly... especially given the razor-thin edge that Republicans will have. Right now, the power balance in the Senate is 51-47 with...
  • WI Senate: Ron Johnson - R Defeats Finegold -D

    11/09/2016 3:34:28 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 9, 2016 | Staff
    Ron Johnson Incumbent Republican 1,474,345 50.2% Russ Feingold Democrat 1,375,992 46.8% Phil Anderson Libertarian 87,004 3.0%
  • Vanity. Also a sweeper in house and senate..

    11/09/2016 2:25:59 AM PST · by Bubba Gump Shrimp · 12 replies
    Bubba Gump Shrimp | nov 9, 2016 | Bubba Gump Shrimp
    Vanity: I'm watching the TV now, flipping about, and at first they were down right depressed about Trump winning, but I'm getting a second helping of sweetness as they are now starting to touch on the fact that the R's swept the House and Senate too. I thought they were all going on about how Trump was going to throw both the house and senate? YUUUUGE day for America.
  • IN Senate: Fox Calls for Young (R) over Bayh (D)

    11/08/2016 5:24:47 PM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 8, 2016 | Staff
    BREAKING: Republican Todd Young to win Indiana Senate race In Indiana, Fox News can now project that Republican Congressman Todd Young will be the next U.S. Senator from Indiana, ending Democrat Evan Bayh’s quest to win back his old Senate seat.
  • IL Senate: Fox News Calls for Duckworth - D Over Kirk - RINO

    11/08/2016 5:15:35 PM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 8, 2016 | Staff
    Fox declares Duckworth winner in IL Senate race over Kirk.
  • Marco Rubio Wins Re-election in Florida Senate Race

    11/08/2016 5:15:17 PM PST · by Kevin C · 59 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/8/2016 | LIZETTE ALVAREZ
    MIAMI — Senator Marco Rubio, who stumbled badly in a bid for the Republican presidential nomination and then jumped back into the race for his Senate seat, was re-elected on Tuesday to a second term.
  • Marco Rubio's Massive Lead in Florida Senate Race Has Virtually Disappeared

    11/03/2016 12:31:10 PM PDT · by NohSpinZone · 67 replies
    IJR ^ | 11/2/16 | BY JOE PERTICONE
    Marco Rubio's lead over Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy in Florida's Senate race has collapsed in the last two months, according to a CNN/ORC poll released Wednesday.
  • As If the FBI Didn't Have Enough to Do...

    11/02/2016 5:19:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    PJ Media ^ | November 2, 2016 | Michael Walsh
    A criminal organization masquerading as a political party, as somebody or other famously said: The FBI is investigating an alleged illegal donation scheme involving a wealthy Saudi family that supports Democratic Florida Senate candidate Patrick Murphy. The Hill has found no evidence that Murphy himself was involved in, or even aware of, the alleged scheme. The Murphy campaign declined to say whether the candidate is aware of the FBI probe, but the campaign said neither Murphy nor his campaign staff is being investigated.The Murphy campaign noted that a conservative super PAC earlier this year filed a complaint on the issue...
  • Early voting is fundamentally unfair and undermines fair elections

    11/01/2016 8:56:01 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | November 1, 2016 | Daniel Horowitz
    With the revelation that the FBI is re-opening its investigation into Hillary’s emails and Trump on the rise because he is keeping his mouth shut, many are wondering if Trump could pull off a major come-from-behind victory. The problem is even if his positive trajectory continues through Election Day, it might already be too late for him. Hillary might have already banked an insurmountable lead prior to the authentic Election Day set by Congress since 1845. According to the New York Times, with eight days until official Election Day, over 22 million people had already voted early. Some estimate that...
  • Missouri Senate race in dead heat

    10/28/2016 10:25:31 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/28/16 | Jourdain Carney
    Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Democratic challenger Jason Kander are in a virtual tie heading into the final week of the campaign. The GOP senator is leading Kander by 1 percentage point among likely voters — 47 percent to 46 percent — according to a poll by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research released Friday. Five percent of voters are undecided. “I suppose there are some personal things going on with Blunt, because he has been around forever, and over the years you make enemies and people say, ‘Yeah, it’s time to get rid of him,'” Mason Dixon Polling's Brad Corker told...
  • Mitch McConnell has gone silent on Donald Trump as Senate hangs in balance

    10/25/2016 5:21:19 AM PDT · by tekrat · 53 replies
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has never had much to say about Donald Trump. But lately, he has fallen completely silent. On the few occasions when the Republican leader has appeared publicly in his home state of Kentucky this month, he’s either avoided answering reporters’ questions, or explicitly refused to address the topic he acknowledged was on everyone’s mind: His party’s presidential nominee. At a local Chamber of Commerce event in Danville, McConnell twice instructed the crowd not to ask him about the presidential race “even though that’s what I know you all wanted me to talk about.”
  • How Mitch McConnell won the SCOTUS fight (for now)

    10/23/2016 10:59:59 AM PDT · by The_Media_never_lie · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept. 29, 2016 | CNN Politics
    September was not a good month for Merrick Garland. The Obama administration's efforts to reignite interest in the Supreme Court nominee fizzled. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said for the first time that if elected she would look widely for candidates rather than commit to Garland. And no mention of the shorthanded court was made in Monday's debate.
  • Exclusive Poll: Kennedy leads candidates in U.S. Senate race

    10/20/2016 4:40:42 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 15 replies
    WVUE ^ | 10/20/2016 | Kim Holden
    NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A brand new poll in the U.S. Senate race puts State Treasurer John Kennedy in the lead with roughly two and half weeks until the election. An exclusive FOX 8 | Raycom Media poll asked 625 registered voters in Louisiana who they would vote for if the primary election was held today. Nearly two dozen candidates are vying for U.S. Senator David Vitter's seat. Approximately 24 percent said Republican State Treasurer John Kennedy, 19 percent said Democratic Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell, and Caroline Fayard, a Democrat, got 12 percent. "It should be no surprise, candidates...
  • Michelle Obama recruited to run for Senate, Chicago mayor

    10/18/2016 10:10:38 AM PDT · by kevcol · 50 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 18, 2016 | Paul Bedard
    "There is no per­son in polit­ics that I think Demo­crats, in­de­pend­ents, and Re­pub­lic­ans would love to see take on pub­lic ser­vice more than the first lady," Thomas Bowen, a former top aide to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, told NJ's Karyn Bruggeman. . . . According to the report, Emanuel's seat could open in 2019, and Sen. Dick Durbin is considering a gubernatorial bid in 2018. "Ob­vi­ously she'd be qual­i­fied to run for just about any of­fice up and down the tick­et
  • Szeliga, Van Hollen clash in first Senate debate ( Maryland )

    10/14/2016 12:49:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | Oct. 7, 2016 | John Fritze
    The two major-party candidates running for Maryland's open U.S. Senate seat sparred Friday over their legislative records as well as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as they took part in the first debate in the race to succeed retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski. ... Szeliga, a Baltimore County lawmaker and the minority whip in the Maryland House of Delegates, said she lived on the minimum wage as a "maid, a waitress, a dishwasher" before starting a contracting firm with her husband. Szeliga, who opposes raising the $7.25-an-hour minimum wage, said low-wage earners are more interested in a career than a...
  • U.S. Senate votes against UN Gun Restrictions

    10/14/2016 12:05:15 PM PDT · by dvan · 63 replies
    10/14/2016 | email
    The Republican controlled U.S. Senate FINALLY did something IMPORTANT.....and stood up to Obama's attempts to overthrow the U.S. Constitution! Hooray! A 53-46 vote! All but two are Democrats.................. Tells you where they are getting their "instructions." PLEASE READ ON? THEN, PLEASE PASS IT ON! The U.N. Resolution 2117 lists 21 points dealing with firearms control, but perhaps of most interest is point number 11: "CALLS FOR MEMBER STATES TO SUPPORT WEAPONS COLLECTION and DISARMAMENT of all UN countries".By a 53-46 vote - The U.S. Senate voted against the U.N. resolution. HOORAY. This is that brief, glorious moment in history when...
  • Here are THE 3 Bills Hillary Clinton Sponsored That Became Law While US Senator

    10/09/2016 10:16:40 PM PDT · by bushwon · 21 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 12/2015 | Mike Miller
    During an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer in September, Hillary Clinton was unable to name her "number one accomplishment" as Secretary of State. When she gave her answer, she turned to her tenure as the junior Senator from New York, saying: "As [a] senator working across the aisle on issues like getting better health care for our veterans. You know, this is just the silly season. I am looking forward to eventually debating on that stage whoever they finally nominate once they get around to doing that." What exactly were Hillary's accomplishments as a U.S. Senator? As reported by Washington...
  • U.S. Senate Debate at Cal State LA (California U.S. Senate Seat Debate at Cal State LA between Kamal

    10/06/2016 6:50:59 PM PDT · by WonkyTonky · 41 replies
    Cal State L.A. Youtube ^ | October 5, 2016 | Cal State L.A. sponsored by the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State LA, KABC-7 TV an
    Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez debate why you should vote for them for the US Senate. Both are Democrats due to the law passed in California in 2010 that the top two vote getters in the primary advance to the general election regardless of party.
  • JASTA Veto Override Vote in Senate Tomorrow

    09/28/2016 8:21:48 AM PDT · by ganeemead · 10 replies
    The JASTA bill passed both houses by unanimous vote recently. Last Friday late in the day, Barrack Obama vetoed the bill, hoping nobody would notice or that nobody would stick around to try to do anything about it. That veto has to be overridden and the vote in the senate comes up tomorrow morning around 9 or 10 AM east coast time. This is about whether we actually won the revolutionary war which you read about or whether we are still some sort of a colony of the Rothschild banking cartel and Saudi Arabia. Giant pressures are being exerted on...
  • “GIVING AWAY CONTROL OF THE INTERNET OR ANY PART OF IT IS SHEER LUNACY", JIM ROBINSON

    09/26/2016 11:46:33 PM PDT · by The Westerner · 64 replies
    (Vanity)
    Several days ago, I pinged JimRob to ask his opinion of turning ICANN (internet domain name registry) over to Obama's soulmates, countries that hate America for its individualism and proud history, Jim answered with one line, quoted in the title. There is a way to block the transfer by contacting these Congressmen and demanding they stop the transfer on Oct. 1. Folks we have 3 days before it is too late, please consider making just one phone call—more if you can... "Protecting Internet Freedom Act" Senate Bill 3031 House Resolution 5418 MITCH MCCONNELL http://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact 202-224-2541 Washington - I have been...
  • Sen. Mike Lee Rejects Trump's Potential Supreme Court Nomination

    09/23/2016 11:27:00 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 72 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 09/23/2016 | Ritika Gupka
    Utah Sen. Mike Lee on Friday rejected Donald Trump's Supreme Court nomination proposal, saying he already has the job he wants, Politico reported. "Sen. Lee already has the job he wants which is why he is campaigning to represent the great people of Utah again this year," Lee's spokesman Conn Carroll told Politico in a statement.
  • Washington at Its Worst: Senate Passes Nonexistent Bill

    09/22/2016 9:02:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | September 21, 2016 | Rachel Bovard
    On Tuesday night, the Senate voted to proceed to the continuing resolution, a bill that will allegedly fund the government until Dec. 9. The only problem is that there isn’t actually a bill yet. There is no text. There is no agreement between Democrats and Republicans on what the bill will fund—Planned Parenthood, the Export-Import Bank, control of the internet—all of it remains a mystery. Yet the Senate voted 89-7 to proceed to this nonexistent bill. The Senate operates under complex parliamentary rules that require a series of votes in order to “proceed to” or “get onto” a bill. The...
  • 7 Weeks Before Election, Republicans Help Advance Another Obama Judicial Nominee

    09/20/2016 5:45:54 AM PDT · by detective · 17 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | September 19, 2016 | Philip Wegmann
    As President Barack Obama’s time in office nears its end, the Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced another one of his judicial nominees toward a lifetime post. She may not get to the finish line, though. While the Senate has entered that part of the political calendar when confirmations traditionally halt, the Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted 13-7 to advance the nomination of U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The cadence of judicial nominations customarily follows what’s known as the Thurmond-Leahy rule. The rule, a longstanding gentleman’s agreement among senators, prohibits confirmations of new judgeships...
  • Democrats Fear Their Senate Takeover Chances Dimming

    09/14/2016 9:46:21 AM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 20 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | September 14, 2016 | Erica Werner
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats are sounding increasingly concerned about their chances of retaking control of the Senate, as Republicans demonstrate a commanding fundraising advantage and Hillary Clinton's lead narrows in key battleground races. Although most Democrats still express confidence that they will win back the Senate majority in November, they now appear to have fewer paths to victory as wins in Ohio and even Florida look increasingly remote. [snip] A key factor is the Republican money edge, which is particularly pronounced this year because some major donors, most notably the billionaire Koch Brothers, have decided to stay out of the...
  • The Framers’ Senate

    09/07/2016 2:29:00 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 5 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | September 7th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Writing as if he had an eye on 20th and 21st century America, Charles de Montesquieu in the mid-18th century wrote, “At the birth of societies, the rulers of republics establish institutions; and afterwards the institutions mold the rulers.” The institution of the US Senate has indeed been transformed from the Framers’ intended structure and purposes determined at the federal convention of 1787. There, on May 31st, Governor Edmund Randolph of Virginia set forth the first purpose of a senate: to check “the turbulent follies of democracy.” Consider for a moment the nation’s short history and the Framers’ recent experiences...
  • Election 2016: Who Will Win the U.S. Senate?

    09/05/2016 5:03:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 62 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 5, 2016 | Arthur Schaper
    Election 2014 displayed one of the most incredible switches of U.S. Senate control in recent memory. The Republicans did not just take back the upper chamber—they wiped the floor with the Democrats. They bested some of their pettiest political tricks, including three different Democratic candidates in Montana, plus three-way races in other states. Nothing can top Election Day 1980, which produced a Republican majority with 12 Senate wins. Election Day 2014 produced nine seats, but could have been 11 if not for the intense infighting in Republican primaries. So, will 2016 turn into an epic landslide of the Democrats and...
  • Save the Filibuster and Save the Senate From Partisanship

    09/02/2016 8:22:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | September 1, 2016 | Brian Darling
    The filibuster is under attack again, this time by Senate Democrats who are hoping to win back that chamber as well as the White House in November. Carl Hulse, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, reported Wednesday that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid wants Democrats to “move to curtail the filibuster” if they win both the White House and the Senate “only to run up against persistent use of the tactic by Republicans.” Hulse wrote:
  • Colorado Senate Primaries Results

    08/30/2016 7:09:17 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 22 replies
    D. Glenn 37.8% 130,034 J. Graham 24.6% 84,639 R. Blaha 16.5% 56,665 J. Keyser 12.5% 43,102 R. Frazier 8.7% 30,000
  • Abolish the Senate. It’s the only way to rein in modern presidents.

    08/30/2016 7:37:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 154 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 30, 2016 | John Bicknell
    With the prospect of a President Donald Trump or a President Hillary Clinton on the horizon, the growing trend toward the executive acting without the consent of Congress is troubling to all political stripes. Both parties claim to worry about a strong presidency, at least if the other party is in the White House. That trend has been exacerbated by President Obama, but it certainly didn’t start with him. With the exception of Calvin Coolidge, every president of the 20th and 21st centuries contributed to the problem. Many proposals to address the imperial presidency have been floated over the decades....
  • How Republicans in Congress Would Respond to Big-Spending Infrastructure Push

    08/29/2016 8:55:10 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | August 26, 2016 | Josh Siegel
    Fresh after Congress and the White House scored the largest transportation spending package in a decade, both presidential candidates this year are proposing billions in funding to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. While both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump—and the parties they represent—agree the nation’s roads, bridges, airports, rail system, and ports are in need of repair, the new proposals invite familiar questions over how the spending would be paid for, and whether the federal government is the best provider to pay for it. Those questions, and the lack of a must-pass infrastructure initiative requiring Congress’ attention in 2017, mean that...
  • Obama to 'ratify' climate change treaty without getting Senate approval

    08/29/2016 10:47:24 AM PDT · by detective · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 29, 2016 | Rick Moran
    Chinese news source is reporting that President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping will announce as early as this week that both nations have "ratified" the climate change treaty inked in Paris last year. The most asked question during the Obama years: "How can he do that without congressional approval?"