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  • Purgason big gamble (filibuster happening right now)

    07/13/2010 6:41:44 PM PDT · by Spydergoo · 16 replies
    KCTV 5 ^ | July 13, 2010 | KCTV
    Chuck Purgason's one-man filibuster show. Big gamble he's taking here. On the line is 150 million dollars of Missouri taxpayer dollars. He's been going for more than 2 hours. Not sure how long he plans to keep it up... Link: More Info:
  • The liberals' favorite Klansman

    07/03/2010 2:21:06 AM PDT · by Scanian · 32 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | July 3, 2010 | Jonah Goldberg
    It is a good rule of thumb not to speak ill of the dead. But what to do when a man is celebrated beyond the limits of decorum or common sense? Robert Byrd, the longest-serving member of the Senate in American history, died Monday. It was truly a remarkable career. But what's more remarkable is how he has been lionized by the champions of liberalism. On Thursday, Byrd's colleagues took the unusual step of honoring him with a special service on the Senate floor, where he would lay in repose -- with some irony -- on the Lincoln Catafalque, the...
  • Sen. Coburn: Kagan 'Ignorant' of Constitutional Principles; 'I Wouldn't Rule Out a Filibuster'

    06/30/2010 1:15:57 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 84 replies · 1+ views ^ | 06/30/2010 | Rick Klein
    ABC News' Rick Klein reports: Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn has provided some of the most contentious exchanges of the rather tame Elena Kagan confirmation hearings. He's raised questions about Kagan's generally liberal political beliefs, and contends that Kagan would usher in vast expansions of government power as a member of the Supreme Court. On ABC/Washington Post’s “Top Line” today, Coburn ratcheted up his critique of Kagan, saying she hasn’t been as forthcoming about her views as she should be, and questioning her interpretation of the Constitution’s Commerce Clause as well as her expressed willingness to follow court precedents. “I think...
  • Tell GOP:Stand Firm On Kagan

    06/30/2010 1:35:33 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 26 replies · 2+ views
    Center for Individual Freedom ^ | 6-28-10 | Jeff Mazzella
    "fair-minded Americans" should be disturbed... and rational people should be very afraid because, as The Times states, Kagan is "disrespectful toward existing law" (read: the Constitution). And that makes Kagan a very dangerous nominee... and, for that reason alone, the American people must work to ensure that the Senate doesn’t rubber-stamp her confirmation.
  • Vote In Costco Poll To Weaken Filibuster

    06/30/2010 10:17:54 AM PDT · by Postman · 6 replies
    Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) says "YEA". Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina says "NAY". The YEA's are ahead. We need to support the NAYS. the discussion is here: The voting link is at the right hand side of the page.
  • Stay Out of the Mainstream (The case for filibustering Elena Kagan's confirmation vote)

    06/30/2010 7:01:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/30/2010 | Tony Blankley
    There seems to be one thing on which everyone can agree. From archconservative pundits to archliberal White House staffers responsible for Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, all agree that the test is whether she is in the “mainstream of current legal thought.” But it would seem to me that such a standard only makes sense if you approve of where the mainstream currently is. For instance, left-wing statists — who believe in almost unlimited powers of government, who heartily approve of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Kelo v. New London (which authorized a city to take...
  • Senator's Concern May Complicate Wall Street Bill Vote (Brown)

    06/27/2010 8:09:42 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 31 replies ^ | 06/27/10 | Staff
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's efforts to win final approval of a historic financial regulatory reform bill looked more complicated on Saturday after a Republican senator threatened to oppose it. "I was surprised and extremely disappointed to hear that $18 billion in new assessments and fees were added in the wee hours of the morning by the conference committee," Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown said. He issued the statement after negotiators from the Senate and House of Representatives emerged from a marathon session early Friday morning with a final compromise on a bill that would bring about the most sweeping...
  • Top Republican Leaves Door Open to Potential Kagan Filibuster

    06/21/2010 8:21:21 AM PDT · by julieee · 11 replies ^ | June 21, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Top Republican Leaves Door Open to Potential Kagan Filibuster Washington, DC - The leading Republican in the Senate left the door open for a potential filibuster of pro-abortion Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. In a weekend interview with "Fox News Sunday" Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the initial information on Kagan has been "quite troubling."
  • Hillsdale Event: "Is Congress Broken? Constitutional Deliberation and the Administrative State"

    05/06/2010 9:33:16 AM PDT · by hillsdale1 · 2 replies · 273+ views
    Hillsdale College ^ | 5/6/10 | Hillsdale College
    Great lecture tomorrow at Hillsdale College's First Principles on First Fridays event in Washington, D.C. with University of Nevada-Reno's Prof. John Marini. With public approval ratings of Congress at an all-time low, many people wonder if the institution is broken. Focus on the Senate filibuster or other procedural matters, however, obscures the legislative branch's systemic problems, which are tied less to procedure or party than to profligate disregard for constitutional restraint that is the heart of the administrative state. With attention to the real reasons why Congress is broken, then, this lecture will also outline what first steps can be...
  • Dodd Bill Endgame

    04/28/2010 1:53:39 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 19 replies · 715+ views
    National Review Online - The Corner ^ | 04/27/10 | Stephen Spruiell
    According to statements from Sens. Mitch McConnell and Richard Shelby, this is exactly what has happened. Sen. Dodd has assured Shelby that he will address a number of concerns Shelby expressed with respect to ending bailouts, but he will not address problems with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the proxy-access provisions or (the somewhat less problematic, in my view) derivatives rules. We will have to watch the bill closely to see what loopholes Dodd actually closes, but I would guess that, at the very least, he will insert language to reduce the FDIC's discretion along the lines of what the...
  • Dems look to alter filibuster rules

    04/22/2010 10:34:57 PM PDT · by paltz · 25 replies · 1,133+ views
    Washington Times-Water Cooler ^ | 4/23/10 | Kerry Picket
    The Senate Rules Committee met on Thursday morning to examine the filibuster rules and decide whether or not the rules should be reformed. Senator Chuck Schumer, New York Democrat and Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, opened the hearing declaring, “filibusters and cloture motions have escalated in recent years to unprecedented levels.” Conveniently, Senator Schumer preemptively dismissed any claims that because he or members of his party made arguments for the filibuster when he was serving in the minority should not mean the filibuster rules shouldn’t be changed today, when his party is no longer benefitting from a successful filibuster....
  • Breaking: Senate Democrats Gather In The Rules Committee To Eliminate The Filibuster

    04/22/2010 2:31:27 PM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 168 replies · 7,949+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 04/22/10 | Jim Hoft
    The radicals in Washington are giving the Marxists in Venezuela a run for their money. Senate Democrats have gathered in the Rules Committee to eliminate the filibuster. Republican.Senate.Gov reported: THEN-SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D-IL): “What [The American People] Do Not Expect Is For One Party, Be It Republican Or Democrat, To Change The Rules In The Middle Of The Game So They Can Make All The Decisions While The Other Party Is Told To Sit Down And Keep Quiet.” “What they do not expect is for one party, be it Republican or Democrat, to change the rules in the middle of...
  • Democrats Seek To Eliminate Filibuster So They Can Jam Through Their Radical Agenda In Their..

    04/22/2010 1:29:03 PM PDT · by ocr1 · 8 replies · 552+ views
    Ace of Spades ^ | April 22, 2010 | Ace
    Democrats Seek To Eliminate Filibuster So They Can Jam Through Their Radical Agenda In Their Last Months Of Power So far this is only on the GOP's Senate blog: Senate Democrats Gather In The Rules Committee To Eliminate The Filibuster, Which They Previously Called One “Of The Most Treasured And Cherished Traditions Of The United States Senate.” I don't know how serious this is. I thought -- maybe wrongly -- that it takes two-thirds to change the rules of the Senate, so this might just be posturing by the Democrats (and posturing of outrage and dire consequences by Republicans)....
  • Sens. Schumer and McConnell go head-to-head in filibuster reform fight

    04/22/2010 8:29:13 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies · 516+ views
    The Hill ^ | April 22, 2010 | J. Taylor Rushing
    Senate Rules Committee Chairman Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) on Thursday launched a high-profile fight in a committee hearing on changing the Senate's filibuster rules. Schumer opened a scheduled hearing on the 200-year history of the legislative tactic by serving notice that he intends to strongly consider some kind of change to the chamber's rules, to prevent legislation continuing to be blocked by small numbers of senators. "The filibuster used to be the exception to the rule. In today’s Senate, it’s becoming a straitjacket," Schumer said. "The truth is, both parties have had a love-hate relationship...
  • Reid to play chicken on Wall Street reform, daring GOP to filibuster

    04/20/2010 6:56:41 PM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies · 794+ views
    The Hill ^ | 4/20/10 | Alexander Bolton
    Reid to play chicken on Wall Street reform, daring GOP to filibusterBy Alexander Bolton - 04/20/10 11:31 AM ET Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has decided to play a game of political chicken with Senate Republicans, daring them to kill a Wall Street reform bill. Reid said he plans to move ahead with immediate consideration of the financial regulatory reform bill, despite a GOP pledge to filibuster the measure. “Remember, there are only 59 of us, so if a single Republican is not willing to join with us, there will be no Wall Street reform,” Reid said. “Republicans will...
  • The Fortas Filibuster and the Stevens Seat

    04/13/2010 12:13:31 PM PDT · by old school · 5 replies · 383+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | Tuesday, April 13, 2010 | Jeffrey Lord
    "Running on opposition to expansion of the Commerce Clause has now been turned by the Obama White House from complicated legalese into an easily understandable problem thanks to the presence of the individual mandate in the ObamaCare health bill. In almost bumper sticker fashion, Obama is asking whether voters support the idea of being forced by the government to buy something they don't want. And connecting this issue to confirmation of a new Supreme Court nominee."
  • Obama Supported Filibuster of Alito

    04/12/2010 4:47:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies · 426+ views
    Human Events ^ | 4/12/10 | Connie Hair
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announced his retirement last week providing President Obama with his second opportunity to put another liberal on the highest court in the land. When Obama says his nominee will be “someone who, like Justice Stevens, knows that in a democracy powerful interests must not be allowed to drown out the voices of ordinary citizens,” don’t forget it was liberals Stevens, Kennedy, Souter, Ginsburg and Breyer who decided against the property rights of “ordinary citizens” in Kelo vs. City of New London. The Court led by its liberal wing said the City of New...
  • Battle Lines Drawn for Justice Stevens' Replacement on High Court

    04/09/2010 7:02:28 PM PDT · by USALiberty · 4 replies · 429+ views ^ | Friday, 09 Apr 2010 | David A. Patten
    Washington's worst-kept secret — the pending retirement of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens — became official Friday with his announcement that he will step down when the court takes its summer break in June or July, giving President Obama an opportunity to make his second appointment to the nation's highest court. "Having concluded that it would be in the best interests of the Court to have my successor appointed and confirmed well in advance of the commencements of the court's next term," Stevens stated in a letter to the president, "I shall retire from regular active service as an...
  • So When Is Obama Willing To Use A Nuclear Option?

    04/07/2010 5:57:41 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 15 replies · 343+ views
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 4-7-10 | Jared H. McAndersen
    So who is actually eligible to be nuked if they have the temerity to smack the Virginia Slim out of Barack's mouth? The Looking Spoon is a conservative humor/satire/art/commentary blog, visit to see more posts!
  • Younger senators take aim at old Senate rules

    03/27/2010 11:22:05 AM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 1,359+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 27, 2010 | Paul Kane
    As the battle over health care raged for 15 months, no institution saw its reputation battered quite as much as the U.S. Senate. Jousting over parliamentary maneuvers and partisan acrimony dominated the headlines as the nation fixated on the debate over President Obama's top domestic initiative. But behind that struggle, other signs of institutional strife were abundant. A nominee to the federal bench took nine months to win confirmation on a 99 to 0 vote. One senator held up dozens of nominations over a parochial dispute. And on Wednesday, one of the most basic functions of the chamber -- committee...