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  • GOP dominates in Alabama Legislature

    11/05/2014 5:53:47 AM PST · by alancarp · 8 replies ^ | Nov. 5, 2014 | Kim Chandler
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Republicans strengthened their grip on the Alabama Statehouse in a Tuesday election sweep that saw House Speaker Mike Hubbard win re-election despite his indictment on felony ethics charges. The GOP built upon the existing supermajority won in 2010 and increased their numbers in both chambers. Republicans will hold nearly 70 percent of the seats, a formidable number that will allow them to cut off filibusters and push through legislation if they stick together as a caucus. ...[snip]... Republican defeated several Democratic incumbents in the 105-member House of Representatives to boost their numbers from 66 to 72...
  • Abortion law upheld by minority vote [UPDATED]

    11/02/2014 9:11:40 AM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 1 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | November 1, 2014 | Will Baude
    There have been a lot of abortion-related cases in the news lately, but last week I noticed this case from the Supreme Court of North Dakota that struck me as particularly noteworthy. The court upheld a state abortion law against a federal constitutional challenge by a 2-3 vote. That is, two justices in favor, three against, and the two won. (Original link, and more links, all via Howard Bashman.) Apparently North Dakota has a constitutional rule that requires a supermajority to invalidate a statute, and it applies that rule not only to state constitutional claims to federal constitutional claims. My...
  • California: Yes on Prop. 56. Loosen the supermajority straitjacket

    01/31/2004 6:07:46 AM PST · by John Jorsett · 15 replies · 149+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Bee Editorial Staff
    <p>Remember how angry you were when the Legislature failed to pass a budget on time last summer? Maybe you were angry, too, about the late budget the summer before that. How about in 2001 or 1998 or 1997 or 1996 or 1995 or any of the 22 times in the last 28 years that the Legislature missed its constitutional deadline for passing a state budget?</p>
  • Budget Is Hostage To Two-Thirds Rule (Tom McClintock Slams Supermajority Requirement Alert

    07/05/2005 1:19:57 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 11 replies · 480+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 07/04/05 | George Skelton
    One Republican who is a maverick on this subject is conservative Sen. Tom McClintock of Thousand Oaks, who received 13.5% of the vote for governor in the Gray Davis recall election and plans to run next year for lieutenant governor. McClintock has long thought that the budget should be passed by a simple majority vote. "A perverse result of the supermajority requirement is that it does not constrain state spending," McClintock says. "What it does is bid up the cost of the budget with each additional vote. Every additional vote comes with louder calls for higher spending.
  • Conflict-of-Interest Budgeting - Get rid of the 2/3 supermajority and get ready for more taxes...

    02/03/2004 6:01:19 PM PST · by ParsifalCA · 2 replies · 161+ views ^ | 2/3/04 | Ray Haynes
    Conflict-of-Interest Budgeting Get rid of the 2/3 supermajority and get ready for more taxes... [Ray Haynes] 2/3/04 SCENARIO 1 “Assemblyman Smith, vote for this budget, and our union will write you a check for $15,000. Not to your campaign – to you personally. Buy a new car, get your wife a Louis Vuitton purse, get braces for your kids—we don’t care. Just vote for this budget and the money is yours. I know you don’t like the new taxes and spending, but I can make it worth your while.” SCENARIO 2 “I don’t care if there are taxes in this...
  • California Just Passed One Law To Fix Its Yearly Budget Crisis, And Two Laws To Make It Worse

    11/05/2010 7:15:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/05/2010 | Gus Lubin
    Prop 19 went down in smoke, but the world's fifth biggest economy passed three propositions that address its yearly budget crisis. One makes it better and two make it worse, according to Bond Buyer. First, California voters passed Prop 25 to allow the legislature to pass a state budget without a 2/3 supermajority. This was the main obstacle to passing a budget this year for over 100 days past due. Arkansas and Rhode Island are the only states that still require a supermajority to pass the budget, and Rhode Island is another fiscal disaster. Second, California voters passed Prop 26...
  • Prepare for Demise of California; Liberals Will Get All the Government (and Tax Hikes) They Want

    11/11/2012 8:27:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 74 replies ^ | November 11, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    On Tuesday voters in California went the wrong way on three propositions. Voters approved Proposition 30 "temporarily" increasing the state sales tax and income tax on individuals making over $250,000. They voted against Proposition 31 that would allow the governor to cut the budget in fiscal emergencies. They voted against Proposition 32 would prevent unions from making campaign donations via members' dues. Moreover, and worse yet, Democrats picked up two more votes in the state legislature giving them a supermajority, capable of passing any tax hikes they want. Those results are so awful I suggest you prepare for the demise...
  • The GOP’s horrible California nightmare

    11/07/2012 1:30:44 PM PST · by Freedom_Is_Not_Free · 49 replies ^ | Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 | By Andrew Leonard
    Republicans are having a bad day. But it’s going to get a lot worse when they look beyond the White House and U.S. Senate and fully absorb what just happened in California. The future of American politics — a majority-minority coalition handing complete political power over all branches of government to Democrats — is written here for anyone to see, in big, bold, rainbow colored letters. California, reports the San Francisco Chronicle, may have delivered the most unexpected news in a night full of surprises: California Democrats appear to have picked up a supermajority in both houses of the state...
  • Calif. lawmaker may propose tripling vehicle registration fees

    11/15/2012 9:34:50 PM PST · by Schatze · 60 replies ^ | Nov. 15, 2012 | Nannette Miranda
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KGO) -- A controversial plan to raise the cost of registering your car in California could soon be in the works in Sacramento. Even with the Democrats' new supermajority, there are doubts lawmakers will be able to push through another tax. In what could be the Democrats' first test in the new supermajority powers in the Legislature, a group called Transportation California has asked St. Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, to introduce legislation to triple the vehicle license fee you pay to register your cars.
  • CALIFORNIA: Supreme Court validation of maps could give Democrats two-thirds Senate majority

    01/28/2012 9:10:10 AM PST · by SmithL · 42 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/28/12 | Jim Sanders
    A California Supreme Court ruling Friday significantly raised Democratic Party prospects of gaining the supermajority needed in the state Senate to pass tax or fee increases. The high court decided that Senate maps drawn recently by a 14-member citizens commission will be used for this year's legislative elections, even if a pending referendum qualifies for the ballot. The decision brought certainty for dozens of prospective Senate candidates awaiting final adoption of the maps as they begin their campaigns. And it offered the commission at least temporary validation that it performed its job as the voters intended. Political analysts of both...
  • Gun limits could lead to recalls of [California] legislators

    10/11/2013 7:48:41 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 46 replies ^ | Ovt 10, 2013 | Joe Garofoli
    Gun-rights advocates are ready to launch a recall attempt aimed at some of California's most vulnerable Democratic state lawmakers - and the party's supermajority hold on the Legislature - if Gov. Jerry Brown signs some of the dozen-plus gun-control bills sitting on his desk. They're emboldened by the successful recalls last month of two Colorado Democratic legislators who supported gun restrictions, including the leader of the state Senate. Voters replaced both with Republicans. "As soon as the results came in Colorado, our phones started ringing," said Jennifer Kerns, the California political consultant who helped lead the Colorado recalls. "Until then,...
  • California: CEOs Rate It Worst U.S. Business Climate For 8 Years Running

    03/21/2014 7:02:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    RCM ^ | 03/21/2014 | Carson Bruno
    California's economy continues to experience a tepid recovery since the Great Recession. One reason why: according to CEO Magazine, California has had the worst business climate in the nation for the last eight years, due in no small part to policies out of Sacramento.Any economic growth in the Golden State is largely driven from the continued tech boom in Silicon Valley - although even it may not be immune to California's poor business climate. Depending on how one categorizes "small businesses"- typically, either fewer than either 50 or 100 employees - as of the 3rd quarter of 2012, between 96%...
  • California Democrats brace for low 2014 turnout

    12/03/2013 8:49:59 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies ^ | 12/3/13 | Joe Garafoli
    Just because California Democrats hold every statewide office and a supermajority in the Legislature doesn't mean they're not worried about 2014. Some Democratic insiders fret that, essentially, life may be too good for the party right now. Their lurking fear: Without a high-profile presidential election or a big-name Republican challenger lined up yet against Gov. Jerry Brown, Democratic voters won't be interested enough to cast ballots in November. If that happens, the GOP could pick off a few seats in the Legislature, wrecking the Democrats' two-thirds majority and damaging Brown's ability to move his agenda. Adding to Democratic insiders' anxiety...
  • A Farmers' Rebellion Lifts the California GOP

    05/25/2013 10:20:49 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 19 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 25 May 2013 | ALLYSIA FINLEY
    Democrats were writing obituaries for California's GOP after winning a supermajority in the state legislature last November, thus gaining veto-proof power to raise taxes. But their legislative lock may have slipped after this week's special election in which Republican farmer Andy Vidak appears to have defeated a Democrat—in a heavily Democratic senate district—who had championed high-speed rail and a higher minimum wage. If Mr. Vidak wins an outright majority—late Friday, he led with 49.8% of the vote and provisional ballots were still being counted—his victory would put Republicans two senate seats short of reclaiming their veto on tax hikes. But...
  • California Democrats wrap up state budget, flex supermajority power

    06/16/2013 5:28:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | June 16, 2013 | By David Siders and Jim Sanders
    As the state Senate finished voting Saturday on a bill to extend a tax on managed care plans, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg told reporters at the back of the room, "That is what's called a supermajority." Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign the spending plan before the next fiscal year begins July 1.
  • Democrats get supermajority in (California) Legislature - (Say Goodbye to Prop 13)

    11/07/2012 10:52:48 AM PST · by So Cal Rocket · 59 replies
    SF Chronical ^ | 11/7/12 | Marisa Lagos
    California Democrats appear to have picked up a supermajority in both houses of the state Legislature Tuesday night, a surprise outcome that gives the party the ability to unilaterally raise taxes and leaves Republicans essentially irrelevant in Sacramento. Read more:
  • CA Dems block expulsion of legislator convicted of 8 felonies: Protecting the supermajority.

    02/28/2014 8:44:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/28/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. That adage has more application than usual in California, where Democrats hold all of the statewide offices and supermajorities in the legislature. They can enact any policies they want, with only the judicial branch offering belated checks on their power. And when I say belated, that’s literally the case with state Senator Rod Wright, whom a jury found guilty in January of committing eight felonies regarding his residency and eligibility for the office he held.Normally, politicians who get that kind of a verdict have the decency to resign. If not, the body in...
  • What the GOP Does with a Supermajority: North Carolina tells us what to expect

    03/26/2014 7:13:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/26/2014 | Marguerite Creel
    The ultimate party litmus test: given a veto-proof legislature, will Republicans finally start to reduce the scope and size of government?  It looks like the answer is no.In 2013, North Carolina was just one of 25 states where Republican governors were given historic opportunity to govern alongside Republican-controlled legislatures.  Despite conservative voters’ best hopes, any sensible mandate to restore individual and economic freedom flew out the window when the FY 2013-14 budget was approved, reauthorizing the formerly Democratic state’s blueprint budget with a tragic 2.0-percent increase in general fund appropriations. North Carolina’s state spending is increasing at a record pace,...
  • California's Liberal Supermajority: Taxpayers are going to get all the government they ever wanted

    11/09/2012 8:22:14 AM PST · by EveningStar · 75 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 8, 2012 | Editorial
    For Republicans unhappy with Tuesday's election, we have good news—at least most of you don't live in California. Not only did Democrats there win voter approval to raise the top tax rate to 13.3%, but they also received a huge surprise—a legislative supermajority. Look out below.

    11/08/2012 7:57:27 AM PST · by BAW · 101 replies
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 11-08-2012 | Michael Gardner
    California voters may have just handed Democrats unbridled control over taxes as well as policy, but party leaders from Gov. Jerry Brown on down immediately pledged to exercise restraint. Although final tallies are not official, it appears Democrats will hold at least a two-thirds supermajority in both the Assembly and Senate. That gives them the ability to pass taxes and fees, and place initiatives — such as same-sex marriage and bonds — on the ballot without securing a single Republican vote.
  • TENNESSEE: 'Super-majority' for GOP assured in Legislature

    11/06/2012 10:15:39 PM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 11/7/12 | Tom Humphrey
    NASHVILLE — Republicans gained at least five seats in the state Senate Tuesday and at least two in the state House, giving the party a "super majority" in both chambers, according to unofficial election returns. By controlling two-thirds of the seats in both chambers for the first time since the Reconstruction era, Republicans would have a quorum and could continue in session even if all Democrats walk out. The two-thirds "super majority" also allows united Republicans to suspend normal rules and instantly pass legislation. Going into the election, Republicans held a 64-34 majority in the state House with one independent...
  • Republicans play offense in Tenn. House races

    11/04/2012 7:12:50 PM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies
    AP via KnoxNews ^ | 11/4/12 | ERIK SCHELZIG - Associated Press
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Buoyed by overflowing campaign accounts, redrawn legislative districts and an unpopular Democratic president at the top of the ticket, Tennessee Republicans are expecting to add to their already considerable advantage in the state House on Tuesday. While seven Republican incumbents were defeated in the August primaries, there is little reason to expect any spillover into the general election. Gov. Bill Haslam on Friday predicted "a good night for Republicans," with the GOP picking up supermajorities in both chambers. The two-thirds majority would give Republicans the ability to overcome any procedural challenges by Democrats, and prevent the...
  • Tennessee GOP predicting historic gains; 'super duper majority' within grasp, Republicans say

    10/21/2012 2:25:19 PM PDT · by SmithL · 22 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 10/21/12 | Tom Humphrey
    NASHVILLE — Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says there's a good chance Democrats will be left with just seven seats in the Tennessee state Senate after the Nov. 6 election. House Speaker Beth Harwell's most optimistic Republican scenario has the minority party with just 24 representatives remaining. They and other Republican leaders say there's virtually no doubt that the GOP will hit a new high-water mark in the 2012 elections by gaining a two-thirds "super majority" in both chambers of the Legislature. There is considerable confidence in Republican ranks that they will go beyond that to what some are calling "a...
  • Three races could tip the balance in the California Senate

    09/04/2012 7:11:22 PM PDT · by SmithL · 24 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/4/12 | Dan Walters
    As the Legislature adjourned for three months last Friday, the Capitol turned its attention to the Nov. 6 election, and particularly three – or perhaps four – state Senate contests whose outcomes could affect the balance of legislative power. Democrats now hold 25 of the Senate's 40 seats. If they were to gain two more this year, they would have a two-thirds supermajority and could pass certain kinds of legislation, such as tax increases, without Republican votes. That power would increase pressure on Republicans in the Assembly, who, it's assumed, will continue to hold more than a third of its...
  • California Democrats bid for two-thirds control of state Senate

    05/28/2012 9:43:49 AM PDT · by SmithL · 36 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/28/12 | Torey Van Oot
    Bill Berryhill's pitch to voters at a recent candidates forum came down to more than just his positions on issues affecting San Joaquin County's 5th Senate District. It was about the balance of power in the Capitol."Do you realize if one party gets sole power, you think you're taxed to the max now? Guess what? You better grab your wallet, because they only have one way to go and that's to tax and spend, tax and spend," the Republican assemblyman told the crowd at Tracy's Kimball High. Berryhill is running in one of a handful of newly drawn swing seats...
  • GOP tests its own in legislative primaries

    05/13/2012 9:52:00 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    Nashville Tennessean | 5/13/12 | Chas Sisk
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  • 60 in 2012 ( The Senate, Vanity )

    04/28/2012 7:57:03 AM PDT · by taildragger · 29 replies
    n/a | 04/28/2012 | Taildragger
    If we look at the Senatorial Landscape IMHO a pattern is emerging. Lugar, almost gone, Ditto that Hatch. And the one that floors me, Menendez in New Jersery vs. (R) Kyrillos. Menendez is at 43% and Kyrillos is at 33% 7 months out, and Menendez is below the magic 50% mark. That screams to me he is in political trouble. If it is that bad in "blue" New Jersey, what are the winds of political fortune for other Republican / Conservative challengers in other States like Michigan.With that said, I am gonna go out on a limb and ask the...
  • CALIFORNIA: Democrats set to boost state Senate clout

    02/21/2012 8:06:53 AM PST · by SmithL · 42 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/21/12 | Dan Walters
    When Republican Assemblyman Cameron Smyth decided to leave the Legislature rather than run for the state Senate this year, it virtually guaranteed that Democrats will achieve a two-thirds supermajority in the Senate, changing the Capitol's political dynamics. Having already won – via a 2010 ballot measure – the right to pass budgets by simple majority votes, Democrats would gain more power in the Senate over other issues, such as taxes. That would, in turn, isolate Republicans in the Assembly, who are likely to retain more than a third of the lower house's 80 seats this year, and could even gain...
  • Senate in long recess as leaders seek to rein in Democrats' filibuster rebellion

    01/23/2011 6:20:09 AM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies
    WaPo ^ | 1/22/11 | Paul Kane
    Before the week is done, one of the longest single "days" in the history of the Senate is expected to finally come to an end. Amid a long-running dispute over decades-old filibuster rules, Senate leaders have used a parliamentary trick to leave the chamber in a state of suspended animation - in reality adjourned since Jan. 5 but officially considered in a long recess that's part of the same individual legislative day. This nearly three-week break has taken place in large part so leadership could hold private negotiations to consider how to deal with a group of Democrats agitating to...
  • The New American Supermajority

    09/01/2010 6:20:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 9.1.10 | Peter Ferrara
    The aerial photograph does not lie. Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor Rally drew just about as many people as any other rally ever held at the Lincoln Memorial. I took the train into town from home in Northern Virginia, packed in like in those Tokyo subway video clips, even though I was late. I marched down to the Memorial from the nearest subway stop at Foggy Bottom, where the D.C. bureaucrats had helpfully disabled the steep escalators from the underground tubes to greet the half a million or more celebrants of liberty on the way in. From my perspective on the...
  • Reid says Republicans have used reconciliation more than Democrats

    02/25/2010 12:03:40 PM PST · by Dementio · 18 replies · 1,057+ views
    Politifact ^ | 2-25-2010 |
    Whether or not a reconciliation bill on health care meets the intent of the legislative procedure is certainly a matter for legitimate debate. But Reid said reconciliation has been used 21 times since 1981, and that most of the time, it's been Republicans who have initiated it. We find that there have been 22 reconciliation votes, 14 of them by a Republican-controlled Congress, and that it makes more sense -- in light of the debate over making an end-run around the 60-vote threshold -- to focus on the reconciliation bills that passed without a supermajority. But even then, Republicans have...
  • Reid dismisses Harkin's bid to change filibuster rules

    02/11/2010 3:34:36 PM PST · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 70 replies · 3,531+ views
    The Hill ^ | 02/11/10 | Michael O'Brien
    "I love Tom Harkin. I'm totally familiar with his idea," Reid said during a news conference on the Capitol on Thursday. "It takes 67 votes, and that, kind of, answers the question."
  • Pelosi Makes Her Case: A Majority Is 51 Votes

    02/11/2010 1:03:14 PM PST · by blueyon · 51 replies · 1,490+ views
    rollcall ^ | 2/10/10 | Steven T. Dennis Roll Call Staff
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is pinning the blame on Republicans for a lack of bipartisanship in Congress and plans to bypass them if they continue to oppose efforts to enact near-universal health care. “A constitutional majority is 51 votes,” Pelosi said in an interview Tuesday with Roll Call. “If in fact the Republicans are going to say nothing can be done except by 60 percent, then maybe we all should be elected with 60 percent. It isn’t legitimate in terms of passing legislation.” Pelosi has been wary of publicly giving advice to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) or...
  • Scott's hot start

    02/05/2010 3:41:14 AM PST · by Scanian · 16 replies · 824+ views
    NY Post ^ | February 5, 2010 | JENNIFER FERMINO
    Vowing to be an independent voice among the partisan sniping in the Senate, Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown yesterday officially took over the seat that belonged to the late Ted Kennedy for 46 years. Vice President Joe Biden administered the oath to the new senator, whose arrival ends the Democrats' short-lived and ultimately useless supermajority and signals a new order of business on Capitol Hill. His GOP colleagues are so thrilled about his presence, they've taken to calling him "41," after the number of Republicans who now serve in the Senate.
  • Live Thread: With Signed Certification in Hand, Scott Brown Heads to Washington

    02/04/2010 7:52:16 AM PST · by onyx · 520 replies · 5,896+ views
    Fox News ^ | February 4, 2010 | Fox News
    Sen.-elect Scott Brown is expected to be sworn in as the "41st vote" on health care on Thursday, heading down to Washington, D.C., after Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed the certification of election to make him the next U.S. senator. !!!!!!!
  • Biden: Losing supermajority may be a blessing

    01/26/2010 11:57:29 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies · 849+ views
    Biden: Losing supermajority may be a blessing By Eric Zimmermann - 01/26/10 02:10 PM ET Losing their 60 seat supermajority may be a good thing, Joe Biden suggested today. Speaking to a meeting of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Finance Committee, Biden said that the supermajority came with excessively high expectations. "Yes it's had a practical impact, but I'm not so sure what a blessing 60 votes was. Not a joke, I mean it sincerely," he said, according to a pool report. "When we had sixty votes there was the expectation left, right, and center that we could do everything...
  • Biden: Losing supermajority may be a blessing

    01/26/2010 11:59:10 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 721+ views
    The Hill ^ | 1/26/10 | Eric Zimmerman
    Losing their 60 seat supermajority may be a good thing, Joe Biden suggested today. Speaking to a meeting of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Finance Committee, Biden said that the supermajority came with excessively high expectations. "Yes it's had a practical impact, but I'm not so sure what a blessing 60 votes was. Not a joke, I mean it sincerely," he said, according to a pool report. "When we had sixty votes there was the expectation left, right, and center that we could do everything we wanted to do, which was never realistic. Never," he explained. Biden tried to buck...
  • CNN Poll: Most Americans applaud Democrats' loss of supermajority

    01/25/2010 2:46:40 PM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 24 replies · 1,438+ views
    CNN Politics ^ | January 25, 2010 | Paul Steinhauser
    Washington (CNN) - Americans are divided on whether Democratic control of Congress is good for the country, according to a new national poll. A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday also indicates that 7 in 10 Americans believe that the Democrats' loss of their 60 seat supermajority in the Senate is a positive move for the country. Forty-five percent of people questioned in the poll said Democratic control of Congress is a good thing, with 48 percent disagreeing. The margin is within the survey's sampling error. But the results are a shift from last June, when 50 percent felt that...
  • Dems Double Down

    01/20/2010 4:11:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 995+ views ^ | January 20, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Health Care: Will the administration seize the moment of Scott Brown's victory to work out real solutions, or will it follow Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid over the cliff? Or is it just about government control? Before Sen.-elect Brown became the Scott heard 'round the world, House Speaker Pelosi was asked what his victory in the bluest of blue states would mean. "Certainly the dynamic will change depending on what happens in Massachusetts," she replied in a bit of an understatement. The dynamic has changed, yet the Democrats, as the country song goes, apparently don't know when to hold them...
  • Say Goodbye to the Super Majority

    01/19/2010 12:54:41 PM PST · by honestabe010 · 13 replies · 1,256+ views
    The Woodward Report ^ | January 19, 2009
    Although false optimism seems to continue on the Democratic side, the polls show a different story. Scott Brown seems, poised to break up the Democratic super majority that has time and again thumbed its noses at the people who elected them to their positions. As you can see, the most recent polls are weighted heavily in Brown's favor. These are mere samplings of likely voters, they in no way tell the whole story. However, for those out there who thought all was lost. For those who thought this awful healthcare bill was going to be forced upon us, there is...
  • Brown: If I win, I’ll be in D.C. on Friday

    01/18/2010 5:06:52 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 103 replies · 4,508+ views ^ | Jan. 18, 2010 | Allahpundit
    Thus confronting the Democrats about their obstructionism while he’s still got media following him around. Excellent. Insurgent Massachussetts Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown told CNN he expects to be installed quickly as Massachusetts’ next senator should he win the state’s special election Tuesday. Asked about the state of the race, Brown said he’s still campaigning as if he’s running “down 30 points.” But sounding confident, the GOP state senator says he’s made plans to travel to Washington Friday if he’s victorious. This is one of two reasons why the margin of victory will matter. The first, obviously, is that the...
  • The Dems aren't passing Obamacare with a super-majority, so how can they require one to repeal it?

    12/26/2009 1:45:51 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 24 replies · 1,337+ views
    December 26, 2009 | E. Pluribus Unum
    How can the Democrats possibly include a clause in health-care reform that requires a super-majority to repeal, if they don't pass it with a super-majority? I think they're blowing smoke up our exit-orifices, and know that the next Congress can undo anything they do.
  • Senator Ensign (R-NV) Constitutional challenge to Reid bill soundly defeated in Senate vote

    12/23/2009 11:24:25 AM PST · by nwrep · 160 replies · 7,618+ views
    C-SPAN Live Senate proceedings ^ | December 23, 2009 | nwrep
    Just in ...
  • Reid Bill Says Future Congresses Cannot Repeal Parts of Reid Bill (with Video)

    12/21/2009 9:28:52 PM PST · by Daisyjane69 · 72 replies · 3,567+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12/21/09 | John McCormick
    Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) pointed out some rather astounding language in the Senate health care bill during floor remarks tonight. First, he noted that there are a number of changes to Senate rules in the bill--and it's supposed to take a 2/3 vote to change the rules. And then he pointed out that the Reid bill declares on page 1020 that the Independent Medical Advisory Board cannot be repealed by future Congresses:
  • Senate Sets Up Requirement for Super-Majority to Ever Repeal Obamacare

    12/21/2009 7:30:30 PM PST · by rae4palin · 64 replies · 2,280+ views
    RedState ^ | 12/21/09 | rae4palin
    The Senate Democrats declare a super-majority of senators will be needed to overrule any regulation imposed by the Death Panels
  • Senate Sets Up Requirement for Super-Majority to Ever Repeal Obamacare

    12/21/2009 7:30:22 PM PST · by Daisyjane69 · 60 replies · 2,524+ views
    Red State ^ | 12/21/09 | Erick Erickson
    If ever the people of the United States rise up and fight over passage of Obamacare, Harry Reid must be remembered as the man who sacrificed the dignity of his office for a few pieces of silver. The rules of fair play that have kept the basic integrity of the Republic alive have died with Harry Reid.
  • Is Reid afraid of losing his 60 if Scott Brown wins Kennedy's seat?

    12/20/2009 11:33:41 AM PST · by taildragger · 75 replies · 2,618+ views
    none | 12/20/2009 | taildragger
    <p>Reid is trying to do cram through, he has his 60. But what if, that is the question. Their is a special election in Massachusetts on 01/19/2010. What if their internals are so bad that a Republican has a chance to win Teddy Kennedy's seat? What if Scott Brown actually wins in Massachusetts? Tangential to this is the age and health of Senator Byrd. These are two risks that could delay their 60 vote fillibuster proof majority. One by going back to 59 if Brown wins, and the other is all the issues that would occur if Byrd's health failed or worse, note we wish him well, but at 95 if my memory is correct, he has been in better health. I look forward to Freepers' thoughts on this.</p>
  • Live Thread: Senate Debate and Cloture Vote on Motion to Proceed to Debate ObamaCare

    11/21/2009 9:43:50 AM PST · by kristinn · 602 replies · 20,475+ views
    Saturday, November 21, 2009 | Kristinn
    C-SPAN 2 is carrying the Senate floor debate live this afternoon.The Democrats control the floor right now. Earlier, Republican Senators Judd Gregg, Kit Bond, Jeff Sessions and David Vitter gave good speeches and dialogues on the budget-busting effects of ObamaCare.Maria Cantwell is speaking now. Mary Landrieu is excpected to speak shortly.The cloture vote is scheduled for 8 p.m. EST tonight.
  • Going Broke: Two-thirds rule on budget has fans, foes

    09/22/2009 7:46:31 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 256+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/22/9 | Steve Wiegand
    While 15 states require supermajority votes for tax hikes, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, only two – California and Arkansas – also require supermajorities for budget approvals. Opponents of California's two-thirds approval requirement contend that the rules hamstring the state's ability to raise revenues in times of need, are the primary cause of new budgets being late virtually every year, and allow a relative handful of lawmakers to wield an inordinate amount of influence over the state's finances. "It is wholly unreasonable for the largest state in the union, with the eighth-largest economy in the world, to...
  • For Democrats, 60 Senators Is Magic Number for Health Bill

    09/16/2009 7:41:15 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 19 replies · 976+ views
    NYTimes ^ | September 16, 2009
    For Democrats, 60 Senators Is Magic Number for Health Bill CARL HULSE September 16, 2009 WASHINGTON — The unveiling of a compromise health care proposal has Senate Democrats pondering a daunting mathematical challenge: how to keep all 59 Democrats united and attract at least one Republican to pass an overhaul measure. As many lawmakers on Wednesday got their first detailed look at a Finance Committee plan that was months in the making, senators immediately began exploring whether the plan — when combined with elements of another, more liberal one — could win enough senators to reach that magic procedural number...