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  • 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 newsat 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 surprisea legislative supermajority. Look out below.
  • DEMOCRATS MAY NAB SUPERMAJORITY (California)

    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
    Gannett Newspaper - Link Only: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20120513/NEWS02/305120065/Tennessee-GOP-tests-its-own-legislative-primaries?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE
  • 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 | Politifact.com
    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 isnt 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
    Investors.com ^ | 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, Ill be in D.C. on Friday

    01/18/2010 5:06:52 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 103 replies · 4,508+ views
    hotair.com ^ | Jan. 18, 2010 | Allahpundit
    Thus confronting the Democrats about their obstructionism while hes 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 states special election Tuesday. Asked about the state of the race, Brown said hes still campaigning as if hes running down 30 points. But sounding confident, the GOP state senator says hes made plans to travel to Washington Friday if hes 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 · 74 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...
  • Ben Nelson Crucial 60th Senate Vote Defects on Obama Plan

    09/09/2009 11:59:25 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 32 replies · 1,791+ views
    News Max ^ | SEPTEMBER 09, 2009 | Jim Meyers
    Democrats in the Senate may have a filibuster-proof 60-vote majority when healthcare reform comes up for a vote, but at least one Democrat is telling party leaders not to count on him to be the 60th vote. Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska told The Hill newspaper: "I'm not going to commit anything at this point in time on procedural votes, neither pro nor con, because it will depend on the circumstances. "I can't make those decisions in advance because it depends on what the bill is and what the circumstances are at the time. Otherwise you're just giving away your...
  • Sen. Ted Kennedy's death deprives Democrats of 60-vote 'supermajority'

    08/27/2009 11:50:18 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies · 793+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 8/27/09 | Ian Bishop and David Saltonstall
    It may be months before Ted Kennedy's U.S. Senate seat is filled, but it took only minutes Wednesday for the chatter to start over possible successors - among them his mourning widow, Victoria. The stakes are high. Kennedy's death now deprives Democrats of the 60-vote "supermajority" that the party could theoretically use to push through health care reform and other top item
  • Ted Kennedy's death could block Barack Obama health care reform

    08/26/2009 9:46:21 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 26 replies · 1,340+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | August 26, 2009 | Alex Spillius
    Senator Edward Kennedy's death has placed a significant hurdle in front of President Barack Obama's attempts to push sweeping plans for reforming health care through Congress. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker of the House, vowed that legislation to insure every American, which Mr Kennedy had described as "the cause of my life", would be achieved. "Ted Kennedy's dream of quality health care for all Americans will be made real this year because of his leadership and his inspiration," she said in a statement. But procedural rules in the Senate mean Mr Kennedy's absence could be crucial when a vote is...
  • The 60th Vote .... Fading

    08/20/2009 1:55:51 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 25 replies · 2,142+ views
    FR ^ | Aug. 20, 2009 | Yours Truly
    (Disclaimer: The following is simply a brutal Machiavellian political analysis, and is not intended in any way to celebrate another's physical misfortune) Democrats were giddy when Al Franken was declared the winner of the Minnesota Senate race, and for understandably good reason - they finally, but barely, had a filibuster-proof majority in that Body. And so they now press forward with their controversial healthcare legislation, confident that Republicans - and everyone else opposed - can do nothing to stop it. But wait. One of those Senate votes is in serious decline - Sen. Ted Kennedy. Again, speaking in cold-blooded political...
  • The Case for Busting the Filibuster

    08/19/2009 5:08:27 PM PDT · by XHogPilot · 9 replies · 658+ views
    The Nation ^ | August 12, 2009 | Thomas Geoghegan
    This past spring, Senator Claire McCaskill wrote to me asking for $50 to help elect more Democrats, so we could have a filibuster-proof Senate. Now that Al Franken has finally been declared the sixtieth Democratic senator, her plea may seem moot. But even with Franken in office, we don't have a filibuster-proof Senate. To get to sixty on the Democratic side, we'll still have to cut deals. Maybe we should start sending postcards like the following: "Dear Senator: Why do you keep asking for my money? You've already got the fifty-one votes you need to get rid of the filibuster...
  • AM Alert: Green light {Initiative to make it easier to raise taxes}

    07/31/2009 7:55:28 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 332+ views
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 7/31/9 | Torey Van Oot
    The Secretary of State's office has given the green light to begin gathering signatures for a ballot initiative to lower the vote requirement for passing a state budget or increasing taxes from two-thirds to a three-fifths supermajority. The man behind the initiative, Berkeley-based attorney and editor Robert Denham, says he figures that a three-fifths majority would prevent gridlock over the budget but still be palatable to voters wary of dropping the requirement to a simple majority. "I thought voters are more likely to sign off on something that doesn't make it too easy," said Denham, a Democrat. "That sort of...
  • Dan Walters: California's supermajority budget vote in the crosshairs

    08/03/2009 7:35:17 AM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies · 624+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/3/9 | Dan Walters
    California is just one of three states that require supermajority votes to enact state budgets, and while that constitutional provision has been in effect for nearly eight decades, only in the past quarter-century has it become a major political impediment. The state's socioeconomic evolution, term limits, gerrymandered legislative districts, volatility in the state's revenue and the concentration of fiscal power in Sacramento have made the budget process infinitely more complex and, in turn, turned the two-thirds budget vote, once a formality, into a major factor. Much of last month's machinations over overhauling the deficit-ridden budget stemmed from the legal requirement...
  • Bye-Bye Burris

    07/10/2009 6:21:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 1,510+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 10, 2009
    Politics: The career of Roland Burris, a political cipher from Illinois who became a U.S. senator and the lamest of ducks, is over. He can now retire into the obscurity he so richly deserves.Having obtained the seat under a cloud of typical Illinois corruption, Burris announced Friday he won't run for a full term in 2010. He was appointed by the former and recently impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich who, among his other accomplishments, tried to auction off the seat formerly held by Barack Obama. Blagojevich was forced out of office and may soon join other Illinois governors who went on...
  • World Agenda: Democrats not all smiles as Al Franken enters Senate

    07/07/2009 5:45:47 AM PDT · by discocrico · 71 replies · 3,182+ views
    London Times ^ | 7/7/2009 | Catherine Philp
    The comedian Al Franken will be welcomed by fellow Democrats at a lunch on Capitol Hill today after he has been sworn in as senator, taking the partys Senate vote bank to the magic threshold of 60. His arrival makes the Democrats the first party in three decades to attain the fabled super majority, allowing them in theory to override Republican filibusters and implement their legislative agenda. A week after Mr Franken was declared Senator of Minnesota, however, doubts are growing as to how politically useful a super majority will be when the hard bargaining over controversial issues...
  • Sen.-elect Franken visits Capitol Hill

    07/06/2009 11:37:36 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 18 replies · 954+ views
    LA Times ^ | July 7, 2009 | James Oliphant
    Al Franken -- the former comedian who won a bruising, eight-month vote recount and court battle in Minnesota -- arrived on Capitol Hill on Monday, a day before he was to be sworn in as a new Democratic member of the Senate. But Franken immediately downplayed the importance of his vote in the Senate. "A lot has been made of this number 60," Franken said. "The number I'm focused on is the number two.
  • 60 votes not so super for Obama, Senate Democrats (sick Sheets Byrd & Unca Teddy makes 58)

    07/06/2009 5:29:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 29 replies · 999+ views
    SF Examiner ^ | 7/04/09 | LAURIE KELLMAN
    60 votes not so super for Obama, Senate DemocratsBy: LAURIE KELLMAN The Associated Press July 4, 2009 Congress returns for its midsummer session Monday with a Senate supermajority not super enough for President Barack Obama's top priorities to pass without Republican support. The seating of Minnesota Sen. Al Franken will give Democrats the filibuster-proof 60-40 majority in the Senate, but only on paper. Absences by two ailing senators mean the party can count only 58 votes, and then only if Majority Leader Harry Reid can herd two independents and the independent streaks of 55 others behind Obama's biggest initiatives: expanded...
  • Al Franken Democrat From Acorn (Acorn's Sec of State Program)

    07/06/2009 11:44:00 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 21 replies · 1,253+ views
    IBD ^ | 7/6/09 | Mikey_1962
    Politics: The former Stuart Smalley becomes the 60th Democrat in the U.S. Senate, thanks to the community organizers at Acorn and the little-known Secretary of State Project. Is the system being rigged? Incumbent Republican Norm Coleman conceded defeat in the mother of all recounts in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race after the state's Supreme Court unanimously rejected his lawsuit. Arguably, his seat may have been lost the day in 2006 when Democrat Mark Ritchie defeated two-term incumbent Republican Mary Kiffmeyer to become Minnesota secretary of state. It was Ritchie who orchestrated the recount that gave Democratic challenger Franken a lead some...
  • Al Franken Democrat From Acorn

    07/02/2009 5:26:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies · 2,296+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 2, 2009
    Politics: The former Stuart Smalley becomes the 60th Democrat in the U.S. Senate, thanks to the community organizers at Acorn and the little-known Secretary of State Project. Is the system being rigged?Politics: The former Stuart Smalley becomes the 60th Democrat in the U.S. Senate, thanks to the community organizers at Acorn and the little-known Secretary of State Project. Is the system being rigged? Incumbent Republican Norm Coleman conceded defeat in the mother of all recounts in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race after the state's Supreme Court unanimously rejected his lawsuit. Arguably, his seat may have been lost the day in 2006...
  • And Franken Makes 60

    07/02/2009 1:49:14 PM PDT · by AJKauf · 18 replies · 922+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | July 1 | Rick Moran
    As a political writer and blogger, I applaud the decision of the Minnesota Supreme Court that effectively made Alan Stuart Franken the junior senator from Minnesota for the next six years. Of course, its not such a good thing for Republicans, considering that the Democrats have added another body to their already huge majority. But Franken in the Senate will pay dividends for both the party and us bloggers far into the future, as long as he remains above ground and has the ability to open his mouth all the better to stick his foot in it. Al Franken...
  • Democrats' Senate Supermajority Not as Strong as Advertised

    07/01/2009 1:28:07 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 18 replies · 1,192+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 30, 2009 | FOXNews
    Like an oasis in the desert, the 60-vote Democratic supermajority is a mirage. Yes, former comedian Al Franken is now Minnesota's senator-elect -- thanks to the state Supreme Court's ruling Tuesday -- giving Democrats enough members in the Senate to hit a filibuster-proof majority. This is no laughing matter. But that's on a really, really good day. For all intents and purposes, Democrats don't truly have 60 votes in the Senate. With the addition of Franken, they technically have 58. Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., caucus with Democrats but don't define themselves that way. Sanders, a socialist,...
  • Menendez: 'Franken would give Democrats "a little more strength" to pursue their agenda.'

    07/01/2009 11:27:37 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 8 replies · 437+ views
    foxnews ^ | 7/1/09 | Chad Pergram
    Like an oasis in the desert, the 60-vote Democratic supermajority is a mirage. Yes, former comedian Al Franken is now Minnesota's senator-elect -- thanks to the state Supreme Court's ruling Tuesday -- giving Democrats enough members in the Senate to hit a filibuster-proof majority. This is no laughing matter. But that's on a really, really good day. For all intents and purposes, Democrats don't truly have 60 votes in the Senate. With the addition of Franken, they technically have 58. Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., caucus with Democrats but don't define themselves that way. Sanders, a socialist,...
  • Democrats Now Own It All Now That Franken Has Stolen The Election

    07/01/2009 8:43:27 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 35 replies · 1,674+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-01-09 | Curt
    Not a whole lot to be happy about with this win by Franken but at least now they own everything. They have a filibuster proof Senate. Either everything they have whined about for the last eight years gets fixed or they are outright liars. Scott said it best in the comments: DEMS OWN IT NOW. Whats it? IT is EVERYTHING. 2010 midterms: if unemployment is still worse than when Obama took office, its their faultif GDP is still falling its Democrats faultif every American-EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN and most illegal aliens-dont have the same high-quality/free medical coverage as Barack Obamaits their...