Senate

Polls Show Trends Favoring GOP to Win Six Senate Seats

Another edition to my weekly Senate poll analysis is available. Last week, I said that the Democrats were looking to lose four seats. This week, a couple of toss-up races have moved to the Republican column. According to the polls, the Democrats could lose six seats. Read my full analysis.

Senator Chambliss Staffer Says, ‘All Faggots Must Die’

When I listen to some Republican senators talk about how great the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell law has been working for 17 years, I think, “Man, these old white guys are a bunch of homophobic assholes.” Well, now someone who works in the office of Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) has been caught posting a bigoted

Christine O’Donnell is no Virgin

Despite that she’s never been married, and she’s a devout Roman Catholic, GOP Senatorial nominee Christine O’Donnell is not a virgin. According to a report on Talking Points Memo, O’Donnell didn’t become the chaste woman she claims to be today until college. Oh the college years, it’s such a wonderful life altering time in our

Rand Paul Kidnapped a Woman and Worships the ‘Aqua Buddha’

When Rand Paul was attending college at Baylor in Waco, Texas, he worshiped the “Aqua Buddha.” Oh, and he and friend kidnapped a woman, but I guess that’s their right to do stuff like that sense, because … I don’t know, being a well-connected politico’s son means you can. GQ’s blog “The Wire” reported: The

Sharron Angle Says Gays Should Be Prohibited From Adopting Children

I don’t know how shocking, or newsworthy, this tidbit of information is, but apparently Nevada’s GOP nominee to unseat Senator Harry Reid thinks gays should not be allowed to adopt children and that the separation of church and state is unconstitutional. In a four-page questionnaire Angle filled out for a conservative political action committee, she

Senator John Kerry says the Senate will pass his climate bill this year

On Sunday, Senator John Kerry (D-MA) wrote in the Washington Post about the prospects of getting the climate bill passed this year – an election year. “Conventional wisdom says that Congress ducks tough choices in election years,” Kerry said, “predicting at best a watered-down energy bill. The same doubters said health reform was dead until

Senator John Kerry Unveils ‘American Power Act’ Energy Bill

Senator John Kerry (D-MA) calls his “American Power Act” a climate and energy bill, but it reads more like an energy bill rather than a climate bill. In a nutshell, Kerry’s bill calls for more nuclear power, more coal and more natural gas. It does seek to meet Obama’s target of reducing carbon emissions by

Video Mashup About Senate Reconciliation

Whether Republicans like it or not, reconciliation has been used 22 times since President Carter was in office. Of those 22 times, 16 were Republican lead efforts to sidestep a filibuster. And contrary to what Republican hacks are saying, it has been used to pass big bills.

Open Thread: The Filibuster

The filibuster is the issue I’m tracking today. There’s a lot going on with Senators seeking to change rules, Republicans threatening more filibusters and pundits trying to figure it all out.

Here’s what I have so far.

Should Democrats Call The GOP Filibuster Threat?

Holding up bills in the Senate is the Republican plan to prevent Obama and Democrats from scoring any political points. To accomplish this goal, Republicans are threatening to filibuster more than ever, and some Democrats want Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to call their bluff.

Senator Harry Reid Tells GOP To Quit Crying

Here’s Harry Reid telling Republicans to quit whining about Democrats threatening to use reconciliation to pass health care reform and bypassing the GOP filibuster. Transcript and video.

How health lobbyists influenced reform bill

David Nexon had a big problem. An early version of national health care legislation contained a $40 billion tax aimed squarely at members of the medical device trade association he represents.

Read the Senator Harry Reid Health Care Bill

Senators are debating health care reform right now. Republicans say it’s too expensive, raises taxes, cuts Medicare and the American people aren’t buying it. Democrats contend that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will reduce the overall cost of health care, improve access to health care and needs to happen sooner rather than later.

Republican Olympia Snowe will support Baucus bill health care reform

Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, said Tuesday that she intends to vote for the Senate Finance Committee’s health care reform package. She cautioned that her vote should be seen as a sign of her faith in the process going forward, not as support for the final package that will arrive on the Senate floor.