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'No Budget, No Pay' Works Once Again in California

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Every so often, in the world of legislation, California lives up to its own self-image of trendsetter. This is one of those times.

Reid's Nuclear Disarmament Meeting

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

An extraordinary meeting is taking place today, which all 100 senators have been invited to attend. This should really not be an extraordinary thing -- you'd think that all senators meeting together would just be an actual floor session in the Senate -- but it is because it's actually a political meeting, with the doors closed.

Supermajority: Supercollosal Senselessness

Lance Simmens | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics
Lance Simmens

I cannot figure out why we as a society must be saddled with the burden of watching our democratic processes held hostage to an unreasonable standard of success that dictates a supermajority of 60 votes in the most debilitative body in the world.

The Single Most Important Thing To Happen In California Politics

Posted 11.07.2012 | Los Angeles

California Democrats hitched their wagon to President Barack Obama's rising star this election season, a strategy that's paid off handsomely for the p...

Debunking the Myth: Obama's Two-Year Supermajority

Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm

Mitt Romney's at it again -- shading the truth on CBS News' 60 Minutes. He's perpetuating the false Republican narrative that President Obama should have gotten more done during his first two years in office because he had a supermajority in the Senate.

Debunking the Myth: Obama's Two-Year Super-Majority

Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm

Mitt Romney's at it again -- shading the truth on CBS News' 60 Minutes. In this video he's perpetuating the false Republican narrative that President...

Shirts Versus Skins: Politics and the Cynical Use of Rule 22

Byron Williams | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Byron Williams

The day the president was sworn into office there was a corresponding Machiavellian plan to make him a one-term president.

Jason Linkins

Unconstitutional Filibuster? Let's Do It, Let's Sue The Senate! | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics

Lots of people agree that our government is currently bogged down in a morass of dysfunction that's so disastrous that it's basically criminal. And I ...

Is the 60-Vote Norm Paralyzing the Senate?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 01.17.2012 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

The Senate has been checking its tendency to talk at length by some such rule since 1917, but the insistence on 60 votes with great frequency is a thoroughly modern phenomenon and probably reflects, to a significant degree, the partisan polarization of American politics today.

Hey, Union-Busters: We'll Give You a Supermajority

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

It's great that Sen. Johnny Isakson and his fellow conservative Republicans in the U.S. Senate now back the supermajority concept that the Employee Free Choice Act achieves through "card check."

President Obama, Replace Rahm With Me: An Open Letter From Michael Moore

Michael Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Moore

President Obama, I don't know what your team has been up to, but they haven't served you well. And Rahm, poor Rahm, has turned into a fighter -- not of Republicans, but of the left.

No Hits, No Runs, Big Error

Lance Simmens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lance Simmens

Senator, playing with people's lives is not a game. These childish antics only reinforce the cynicism and distrust that a frustrated and worried populace feels towards their government.

Filibusters Should Promote Democratic Deliberation

Steven P. Croley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven P. Croley

Ideally, a filibuster ensures that narrow majorities cannot impose dramatic policy changes; in fact, the speechless filibuster doesn't test the strength of competing convictions.

Jeff Muskus

Scott Brown: 'I'll Be The 41st Vote, Not The 60th Vote" | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Less than an hour after Scott Brown was sworn in as the Republican junior senator from Massachusetts, he made it clear where he stands on bipartisan c...

The Fallacy of a Democratic Supermajority

Zach Friend | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Zach Friend

On the surface, there were 60 Democratic votes. But when you subtract two Independents, what existed was not 58 unilateral views or votes. A supermajority is a bloc, and this was never a bloc.

California-style Supermajority Dysfunction Heads to DC

Sherry Bebitch Jeffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sherry Bebitch Jeffe

Californians have lived through years of government gridlocked by rules that require a supermajority legislature ripped by partisanship. Washington could now mirror the Golden State's breathtaking dysfunction.

Forget the Myth: 51 Senators Can End the Filibuster Today

Don Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don Parker

Fifty-one Senators can abolish or amend the filibuster rule at any time. They can do it today. They only have to summon the courage to act.

Post-MA Massacre: Mr. Cosmo's Victory, SCOTUS FAIL, and Obama's 2010

Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein

On today's Wilshire & Washington, it's looking grim for the Democrats. Or was this their plan all along? This week's first big headline should be the ...

The Other Half of the Picture

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

San Francisco -- I've written a couple of posts in the past week that analyze the first year of the Obama presidency from the perspective of executive...

2009 Was Not the Senate's Finest Year

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

It was in the Senate this year where the goal of meaningful health care reform gave way to a bill that feels as if it was written by the insurance company lobbyists.

California, Here We Come -- If We Don't Change Our Budget Ways

Matt Sundeen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Matt Sundeen

The "change makes us California" story is intended to scare us, but like many good tales, it's blatantly untrue. Budget reforms will not transform us into the Golden State. Almost the opposite is true.

Dems Find Supermajority Hasn't Changed Balance Of Power

Washington Post | Perry Bacon Jr. And Paul Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Democrats spent their first full day holding 60 votes just as they have spent the previous 2 1/2 years without such a supermajority: scrambling...

Harry Reid: 60 Votes Doesn't Mean Anything

New York Times | CARL HULSE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

"We have 60 votes on paper," Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader, said Wednesday in an interview. "But we cannot bulldoze anybody; it doesn't work...