Category Archives: US Senate

Frank Lautenberg is NOT dead.

A few minutes ago I was directed to this link (link has since been edited with an update) saying there was a press release from the Senator Lautenberg’s  office announcing his death.

I did a quick Google search and found it to be a sick joke started by someone with too much time on their hands. Similar e-mails were also sent out claiming Senator Patrick Leahy and Senator Dianne Feinstein had passed away.
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New Jersey voters failed themselves today

This New Jersey Governor’s election result is a disaster on so many levels. Nationally you’ll hear this being a referendum on Obama when it clearly wasn’t. New Jersey voters did what ignorant voters often do; vote out the incumbent without thinking of what the alternative is. Corzine hasn’t been popular but yet again the electorate failed to see the consequences of their vote. It was easy voting out Corzine over the last 4 years but unfortunately New Jersey didn’t think about the next 4 years. There are 4 scheduled openings on the New Jersey Supreme Court in next 4 years thanks to New Jersey’s mandatory retirement age. Yes, Chris Christie gets to fill those. This is a potential disaster waiting to happen. I don’t trust Christie at all on social issues. New Jersey has an 85 year old Senator in Frank Lautenberg who didn’t look well at a recent event I attended. I thought he would retire if Corzine won and let him pick someone to replace him….unfortunately Chris Christie would fill that opening now.

A couple of quick closing thoughts as the work begins again. Is Cory Booker going to run in 2013 for Governor or will he hold off for a Senate Run in 2014? Is Jon Corzine headed to D.C to work in the Obama administration?

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Cory Booker is awesome

Not that people from NJ don’t know this already but Mayor Cory Booker of New Jersey is a fast rising political star in this country. There is no doubt in my mind he is going to run for higher office one day, I think the Senate once Lautenberg steps aside will definitely be an option. He’s doing great work in Newark and having fun doing it. Great to see that from a political figure.

Check out this clip.

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Senators Said to Reach Filibuster Deal

By DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent 1 minute ago

WASHINGTON – Centrists from both parties reached a compromise Monday night to avoid a showdown on
President Bush’s stalled judicial nominees and the Senate’s own filibuster rules, officials from both parties said.
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These officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the agreement would clear the way for yes-or-no votes on some of Bush’s nominees, but make no guarantee.

Under the agreement, Democrats would pledge not to filibuster any of Bush’s future appeals court or Supreme Court nominees except in “extraordinary circumstances.”

For their part, Republicans agreed not to support an attempt to strip Democrats of their right to block votes.

Under the agreement, Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen, nominated to a seat on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, would advance to a final confirmation vote.

Senate Republican leader Bill Frist has made her a test vote in a bruising showdown over the fate of several appeals courts nominees that Democrats blocked in the past and had threatened to block again.

With the series of climatic vote set for Tuesday, compromise-minded senators of both parties met in the office of Sen. John McCain (news, bio, voting record), R-Ariz., for a last stab at compromise

They arranged to make a formal anouncement at a news conference.

It was not immediately clear how the agreement would affect plans for an all-night Senate session, or how quickly Republicans would push for confirmation of Owen.

The compromise drew the support of six Republicans and six Democrats at a minimum, although the names were not immediately available.

Under a complicated situation in effect on the Senate floor, that meant that Democratic opponents would lack the support needed to sustain a filibuster against Owen and other nominees. At the same time, it meant Republicans would not be able to strip Democrats of their ability to filibuster.

The agreement came as majority leader Frist, R-Tenn. and Democratic leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. steered the Senate toward a showdown on Bush’s nominees and historic filibuster rules, under which a minority can prevent action unless the majority gains 60 votes.

The leaders of both parties cast the issue in historic terms.

Bah….C-Span was praying this wouldn’t happen tonight becuase the floor debates tomorrow would’ve been crazy but it looks like some sort of a deal has been agreed to. I don’t like this Owens character at all…..hell Bush’s own Attorney General (who’s no saint for those who don’t live in the US) has spoken out heavily against her in the past. You know someone is crazy when they’re to the right of Alberto Gonzales. I like how the Democrats put in the terms “extraordinary circumstances” into the agreement because it makes this agreement pretty much pointless. The filibuster lives for now…..and that my friends is good news.