Yesterday’s Congressional Embarrassments, Explained

By: Thursday May 17, 2012 7:13 am

Let’s recap one of the more pathetic days in a pathetic Congressional session. In the House, voting concluded on the GOP version of the Violence Against Women Act, a real marker into the rightward shift of that party. On previous occasions with GOP control of Congress, VAWA was reauthorized without incident. This time around, however, [...]

Murkowski Has Remorse Over Blunt Amendment

By: Tuesday March 6, 2012 9:35 am

Apparently, Lisa Murkowski was unprepared for the impact of her voting for the rule to have employers dictate the health care choices of half the nation’s population. Back from Washington, D.C., for the start of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, the senator kept running into female voters who wrote in her name in the last [...]

Senators Stake Out Positions for Blunt Amendment Vote Tomorrow

By: Wednesday February 29, 2012 2:16 pm

Harry Reid has scheduled a vote on the Blunt amendment, which would allow employers to refuse insurance mandates on virtually any medical service simply by stating a moral objection to the practice, for tomorrow. Reid actually introduced the amendment himself when the Republicans wouldn’t: “We’re having our usual productive time in the Senate. Monday, no [...]

Murkowski Certified Winner of Alaska Senate Election

By: Thursday December 30, 2010 1:18 pm

After nearly two months of court battles, Lisa Murkowski was finally certified as the winner of the US Senate election in Alaska in November. She becomes the first Senator to win a write-in campaign since Strom Thurmond in 1954. I don’t suspect that Murkowski will spend the next 50-plus years in the Senate, but you [...]

Joe Miller Loses Alaska Supreme Court Case to Overturn AK-Sen Election

By: Thursday December 23, 2010 6:29 am

Like a soldier on a remote Japanese island still fighting World War II, Joe Miller still sees a chance to become a United States Senator. Long after everyone turned away and recognized Lisa Murkowski as the victor, he’s been moving through the courts, trying to find a sympathetic ear. Well, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled [...]

Clean Energy Standard, Blocking EPA Carbon Regulation on Pollution-State Senators’ Agenda

By: Monday December 20, 2010 9:59 am

The best hope for success in the 112th Congress is stasis, a kind of gridlock that doesn’t make things appreciably worse. Millions of unemployed Americans across the country would rather that government worked at giving them opportunities for jobs, but the incoming Republican House just isn’t interested in doing that. One area where stasis would [...]

Votes In Hand for DADT Repeal as Murkowski, Scott Brown Pledge Support of Standalone

By: Thursday December 16, 2010 9:02 am

Lisa Murkowski will support repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy and specifically, the standalone bill that executes the legislative repeal, according to her spokesman. Murkowski’s spokesman specifically references the passage of the tax cut bill and the “glide path” to funding the government as clearing the way for support. “Sen. Murkowski will [...]

Pelosi and Obama Endorse Standalone DADT Repeal

By: Friday December 10, 2010 7:49 am

Nancy Pelosi released a statement last night on the failure of the defense authorization bill, which included a legislative repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. She also said that she would work to pass a stand-alone legislative repeal by the end of the legislative session: “Since the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ has broad [...]

Standalone DADT Repeal Bill Readied

By: Thursday December 9, 2010 2:35 pm

Senate leadership has planned a vote on a free-standing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell legislative repeal, unencumbered by the defense authorization bill, to come to the floor sometime in the lame duck session, perhaps next week. Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins are co-sponsoring the bill, which will have the same language as what was in the [...]

Murkowski Supports DADT Repeal But Passage Still Hinges on Amendment Agreement

By: Wednesday December 8, 2010 1:18 pm

Lisa Murkowski (???-AK) has decided to support the repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, joining Scott Brown, Susan Collins and probably Richard Lugar as Republican supporters. The votes for repeal, then, are there. But in Murkowski’s statement, you still see that the question of time agreements for amendments still hangs over the [...]

Scott Brown Announces Support for Repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

By: Friday December 3, 2010 11:01 am

Scott Brown announced his support for repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell today, consistent with the position of the broader military. “I pledged to keep an open mind about the present policy on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Having reviewed the Pentagon report, having spoken to active and retired military service members, and having discussed the matter [...]

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