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It’s a real wonder that the Democrats never actually kick the football. Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) said Monday that, if Democrats regain control of the Senate and the White House, they will reverse Republicans’ change to the filibuster rules for Supreme Court nominees. On Thursday, the Senate voted on party lines to change those rules […]

Merkley

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On November 22, 2013

For spearheading this filibuster reform effort, Jeff Merkley rises into the upper echelon of Oregon senators, along with people like Wayne Morse and Mark Hatfield. Share

Filibuster!

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On March 7, 2013

Couple of thoughts about Rand Paul’s marathon filibuster. First, it should go without saying that Rand Paul is not on the side of progressives for any reason. Even on drones and extrajudicial ki

Filibuster Politics

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In Robert Farley
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On July 25, 2012
Bernstein on filibuster gamesmanship: A broader point: if Democrats believe that Republicans will inevitably turn the Senate into a majority party rules institution as soon as they get the majority, then there’s a strong incentive for Democrats to make that reform now whether or not they actually support it. The tricky thing is if Senators […]

I Blame Capra

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On March 10, 2010

For whatever reason, the filibuster has a romantic appeal to people who should know better, and you often hear from those who dislike the current rules that changing the rules to require “real&#

The Constitutionality of the Filibuster

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In Uncategorized
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On January 13, 2010
Sad, but true. I’m particularly wary of trying to construct an argument that the filibuster is unconstitutional using the same kind of logic that’s used to argue that health care reform is unconstitutional. I’m also puzzled by the attempt — which will be familiar to people who read stuff analyzing the legitimacy of judicial review […]
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