Posts tagged United States Senate
With John Kerry’s confirmation as Secretary of State, a seat opened in the U.S. Senate. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick named his former chief of staff, William “Mo” Cowan, as his interim replacement, and he was sworn in on February 7, created a record two (2) African Americans in the Senate at the same time.
A special election will be held June 25 to choose a “permanent” replacement for the five-term Senator Kerry. It isn’t really very permanent, because it will only fill out Kerry’s current term, which expires after the 2014 midterms. In other words, there will be yet another election for that seat next year.
Here is a brief rundown of some candidates who have so far declared their intention to run in the June special election. (more…)
In most parts of the United States, the longest day is in late June. But in a small corner of our nation, today, January 3, is the longest day. What, you think it’s January 22? Maybe where you are, but inside the Senate Chamber of the United States Capitol, it’s still January 3. And, remarkably, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) can keep the calendar on January 3 for as long as he wants, by simply failing to adjourn for the day.
See, January 3, 2013, is the first day of the 113th Congress. And on the first day of the new Congress, the rules can be changed with a simple majority vote. Reid has promised to change the Senate rules for filibustering, but that requires a majority of Senators to approve the changes.
The goal here isn’t to eliminate the filibuster altogether. I suppose there are many Democrats who would be happy with that approach (at least until Republicans gain a majority in the Senate), but the Senators themselves, of both parties, want to keep the filibuster around. Without the filibuster, the power of each Senator isn’t much greater than that of each Representative. But with the filibuster, a small number of Senators can stop any legislation. It’s a tremendous power to have, and one that few are likely to give up quietly.
It’s worth noting that the filibuster wasn’t created; it came about as an accident of history. (more…)
Here we are, at the end of the road for so many campaigns. And it’s the time when I deliver my final predictions.
As with Saturday, I’m starting with early voting. Like Saturday, this edition includes a section on the gubernatorial races. After that, I delve into the Senate, followed by the Presidential race. I’m dropping the other external factors, as they should all be priced into the polls by now.
That said, Hurricane Sandy could have an impact on turnout. But with no precedent upon which to draw, it’s anybody’s guess as to what the impact will be.
We’re but three days away from Election Day, and this is my last Saturday edition of these Watches. My final edition will run on Tuesday, Election Day, when I will deliver my final predictions.
As with last Tuesday, I’ll start by looking at the elements that cross offices. Unlike Tuesday, this edition includes a section on the gubernatorial races. After that, I delve into the Senate, followed by the Presidential race.
We’re but a week away from Election Day, and that means it’s time once again to step up the frequency of the Watches. Starting today, I am combining the Reëlection and Senate watches into a single article, which will run today, Saturday, and Election Day, when I will deliver my final predictions.
This makes today’s article far lengthier than usual, but packed with nutritional data. And tasty, too.
I’ll start by looking at the elements that cross offices, and then delve into the Senate, followed by the Presidential race. (more…)
Time is running out, and so the margins of Tossups and Leans shrink yet again.
Here is the current map:
As always, “Continuing” refers to the seats in Senate Classes 2 and 3, which are not up for election this cycle. And, also as always, the details are below the fold.