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Rod St. Aubyn: New Congress, Same Gridlock

Rod St. Aubyn: New Congress, Same Gridlock

At the federal level we have faced continued gridlock during the past few years.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid famously refused to take up hundreds of House-passed bills, several with bipartisan support.  Senate Republicans were accused of putting up numerous legislative roadblocks to the point where Sen. Reid and his Democrat senators changed the rules


Republicans Should Help Restore Bipartisanship By Bringing Back The Filibuster

About a year ago Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid changed the rules in the Senate to remove the filibuster for confirming appointments. What was worse was how he did it. Normally rule changes in the Senate require a 67 vote majority (ending a filibuster requires just 60 votes), but Reid changed the rules with a

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Heidi Heitkamp’s Posturing As The Senate’s New Swing Vote Is Hard To Buy

While election night was an ugly one for most Democrats, it seems to have opened up an opportunity for rabidly ambitious Senator Heidi Heitkamp. Ever since the votes were tallied Heitkamp has been posturing herself as a key centrist in the Senate chamber. Someone to whom Democrats and Republicans alike will need cater on close


Heitkamp Votes Against Reid As Minority Leader

In what was apparently a heated closed-door caucus meeting Senator Harry Reid was re-elected to his leadership post for the incoming Demcorat minority in the Senate. But one person who didn’t support keeping Reid at the head of her caucus was Senator Heidi Heitkamp. “This was a change election,” Heitkamp told the New York Times.


Ouch: Heidi Heitkamp Turning On Harry Reid?

Senator Heidi Heitkamp was a major beneficiary of (now lame duck) Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s campaign largesse in 2012. In addition to $10,000 in contributions made directly to Heitkamp’s campaign, Reid’s Majority PAC spent $3.37 million on independent advertising attacking Heitkamp’s opponent Rick Berg. My how things have changed. With Democrats reeling from election


Harry’s Girl: Senator Heidi Heitkamp Votes To Gut Filibusters For Nominations

The real story in the “nuclear option” change to the Senate filibuster today – which, let’s be honest, is more intended as a distraction from Obamacare than anything else – isn’t that the rule was changed but how the rule was changed. Normally rule changes in the Senate require 67 votes. Senate Majority Leader decided


Democrats Accuse Republicans Of Trying To Find Common Ground During The Shutdown

Republicans are trying to mitigate the impact of the government shutdown? What dastardly deeds will we see next? The House approved three targeted spending resolutions to the Senate on Wednesday, daring Senate Democrats to vote against measures to immediately fund the District of Columbia, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Park Service.