So here’s a little screen shot of the Spreadsheet I put together for the Senate races for this years elections
The ones marked in Red are seats that are competitive, Orange are seats that are wild cards with no incumbent running, and Green are “safe seats” according to Nate Silver from FiveThirtyEight
The only races I haven’t included are Sen. Kirstin Gillibrand’s special election (she took over for Clinton after her appointment to the State Department) and Sen. Byrd’s old seat which WV is still debating how to best fill that vacancy.
Senator Robert Byrd Dies at 92: The Office of Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia released a short notice today that the Senator passed away this morning at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Senator Byrd was the longest serving U.S. Senator to date serving a total of 9 consecutive terms in the Senate (remember a Senate term is 6 years) meaning he has been in the Senate representing West Virginia for more than 54 years! While his past isn’t free of scandal, Sen. Byrd was very accomplished not only in his long and distinguished record of service, but also in his passion for the institution in which he served. For more information on Senator Byrd’s long career in the Senate you can go to his Office’s website which has several documents of interest including statements made by several of Senator Byrd’s colleagues
SCOTUS in the News: Today the released several contriversial decisions before it recessed for the Summer. Among these rulings comes two high interest cases, the first being the decision to uphold UC Hasting’s right to deny formal recognition to the Schools Christian Legal Society because of its discriminatory membership practices. According to the AP:
“The court on Monday turned away an appeal from the Christian Legal Society, which sued to get funding and recognition from the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law. The CLS requires that voting members sign a statement of faith and regards ‘unrepentant participation in or advocacy of a sexually immoral lifestyle’ as being inconsistent with that faith. But Hastings said no recognized campus groups may exclude people due to religious belief or sexual orientation. The court upheld the lower court rulings saying the Christian group’s First Amendment rights of association, free speech and free exercise were not violated by the college’s decision.” (via Towleroad)
The second controversial issue was the 5-4 ruling made on Chicago’s handgun ban, the Court voted to overturn this ban taking Justice Alito’s position that that the right to bear arms “applies equally to the federal government and the states” (via Vanity Fair). While this ruling nullifies the Chicago ban, gun control advocates say they see some glimmers of hope for reasonable gun control regulation.
Kagan Confirmation Hearings Underway: Watch hear on C-SPAN3
IL Gov. Signs Anti-Bully Legislation (via 365gay.com)
Well now you all know my shameful secret… I have the hots for a young Republican congress critter… Rep. Aaron Schock from IL. I’m sure you have all seen this photo of him shirtless back when he first got elected to office
… he almost made me want to move to his district just so I could vote for him! But now that I have come back to my senses, I realized that while he is definitely some political eye candy, he’s still evil (in the sense that he’s affiliated with a party that like to hate on the gays). After doing some vote history fact checking I found that he voted against both the Matthew Shepard Act and the DADT repeal. Its sad that evil people like this get all the good looks 😦 and apparently his time in Washington only made him hotter to look at but more loathsome, I found a more recent picture of him as I was going through my morning ritual of filing through the RSS feeds of my blogs and stumbled upon this photo form Joe.My.God. (JMG) apparently time has only made him hotter, however here’s a bit of advice Rep. Schock, that outfit… doesn’t do a thing to help your straight image (see below):
I mean common loose the picnic blanket of a shirt and you’d be ready for the White Party (no I mean the gay one)!
UPDATE: It seems that Rep. Schock noticed that the new picture (at left) of him went viral. In a twitter update a few days ago Rep. Schock made note that this pic of him went viral. According to the update he “learned his lesson” and “burned the belt”. Um Congressman… it wasn’t the belt trust me.
So I am writing this as I fly back to St Paul… It’s been a long and eventful week for me I spent five days in Washington DC lobbying legislatiors on grad and prof student issues. Of course I ran into a bunch of politicians, and even got to have my photo taken with one.
HuffPo is reporting that Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) is prepared to break from the Gang of Six negotiations and vote to pursue the budget reconciliation process which would allow senators to approve the more contentious parts of the Health Insurance Reform legislation to pass through with a 51+ majority vote thus overriding any possibility of a filibuster (at least in theory, there are still some concerns about using this move for non-budgetary legislation).
Thats all I have for now, will update post once I hear more details. 😎
At some point I knew that reconciliation in the Senate would have to happen because of the ignorant stupidity of the Republican party. Instead of doing whats right and protecting the welfare of this country the Republican party is doing nothing but being a bunch of sore losers when it comes to the fact they they lost Congress and the White House. I don’t think there is one legitimate issue that they have as to why health care reform shouldn’t pass. They are using delay tactics and bullying maneuvers to derail any meaningful change. Its time like these that I am glad I no longer affiliate myself with the party, I learned my lesson after voting for Bush the first time around in 2000.
I just wish there was a way to kick all the loons and haters out so I could actually go back to being ok with my own republican roots. But as long as ignorance, stupidity, Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and his ilk are around that won’t happen, however there is hope these old turds are getting old and will eventually kick the bucket. Maybe then things will change.Technorati Tags: Senate, Health Care, Reconciliation