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.
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