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Washington journalists getting all silly about the Republican primary in Mississippi

The national media is getting all ready to get worked up with the idea that the primary race between Sen. Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel is going to be a real contest.  Sam Hall on his Clarion Ledger blog noted a story in the National Journal yesterday.  After noting that seven sitting Republicans have […]

Word Cloud of Bernie Sanders’s Speech on the Tax Bill

Word clouds set the size of a word based on how many times it was used in a text. This is based on Sanders’s 8+ hour speech in the Senate on Friday.

Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker: Against a vote on the jobs bill but for the jobs bill. Got it?

There are much harder gyrations politicians attempt to make– take, for instance, McCain’s current claim that he didn’t realize the Tarp money was going to banks (he said he was mislead by Bush’s secretary of treasury) and that Obama suspended his campaign, too– but the two Mississippi senators are in a small and exclusive […]

Are filibusters consistent with the original intent of the founders?

James Fallows has an update with readers input about his filibuster quote from earlier today.  The two most interesting are from lawyers, one noting the language of the constitution and the other some history and experience of the use of filibusters.  His blog post also includes an interesting point about California’s budget paralysis and […]

Fillibusters and the US Senate

James Fallows has a nice blog post about the explosion in number of fillibusters in the Senate and what it does to the ability to govern– it has suddenly become necessary to get 60 votes and not a majority of votes in order to get through the Senate.  This is something new– fillibusters and […]

Ipse Blogit reports rumors Thad Cochran to retire in 2010

Ipse Blogit blogs:

Rumors are floating that U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran may decide to step down early in 2010. If that happens, Gov. Haley Barbour would have the opportunity to make the appointment. Any guesses as to who that would be?

There follows in comments some speculation from that rumor.

How Congressman Wicker became Senator Wicker

This post is not going to be what you think from the heading.

Ipse Bloggit has posted a compliant just filed in Hinds County Circuit, in which Mrs. Pickering (wife of the former Congressman) is suing Elizabeth Creekmore Byrd for allienation of affections.

Standard disclaimer:  These are just allegations, one side of a law […]

Al Franken wins the longest race…

Al Franken won a unanimous decision from the Minnesota Supreme Court; Coleman concedes, and so the senate race there is finally over.

Here’s a Franken Decision, thanks to Third South.  While Franken may now be the Minnesota legislator who is funniest on purpose, Michele Bachman may be (not on purpose) the funniest (she’s also […]