You don’t want this headline. You really don’t. You don’t want this headline, you don’t want the story, you don’t want the hassle that’s about to happen.
--Democratic State Senator Jon Erpenbach, promising to give Wisconsin Republicans “all out hell” if they proceed with their plan to approve two new anti-abortion bills next Tuesday.
Tammy Baldwin earns Senate ‘golden gavel’
All those extra hours of Senate session recently have a silver lining — or make that gold — for Sen. Tammy Baldwin.
The Wisconsin Democrat is the first frosh to snag the chamber’s “golden gavel”award, bestowed on senators who’ve spent 100 hours presiding over the chamber — a duty that involves lots of rule-consultation, roll-call-ordering, and the occasional banging of a (non-golden) gavel to create order on the floor. The Loop had reported that she was leading the freshman class in its informal derby to see who could cross the 100-hour mark first. (Hey, they’re competitive types.)
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid praised Baldwin’s fortitude. “We have not had a harder working senator,” he said, admitting that some of the time she served in the chair might not have “been too much fun.”
And no matter how dull things can get in the Senate, at least she hasn’t fallen asleep in the chair, as Rep. George (R-N.C.) Holden apparently did yesterday.
Not everything is terrible. Tammy Baldwin exists.
Dealing with terrorists has taught us some things,” said Washington Rep. Jim McDermott after voting no on one of Thursday’s GOP bills. “You can’t deal with ’em. This mess was created by the Republicans for one purpose, and they lost. People in my district are calling in for Obamacare—affordable health care—in large numbers. These guys have lost, and they can’t figure out how to admit it.” Why would House Democrats give away what the Supreme Court and the 2012 electorate didn’t? “You can’t say, OK, you get half of Obamacare—this isn’t a Solomonic decision,” McDermott said. “So we sit here until they figure out they fuckin’ lost.
--The intransigence of Democrats, from Obama on down to red-state senators, has surprised the GOP. (via dendroica)
Governor material? Mary Burke has a track record of executive experience : Wsj
In a career spanning private business, nonprofit organizations and state government, the Madison School Board member has used her executive skills to get the job done, even when it has
Mary Burke for Wisconsin Governor in 2014? Thoughts?
IN OTHER WORDS WE HAD A WAY OF SHUTTING THAT WHOLE THING DOWN
Or…just kidding? Maybe not? Basically, the disorganized mess that is the Texas legislature is one more reason these politicians don’t need to be making personal health decisions for other people.
Texas Legislator Wendy Davis is currently filibustering one of the strictest anti-abortion bills in America. She has to go for 13 hours without stopping, sitting, going to the bathroom or even leaning. There are currently
11,000 20,000 26,000 30,00035,000 people watching live.
Rachel Maddow explains how we got here.
Davis has been wearing a back brace to help her poise as she continues on her fairly aggressive filibuster. If she can keep it going, she’ll have spoken until the end of the special session, singlehandedly stopping a vote on the measure—or anything else, for that matter.