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  •  Yeah (4+ / 0-)
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    twigg, Onomastic, HappyinNM, Larsstephens

    I have a hard time seeing it move forward and not just being dismissed now. It's hard to imagine a judge wanting to get into this.

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 03:29:47 PM PST

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    •  I read about this case this morning in the (3+ / 0-)
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      Washington Post.

      While it seems unlikely that a judge would take the case, this bit of banter made it seem as if the judge was interested.

      “It’s beyond the power of the court to line edit the Senate rules,” said Thomas E. Caballero, an attorney for the Senate who described the stalled bills as the “natural outcome” of the legislative process.

      At one point, Sullivan asked, “So, House members are just out of luck?”

      The judge gave Senate attorneys until Thursday to respond to the questions of whether there is a constitutional right to have bills passed by majority vote, and whether the filibuster process violates that right.

      I don't know where it goes after there. However, regarding standing, Common Cause has clients who were denied rights based on the Senate filibustering the Dream Act. It should be interesting to follow.

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