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  •  Pressure (12+ / 0-)

    For more pressure from outside the beltway, if there isn't any significant reform this year, how about some resolutions in state legislatures over the next two years calling for a constitutional convention to propose an amendment to forbid abusive filibuster rules in Congress?

    There must be at least one progressive legislator in most state houses that could introduce a resolution like that.

    This would be one of the purest anti-Congress issues around. "The people spank Congress for misbehavior." What was Congress' most recent approval rating? Under 10%, wasn't it?

    If there isn't significant reform this year, I'd like to see several of these passed by state houses by January 3, 2015, to add some additional pressure.

    The filibuster is a crime against democracy.

    by schuylkill on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 10:18:49 AM PST

    •  interesting idea, perhaps states with referenda... (4+ / 0-)
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      ....and active citizens could get some ballot measures up with similar intents?

      .....it's on the table, under the watermelon she demurred. Thanks, I was planning on shaving anyway he replied.

      by pdx kirk on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 10:21:40 AM PST

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    •  Interesting idea! (4+ / 0-)

      Also, primary challengers. There are too many "Democratic" senators who feel way too safe in ignoring the desires of voters. Unlike Republicans, Democrats almost always come home, no matter how bad the betrayal. That has to change.

      We're not teabaggers. I don't think most of us want a revolution within the party. Just act like Democrats, damnit, and stop letting Republican obstructionism dictate our national agenda!

      •  The next two weeks (3+ / 0-)
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        We'll see what happens in the next two weeks, but I'm not optimistic about the Senate making significant filibuster reforms. I hope they prove me wrong.

        Since the Constitution gives each house the power to make its own rules, a constitutional amendment to limit that power is the only thing that could force the Senate to change.

        Seeing the country move in that direction, with states calling for a convention for that purpose, could give Senate reformers significant help and might persuade resisters that the country really wants the Senate to function and get the nation's work done.

        The filibuster is a crime against democracy.

        by schuylkill on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 12:05:29 PM PST

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