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I am reposting the diary from last night, not because I think it was great, but I wanted to try the Roll Call at a different time. This is an open source project, so feel free to add your own insights. Here's the news I found lurking around the Internets...

Health Care Reform is law. All the parts passed with one of those up or down votes Sen. Frist liked. Think back, do you remember Obama said he aspired to be a transformational leader in the model of Ronald Reagan in an editorial board interview?

For all the political and economic uncertainties about health reform, at least one thing seems clear: The bill that President Obama signed on Tuesday is the federal government’s biggest attack on economic inequality since inequality began rising more than three decades ago.
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While doing so, Mr. Summers realized that the federal government had not passed major social legislation in decades. There was the frenzy of the New Deal, followed by the G.I. Bill, the Interstate Highway System, civil rights and Medicare — and then nothing worth its own section in the history books.

NYT on BFD

Now that that is over . . .

You may have read the GOP was not showing up for work.

In the meantime, everyone can occupy themselves with some committee meetings (listed below the fold), at least until it comes time for Senate Republicans to decide whether to even bother objecting to allowing those meetings to be held, as they've been doing for the past two days.

Last night in the Senate there was a live quorum call.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) late Thursday afternoon called a rare "live quorum" in the Senate chamber in an effort to break an impasse over a one-month extension to unemployment insurance benefits.

Sen. Dodd passed the chair's version of financial reform out of committee on Monday.

It's the next BFD. The experiment of Phil Gramm and Alan Greenspan as been what makes labor compressible.

They propose that no financial institution should be allowed to control or have an ownership interest in assets worth more than 4 percent of U.S. gross domestic product, or roughly $570 billion in assets today. A lower limit should be imposed on investment banks -- effectively 2 percent of GDP, or roughly $285 billion, they say.

So any body remember what made the TEA Patriots so made in the beginning? Something about bailouts for big banks. They just waited until three months after the Obama inauguration to show how mad they were. How did that outrage get so misdirected, and as hard as this is to say, can it ever redirected for the good of the country.

danps is issuing a challenge to the other side, in a Seneca Doane sort of way.

Sure, it would annoy some big contributors in the business world, but how well has catering to them worked out for you? You need to shake it up. The big picture is, for God’s sake forget about the teabaggers already.
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Right now the entire political discourse is contained on the Democrats’ side of the spectrum - both supporters of initiatives and opponents. The right has nothing but lunatic raving. Choose your battles a little better and your prospects will improve dramatically. There are plenty of gettable votes out there.

This is not about the next election, yet. I am all about the committee that we have right now. This is about racking up another BFD.  So we have to know the players. Sen. Corker R-TN is already realizing he got pwned by letting Sen Dodd D-CT. That does not mean the bill is the best it can be.

So what is the next BFD for you and are your critters in a position to shape it from the beginning?

I ask if you knew anything about your representative committee assignments. Capito WV-02 critter is on this one. The counterpart in the Senate is here.

Here's the link in CasualWednesday's series on my Shelley's committee. He has a whole series, 'member?

House Financial Services Committee

Up Next week: the ever expanding list of nominations on the executive calendar. But I have talked about that before you say. It's gotten worse.

Originally posted to CA Berkeley WV on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 01:32 PM PDT.

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  •  CA Berkeley WV of WV-02 (17+ / 0-)

    Rep. Shelley Moore Capito R
    Financial Services, ranking Housing sub
    Transportation and Infrastructure
    Select Committee on Energy Independence adn Global Warming
    (wonder if she misses her days in the majority on Rules?)

    Sen. John D. Rockefeller D
    Commerce, chair
    Finance, chair Heath sub
    Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    Joint Committee on Taxation
    Intelligence, (don't remind me, Jello- Jay I do not defend)

    Sen. Robert C. Byrd D
    President pro tempore of the Senate
    Committee on Appropriations
    Committee on Armed Services
    Committee on the Budget
    Committee on Rules and Administration
    (But I will defend Bobby if any one gets out of hand. Shame! Shame! Remember, the 'Eers mascot is a Woman with a Musket.)

    Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices -- François-Marie Arouet

    by CA Berkeley WV on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 01:32:42 PM PDT

    •  I know lots of us have critters we think are crap (2+ / 0-)
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      princesspat, Paradeigma

      that is why I used the danps diary
      sometimes we follow causes from our heart
      honey and vinegar

      rahall and mollohan voted for the health care bill. you can hate them for standing with stupak. but having people in their district engaged on the issue over and over, not just the day of the vote, ended up mattering. really.

      some of us work on finding the critters. i watch the jerkess i have and picked up a little on CPFA. jay being on finance was a draw for me in the hcr pie fights.

      Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices -- François-Marie Arouet

      by CA Berkeley WV on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 02:46:17 PM PDT

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  •  rolly role call? (9+ / 0-)

    heh.

    ut-02:  matheson, dino
    blue dog extraordinaire

    sen orrin borrin singin' hatch
    now voting against health care
    judiciary committee ?ranking member?

    temporary sen bob bennett
    not conservative enough, heh.

    i am just ready to say fuck the senate - why the hell are they going home for holiday and letting the repubs get away with not approved the UI extension?

    damn harry.  pelosi for senate leader!  

    "Gloom we always have with us . . . but joy requires tending." Barbara Holland

    by jlms qkw on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 01:35:44 PM PDT

    •  No, they gave judiciary ranking to (7+ / 0-)

      Jefferson Beauregard Session III

      member, Squeaky Latch sometimes helped out Teddy. That's a no-no.

      Senate Rules are short and sucky. The GOPers coul dhave had a rotating onsy to object, but the Dmes could have potnetially had to keep 50 there for quorum calls, or they just adjuonr cuz there is not quorum.

      So you BFD would be electing Sen. Barbara Milkulski as the next Senate Majority. They are both from Baltmur!

      Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices -- François-Marie Arouet

      by CA Berkeley WV on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 01:43:23 PM PDT

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  •  SallyCat - CA Resident (8+ / 0-)

    Lynn Woolsey CA-06
    Committee on Education and Labor
           - Chairwoman, Subcommittee on Workforce Protections
           - Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary
                  and Secondary Education
    Committee on Foreign Affairs
           - Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health
    Committee on Science and Technology
           - Subcommittee on Energy and Environment
    Taskforces
            - Progressive Caucus, Co-Chair
    *******
    Senator Barbara Boxer
    Committee on Environment and Public Works
    Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    Committee on Foreign Relations
    Select Committee on Ethics
    *******
    Senator Dianne Feinstein
    Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (Chairman)
    Senate Committee on Appropriations
    Senate Committee on the Judiciary
       Terrorism and Homeland Security
    Senate Committee on Rules and Administration

    The only thing you get from sitting on the fence is splinters in your ass. My Granddaddy!

    by SallyCat on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 01:41:49 PM PDT

  •  Nate sez: (8+ / 0-)

    The Dems will be lucky to have 54 seats in the Senate next year.

    And looking over this list, I don't see too many potential Rs who won't go all teabaggy and filiblustery, assuming they aren't there already.

    That's going to be a huge problem for getting anything done unless Harry Reid (assuming he's even there) doesn't push for revised filibuster rules.

    That also means you DFHs better get off your duffs and do some serious campaigning this summer and fall.

    And for the love of Ceiling Cat, don't let Pat Toomey win in Pa. He's the teabaggiest of them all.

    "Dad, the 'unfinished business' is done."

    by Casual Wednesday on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 01:42:15 PM PDT

  •  ouch (8+ / 0-)

    You can't make these things HARD, or nobody will want to participate!

    LaughingPlanet of CA-10

    John Garamendi (D), 1st term.

    He's posting diaries at DKos (and even Thanking us for the Rec List) so I guess we can say, so far, so good.

    Babs Boxer (D) & Difi (D-ish)

    Two of the longest-serving women in the history of the Senate, baby!

    The best way to save the planet is to keep laughing!

    by LaughingPlanet on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 01:44:28 PM PDT

    •  Hey, what can I say. Just the way we roll. (4+ / 0-)

      Blame this on CasualWednesday getting all eggheaded on us. So what is the next BFD?

      I do this to my kids. I don't tell them as much as challenge them to get the dictionary or Columbia Encyclopedia.

      Doesn't mean I can type worth a beans.

      Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices -- François-Marie Arouet

      by CA Berkeley WV on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 01:48:52 PM PDT

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  •  GA-11 (8+ / 0-)

    Dr. Phil Gingrey who had to make up with Rush in less than 24 hours after mildly knocking him.

    Saxby Chambliss  Chickenhawk Royal who snagged a seat on the Senate Armed Services Committee

    Johnny Isakson who lost in the Repub primary for governor because he was mildly pro-choice but became a flaming pro-lifer when he ran for the senate and won.

    Obama would be perfect if he were a Cubs fan.

    by Georgia Liberal on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 01:46:33 PM PDT

  •  CT-5th district (6+ / 0-)

    Chris Murphy
    Love him -- especially since the old tea-baggers are on the corner every weekend with signs re: his being beat by someone nobody else seems to know about.

    Sen. Dodd
     Oh, well, hope he gets stuff done before he leaves.

    The Other Guy

  •  TX 26 (6+ / 0-)

    Congressman Michael Burgess
    Totally against everything I am for

    Senator John Cornyn
    More worried about electing new republican senators than legislating

    Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson
    Recently missing in action

    Think it may be time to move.

    •  Oh boy another creepy GOP doctor! (3+ / 0-)
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      temptxan, shortgirl, Casual Wednesday

      And Cornyn has competion from the parallel Jim Deminted universe on recuriting.

      I say encourage my fellow Appalachian.

      Oldest almost followed someone to Texas, now they are going to some Pacific island.

      I am trying in a too subtle way to get kossacks to focus on committees to have people think about issues and how to get more out of your critter, even while working to replace them. Sneeky, huh?

      Burgess is out there. I see his face a lot, but what committees is he on hat I know about his doctorness?

      Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices -- François-Marie Arouet

      by CA Berkeley WV on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 02:08:34 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  OK-4 (6+ / 0-)

    The unholy trinity: Cole, Inhofe, and Coburn.

    Lucky, lucky me.

    "What's dictatorship by the majority called again??? Oh yeah -- DEMOCRACY!" ---Eclectablog's friend Abby

    by deha on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 01:58:18 PM PDT

  •  Ugh - must I? ;) Texas-12, Tarrant County (7+ / 0-)

    EdgedInBlue - TX-12

    Rep. Kay Granger, R
    Committee on Appropriations
    Subcommittee on Defense
    Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (Ranking Member)

    Sen. John Cornyn, R
    Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
    Subcommittee on Rural Revitalization, Conservation, Forestry and Credit (Ranking Member)
    Subcommittee on Energy, Science and Technology
    Subcommittee on Hunger, Nutrition and Family Farms
    Committee on the Budget
    Committee on Finance
    Subcommittee on Health Care
    Subcommittee on Taxation, IRS Oversight, and Long-Term Growth
    Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure
    Committee on the Judiciary
    Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights
    Subcommittee on the Constitution
    Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security (Ranking Member)
    Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security

    Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson, R
    Committee on Appropriations
    Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
    Subcommittee on Defense
    Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
    Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
    Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans' Affairs, and Related Agencies (Ranking Member)
    Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
    Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
    Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development
    Subcommittee on Financial Institutions
    Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (Ranking Member)
    Committee on Rules and Administration

    Ranking Members of the full committees may serve as an ex officio member of all subcommittees.

    Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't.

    by EdgedInBlue on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 02:03:20 PM PDT

  •  Vta County, Cal: (4+ / 0-)

    What Sallycat and LaughingPlanet said re DiFi and Boxer.

    Gallegly (R-CA-24), obsessed with stopping illegal immigration, terrorism, voting no on healthcare fraud and abuse, and general backbenching idicoy, will (I hope) be replaced by either Tim Allison or Marie Panec in November.

    Finally broke down, joined the twittering classes: RL_Miller

    by RLMiller on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 02:03:50 PM PDT

  •  Oh, with Lincoln, Pryor and Boozman it is (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Casual Wednesday, CA Berkeley WV

    soooo irrelevant.

    I follow my old home boys from IA and Sen Akaka for immediate response to Veteran issues.

    "...fighting the wildfires of my life with squirt guns."

    by deMemedeMedia on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 02:30:22 PM PDT

    •  There was a UC on the Veterans Health Care? (0+ / 0-)

      Udall D-CO and Kauffman D-DE batted cleanup in the Senate this afternoon.

      For Now, Blanche is chair of Ag, derivatives, so she gets a piece of financial reform, beleive it or not.

      I don't think they have to revisit Farm Payments, Food Stamps School Lunch, etc for a while. Harking did a good job, but Blanche held him up for months before it could come to the floor. Rice.

      Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices -- François-Marie Arouet

      by CA Berkeley WV on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 02:37:06 PM PDT

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      •  I know what committees that they are on... (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        CA Berkeley WV, princesspat

        but writing or calling the ARboobs is a total waste of time. I still do it.

        I also use both Senate.gov and House.gov to contact committee members from other states.

        Blanche also inherited a large family farm. That's one of her reasons for opposing the "death tax'.

        "...fighting the wildfires of my life with squirt guns."

        by deMemedeMedia on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 02:51:39 PM PDT

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        •  Bless you. Everything, Everyt hing we hear (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          princesspat

          is that constituents calling on issues and being polite to the punk staffers is looked at, maybe weighted less for some.

          this community rallies for elections to the max. and we did for health care, way before floor votes.

          Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices -- François-Marie Arouet

          by CA Berkeley WV on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 03:01:56 PM PDT

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  •  Hidey ho... (6+ / 0-)

    I am *cough* lucky enough to be represented by the *cough* Honorable Pete Hoekstra of Michigan's 2nd Congressional District. That said, he's running for governor (bwahahahaha!!) and is on his way out...

    The only committee assignment that a) I care about, and b) I know off the top of my head is that he's the Ranking Member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence. Pete Hoekstra...Intelligence... *cue hysterical laughter*

    "Why are people so tied in knots about two people tying the knot?" --Julian Bond FOR THE HORDE!

    by PerfectStormer on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 02:36:03 PM PDT

  •  Don't Miss the Saturday Election Digest (6+ / 0-)

    What with all the hoopla over the passing and signing of health insurance reform, you may have missed the many other DKos diaries besides this one touting 2010 Democratic candidates or pounding on a Republican we'd like to see replaced with a Democrat. Not to worry. Join us on the Front Page Saturday morning for a linked digest of all the candidate diaries of the previous week. And, while you're at it, pick up some hints about how to write a compelling diary promoting your own favorite.

    Previous digests: March 20,  March 13, February 20..

    I refuse to accept "no can do" as a proper slogan for progressives.

    by Meteor Blades on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 03:04:59 PM PDT

  •  I feel fortunate with my representation.... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    CA Berkeley WV

    Rick Larsen in the House, and Senator's Murray and Cantwell. Senator Murray is being targeted as someone to defeat.....and none of the potential candidates should be seriously considered, but they will be by the Rebublican strongholds in the  state, and by the national GOP organization.

    Oh yes....re committees....I'm in the slacker catagory!

    Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

    by princesspat on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 05:35:47 PM PDT

    •  I am a taskmaster! This was not an election diary (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      princesspat

      This is was a what are they up to diary. I have even come to the conclusion that it may be a good tactic to encourage senators like Demint to continue with their parallel recruiting effort if divides the vote as a suggestion for people that have critters they can't approach on during the markup and voting process.

      Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices -- François-Marie Arouet

      by CA Berkeley WV on Sat Mar 27, 2010 at 10:37:19 AM PDT

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  •  My BFD...Economic recovery. My kids are in their (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    CA Berkeley WV

    late 30's. and this economy is really hurting them. It is hard to watch their efforts to raise their families and to do productive work be so threatned. The same forces are compromising education for my grandchildren.....soon teachers salaries will depend on bake sales....

    Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

    by princesspat on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 05:42:40 PM PDT

    •  No more bonuses based on fake profits (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      princesspat

      Banksters can't play poker with marked cards if the money in the pot belongs to Main Street.

      That's as close to a catchy phrase I have come up with for a reason to reform the financial industry which is a serious business.

      I know, my oldest will be 28 soon and starting married life soon, too.

      Banksters is a good name to refer to the bad guys, but like CasualWednesday said the short theme of why we want an Elizabeth Warren approved CFPA and national usury law and resolution of non-banks and no more using deposits for proprietary trading, etc, etc, etc.

      Simplistically, whatever Volcker and Warren want, I'm for it.

      Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices -- François-Marie Arouet

      by CA Berkeley WV on Sat Mar 27, 2010 at 10:44:33 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

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