Saturday, November 18th, 2017

No campaign exists in a vacuum. Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball explains in two maps how the battle for the control of the US Senate changes. It’s a Trumpmare for the Republicans. Here is the current scenario: Now look at the map if Trump is the GOP nominee: And then it gets worse: Obviously, the map […]

Kyle Kondik, the managing editor of Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball Report, explains why they are calling Senator Ron Johnson the most vulnerable incumbent senator in 2016: Early attention has focused on the three most reliably Democratic states of the seven mentioned above: Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. It is right to assume that there’s not much […]

Robert Byrd was more than an institution in the Senate. He was the embodiment of everything that is wrong with American politics. His career was birthed in the racism of the Old South, first as a member of the Ku Klux Klan where his leadership abilities were put to use as a recruiter and a […]

The Heritage Foundation has the six differences that have to be reconciled in the health care bills: Soak the Rich or Tax Everybody: The Senate bill relies heavily on a new excise tax on high cost health plans: a 40 percent tax on plan exceeding $8,500 for an individual and $23,000 for a family. The AFL-CIO […]

The Foundry has the Senate’s schedule for passing health care now that Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson’s vote has been purchased: Monday, 1:00 AM – Vote to invoke cloture (i.e. end debate) on the manager’s amendment. 60 votes are necessary. Tuesday, 7:00 AM – Vote to approve the manager’s amendment. A majority vote is necessary. Tuesday, […]

Senators Tom Coburn, M.D., and Sen. John Barrasso, M.D., answered questions again on the Senate Doctors program, and this week they were questioned by Igor Volsky, a health care blogger from the Center of American Progress. He joins them at the 5:55 mark. Print this entry

In Thursday’s episode of the Senate Doctors, Senator Coburn and Senate Barrasso offer some comments on the White House’s attempt to put their own version of this show.  Given who the White House is using, perhaps they should call their version “Trial lawyers health minute.”  Has a great ring to it. As usual, the doctors […]

You’ll want to watch Sen. Coburn and Sen. Barrasso talk about Sen. Max Baucus’ health care reform plan that’s now under discussion by the Senate Finance Committee: They do answer questions from the audience, including video questions. You can also follow the Senate Doctors on Twitter and Facebook. Print this entry

Senate Republicans have something to say about cutting $100 million and closing the Guatanomo Bay prison. Print this entry

Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell believes that no Democrat will fill Senator Judd Gregg’s seat if Gregg is appointed by President Obama to be Commerce Secretary. “Sen. Gregg has told me that if he were to take this appointment, it would not alter the make-up of the Senate in terms of the majority and the […]