The Senate voted 87-0 to pass the Defend Trade Secrets Act, and Senator Ben Sasse decided to hug it out with his peeps:
That’s Sasse with Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.).
Apparently some Tweeter wasn’t down with the embraces, and called them (all?) “oathbreakers“. (Anyone with an idea of what this means either in context of the vote or the hug, please respond.)
Sasse decided to take said Tweeter (a self-described “23 year old anarcho-Political Scientist”) head-on and responded:
B/c the oath to “preserve, protect & defend Constitution” prohibits hugging anyone you have policy differences with? https://t.co/t2lFRN22Lp
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) April 5, 2016
And I think the answer to Senator Sasse is that Michael Corleone clearly answered the question on this:
Lots of action in the Unicameral yesterday.
Senator Beau McCoy’s Winner Take All advanced, even after Senator Ernie Chambers threatened to shut the place down if the vote proceeded.
Chambers practicing the “taking my ball and going home” method of legislation.
And Senator Bob Krist magically appeared after briefly appearing on a milk carton prior to the vote. He then chastised everyone who suggested that he was hiding, because he was totally NOT hiding! Totally! Not!
All Plates Matter
Senator Tommy Garrett pushed along his idea for a “Choose Life” license plate, but a filibuster was threatened and Senator Chambers piled on by filing amendments proposing a number of other plates:
- Black Lives Matter
- Love Your Mother
- Ban Meat
- Ban Genetically Modified Organisms
- Legalize It
But with the pending filibuster, Garrett responded:
“We took to transportation and telecommunications committee, and it came out with a 8-0 vote. But there have been some amendments which kind of undermine support. Due to the late hour of the session, I request unanimous consent to bracket…”
Now, look at the Lincoln Journal Star’s headline:
‘Choose Life’ license plate bill pulled after opponent pitches ‘Black Lives Matter’ plates
Well, the bill was pulled. And it occurred at a time after that amendment was filed.
But the headline would, of course, have you believe that the racist Senator Garrett was against the BLM plates, and thus pulled his Choose Life plate rather than admit that black lives, do indeed matter. Because he is pro-life and racist.
Sure you can read into the first few paragraphs of the story to see that this wasn’t the least bit true, and a tweeter from the “real media outlet” admitted to former Senator Scott Lautenbaugh that the bill was pulled based on the filibuster.
But hey, why should the LJS bother with such technicalities when they can blast the Pro-Life community as being racists thugs!
With the Wisconsin primary vote today, most polls say Ted Cruz will win Badger, much as he did Hawkeye, Lone Star and Sooner.
And some analysts (wishfully?) say this will be the end of Donald Trump, based on the open convention.
And interesting read in the Washington Post features Josh Putnam, the founder of Frontloading HQ (FHQ, for short), “a site that tracks the presidential primary calendar and all that comes with it.”
Putnam notes that whether Trump, or in theory Cruz, gets to 1,237 delegates to secure the nomination will absolutely depend on…California. Which has its primary vote in June.
Which means…the May 14th Nebraska GOP primary will be on the agenda for the candidates.
Will they show? Will it be a deal? Will they all just go to Portland instead (for Oregon’s primary on the same day)?
Well, in any case, if you read on in Putnam’s analysis, here is what he predicts WOULD happen at an open convention:
If Trump fails to get to 1,237: It will take two ballots (and perhaps just one) to choose Ted Cruz as the Republican nominee. Trump has done well at the allocation game. Cruz, though, is off to a good start in the delegate selection game. If he has more loyal delegates — those that would stick with him even after they become unbound — then he likely has sufficient power over the Convention Rules Committee to either change the rules to unbind the delegates or to just wait out an inconclusive first ballot for a clarifying second ballot vote.
That hasn’t been stated in many other places. With all of the talk of Open! and Paul Ryan! or maybe someone else!, there hasn’t been much talk of the actual organizing going on by Cruz.
You can read the whole thing, but the gist is that, like in North Dakota, Cruz has worked the ground to make sure that he has an advantage with the personal delegates.
As for Nebraska, keep in mind that currently, Nebraska delegates at the convention in Cleveland would be bound to the Nebraska primary winner on the first TWO ballots. So if Cruz wins Nebraska, he doesn’t have to worry about anyone going rogue on the 2nd ballot, where he could win.
And, FWIW, when writers mention Nebraska, they seem to think Cruz will take Cornhusker. Though, there doesn’t seem to much of any polling on it.
Feel free to chime in here.
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