Tag Archives: Speaker (politics)

Leadership Changes

16 Nov

With the election (basically) done, it’s really interesting how party label does not always determine which party the leader will be.  The New York Senate‘s leadership is always unknown, as written by the article by Tim Storey (The Thicket | “Leadership Intrigue”).  There always seem to be some rogue Democrats threatening (and actually) caucusing with the Republicans, but it seems that there might be a 3rd caucus.  (Wow, so much drama.) I don’t know if they’re standing up for their principles or just being power-hungry, but I’m pretty sure it’s mostly the latter.   This is almost as exciting as when Kent Williams became Speaker of the House of the Tennessee legislature (The Tennessean | “How Kent Williams…” &  Nashville Business Journal | “Tennessee Legislature…”).

The national legislature (US Congress) is another matter.  Basically, the status quo rules with only minor changes in the lower rungs of the leadership of both houses (Politico | “Senate Leadership…”).   Yawn.

Sorry for the short blog post.  I just got back to CA from IN for the Thanksgiving Break and am trying to recuperate from jet lag and such and also reverting back to my super-objective news mode for a little bit.

Congress: Stereotypical Drama Queen

17 Dec

I think the only way that Congress can get the public’s attention is by going to the brink of government disaster.  It seems obvious to me that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is being held hostage by the self-described Tea Party.  I wish that he would heed his own call to remove the extreme partisanship that exists in the legislative body he commands.  I don’t understand why the Republicans think that everything must be their way, they only control half of one branch of government.  The hallmark of legislating is compromise, and in order to get the best ideas of all in the proportion of which the members are a part of, there needs to be some give-and-take.  The job of Speaker is to pass prudent legislation of which the median of the House wants; however, it seems that he always just wants Republicans to approve legislation.  The perfect Congress would have around 50% of each party voting for various bills.  Of course, this is just me being idealistic, but oh, wouldn’t it be nice.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1211/70530.html

Boris Shor, PhD

Assistant Professor, Dep't of Political Science, U. of Houston

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