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AIR DATE: January 25, 2010

The Republican win in Massachusetts on Tuesday shook up the Senate. Republican (and Lt. Gov.) Brian Krolicki is now suggesting he might enter the state race. Should Harry Reid (or the Republican candidates) be worried? How else did Massachusetts shake things up? Jon Ralston joins us to talk about how the political landscape changed this week.

Also, the Supreme Court turned the rules of campaign finance on their head yesterday. Now corporations and unions have the green light to give. Where will we see money coming from in Nevada? Political consultants Dan Hart and Chuck Muth find out how this changes the Senate races.

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Ralston does his best work on the radio.
FurrJan 22, 2010 15:05:14 PM
I just wanted to chime in on today's topic. I think a lot of folks are giving Scott Brown too much credit as the reform-buster. All Brown really does is prevent a new version of the Bill from the House/Senate conference from passing the Senate again. But it doesn't need to happen that way. Many are pushing for the House to simply vote on the as-is version of the Bill that was passed by the Senate. If that happens, then the Senate doesn't need to re-vote on the Bill since they already did.

Now, the real present issue is the House Conservative Democrats, led by Bart Stupak of Michigan. He claims to have 10-11 other Democrats in his camp that previously voted for the original House version of the Bill, that will vote against the Senate Bill since the Senate removed Stupak's earlier strong restrictions on abortion. So, it's his small group that now stands in the way.

Other issues in the House include opposition to the Senate-added Cadillac Tax (opposed by many union leaders) and removal of the public option.

But if Democratic leaders really want this to pass, it can be done by winning over wavering Hose Democrats by promising to pass a sidecar reconciliation bill (a second bill) that fixes the Cadillac tax language, includes the public option, etc. A reconciliation Bill would have to pass both chambers, but in the Senate it would be immune to a filibuster - thus avoiding the public option opposition of Brown, Lieberman, Lincoln, Baucus, and Nelson.

GeorgeJan 22, 2010 10:04:40 AM
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