John D. Rackey

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    Why Senate Democrats should vote for cloture on Gorsuch’s nomination

Why Senate Democrats should vote for cloture on Gorsuch’s nomination

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This week President Trump’s nominee for the US Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, is likely to be confirmed by the Senate – but with few Democratic votes. John D. Rackey and P.C. Peay write that despite their stated intention not to vote for cloture on debate over Gorsuch’s nomination – which will likely lead Senate Republicans to invoke the […]

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    Democrats’ One Hope Left After 2016 Results: The Filibuster? Maybe Not.

Democrats’ One Hope Left After 2016 Results: The Filibuster? Maybe Not.

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In the midst of a Republican sweep of the Presidency, House of Representatives and the Senate, Democrats have turned to the filibuster as their final barrier against what they see as regressive Republican policies. As John Rackey of the University of Oklahoma argues, however, the Democrats’ turn to the obstructionist tool could backfire and lead to further diminished minority party powers […]

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    Nuclear fallout: limiting the filibuster has led to more delays

Nuclear fallout: limiting the filibuster has led to more delays

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This week is the two-year anniversary of the introduction of the ‘nuclear option’ into the US Senate by the then Majority Leader, Harry Reid.  John D. Rackey and Lauren C. Bell reflect on the elimination of the filibuster for federal judicial nominations, writing that divided partisan control of the Senate and White House has made the former less efficient. […]

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