USA Today Op-Ed: Tom Udall: ‘Constitutional Option’ will fix Senate

Debate and deliberation are rare in the Senate these days. Unprecedented abuse of the filibuster and other procedural rules has prevented the Senate from tackling important issues facing our nation.

Since Democrats became the majority party in the Senate in 2007, we have faced the highest number of opposition filibusters ever recorded. Lyndon Johnson faced one filibuster during his six years as Senate majority leader. In the same span, current Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has faced 386: Among their targets were the Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act, the DREAM Act and a veterans jobs bill.

The New York Times: The Senate’s Long Slide to Gridlock

Senator Bob Dole had just assumed the mantle of Senate majority leader, after the Republican landslide of 1994, when he confronted a problem. Piles of Republican legislation from Newt Gingrich’s self-styled “revolutionary” House were stacking up in a narrowly divided, more deliberate Senate, and Democrats were threatening to gum up the works with amendments that […]

Esquire: Tom Udall’s Bold Solution to Overturn Citizens United

The Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission has become so iconic in the three years since it was handed down that it has come to be as much representative of the overall corruption and incompetence inherent in how we run our elections in this country, so much so that the diabolical cleverness of the decision itself sometimes gets lost in all the justified hooting about how Citizens United completed the process of legalizing bribery in this country. It is a shrewd piece of work. The decision was so carefully written that it contains within it language that guarantees that the decision will prevail over any piece of legislation, either nationally or in the states — which is how Montana’s century-old law banning corporate political contributions was thrown out by the Supreme Court, which relied on CU to declare the Montana law unconstitutional — that seeks to mitigate its obvious impact. It is a constitutional doomsday machine set loose in the area of campaign finance. There is no remedy to it except to bring it down from the outside.

New Mexico Business Weekly: New Mexico farmers, ranchers to receive drought assistance

In the face of historic drought conditions, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking steps to help crop and livestock producers across New Mexico. New Mexico will receive $628,588 from the USDA’s National Resources Conservation Service for prescribed grazing, livestock watering facilities and water conservation practices… “Throughout New Mexico, we have been hearing from farmers […]