Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:59 PM
ellisonz (26,574 posts)
Maine's Angus King to Caucus With Senate Democrats
By Sunlen Miller | ABC OTUS News – 1 hr 43 mins ago
Maine's newly elected Independent senator-elect, Angus King, announced today that he'll caucus with the Democrats in the Senate, boosting the party's control to 55 seats, compared with 45 held by Republicans in the new Congress.
"I have decided to affiliate with the Democratic Caucus because doing so will allow me to take independent positions on issues as they arise and at the same time be an effective representative of the people of Maine," King announced in Congress this morning.
King noted that the decision was "relatively easy" after the Democrats' victories on Election Day.
"In the situation where one party has a clear majority and effectiveness is an important criteria, affiliating with the majority makes the most sense," King said. "The majority has more committee slots to fill, has more control over what bills get considered, and more control over the Senate schedule."
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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 02:30 PM
NewJeffCT (38,108 posts)
3. good news
2014 looks like it could be a tough year for Democrats in the Senate, just in relative terms of sitting senators defending seats... of course, Republics could mess it up and nominate Akin/Morlock/ODonnell/Angle types again.
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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 02:51 PM
TroyD (4,512 posts)
4. I'm hoping there won't be as many retirements in 2014
It was hard defending all the open seats this year with so many retirements (eg. Kohl in Wisconsin, Conrad in North Dakota, Bingaman in New Mexico, Lieberman in Connecticut, Nelson in Nebraska etc.), but other than the last one, they all remained in Democratic hands.
There are rumors that Rockefeller of West Virginia may retire, but I'm hoping he stays. Same goes for Baucus of Montana.