Will Michael Bennet’s Senate Seat Be the First Casualty of the Public Option?

By: Tuesday March 23, 2010 9:27 am

I was on the premiere of John King Live on CNN last night, talking about the primary problems Michael Bennet now faces as he moves away from his commitment made only a month ago to an up-or-down vote on the public option in the Senate. The Denver Post also writes about it this morning: In [...]

Will Michael Bennet Weasel Out of Supporting a Public Option?

By: Monday March 22, 2010 2:39 pm

Colorado Senator Michael Bennet first circulated a letter to his colleagues in the Senate to “save the public option.” He and 23 other Senators wrote to Majority Leader Harry Reid and asked that the public option be inserted into the reconciliation package for health reform. ¬†Another two dozen Senators expressed public support for a public [...]

Michael Bennet Calls For Mild Filibuster Reform

By: Friday March 5, 2010 10:01 am

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) has a new article in the Huffington Post calling for reforming the filibuster. I’m always glad to hear that more senators realize the Senate rules are broken and need to be changed. At the same time, I’m a little disappointed that Bennet does not just call for restoring the Senate to [...]

Anthony Weiner, If You Want a Vote on the Public Option, Why Not Demand It?

By: Friday March 5, 2010 7:33 am

Anthony Weiner (D-NY) has a new op-ed in Politico calling for giving the public option a vote in the Senate. While he does not address the process dynamics, he leaves the impression that he is calling for an up-or-down vote on the public option as an amendment to the reconciliation bill or as a stand-alone [...]

Did Harry Reid Use The Public Option To Punk The Democratic Base?

By: Tuesday February 16, 2010 3:12 pm

Today, Sen Michael Bennet (D-CO) sent Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) a letter co-signed by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH). It asked Reid to add the public option to health care reform using reconciliation. The letter makes the case that a public option is popular, good politics, good policy, [...]