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Outside editorial: The Senate should take it's chance to change the rules

...two years into the Obama administration. Abuse of holds has become endemic in recent years, sometimes allowing a single senator to take the entire chamber hostage by placing holds on important legislation until backers agree to support that senator's...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/123010/opi_763410082.shtml
Opinion
Juneau Empire Story Archive

...tried to challenge the Florida vote at the U.S. Senate's Jan. 6 Electoral College certification ceremony, not a single senator of either party could be found to support the protest. Perhaps most egregious of all was the Supreme Court's role...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/011701/Ope_Racism.shtml
Outside editorial: It's time to end 'secret hold' in the US Senate

...to eliminate one of the most anti-democratic features of its political culture: the "secret hold" by which a single senator can surreptitiously block action on a nomination or piece of legislation. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/080410/opi_690690876.shtml
Opinion
Florida election count smacks of racism

...tried to challenge the Florida vote at the U.S. Senate's Jan. 6 Electoral College certification ceremony, not a single senator of either party could be found to support the protest. Perhaps most egregious of all was the Supreme Court's role...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/011701/Ope_Racism.html
Opinion
House starts reviewing energy projects

...the yet-to-be approved capital budget.House Finance Committee Co-chair Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak, said a single senator was blocking the money, but Stoltze didn't name the person."I don't like the uncertainty of in-state gas...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2011-05-07/house-starts-reviewing-energy-projects
State
Redistricting board sets stage for Senate clash

...pair two Southeast House districts with districts elsewhere, it is possible the region could wind up with only a single senator, though it might also wind up with three. Stedman said he didn't know if the Board's plan for placing Petersburg...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2011-06-04/redistricting-board-sets-stage-senate-c
Local
Dems may mull Senate choice in secret

...nominated Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, to replace Elton, but Palin instead designated Grussendorf to be Juneau's single Senator. Grussendorf, formerly an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for the House of Representatives, since registered...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/040109/loc_420719493.shtml
Voters want political reform on Capitol Hill

...the Senate. It?s a recipe for gridlock. End secret holds. This procedure also suffers from abuse. It allows a single senator, acting anonymously, to put a ?hold? on any bill or nomination, putting it on ice. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/052610/opi_644797683.shtml
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