One More Yes Vote

Betsy Markey of Colorado’s 4th District (Cook PVI R+6), who defeated the odious Marilyn Musgrave in the last election, has decided to vote yes on health care reform.  Markey was a “no” in November, so this is an important pickup.


Author: Jonathan Zasloff

Jonathan Zasloff teaches Torts, Land Use, Environmental Law, Comparative Urban Planning Law, Legal History, and Public Policy Clinic - Land Use, the Environment and Local Government. He grew up and still lives in the San Fernando Valley, about which he remains immensely proud (to the mystification of his friends and colleagues). After graduating from Yale Law School, and while clerking for a federal appeals court judge in Boston, he decided to return to Los Angeles shortly after the January 1994 Northridge earthquake, reasoning that he would gladly risk tremors in order to avoid the average New England wind chill temperature of negative 55 degrees. Professor Zasloff has a keen interest in world politics; he holds a PhD in the history of American foreign policy from Harvard and an M.Phil. in International Relations from Cambridge University. Much of his recent work concerns the influence of lawyers and legalism in US external relations, and has published articles on these subjects in the New York University Law Review and the Yale Law Journal. More generally, his recent interests focus on the response of public institutions to social problems, and the role of ideology in framing policy responses. Professor Zasloff has long been active in state and local politics and policy. He recently co-authored an article discussing the relationship of Proposition 13 (California's landmark tax limitation initiative) and school finance reform, and served for several years as a senior policy advisor to the Speaker of California Assembly. His practice background reflects these interests: for two years, he represented welfare recipients attempting to obtain child care benefits and microbusinesses in low income areas. He then practiced for two more years at one of Los Angeles' leading public interest environmental and land use firms, challenging poorly planned development and working to expand the network of the city's urban park system. He currently serves as a member of the boards of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (a state agency charged with purchasing and protecting open space), the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (the leading legal service firm for low-income clients in east Los Angeles), and Friends of Israel's Environment. Professor Zasloff's other major activity consists in explaining the Triangle Offense to his very patient wife, Kathy.

4 thoughts on “One More Yes Vote”

  1. How many No votes can Democrats cast and still pass the bill? I would think the optimal strategy, if you don't want to marginalize Progressive ideas for the next decade, is for as many Progressive Congresscritters as possible to vote No. We can't let Obama & Rahm take Progressive support for granted, or *every* bill will get watered down to the point of ineffectiveness by the Blue Dogs.

  2. MCD, Glenn Greenwald would be on your side; see…. But I don't get the logic of your (and his) position. If Progressives capitulate on the health care bill, because the health care bill is so much better than the status quo, how is that evidence that they will capitulate on future bills that would not necessarily be so much better than the status quo?

  3. Thanks for this! I'm going to plan a fundraiser in D.C. for her so I'll let you all know about it.

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