Organizing the senate

Thanks to the Daily Kos for this link to RonK, the Cogent Provocateur, who gives us the inside baseball about Organizing Resolutions. Most important fact: the Vice-President’s tie-breaking vote probably doesn’t apply to matters of Senate organization, so if the chamber is 50-50 the status quo continues. In any case, it continues until a new Organizing Resolution is voted, which gives the Democrats some leverage. Oddest fact: a majority of both Democratic and Republican Senators come from states where the governor is of the opposite party. (So much for “Red” and “Blue” as metaphysical categories.)

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com