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11 December 2013

The Beginning of the End for the Filibuster?

For the week of December 15th, 2013

Recently, the U.S. Senate approved a rule change limiting the filibuster, a mechanism that’s designed to protect the minority party in that chamber. Critics contend that the filibuster has stalled the process of approving some Obama Administration nominees and contributed to congressional gridlock. On this week’s Access Minnesota, University of Minnesota Political Science Professor Kathryn Pearson shares her insights on this historic change to the way the Senate conducts its business.

  • Guest: Kathryn Pearson, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota
  • Issues: The Affordable Care Act website roll-out; Why Senate Democrats reformed the filibuster; What reform means for the future of the filibuster; Minnesota’s 2014 US Senate, House, and Gubernatorial races

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