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Political Chat: Filibuster Fun On The Senate Floor

OPB | March 8, 2013 2:01 p.m. | Updated: April 12, 2013 12:10 p.m.

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Now THAT was a filibuster!  Rand Paul, Republican Senator from Kentucky, took to the floor just before noon on Wednesday, and started speaking.

Twelve hours and 52 minutes later, the Senator was done.

“And I would go for another 12 hours to try to break Strom Thurmond’s record.  But I’ve discovered there are some limits to filibustering, and I’m going to have to go take care of one of those in a few minutes here.”

Mother Nature always wins.

Senator Paul was voicing his concerns about the nomination of John Brennan to lead the CIA, and the use of drones to kill American citizens on American soil.  Only one Democratic Senator spoke up in support of the filibuster, and that was Ron Wyden of Oregon.

Also, budget negotiations are underway in Salem.  Once again, education funding is the big issue.

And new laws are being proposed, including one that would require cyclists to kick in a little for roads.

If the gentlemen and ladies from the good state of Oregon would yield the floor for seven minutes, we’ll get some analysis on the political developments of the week.  

Jeff Mapes is the Senior Political Reporter for The Oregonian. OPB Political Analyst Bill Lunch is away this week.  Jim Moore, who teaches political science at Pacific University, is with us.

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