In the wake of comments about the Christchurch massacre, members of the public have raised the question of whether a senator can be expelled from the Senate for making offensive statements. It is now well known that members of parliament… Read More »Can a senator be expelled from the federal parliament for offensive statements?
At a double-dissolution election, each state will elect 12 senators, while the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory will each elect two. Following the Turnbull government’s recent changes, Australia has new rules for electing senators. How will they work in practise?… Read More »Election explainer: how does the Senate count work?
Editor’s Note: The House of Representatives has impeached President Donald Trump and voted to notify the Senate. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, is known as a master of the Senate’s rules, and has been raising campaign donations with ads touting the power he would… Read More »Impeachment comes to the Senate – 5 questions answered
Several Republican senators have taken a “vow of silence” on the impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives. Maine Senator Susan Collins has described her position this way: “I am very likely to be a juror so to make a predetermined… Read More »Senators’ silence suggests they may be taking their impeachment trial duty seriously
Before Kamala Harris became Biden’s running mate, Shirley Chisholm and other Black women aimed for the White House
The next vice president of the United States, Sen. Kamala Harris, is the American daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants. With Joe Biden’s presidential win, she break three centuries-old barriers to become the nation’s first female vice president, first Black… Read More »Before Kamala Harris became Biden’s running mate, Shirley Chisholm and other Black women aimed for the White House
The U.S. Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump on two articles of impeachment Wednesday. On Article I, abuse of power, Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney voted along with all Democrats, making the vote 52-48. Article II, obstruction of Congress,… Read More »U.S. Senate votes to acquit Trump
Senators will soon decide whether to dismiss the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump without hearing any witnesses. In making this decision, I believe they should consider words spoken at the Constitutional Convention, when the Founders decided that an… Read More »Limiting Senate inquiry ignores Founders’ intent for impeachment
Everybody seems to be using the word “precedent” right now. Commentators, the media and even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell use it when they discuss or debate the appropriate procedures for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. The word has multiple… Read More »Precedent? Nah, the Senate gets to reinvent its rules in every impeachment
Two more Republicans entered New Mexico’s open U.S. Senate race this week, bringing the total number of candidates for the party’s nomination to five. Tuesday, former TV meteorologist Mark Ronchetti announced he would seek the nomination. The longtime weatherman released… Read More »Senate race gets more crowded with two more Republicans
Elisa Martinez, who founded the New Mexico Alliance for Life and is the group’s executive director, is the third Republican to run for the open U.S. Senate seat after filing her statement of candidacy with the FEC. Only one Democrat is… Read More »Elisa Martinez jumps into Senate race