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Filibusters in State Legislatures–the Awesome Case of Rhode Island

- March 25, 2011

Over at The Thicket, a blog hosted by the National Council on State Legislatures, Karl Kurtz has a “great post”:http://ncsl.typepad.com/the_thicket/2011/02/legislative-walkouts-are-nothing-new.html on filibusters-by-fleeing in state legislatures. After some correspondence about “this post”:http://ncsl.typepad.com/the_thicket/2011/03/majority-rule-minority-rights-perspectives-on-legislative-obstruction-in-wisconsin-and-illinois-legi.html on the strategy of obstruction, Karl wrote “a post about my favorite filibuster”:http://ncsl.typepad.com/the_thicket/2011/03/an-experts-favorite-filibuster-rhode-island-senate-in-1923-24.html, which occurred in the Rhode Island Senate from 1923-1924. I don’t want to quote Karl quoting me, but let me simply say that if _every_ filibuster included 42-hour marathons, mass fistfights, and poison gas, Harry Reid would have an easier time running the Senate.

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