1. RuralDem says:

    Ok someone help me here…

    When the parties switch majority/minority status, does the ranking minority member automatically takeover a committee and/or a subcommittee?

    For instance, in the House I see that Congressman Ed Case is the ranking member on the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Livestock and Horticulture. Case lost a failed bid for Senate. According to that list (if it is listed in terms of ranking) Congressman David Scott will now be the top Democrat.

    Does this mean that Congressman Scott will now be the Chairman of this subcommittee?

  2. StevePerkins says:

    Are you talking about him being vulnerable in his next election, or just being “out” in terms of his chairman spot? I doubt that policy is going swing AGAINST farm subsidies under a Democratic congress, so Saxby’s political bread and (peanut-) butter is under no real threat.

  3. Yes, Steve, but Mac Collins and Max Burns pathetic attempts to prolong their inevitable defeats in Ga-8 and Ga-12 are looking even dumber today.

    The Ag bill is up in 2007. Rural Georgia was set to turn to Saxby for help and guidance, and now they’ll be looking to Marshall, Barrow, Scott and Bishop. Considering that Marshall and Barrow lost many of the rural parts of their districts this year, I think it will be hard for a Republican to compete next year in these districts considering that the Democrats are now top dog on Ag and not Saxby and the Republicans.

  4. Big Mack says:

    Rural Dem,

    What actually happens is that they elect the speaker of the house and the majority leader of the senate and then they line up and start kissing ass to see who will get what appointments. Seniority might have some effect on who gets what appointment but not necessarily. If you will remember, Saxby was made the chairman of the ag committee in the Senate with no seniority just because he knows so much about it.


    You think in one hand and spit in the other and see which one fills up first. We don’t plan on running anybody next year since there won’t be a congressional election but in 2008, your boys will have some opposition.

  5. mercergirl says:

    This is interesting- a professor of mine stated that Marshall was able to hang on to a substantial about of his rural constituency in the election and this is because he caters to them a lot. Basically if you live in the rural 8th and you call his office you get heard.

  6. Jeff says:

    We have to see what happens. All of the work in Congress takes place in committe, so in various committees policy is more important than politics. I hope, even as a democrat, my party does right and gives Saxby the AG ranking member assignment. It is not always done by seniority, typically by knowledge and experience in the fields.

  7. Jeff says:

    I am certain that we will see some changes made in Appropriations, Ways and Means (House only), Judiciary, Budget, Energy and Commerce, Science, Rules, Environment and Public Works, and definitely Int. Relations. These are the power committees and they are typically run with political philosophy taken into consideration. For decades we have seen the controversial bills sent to committee and voted on by a party line. Hopefully some tradition will be restored and we can see a real filibuster again in our life times,

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