Raucous caucus?
Sun January 9, 2011 9:39 pm

Here is one potential scenario for the Republican caucus tomorrow: Taylor calls the meeting to order and … then what? What exactly will the motion be that allows them to choose their preference for speaker? Remember, it takes a two-thirds vote to take any action. So someone could make a motion to change the bylaws to allow the caucus to express its choice for speaker. Or is a bylaw change necessary at all. Can the caucus just proceed to a vote?

At some point, there is going to have to be a vote on what to do and how to do it. That vote will require a two-thirds majority, or 67 out of 101 members. A lot of Straus voters are going to come into the caucus with some very hard feelings toward their colleagues. I wouldn’t be surprised if the result turns out to be that no proposition gets a two-thirds margin.

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