Column time. At TAP today, I argued that we're unlikely to have a second shutdown when the current CR expires in January. The big point I've been making is that shutdowns are the result of a deliberate strategy, not the accidental effect of difficulty reaching a deal.
At Salon, I talked about the broken GOP and why that's the problem, and not institutional design.
Going with both of those: a PP post today in which I complained about one specific reform proposal: a fail-safe automatic CR at current levels. Terrible idea!
And way back on Friday I took note of one of the big issues in the TX Lt. Gov. Republican primary: the 17th Amendment.