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The Gentlelady from California and other tales: Inauguration Round-up

Feministing's post deserves to be re-printed in its entirety. First off, the title: Ok, this made me teary

Second, the clip:

And third, the quote (from Speaker Pelosi):

"When my colleagues elect me as speaker on Jan. 4, we will not just break through a glass ceiling, we will break through a marble ceiling.... In more than 200 years of history, there was an established pecking order - and I cut in line."


gives some good play to the much-anticipated 100 hours agenda (please, please raise the minimum wage):

"The House has an ambitious agenda for the first 100 hours of the 110th Congress, and it will be interesting to watch how this plays out over the next few days. The folks over at have organized a petition to push the 100 Hours Agenda forward - take a peek and sign your name, and take a little time to contact your Representative to let them know you support the Democratic agenda."

For more on the Dem's plan for the first 100 hours, check out "Closing the Donut Hole" in our Year in Review's Best of 2006


Bob Geiger excellent post features a collection of great Harry Reid Quotes from yesterday:

Geiger writes, "when Bush wrote in his silly Wall Street Journal editorial yesterday that 'If Congress chooses to pass bills that are simply political statements, they will have chosen stalemate,' Reid fired back as follows:

'There is nothing political about finding a policy to end the war in Iraq, raising the minimum wage, achieving energy independence or helping kids afford college. In fact, politics has prevented progress on these issues for too many years.'

And another one: "'It's time for Congress to get back to work,' wrote Reid in a lengthy memo to his Senate colleagues yesterday. 'The 110th Congress will also be known for its renewed commitment to work. There will be a 5-day work week in the 110th Congress. Teachers, miners, and shopkeepers across this country don't get three-day work weeks, and neither should their representatives in Washington.'


Shout out the the Suffrage Movement from annatopia, on Texas Kaos:

I'm sure that much will be written about her choice of the color purple. After all, the press tends to write about superfluous details like that when they cover female elected officials. And I wouldn't be surprised if people assume that she chose purple in order to project an aura of bipartisanship. That would be false. Purple was the color of the suffragists, and Speaker Pelosi's choice shows her respect for those early trailblazers. She clearly understands the historical implications of her election.


Hullabaloo has a post on this gem from yesterday's Washington Post: "As they prepare to take control of Congress this week and face up to campaign pledges to restore bipartisanship and openness, Democrats are planning to largely sideline Republicans from the first burst of lawmaking." Hullabaloo responds: "Really? I remember the Democrats' campaign pledges to restore openness, although I think they were mostly discussing the need to shed light on the most secretive administration in American history. But I honestly don't remember them running on restoring bipartisanship and working with Republicans to solve the nation's problems."

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Posted at 8:27 AM, Jan 05, 2007 in Congress
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