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The Coming Election

The latest bipartisan Battleground/GWU poll is out.  It shows significant gains for the Republicans since the previous poll five months ago.  Jennifer Rubin has this column in the WaPo.

As noted previously on this blog, a Republican majority in the Senate would produce significant changes in criminal justice.  Judicial nominees who are sufficiently anti-law-enforcement to produce unanimous Republican opposition could once again be kept off the bench.  Legislative changes that are opposed by the pro-criminal crowd but not so strongly as to filibuster or veto otherwise important legislation could be placed into larger bills.  (The Prison Litigation Reform Act, for example, was placed into a budget bill back in 1996.)  There won't be sweeping changes either way in the next Congress, but the scope of what is possible would expand with a Senate majority.

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