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rollcall | 2022 Vote Studies: Proxies helped keep participation at record pace, 22 Mar 2023
...Proxy voting -- empowering members to designate a colleague to vote on their behalf -- was adopted in early 2020 as an emergency measure over Republican opposition in response to the deadly COVID-19 global pandemic spreading largely unchecked....
insider | House Speaker Kevin McCarthy finally won his battle against letting members vote remotely. It could cost him critical GOP votes when he needs it most, 26 Jan
...At a time when a Speaker would ideally like to have the chance to guarantee the votes and backing of absent members, he's given away one of the best tools a Speaker had to nail down votes of the ill, the absent, the traveling, the unreliable, and those distracted by other ambitions. It could end up costing him....
bipartisanpolicy | Absent Senators: Pairs, Proxies, and Procedure, 29 Mar
...Proxy voting is currently not permitted in the Senate for roll call votes, only during committee business. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the Senate searched for ways to continue operating amid social distancing and other health precautions, Senators Rob Portman (R-68) and Richard Durbin (D-79) introduced a resolution allowing the use of proxy voting due to the emergency. The resolution was not agreed to.
Pairing relies on both precedent and senatorial courtesy. The practice is permitted by Senate precedents, but no senator is required to pair with an absent colleague and, therefore, is extending a courtesy to the absent member.

California Attachment Disorder Weekly REPORTS
Pelosi seeks balance in post-Speakership role
"I have no intention of being the mother-in-law in the kitchen saying, 'My son doesn't like the stuffing that way' "
Calls for Feinstein (89) to resign elicit accusations of double standard for women - Pelosi (82)
Democratic Reps. Ro Khanna (Calif.) and Dean Phillips (Minn.) called on Feinstein, 89, to step down on Wednesday over her prolonged absence from the upper chamber due to her health.
"It's interesting to me. I don't know what political agendas are at work that are going after Sen. Feinstein in that way. I've never seen them go after a man who was sick in the Senate in that way," Pelosi told reporters, whose comments came shortly before Khanna called on Feinstein to step down.
"Both things can be true," said Tracy Sefl, a prominent Democratic consultant. "There is a real and pervasive double standard for women leaders. And the distinguished senator indeed recognizes the consequence of her presence and votes, evidenced by her asking for a temporary replacement on the Judiciary Committee."
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Guardian | Clinging to power does not make Dianne Feinstein a feminist hero, The Week in Patriarchy, 15 Apr 2023
....Do female politicians face unfair double standards and increased scrutiny? Of course they do! But cynically weaponizing the very real sexism that women in politics face to defend Feinstein's stubborn decision to cling to power is appalling....
opIndia | Is your home constantly set to a 'sexist' temperature? Ivanka Trump's hair vs AOC's hair: Meet the person The Guardian pays to write such columns, 1 Jan 2021
History becomes legend, legends become myth. So goes the popular saying by literary legend JRR Tolkien. In the world of the mainstream media, with the passage of time, truth becomes lies, fiction becomes fact, journalists become a joke and when enough time has passed, 'legendary' journalists turn into something more. They become a meme. Such is the story of The Guardian columnist Arwa Mahdawi....
by Cat on Mon Apr 17th, 2023 at 03:51:03 PM EST
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