I must admit I was a bit surprised to learn today that turnover in the U.S. Senate isn't quite as uncommon as I thought it might be.
Here in Connecticut, this year we will elect our second "new" senator in two years, something that I thought was rather unusal, especially since the Senate is an institution steep in tradition and one in which seniority is valued very highly.
So I contacted the U.S. Senate Historical office this afternoon to inquire when was the last time a state lost both of its senators within a two year period -- and was surprised to learn that not only wasn't it as rare ...
Sen. Carte Goodwin
Both of West Virginia’s U.S. senators spoke on the Senate floor Tuesday about the need for new mine safety legislation.
Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Carte Goodwin spoke about the safety and health of miners working in coal and other industries in the country.
Goodwin says miners need more protection from tragedies that often go unnoticed.
“It’s not simply about preventing or investigating a large-scale disaster, to capture the attention of the nation and the world for a brief period of time,” Goodwin said.
“All too often, a coal ...
Even though Congress has gone home until after the election, Sen. Carte Goodwin, D-W.Va., remains in Washington.
"We still have constituent requests coming in," the senator said Thursday. "Irrespective of the political goings on and the blog entries and so forth, there's still real people who need some assistance."
But it may be Goodwin's last week in Washington as a U.S. senator, at least for now. His term ends when the results of the Nov. 2 election are certified. He said he needs at least another car trip to get his belongings from the place he rented in D.C. back to his home in ...