Candidates with ideas. Gasp.

Wonkblog has a fascinating post on 13 congressional candidates with actual ideas. Yeah. I know.

Here's a intriguing one from Bob Kerrey, who is trying to win his old U.S. Senate seat in Nebraskey:

Bob Kerrey represented Nebraska in the U.S. Senate from 1989 to 2001 after a term as governor. After a tumultuous tenure as head of the New School in New York, he’s back running for his old seat. His hallmark proposal is the “Norris amendment,” named after George Norris, a progressive Republican senator from Nebraska who successfully pushed for the direct election of senators. The Constitutional amendment would (a) make Congress nonpartisan by banning partisan caucuses and the party-based determination of the House speaker, Senate majority leader, committee chairs, etc. (b) establish term limits (c) reverse both Citizens United and Buckley v. Valeo, a 1976 ruling that banned spending caps and other campaign finance reform measures and (d) limit the filibuster. This proposal package is much more ambitious than any congressional reforms other campaigns are proposing.

An additional proposal is a bit odd, given that Kerrey, who has already served 12 years in the Senate, proposes a 12-year limit on Congressional service (though he can “see the case for 18?).

As big ideas go, that's pretty big. The parties would never let it happen. The California candidate's idea for making members of Congress stay in their districts and conduct business using IT is also interesting.

As broken as things are now, I'm a lot more willing to try very big changes than I used to be.

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