With Democrats scared that they're going to lose the Senate in the November 2014 elections, they've been very hesitant to actually legislate. Doing so would require some of their members to actually take a position on some important issues, and in response to that, they're just grinding everything to a halt.
Patent reform and intellectual copyright reform more generally have been gaining steam on Capitol Hill and in the conservative movement recently.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell touched briefly on the policies that conservative reformers could push, but focused more on the process through which reformers could hope to work.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been announced as the winner of the GOP nomination for Senate in Kentucky, beating tea party-aligned businessman Matt Bevin. Bevin and others had accused McConnell of being insufficiently conservative.
Angus King has toyed with the idea of caucusing with the Republicans if they re-capture the senate.
Congressional Democrats in swing states and vulnerable seats have continued to feel the pressure of Obamacare's pathetic poll numbers.