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D-Day is coming up quickly for Judge Samuel Alito, Jr. in his quest for a Supreme Court seat his nomination at this point seems certain to pass. Three despicable demo senators have indicated they are going to support Alito Sen. Robert Byrd, Sen. Tim Johnson, Sen. Ben Nelson These TurnCoats should Be called and told How Important it is to America as we know it that Alito not be confirmed 202 224 3121 All the other Senators who refuse to support the filibuster should be called and told how Alitos confirmation will effect events into the lives lives of our grand children The demo senators need to stand up and protect us from the Bush cabal or what good are they. Capital switchboard # 202 224 3121. Or  http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/ and please visit...
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Here's Who To Call 29.Jan.2006 11:51

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The Democrats need to pull together and filibuster Alito's confirmation. It only takes one senator to filibuster, but it takes 40 (out of 45 Democrats, plus the spare Republican here and there), to support his/her right to do so and keep the floor open.

Here are the Senators to call, with the reason we think they should be talked with (for example, Dems who voted for Roberts, Bush's last nomination, are more likely to vote for Alito as well). They are roughly prioritized, but that of course depends on your personal priorities and approach. You might want to focus on CHOICE (expected to be the biggest issue in this confirmation).

All you have to say is "I'm calling to register my firm opposition to Alito's confirmation and my support for a filibuster", although of course it's fun to dress that up with a rant about your favorite issue, the threat not to vote for him/her, questions about their voting plans, etc. Ask your representatives to be corageous and represent what they have worked so hard for and to stand strong for what they believe in.

Free numbers for D.C Capitol Switchboard (they'll connect you to any Congressperson, or give you their address):

1-866-340-9281

1-866-340-9279

1-888-355-3588

OR go to  http://www.congress.org/ for easy links to contacting your own senators.

OR order a telegram to be delivered to a senator for $12.95 at congress.com!

P.S. Don't see why this is important? Review information and issues on why the Alito thing is so crucial at Save the Court.org: here

Our Favorite Democrats
to Contact to Support a Filibuster
MA: Edward Kennedy
(202) 224-4543
Boston:617-565-3170
Kennedy is doing a great job opposing Alito, and is a strong candidate to filibuster. Call and support him!

MA: John Kerry
(202) 224-2742
Boston:671-565-8519
Calling our own representatives is probably going to be the most effective!

NY: Hilary Clinton
(202) 224-4451
website:  http://clinton.senate.gov/

NY: Chuck Schumer
(202) 224-6542
Schumer has also done a great job questioning Alito, and is "not ruling out" a filibuster. Call and support him!

CA: Barbara Boxer
(202) 224-3553
website:  http://boxer.senate.gov/

CA: Dianne Feinstein
(202) 224-3841
Feinstein voted against Roberts and plans on voting against Alito, but was quoted by Associated Press on Sunday as saying, "This might be a man I disagree with, but it doesn't mean he shouldn't be on the court." Call and tell her that YOU disagree with the man, and that DOES mean he shouldn't be on the court - we need a filibuster!
Update: Feinstein was quoted in the Washington Post recently saying she will not support a filibuster. Do your best to see if you can still convince her otherwise!
Update:How about also calling Sen. Diane Feinstein D-CA and telling her to stop stating self-defeating obits for the filibuster on Alito. Her husband is a big corporate guy (read as "conflict of interest") -- is Alito's long record of corporate bias a factor in her going light on Alito?

HI: Daniel Inouye
(202) 224-3934
website:  http://inouye.senate.gov/
Inouye voted against Roberts, but is in the Gang of 14.

WI: Russell Feingold
202-224-5323
Feingold has said he plans to run for president in the next election. Show him he won't have your support if he supports Alito's approval!

NV: Harry Reid
(202) 224-3542
website: reid.senate.gov/email_form.cfm (includes a contact form)
Reid is the Senate Minority Leader. He is not planning to filibuster as yet.

VT: Patrick Leahy
(202) 224-4242
Leahy sits on the Judiciary Committee and voted for Roberts' nomination. On the bright side, AP reported that he is standing up for the Democrats' right to delay the committee vote a day so that the Democratic caucus can meet. Call and tell him that he's on the right track but that he needs to do more - FILIBUSTER.

IL: Richard Durbin
(202) 224-2152
Durbin is the Senate Minority Whip, and he should be pulling together the Dems. But he seems unconvinced so far: "We can only afford to lose five senators favoring Judge Alito before a filibuster is impossible. It's a very tight margin, and I'm not going to presume one way or the other whether my colleagues are even interested." (1/13/06)

NJ: Robert Menendez
(202) 224-7919
Menendez is being appointed to replace Jon Corzine, and will take office January 17th - just days before the Alito vote. It will be his first important vote as a Senator, so call and tell him to make it a good one! (He's also up for re-election this year)

CT: Joseph Lieberman
(202) 224-4041
Voted for Roberts and is up for re-election in 2006. He has pledged not to support a filibuster unless under "extraordinary circumstances." Tell him this is extraordinary!

WV: Robert Byrd
(202) 224-3954
Byrd voted for Roberts and is up for re-election in 2006. He has pledged not to support a filibuster unless under "extraordinary circumstances." Tell him this is extraordinary!

AR: Mark Pryor
(202) 224-2353
Nelson voted for Roberts and has pledged not to support a filibuster unless under "extraordinary circumstances." Tell him this is extraordinary!

NM: Jeff Bingaman
(202) 224-5521
Bingaman voted for Roberts and is up for re-election in 2006

WI: Herb Kohl
(202) 224-5653
Kohl voted for Roberts and is up for re-election in 2006.

NE: Ben Nelson
(202) 224-6551
Nelson voted for Roberts and is up for re-election in 2006. He has pledged not to support a filibuster unless under "extraordinary circumstances." Tell him this is extraordinary!

CO: Ken Salazar
(202) 224-5852
Salazer voted for Roberts and has pledged not to support a filibuster unless under "extraordinary circumstances." Tell him this is extraordinary!

ND: Kent Conrad
(202) 224-2043
Conrad voted for Roberts and is up for re-election in 2006.

MI: Carl Levin
(202) 224-6221
Levin voted for Roberts and is up for re-election in 2006

These twelve Senators all voted for Roberts and are likely to be swing votes on Alito:

AR Blanche Lincoln
(202) 224-4843

ND Byron Dorgan
(202) 224-2551

CT Christopher Dodd
(202) 224-2823

OR Ron Wyden
(202) 224-5244

SD Tim Johnson
(202) 224-5842

DE Thomas Carper
(202) 224-2441

FL Bill Nelson
(202) 224-5274

WA Patty Murray
(202) 224-5274

LA Mary Landrieu
(202) 224-5824

MT Max Baucus
(202) 224-2651

WV John Rockefeller
(202) 224-6472

WI Russell Feingold
(202) 224-5323



Our Eight Favorite Moderate Republicans
To Convince to Accept a Filibuster
These have pledged not to support the "nuclear option" (changing Senate rules so that a judicial nominee filibuster could be overcome with only 51 votes):

NAME (State) PHONE EMAIL WEBSITE &
OTHER INFO
McCain (Arizona) (202) 224-2235 see website  http://mccain.senate.gov/
Graham (South Carolina) (202) 224-5972 see website  http://lgraham.senate.gov/
Warner (Virginia) (202) 224-2023 see website  http://warner.senate.gov/
DeWine (Ohio) (202) 224-2315 see website  http://dewine.senate.gov/

These have pledged not to support a filibuster unless in "extraordinary circumstances":

NAME (State) PHONE EMAIL WEBSITE &
OTHER INFO
Specter (Pennsylvania) (202) 224-4254 see website
 http://specter.senate.gov/

Specter is Chair of the Judiciary Committee and pro-choice.

Update: Why not also call Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee,and remind him of this quote from his 2000 book, Passion for Truth: "[T]he Senate should resist, if not refuse to confirm Supreme Court nominees who refuse to answer questions on fundamental issues. In voting on whether or not to confirm a nominee, senators should not have to gamble or guess about a candidate's philosophy, but should be able to judge on the basis of the candidate's expressed views."
Chafee (Rhode Island) (202) 224-2921 see website
 http://chafee.senate.gov/

Chafee has considered switching parties, is pro-choice, and is up for re-election in 2006. He has pledged not to support the "nuclear option" (changing Senate rules so that a judicial nominee filibuster could be overcome with only 51 votes).
Collins (Maine) (202) 224-2523 see website
 http://collins.senate.gov/

She is pro-choice and has pledged not to support the "nuclear option" (changing Senate rules so that a judicial nominee filibuster could be overcome with only 51 votes).
Snowe (Maine) (202) 224-5344 see website
 http://snowe.senate.gov/

Snowe is pro-choice and up for re-election in 2006. She has also pledged not to support the "nuclear option" (changing Senate rules so that a judicial nominee filibuster could be overcome with only 51 votes).



*** CRAFT TIME! ***
Here's the craft project, to make very graphic the need to keep abortion legal --

Hang real hangers with tags on them or posters or cards with pictures of hangers on them EVERYWHERE. Clearly write slogan on tags or slogan on the posters/cards that says:

Remember Back Alley Abortions

FILIBUSTER ALITO

Try to especially hang them near your Senators' home offices so their aides will see them, but EVERYWHERE will help. We need to get others aboard too.



Extra Credit
Howard Dean, chair of the Democratic National Committee
phone: (202) 863-8000
e-mail:  DeanH@dnc.org

Extra Credit #2
Read State of War: The Secret History of the C.I.A. and the Bush Administration by James Risen, Pulitzer Prize-winning NY Times reporter!


Senate communication shutdown! Alito protests blocked! Raise hell! 29.Jan.2006 12:17

Russell Hallberg gosh456@hotmail.com

Senate mailboxes are full. Email through www.congress.org is locked with "Please wait" screen. This is JFK/WTC deja vu all over again (sorry Tom Fogerty).

The railroading of Alito's Supreme Court placement should be documented as the absolute crossing of the Rubicon. The office of President will be converted to a dictatorship position.

I was able... 30.Jan.2006 07:07

Varro

...to email Senators Tim Johnson and Mary Landrieu yesterday through their web pages.

You also may want to try to fax Senators - it combines the seriousness of a letter with the immediacy of an e-mail, and faxing a one-page letter costs only a few cents, as opposed to 39 cents for a mailed letter.