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  • BREAKING - Dems Successfully Filibuster Bolton in Senate

    05/31/2005 7:36:09 AM PDT · 823 of 826
    Cboldt
    On the above - additional information would be very helpful

    • How many Senators signed on to the cloture motion? If the number was high, like all of the opponents to the treaty, that would show that cloture was being invoked out of frustration by many.
    • If the cloture vote was indeed November 15, then what was the date the cloture motion was filed?
    Local law library doesn't have the Congressional Record that far back. Not even on microfiche.
  • President Bush to Hold White House Press Conference at 10:45 a.m.

    05/31/2005 7:21:06 AM PDT · 54 of 416
    Cboldt to maryz
    While you're around, though ...

    I'm in shape. "Round" is a shape, isn't it?

    ... what powers does Frist have that he can apply against Senators?

    I don't know, for sure. I don't know how the party assigns Committe chair positions, except that seniority has a large part to play in that. But chairs are not set strictly by seniority - even though seniority is one of the more influential factors.

    There is political pressure from constituents too. You know, "We the People?" The failure to handle nominations is a big deal, and the fight needs to occur.

    I do wonder if a president has ever recess appointed a nominee who was REJECTED by the Senate. Talk about a poke in the eye!

  • BREAKING - Dems Successfully Filibuster Bolton in Senate

    05/31/2005 7:08:29 AM PDT · 822 of 826
    Cboldt
    Looking for some research assistance. What was the cloture vote on the Treaty of Versailles? Both it's date and the number of votes AYE and NAY. A cite to the date and page number(s) of the record if possible.

    The information relates to the 66th Congress, 1st session, and is in Volume 58 of the Congressional Record.

    I assume the cloture motion was filed on November 15, 1919 and voted on at a later date - sometime before the treaty was voted on, November 19, 1919.

    I find it interesting that the FIRST use of Rule XXII (cloture) was on a treaty. I'm curious if the objective of cloture was to kill the treaty, or if additional debate was desired. I think, given the posture of the adversaries, that the proponents of the treaty did not want to get to the vote, since they were going to lose it. The proponents of the treaty LOST anyway. It was the opponents of the treaty who invoked cloture.

    The Senate voted to invoke cloture for the first time on November 15, 1919, while considering The Treaty of Versailles. The cloture motion passed with the 67% majority required at the time. The Senate rejected the Treaty of Versailles on November 19, 1919, first rejecting Senator Lodge's resolution of ratification, which included fourteen reservations to the treaty, on a 39-55 vote. The Senate then rejected a resolution to approve the treaty without reservations of any kind, on a 38-53 vote.

    http://www.senate.gov/reference/reference_item/Versailles.htm
    Record, 66 Cong., I Sess., pp. 8777-8784 - Nov 18, 1919.

  • President Bush to Hold White House Press Conference at 10:45 a.m.

    05/31/2005 6:56:18 AM PDT · 36 of 416
    Cboldt to maryz
    I'd rather see a recess appointment (and some Dutch uncle talk) for Bolton.

    I'd rather see the heat on the Senate, than on the President. It is the Senate who is having a problem, and if he takes the issue away from them, they won't have the pressure to fix the institutionalized mishandling of nominations.

  • President Bush to Hold White House Press Conference at 10:45 a.m.

    05/31/2005 6:32:43 AM PDT · 16 of 416
    Cboldt to BTHOtu
    Recess Appointments?

    No way. That would take pressure off the Senate. If he brings up the subject of nominations, he will express disappointment that it is taking so long to get to an up-or-down vote.

  • CANADA RED CROSS GUILTY IN BLOOD SCANDAL

    05/31/2005 4:34:22 AM PDT · 6 of 49
    Cboldt to T'wit
    See also http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1413503/posts <-
    And http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1413439/posts <- Diff title

    Provided for cross-reference purposes for the interested reader.

  • CANADA RED CROSS GUILTY IN BLOOD SCANDAL

    05/31/2005 4:29:39 AM PDT · 4 of 49
    Cboldt to T'wit
  • Saad Unlikely to See Confirmation Vote

    05/30/2005 10:53:15 PM PDT · 67 of 68
    Cboldt to Tumbleweed_Connection
    Sounds as though there is a visit to Filibuster City looming on the horizon. The question is, which nominee is apt to trigger the visit? Haynes? Kavanaugh? Myers? Saad? Maybe Boyle, who hasn't been on the radar lately, but was nominated to the 4th Circuit by GHWB in 1991.

    Sen. SMITH (R-NH): In November of 1991, President Bush nominated Lillian R. BeVier, a conservative from Virginia who had testified for Robert Bork. That was her first mistake. Lord help us, she was a conservative, No. 1, in the Democrat years here. No. 2, she testified on behalf of Robert Bork. She was nominated to the Fourth Circuit. Guess what happened to her. Her nomination languished for a whole year. Finally, the committee deep- sixed her at the end of the Bush Presidency--gone, didn't see the light of day. I guess that was unconstitutional. If it is unconstitutional now, surely it was unconstitutional then.

    Of course, it is not unconstitutional. You have that right. On the same day, President Bush nominated Terrence W. Boyle to the Fourth Circuit. Again, the chairman put a hold on the nomination for an entire year. It languished in the darkness of Judiciary and never saw the light of day.

    Here is an article from 1992. It says: ``North Carolina Judge One of 50 Bush Court Nominations that Won't be Approved.'' It talks about the intentional strategy of Chairman Biden to delay and kill Bush nominees because of the likely Clinton victory. That speaks for itself.

    Directions to the Congressional Record of the 2000 debate:
    1. Click here -> Senate - March 7, 2000
    2. Navigate to -> 19. NOMINATIONS OF RICHARD A. PAEZ AND MARSHA L. BERZON--Continued --
    3. Click on "Printer Friendly Display" to see the entire debate

    106th Congress - Page S1211 - March 7, 2000
    106th Congress - Page S1212 - March 7, 2000

  • BREAKING - Dems Successfully Filibuster Bolton in Senate

    05/30/2005 10:26:18 PM PDT · 821 of 826
    Cboldt to AFPhys
    Was looking for the "Frist voted against cloture" record, and found the following stuff. A couple of interesting points.

    • Paez was the judge for Huang and Hsia.
    • There is history of using cloture for judges back to 1992
    • The cloture votes weren't even close
    • A point of order was made to try to disqualify VP Gore from tie-breaking
    • There was a Motion to Postpone Indefinitely the Paez vote
    • DEMs and GOP alike were not in favor of cloture as a substitute for the vote

    Without further comment - the record is linked for those who are curious for more ...


    Snippets from the Senate debates regarding the nomination of Paez

    Congressional Record for the 106th Congress

    SMITH: In 1992, we had a nominee by the name of Edward Carnes. He was nominated to the Eleventh Circuit. There were no fewer than three full votes in the Senate on one nominee: A motion to proceed, followed by a filibuster, a 66-30 cloture vote, and finally, on September 9, 1992, approval--a long process for this one judge. But other than that one nominee who was, in fact, filibustered, there was nothing--no action, no debate, no nothing--on the floor of the Senate. All other controversial nominees were filibustered in committee under the Democrat leadership in the Senate.

    Ckick here -> Senate - March 7, 2000
    Navigate to -> 19. NOMINATIONS OF RICHARD A. PAEZ AND MARSHA L. BERZON--Continued --
    Page S1211 - March 7, 2000


    Mr. SESSIONS. Mr. President, I believe I have the responsibility today to write the majority leader to ask that we not proceed to vote on the Paez nomination, and to ask that additional hearings be held on that nomination to determine whether or not he correctly and properly handled the guilty plea and sentencing of John Huang in Los Angeles, CA, that fell before his jurisdiction in the Los Angeles district court.

    ...

    Mr. SESSIONS. I thank the Chair.

    I hate to ask this to be delayed. But he is a sitting Federal judge. It is not messing up his Federal practice in a couple or three weeks to get to the bottom of this and how the case was assigned, because it didn't come out of an indictment by a grand jury, it came out of the handling by the prosecutor. In my experience, those cases are not randomly assigned. Quite often, they are taken directly by the prosecutor to the judge.

    I would like to have somebody under oath explain to me how the Hsia case and the Huang case went to Judge Paez. Out of 34 judges, they went to Judge Paez. That doesn't strike well with me. I would like to know that before we go forward with the vote. If he has a good answer, I am willing to accept it.

    I yield the floor.

    Click here -> Senate - March 8, 2000
    Navigate to -> 27. NOMINATION OF RICHARD A. PAEZ -- (Senate - March 08, 2000)
    Page S1283 - March 8, 2000
    Page S1284 - March 8, 2000
    Page S1285 - March 8, 2000


    HATCH: It is quite another story, however, for members of this body to frustrate a majority vote on these nominees by forcing a super-majority cloture vote.

    I have reached this conclusion after having been part of this process for over 20 years now, and having served as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee for more than half a decade.

    There are times when legislators must, to be effective, demonstrate their mastery of politics. But there are also times when politics-- though available--must be foresworn.

    I am reminded of the great quote of Disraeli, which I will now paraphrase--``next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing is knowing when to forego an advantage.'' I hope my colleagues will forego the perceived advantage of a filibuster.

    Simply put, there are certain areas that must be designated as off- limits from political activity. Statesmanship demands as much. The Senate's solemn role in confirming lifetime-appointed Article III judges--and the underlying principle that the Senate performs that role through the majority vote of its members--are such issues. Nothing less depends on the recognition of these principles than the continued, untarnished respect in which we hold our third branch of Government.

    On the basis of this principle, I have always tried to be fair, no matter the President of the United States or the nominees. Even when I have opposed a nominee of the current President, I have voted for cloture to stop a filibuster of that nominee. That was the case with the nomination of Lee Sarokin.

    To be sure, this body has on occasion engaged in the dubious practice of filibusters of judicial nominees. But such episodes have been infrequent and, I shall add, unfortunate.

    During a number of occasions in the Reagan and Bush Administrations, my colleagues on the other side engaged in filibusters of judicial nominees. Frequently, they backed off, ostensibly realizing there were enough votes to stop a filibuster.

    And just last year, I watched with sadness as the minority made history by filibustering one of its own party's nominees. Forcing a cloture vote on Clinton nominee Ted Stewart--who is now acquitting himself superbly as a district judge in Utah--reflected nothing more than a political gambit to force action on other judicial nominees. Fortunately, the effects of that filibuster were short-lived, as the minority recognized the errors of its ways.

    Ckick here -> Senate - March 8, 2000
    Navigate to -> 39. THE PAEZ NOMINATION -- (Senate - March 08, 2000)
    Page S1296 - March 8, 2000
    Page S1297 - March 8, 2000


    The result was announced, yeas 86, nays 13, as follows: [Rollcall Vote No. 36 Ex.]

    The result was announced, yeas 85, nays 14, as follows: [Rollcall Vote No. 37 Ex.]

    The PRESIDING OFFICER (Mr. Smith of Oregon). On this vote, the yeas are 85, the nays are 14. Three-fifths of the Senators duly chosen and sworn having voted in the affirmative, the motion is agreed to.

    Mr. LEAHY. Mr. President, is the Senator from Vermont correct that we have now voted cloture on both the nominations before the Senate?

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator from Vermont is correct.

    Mr. LEAHY. Then what is the parliamentary situation, as regarding the two nominations?

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. There are 30 hours, evenly divided.

    Mr. LEAHY. Mr. President, I suggest the absence of a quorum.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. The clerk will call the roll.

    The legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. The majority leader is recognized.

    Mr. LOTT. Mr. President, I have a unanimous consent request and closing script.

    As you know, cloture was just invoked on two Ninth Circuit judges. I still hope we have not set a precedent. I don't believe we have because it was such an overwhelming vote to invoke cloture and stop the filibuster. We should not be having filibusters on judicial nominations and having to move to cloture. But we had to, and it was an overwhelming vote of 86-13 on the first one, and I guess that was the vote on the second one, too. I intend to offer a time agreement between the proponents and opponents regarding postcloture debate.

    Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that Senator Smith of New Hampshire be in control of up to 3 hours of total debate on both nominations, and that Senator Leahy, or his designee, be in control of up to 1 hour 30 minutes of total debate on both nominations; that following the conclusion or yielding back of the time, the Senate lay the nominations aside until 2 p.m., at which time the Senate would proceed to back-to-back votes on or in relation to the confirmations of Berzon and Paez. That would be at 2 p.m. tomorrow.

    Mr. LEAHY. Reserving the right to object, and I will not, I tell the distinguished leader I was struck by the comments of the distinguished leader in saying we should not have the precedents of filibusters and requiring cloture. I commend him for supporting the cloture motion and moving this forward so we would not have that precedent. I am concerned, though, because I have heard rumors that one of these votes may be on a motion to indefinitely postpone a vote on these nominees. I understand that while such a vote might be in order, there is no precedent for such a vote on a judicial nominee; am I correct on that? I mean in my lifetime, and I was born in 1940.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. There is a precedent that a motion to postpone is in order after cloture is invoked.

    Mr. LEAHY. That was not my question, Mr. President. My question was very specific. In fact, I stated that I understand motions to postpone indefinitely, I believe, are always in order, as are filibusters. But as the distinguished leader said, we would not want to set a precedent of filibusters on judicial nominations. Am I correct that we have not used motions to postpone indefinitely on judicial nominations following cloture?

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. The precedent does not state what the item of cloture is on.

    Mr. LEAHY. Mr. President, if I understand, we have never had this circumstance. Certainly, I have not in my 25 years in the Senate. I do not believe ever having a circumstance where we have had cloture on two judicial nominations and then had a motion to postpone, in effect, killing the nominations.

    Mr. LOTT. Will the Senator yield?

    Mr. LEAHY. Yes.

    Mr. LOTT. I believe, traditionally, it is in order postcloture to have a motion to table or a motion to postpone indefinitely. I don't know the precedents in terms of that actually having been used. I am certainly not advocating it. But under the rules of the Senate, I am under the impression that it would be in order. I thought maybe I could answer it succinctly without getting into the precedents.

    Mr. President, has the request been----

    Mrs. BOXER. Reserving the right to object, and I will not object, I say, first, to the majority leader that I appreciate very much his effort to bring the nominations forward, and voting for cloture, because without that we would not be where we are. I want that understood.

    I state on the Record today that this Senator believes if there is going to be a motion made--which there very well may be because that is the rumor that I hear--to indefinitely postpone a vote on one of these nominees, then I believe that kind of a motion is denying that nominee an up-or-down vote. You can argue that it is really like an up-or-down vote, but after we have gotten over 80 votes, with the help of the majority leader and Senator Hatch, in a bipartisan way--and Senator Leahy worked on that--you would think we could vote up or down. There is no precedent that I have gotten from the Parliamentarian up to this point where he has been able to show me this was done with a judicial nomination after cloture was invoked. I wish to make that point because I don't like to ever blindside my colleagues on anything.

    I think that if we go this route, it will be interpreted as a way to deny a vote on the nominee, and I hope this will not be the case. Surely, I hope, if it is offered, we will defeat it. But it seems to me a bad precedent. I hope we won't see this go in that fashion. I thank the Chair. I shall not object.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. Is there objection?

    Without objection, it is so ordered.

    Mr. LOTT. Then the votes will occur back to back at 2 p.m. on Thursday. In light of this agreement, there will be no further votes this evening. I believe our staffs have probably put everybody on notice of that.

    Click here -> Senate - March 8, 2000
    Navigate to -> 42. EXECUTIVE SESSION -- (Senate - March 08, 2000)
    Page S1301 - March 8, 2000 (also contains the cloture votes)
    Page S1302 - March 8, 2000 (also contains the cloture votes)


    BOXER: I make an appeal: If we vote to indefinitely postpone a vote on these two nominees or one of these two nominees, that is denying them an up- or-down vote.

    That would be such a twisting of what cloture really means in these cases. It has never been done before for a judge, as far as we know-- ever. Again, it would undermine what Senator Lott said when he said these people deserve an up-or-down vote.

    So I make a plea to my friend, Senator Smith. He and I go at it on many issues, but we are good friends and we like each other. Consider what you would do if you were to make such a motion, or another Senator would do so. You would be saying these two people do not deserve an up- or-down vote. I think that would be an undermining of the spirit of what we did yesterday.

    I hope we will not go that route. What goes around comes around. Then, when you have a President who sends down a nominee, you are setting your party's President up for this kind of twisting in the wind that I do not think any nominee ought to go through.

    I thank my friends for their indulgence. I believe very deeply we have two mainstream, strong candidates, supported by Democrats and Republicans alike, both inside the Senate and outside the Senate. We have two people who have proven their mettle. I thank them for hanging in there. I know there were times when they wondered whether it was worth it; that they had to look at their families one more time and say, ``We don't know yet. We don't know yet. We don't know when we are getting a vote.'' That is why I brought their pictures to the floor the last couple of days, to put a face on these nominees. They have children. They have spouses. They have community friends. They work hard. Their lives have essentially been in limbo--for Marsha for a couple of years.

    Click here -> Senate - March 9, 2000
    Navigate to -> 7. EXECUTIVE SESSION -- (Senate - March 09, 2000)
    Page S1341 - March 9, 2000
    Page S1342 - March 9, 2000


    Motion To Indefinitely Postpone

    Mr. President, I move, in a postcloture environment, to postpone indefinitely the nomination of Richard Paez in order for this body to get the answers I believe every Senator deserves with regard to the concerns I have raised about Judge Paez over the last several days. It is not in order for me to move to postpone to a time certain, according to our parliamentary and Senate rules, or I would do so.

    Personally, I think 3 weeks, unless there is some complication, would be more than enough time to have a good hearing. I am willing to vote; if he is confirmed, fine. If he has good answers for all this, fine.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. The motion is debatable.

    Mr. SESSIONS. Mr. President, I ask for the yeas and nays on the motion.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. Is there a sufficient second?

    There is not a sufficient second at the moment.

    Mr. SESSIONS. Mr. President, I suggest the absence of a quorum.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. The clerk will call the roll.

    The senior assistant bill clerk proceeded to call the roll.

    Mr. SESSIONS. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered.

    Mr. SESSIONS. Mr. President, I ask for the yeas and nays.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. Is there a sufficient second?

    There appears to be a sufficient second.
    The yeas and nays were ordered.

    Mr. SESSIONS. I thank the Chair, and I thank the Senator from Vermont, the distinguished ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, who has always played a big role in these issues and is an outstanding advocate. If I ever got into trouble, I would like him to represent me.

    I think that is what we should do. That is the purpose of my motion. In a prompt evaluation of this matter, the public and this country are entitled to know about it, because, remember, once that confirmation is concluded, there is absolutely no other action this or any other body in the United States can take against any judge--in this case, Judge Paez--short of impeaching him for a criminal act.

    We ought to consider that and take our time here in a few more weeks to settle this matter. We will feel better about ourselves. Perhaps the judge will have an answer. He certainly has a number of friends. He has a good family.

    Click here -> Senate - March 9, 2000
    Navigate to -> 7. EXECUTIVE SESSION -- (Senate - March 09, 2000)
    Page S1350 - March 9, 2000


    The PRESIDING OFFICER. All time has expired.

    The question is, Will the Senate advise and consent to the nomination of Marsha L. Berzon, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit?

    Mr. SESSIONS addressed the Chair.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator from Alabama.

    Mr. SESSIONS. Mr. President, a point of order.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator will state the point of order.

    Mr. SESSIONS. I understand the Vice President is in the Chamber. Under the Senate rules, a person who has a personal conflict of interest in a vote is not allowed to vote. I make a parliamentary inquiry----

    Mr. LEAHY. Regular order.

    Mr. SESSIONS. As to whether or not the Vice President should be required to recuse himself under these circumstances on the vote.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. The right of the Vice President is in the Constitution. The question is on confirmation of the nominations.

    Mr. SESSIONS. Mr. President, may the Vice President exercise his discretion and recuse himself?

    Mr. LEAHY. Mr. President, regular order.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. Debate is not in order. The yeas and nays have been ordered, and the clerk will call the roll.

    The assistant legislative clerk called the roll.

    Mr. NICKLES. I announce that the Senator from Arizona (Mr. McCain) and the Senator from Colorado (Mr. Campbell) are necessarily absent.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. Are there any other Senators in the Chamber desiring to vote?

    The result was announced--yeas 64, nays 34, as follows: [Rollcall Vote No. 38 Ex.]


    The PRESIDING OFFICER (Mr. FITZGERALD). The question is on agreeing to the motion to indefinitely postpone. The yeas and nays have been ordered. The clerk will call the roll.

    The legislative clerk called the roll.

    Mr. NICKLES. I announce that the Senator from Arizona (Mr. McCain) and the Senator from Colorado (Mr. Campbell) are necessarily absent. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Are there any other Senators in the Chamber who desire to vote?

    The result was announced--yeas 31, nays 67, as follows: [Rollcall Vote No. 39 Ex.]


    The PRESIDING OFFICER. Is there a sufficient second?

    There is a sufficient second.

    The question is, Will the Senate advise and consent to the nomination of Richard A. Paez, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit? The clerk will call the roll.

    The assistant legislative clerk called the roll.

    Mr. NICKLES. I announce that the Senator from Colorado (Mr. Campbell) and the Senator from Arizona (Mr. McCain) are necessarily absent.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. Are there any other Senators in the Chamber who desire to vote?

    The result was announced, yeas 59, nays 39, as follows: [Rollcall Vote No. 40 Ex.]

    Click here -> Senate - March 9, 2000
    Navigate to -> 7. EXECUTIVE SESSION -- (Senate - March 09, 2000)
    Page S1367 - March 9, 2000
    Page S1368 - March 9, 2000

  • The Gang of 14's 'extraordinary' inconsistency

    05/30/2005 4:54:44 PM PDT · 17 of 18
    Cboldt to BigSkyFreeper
    Right, and John Thune said he would filibuster.

    All the GOP, plus Landrieu (D-LA), Nelson (D-NE), and Pryor (D-AR) voted Aye on the Cloture motion for Bolton. Specter was excused absent, but his vote would not have taken the total to 60. Inouye was also absent. Frist voted against cloture so he could make a motion to reconsider, which he did.

    Vote Number: 129 - May 26, 2005, 06:17 PM

    Thune will vote against Bolton, but at least he's going to let Bolton have the benefit of an up or down vote in the Senate.

  • Filibuster deal avoided key question - What are ‘extraordinary circumstances’?

    05/30/2005 4:43:18 PM PDT · 13 of 14
    Cboldt to upchuck
    I am still urging Frist, via email and by phone, to go ahead and exercise the Constitutional Option ASAP.

    What you need to do is urge Reid to filibuster a nomination, to have a minority of Senators refuse to vote on it. The GOP has no reason to use the Constitutional Option if the DEMs agree to vote on the nominations.

  • Filibuster deal avoided key question - What are ‘extraordinary circumstances’?

    05/30/2005 4:41:02 PM PDT · 12 of 14
    Cboldt to Tumbleweed_Connection
    For more detail on the DEMs intentions and plans, see the following two threads.

    Reid wants to filibuster Haynes and Kavanaugh
    Reid wants to filibuster Saad and Myers

    And the following thread describes the qualities of some of the nominees:

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1410920/posts

  • Botching Bolton (Republicans unclear on the concept)

    05/30/2005 12:14:03 PM PDT · 70 of 70
    Cboldt to Jim Noble
    Blast from the [recent] past ...

    Bolton is finished.

    Not quite yet. He has a better than even chance of getting out of committee. The WH is behind him, and the recent charges aganist Bolton are phony. I don't see the WH backing down, and Voinovich, Hagel and Chaffee will probably vote Bolton onto the Senate floor.

    Where the nomination will stall in the face of cloture games, unless the GOP stands up and does its Constitutional duty.

  • Bush, Frist Did Not Dispatch Graham & DeWine to Make a Deal

    05/29/2005 7:22:55 PM PDT · 131 of 134
    Cboldt to hflynn
    You'll enjoy -> http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1412706/posts too. Reid is reported to plan to filibuster Saad and Myers, i.e., to have the DEM caucus vote NAY on cloture. That's 4 nominations for circuit court judges as possible battlegrounds for the nuclear option, plus the Bolton nomination.
  • My Norman has passed away

    05/29/2005 6:03:51 PM PDT · 31 of 338
    Cboldt to ETERNAL WARMING

    You have my sincere sympathy, and will ask God to give you abundant measures of comfort and faith.

  • Saad Unlikely to See Confirmation Vote

    05/29/2005 5:33:35 PM PDT · 55 of 68
    Cboldt to CasearianDaoist
    Bush should give recess appointments to Bolton, Saad and Myers ...

    That would take pressure off the Senate.

  • Saad Unlikely to See Confirmation Vote

    05/29/2005 5:32:33 PM PDT · 54 of 68
    Cboldt
    That makes 4 that are acknowledged by the Democrats as potential for refusal to vote - i.e., failure of cloture motions.

    Saad, Myers, Haynes and Kavanaugh.

    See also http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1412393/posts

    Summary of Circuit Court Nominations

    F = 7 subjected to failed cloture motions in 108th Congress
    4 = "1 of 4" that DEMs offered to let GOP choose which 3 to dump
    S = Positive mention in Specter's May 9, 2005 speech

    M = MOU of 14 will not vote against cloture
    m = MOU of 14 makes no promise regarding cloture

    C = Out of committee & on the Senate's Executive Calendar
    U = Unanimous consent to debate - date TBD
    D = Democrats offer to debate - date TBD
    v = Debate and vote scheduled
    V = Vote -on the nomination- concluded

          1. --S  -  ---  Boyle, Terrence W.       (4th Cir)
          2. ---  -  ---  Haynes, William James II (4th Cir)
          3. F4S  M  CUV  Owen, Priscilla          (5th Cir)
          4. F-S  -  CU-  Griffin, Richard A.      (6th Cir)
          5. F-S  -  CU-  McKeague, David W.       (6th Cir)
          6. --S  -  -D-  Neilson, Susan Bieke     (6th Cir)
          7. F--  m  ---  Saad, Henry W.           (6th Cir)
          8. F4S  m  C--  Myers, William Gerry III (9th Cir)
          9. F4S  M  CU-  Pryor, William H.        (11th Cir)
         10. F4S  M  CUv  Brown, Janice Rogers     (D.C. Cir)
         11. --S  -  CU-  Griffith, Thomas B.      (D.C. Cir)
         12. ---  -  ---  Kavanaugh, Brett M.      (D.C. Cir)
    
    Last updated May 27, 2005

    Owen: Cloture passed 81-18 on May 24
    Owen: Confirmed 56-43 on May 25
    Brown: Cloture motion filed May 26. Debate starting 2PM June 6.
    Brown: Cloture vote scheduled for noon June 7th.
    Pryor: Cloture motion filed May 26.
    Griffin: Reported out of Committee May 26.
    McKeague: Reported out of Committee May 26.

    -> Cloture Motions for 108th Congress
    -> List of Nominations in the 109th Congress Judiciary Committee
    -> Senate Executive Calendar (changes each business day)
    -> Senate Roll Call Votes - 109th Congress
    -> Specter's Speech of May 9, 2005 (109th Congress - Pages S4632 - S4636)
    -> Reid's agreement of May 24, 2005 (S5857)
    -> Brown & Pryor cloture motions of May 26, 2005 (S6061)
    -> Order of Business for June 6, 2005 (S6065)

  • The Neville Chamberlain Republican Senators

    05/29/2005 4:48:28 PM PDT · 87 of 89
    Cboldt to Polyxene
    Of course, if the GOP gets really desperate, they can go begging to George Soros!

    Some of them already are. Check out the Republicam Nain Street Partnership and its "Main Street Individual Fund," which Soros gave to.

    Local News for Sunday 3/28/04
    Group with Houghton ties raised money from Bush critic
    - Funds go to entities created by Main Street Partnership that raise soft money.

    By JOHN MACHACEK
    Star-Gazette Washington Bureau
    jmachace@gns.gannett.com

    WASHINGTON -- A group supporting moderate Republicans, led by New York Rep. Amo Houghton, has pocketed $50,000 from George Soros -- one of President Bush's harshest critics -- even as the GOP tries to stop the liberal billionaire from helping Democratic-leaning groups pay for anti-Bush ads.

    The Soros connection has put Houghton on the spot at home. Conservative Mark Assini, a Rochester-area county legislator hoping to challenge the veteran congressman in a GOP primary this fall, accuses Houghton of betraying Bush and the Republican Party by "partnering" with Soros.

    But there are also questions about whether groups such as the Republican Main Street Partnership, the organization that Houghton helped establish and now finances, should use different entities to raise "soft money," unlimited amounts of unregulated cash from corporations, labor unions and wealthy individuals like Soros.

    http://www.mooregop.org/gannett_RMSP_and_MSIF.html

  • A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....05-27-05 thru 05-30-05...Remembering Them Then ~ Honoring Them

    05/29/2005 12:22:00 PM PDT · 143 of 195
    Cboldt to DollyCali
    Bump back atcha - thank you so very much for pinging me to this thread.
  • Bush, Frist Did Not Dispatch Graham & DeWine to Make a Deal

    05/29/2005 12:15:17 PM PDT · 129 of 134
    Cboldt to .30Carbine
    Does no one wonder why the constitutional provision for review and impeachment of judges is not only not being used but is not even being mentioned?

    Because the government is in charge of the people, not the other way around as the Constitution says. The people don't even understand how the government is supposed to work, let alone being inclined to take charge of it.