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  • Frist Cautions Senators Against Stalling Alito Vote (Threatens Nuclear Option)

    12/12/2005 5:33:27 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 28 replies · 1,237+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 12, 2005 | Ceci Connolly
    Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) threatened yesterday to strip Democrats of the power to filibuster if they block the vote on Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr. "It would be against the intent of the Founding Fathers and our Constitution to deny Sam Alito an up-or-down vote on the floor of the United States Senate," he said on "Fox News Sunday." His willingness to consider a procedural maneuver called the "nuclear option" seemed somewhat premature. Last week, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) said that although he anticipates intense questioning of Alito during next month's hearings, he...
  • Biden: Chance of filibuster on Alito stronger

    11/20/2005 10:16:45 AM PST · by GeneD · 185 replies · 7,171+ views
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chance of a filibuster to halt the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Samuel Alito rose on news he once opposed 1960s Supreme Court rulings on reapportionment based on the principle of equal voting rights, a top Democrat on the Senate judiciary panel said on Sunday. Sen. Joseph Biden, a Democrat from Delaware, told Fox News Sunday that a decision by Democrats to filibuster would depend largely on Alito's answers during judiciary committee questioning scheduled for January. Prior to the Warren court's decisions, some state legislators were elected on a geographical basis, giving thinly populated rural areas...
  • DeWine Says He'll Back Ban On Filibusters In US Senate

    11/01/2005 12:40:15 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 50 replies · 1,872+ views
    Associated Press ^ | November 1, 2005
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Mike DeWine said he would back conservative threats to change Senate rules to ban filibusters of judicial nominees if anyone dared to use the tactic to challenge President Bush's latest Supreme Court choice. The Republican from Ohio took a lot of criticism from conservatives when he helped forge a deal with Democrats preserving the minority party's right to filibuster nominees, but only in "extraordinary circumstances." The compromise stopped a logjam in the Senate over Bush's nominees to lower courts. DeWine said the latest Supreme Court nominee, veteran appeals court Judge Samuel Alito, is "within the mainstream...
  • Reid Warns of Filibuster Over Owen

    09/18/2005 12:56:52 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 49 replies · 1,908+ views
    Political Wire ^ | September 17, 2005
    Robert Novak reports Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) "has informed" Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) "that Federal Appeals Court Judge Priscilla Owen will be filibustered if President Bush names her to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court. "Republican senators are divided on whether former Texas Supreme Court Justice Owen is vulnerable because she underwent a filibuster for the appellate seat and was confirmed under the compromise agreement. Frist is known to believe Owen can be confirmed in the face of a filibuster. "Republican Senate strategists believe Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is the only possible Bush nominee...
  • Sen. Boxer Calls Nomination of Supreme Court Justice " an Extraordinary Circumstance"

    07/19/2005 11:33:16 AM PDT · by fedupjohn · 217 replies · 6,005+ views
    Fox News
    Senator Barbara Boxer appearing on Fox News this afternoon was asked about the 'Gang of Seven' deal not to Filibuster nominees unless it is Extra-ordinary circumstances; declared that "with the right to privacy and Roe v Wade on the table this is an Extra-ordinary circumstance and the Filibuster is on the table".Well people they just moved the goal posts.
  • High Court Nomination May Prove a Deal-Breaker (Gang of 14 Differ on Filibuster Justification)

    07/07/2005 6:19:27 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 95 replies · 1,892+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 7, 2005 | Ronald Brownstein and Janet Hook
    WASHINGTON — The Republican and Democratic senators who in the spring negotiated a truce over judicial appointments appear at odds over what that agreement will mean for the upcoming Supreme Court confirmation fight. The group — known as the Gang of 14 — wields enormous influence over two pivotal questions: Will Democratic lawmakers use a filibuster to block President Bush's nominee to succeed Justice Sandra Day O'Connor? And if they do, will Republicans resume the effort to prohibit filibusters against judicial appointments? Senators from both parties say they hope that their deal will hold. But key Democrats in the group...
  • Orrin Hatch: Nuclear Option Still on the Table

    05/28/2005 5:09:47 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 51 replies · 1,607+ views
    Human Events ^ | May 28, 2005 | Senator Orrin G. Hatch
    The judicial filibuster agreement reached by a group of 14 Republican and Democratic senators may be a truce, but it is not a treaty.It remains to be seen if the Senate’s tradition of up-or-down votes for judicial nominations will be re-established. And make no mistake, every tool for returning to that tradition remains on the table. As Majority Leader Bill Frist and even some signatories to this agreement have acknowledged, this includes the constitutional option.Those who founded this republic designed the Senate without the minority’s being able to filibuster anything at all. After a rules change made the filibuster possible,...
  • Rasmussen: 22% Like Filibuster Compromise

    05/28/2005 1:48:08 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 39 replies · 1,320+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | May 28, 2005
    May 28, 2005--Just 22% of Americans have a favorable opinion of the filibuster compromise reached last week in the judicial nomination battle. A Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 American adults found that 37% have an unfavorable opinion.Among those who have been following the story somewhat or very closely, 31% have a favorable view of the compromise. Fifty percent (50%) have an unfavorable opinion.As for the "fourteen Senators who structured the filibuster compromise," 27% have a favorable opinion and 31% hold an unfavorable view. Among those following the story closely, 40% say favorable and 40% unfavorable.Fifty-six percent (56%) of Americans say...
  • DeWine: Compromise Caveat (If "extraordinary circumstances" unfounded Nuke Option Still on Table)

    05/23/2005 9:55:18 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 18 replies · 498+ views
    Think Progress ^ | May 23, 2005
    This is important. Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH) during the press conference: Some of you who are looking at the language may wonder what some of the clauses mean. The understanding is – and we don’t think this will happen – but if an individual senator believes in the future that a filibuster is taking place under something that’s not extraordinary circumstances, we of course reserve the right to do what we could have done tomorrow which is to cast a yes vote for the constitutional option.
  • LIVE Senate Filibuster Thread ~ Day 4

    05/23/2005 8:14:11 AM PDT · by OXENinFLA · 2,343 replies · 54,840+ views
    C-span ^ | 5-23-05 | US Senate
    Senate Debate on Nominations Today the Senate resumes debate on the nomination of Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen to the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. The Senate will conduct its first roll call vote of the week at 5:30pm. Follow the C-SPAN networks & C-SPAN Radio for the debate on Senate rules & judicial nominations. MON., 11:30AM ET, C-SPAN2 -------------------- ORDERS FOR MONDAY, MAY 23, 2005 -- (Senate - May 20, 2005) [Page: S5714] GPO's PDF --- Mr. CORNYN. I ask unanimous consent that when the Senate completes its business today, it stand in adjournment until 11:30 a.m....
  • Why Democrats Are The Radicals On Filibustering

    05/23/2005 8:58:22 AM PDT · by rmgatto · 15 replies · 847+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | 5-23-05 | Captain Ed
    Byrd changed the filibuster rules four times during his tenure as Majority Leader, abetted in at least one instance by former VP Walter Mondale, who now writes silly op-eds about the danger of such maneuvers to the Republic... No one expects the GOP to eliminate the filibuster for legislation. Legislation originates within the Senate and is therefore an internal process, and the Senate is well within its power to regulate debate on its own terms for that purpose. However, the confirmation of executive appointments and treaties involve the power and responsibilities of the executive branch, and the Senate does not...
  • "Democrats Filibuster - Women and Minorities Hardest Hit" (lib media's glory days gone forever!)

    05/23/2005 12:42:32 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 1,005+ views
    THE RANT.US ^ | MAY 23, 2005 | MR. SMITH
    One of Rush Limbaugh's favorite jokes is about how God has a press conference to warn humanity that the world will end the next day. The headlines vary according to style. New York Daily News has "We're Gone!" in huge type. Wall Street Journal says "Markets to Close Early." Washington Post runs "World Will End - Women and Minorities Hardest hit." For decades, liberal activists and Democrat pollsters have finely tuned their rhetoric through focus groups, polls and so forth and it's curious that they don't see what's looming for them on the election horizon. Contrary to their protestations, their...
  • Breaking the Filibuster is Not Enough

    05/23/2005 8:07:26 AM PDT · by RightConservative · 2 replies · 222+ views
    RightConservative.com ^ | 05-23-05 | Justin Darr
    Once in America the liberal agenda and its radical programs advanced unopposed. Liberals held sway over the elected branches of government, and over the course of decades, infected the judiciary system with cadres of like minded liberals who held their goals of forcibly restructuring American society superior to the welfare and will of the people. Faced with an uncaring and unresponsive government, America’s conservative majority turned to the only tool left for them to affect government change, the ballot box. Now, as the Conservative Revolution has swept Republicans into majority positions in the Federal and preponderance of state governments, liberals...
  • Not Activist Enough: The Left's real problem with Priscilla Owen.

    05/23/2005 1:18:51 PM PDT · by xsysmgr · 2 replies · 771+ views
    National Review Online ^ | May 23, 2005 | Jonathan H. Adler
    Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen has become one of President Bush’s most controversial judicial nominees. First nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit over four years ago, she has been blocked by Senate Democrats who charge she is a “judicial activist” and too extreme for the federal bench. An exceptionally qualified judge, she is now at the center of the fight to end the judicial filibuster. Barring a last-minute deal, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist will use the vote on her nomination to force a change in Senate rules to eliminate the filibuster of...
  • Frist schedules Senate ‘all-nighter’ on judges

    05/23/2005 11:10:50 AM PDT · by QQQQQ · 111 replies · 6,601+ views
    MSNBC ^ | May 23, 2005 | Tom Curry
    Cots were brought into the Capitol Monday as Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist scheduled an all-night session stretching into Tuesday to dramatize the debate over President Bush’s judicial nominees and the filibusters that Democrats have used to block votes on 10 of them. The Senate debated the nomination of appeals court hopeful Priscilla Owen for four days last week and is set to vote on a motion to end the Owen debate on Tuesday. Opening debate Monday morning, Frist reminded Democrats that he has offered them 100 hours of debate on each judicial nomination, an offer they rejected. In Tuesday's...
  • Sen. Allen predicts showdown will end in 'nuclear option'

    05/23/2005 2:40:47 AM PDT · by kingattax · 27 replies · 1,424+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | May 23, 2005 | James G. Lakely and Charles Hurt
    Sen. George Allen, Virginia Republican, said yesterday that he doesn't think a compromise can be reached with Senate Democrats and predicted his party has the 51 votes needed to employ the so-called "nuclear option" that will prevent the filibustering of judicial nominees. "I just think that it is not that big of a deal for senators to exercise their constitutional responsibility," Mr. Allen said on ABC's "This Week." "I think that we'll get the constitutional option done, and we'll vote on judges." Also yesterday, Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, answered "yes" when asked on CBS' "Face the Nation"...
  • Transcript Of Howard Dean On Meet The Press

    05/22/2005 1:32:44 PM PDT · by echoBoomer · 15 replies · 1,539+ views
    NBC ^ | May 22, 2005 | NBC News, Meet The Press
    MR. RUSSERT: Let's go right to it. The Republicans say on Tuesday that if the Democrats do not stop filibustering their judicial appointments made by President Clinton--President Bush, they will change the rules for the filibuster. What will that change mean? DR. DEAN: I think the change will be dreadful for American democracy, and I think it's going to be, frankly, very bad for the Republican Party. One of the great geniuses of American democracy, unlike most of the democracies in the world that minority rights are protected, 48 percent of us didn't vote for President Bush, but we still...
  • Frist Said to Have 'Nuclear Option' Votes

    05/22/2005 9:36:11 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 190 replies · 4,123+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 5/22/05 | Carl Limbacher
    Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist reportedly has the votes to enforce the so-called "nuclear option" against judicial filibusters instigated by Democrats, despite claims to the contrary by Minority Leader Harry Reid. After a Thursday meeting with Senate Democrats, Reid boasted he was ready for the coming battle. "It was one of the most pleasant experiences of my entire life," he told reporters. "We walked out of there so united. We talked about what's going to happen after Tuesday," when the filibuster showdown is expected to come to head. But according to New York Times columnist David Brooks, Reid was blowing...
  • Senate Filibuster battle is wolf in Sheep's Clothing (Vanity)

    05/21/2005 7:11:41 AM PDT · by contemplator · 29 replies · 856+ views
    contemplator | 5/21/5 | Contemplator
    I am constantly amazed at the evolution of debates. There is a definite and identifiable pattern of fighting battles using ‘proxy’ arguments. The current Filibuster situation is an example of an argument being fought by proxy. The argument here really has nothing to do with Senate traditions and constitutional rules, the 500 lb. gorilla in the middle of the room which no one wants to recognize is named Abortion. Certain issues are simply to hot to handle, and neither side wants to approach them directly. What each side tends to do is hold their position in abeyance until they are...
  • Dangerous women

    05/20/2005 8:50:11 AM PDT · by manny613 · 18 replies · 1,180+ views
    Priscilla Owen, 50, is one of the more talented women of her generation. She finished third in her class at Baylor Law School. She had the best score in the state on the Texas bar exam when she took it in 1977. Her performance as a judge on the Texas Supreme Court has earned her the highest rating from the American Bar Association. It's the sort of career that liberals promoting the advancement of women should swoon over. But Senate Democrats are blocking her nomination to a federal appeals court, not just because she is supposedly too conservative, but because...
  • Elizabeth Dole: Nominees deserve better

    05/20/2005 12:54:48 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 2 replies · 482+ views
    Washington Times ^ | May 20, 2005 | Senator Elizabeth Dole
    As the battle over judicial nominees and the role of the filibuster reaches its decisive moment, let's remember that more is at stake than the rules and procedures of the Senate. Resorting to half-truths and invective to advance a political objective — the establishment of a new 60-vote supermajority requirement for the confirmation of federal judges — is deeply unfair to those who have spent a lifetime building reputations for fairness and intellectual probity. Take the case of two women now at the center of the filibuster controversy, Justices Priscilla Owen and Janice Rogers Brown. In describing Justices Owen and...
  • LIVE SENATE THREAD: Day 3 - Judicial nominations - Cloture coming today? C-span 2 - 9:45am EST

    05/20/2005 4:32:53 AM PDT · by ken5050 · 1,828 replies · 43,717+ views
    C-span 2
    Good morning fellow Freepers and political junkies. It's day three of the Senate debate on judicial nominations, the filabuster, and will the GOP stick to its guns? The hot rumor this mornign is that Warner and Sheets are working together on a compromise..Gawd..
  • Rush Limbaugh: Reality Just Setting in for Democrats

    05/19/2005 6:29:41 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 51 replies · 3,288+ views
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 5/19/05 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I want you to go back. We got two bites from Durbin, April 26 and April 27, both of them on the floor of the US Senate. DURBIN: We are not going to set out to close down the Senate or to close down the government. Senator Reid, our Democratic leader, and all the members of the Senate feel as I do. That shutting down of the government was the hapless tactic of the Gingrich revolution. It was a terrible idea. Rush Limbaugh was the only American applauding it every day, but the American people knew better. They want...
  • Bob Dole: A unique case of obstruction

    05/19/2005 4:18:01 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 31 replies · 1,388+ views
    Washington Times ^ | May 19, 2005 | Robert Dole
    In the current debate over judicial nominations, some commentators claim Republicans such as myself are misrepresenting history by suggesting the current filibuster tactics of the Democrats are unprecedented. These commentators cite the 1968 nomination of Abe Fortas to be chief justice of the United States as an example of how Republicans once attempted to block a judicial nomination on the Senate floor. I welcome the opportunity to respond to this claim, because the more Americans learn about the history of judicial nominations, the more they will realize how terribly off-track our confirmation process has become. In 1968, President Lyndon Johnson...
  • The rules of the Senate are in these lawmakers' hands

    05/19/2005 4:02:18 PM PDT · by ricks_place · 21 replies · 646+ views
    The Hill ^ | 5/19/05 | editors
    The rules of the Senate are in these lawmakers' hands Centrists yesterday sought a deal to deflect the "nuclear" end to filibusters of judicial nominees. Continued impasse will mean "one of the most important [votes] in the history of this institution," says Sen. Specter. GOP Sens. McCain, Chafee and Snowe openly oppose the nuclear option. But Democrats still need three more GOP defectors, more if they lose anyone from their own ranks .........snip
  • Byrd knows 'Hamanization' from experience

    05/19/2005 3:34:11 PM PDT · by Jean S · 25 replies · 806+ views
    The Hill ^ | 5/19/05 | Byron York
    Are you worried about the increasing presence of religion in our nation's political discourse? Do you fret about the influence of the religious right? If so, what did you make of the scene in the United States Senate last week, when a leading politician took to the floor to announce: I speak as a born-again Christian. HEAR ME, ALL YOU EVANGELICALS OUT THERE! HEAR ME! Your first reaction might be that the Family Research Council has finally taken over. Somebody protect the Constitution. But don't worry. The speaker of those lines was not James Dobson, or Pat Robertson, or Jerry...
  • Judicial Slugfest Could Cause Bruising

    05/19/2005 3:43:33 PM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies · 620+ views
    LA Times ^ | 5/19/5 | Ronald Brownstein
    <p>WASHINGTON -- Both political parties have begun the showdown over judicial nominations in a weakened position, facing low approval ratings for their performance in Congress that compound the political risks in the confrontation.</p> <p>Few strategists expect any of the arguments over the GOP's bid to thwart Senate filibusters to sway many voters in the 2006 elections. But many analysts believe the conflict could increase and solidify the public antagonism toward Washington surfacing in polls — especially if the dispute, as is likely, deepens Capitol Hill's partisan acrimony and impedes action on problems more tangible to voters, from gasoline prices to Social Security.</p>
  • Nominated but not confirmed [Vanity]

    05/19/2005 2:15:18 PM PDT · by Catholic and Conservative · 2 replies · 195+ views
    Today and yesterday, two articles in the Tribune by Jill Zuckman stated: "Since Bush took office, he has made 218 judicial nominations and the Senate has confirmed 208 of them." That leaves 10 nominees that were not confirmed, by Ms. Zuckman's count. However, it can be easily verified that the following 17 individuals were nominated to circuit courts by President Bush during the 107th or 108th Congress, but never confirmed: Claude Allen, Terrence Boyle, Janice Brown, Miguel Estrada, Richard A. Griffin, Thomas B. Griffith, William Haynes, Brett Kavanaugh, Carolyn Kuhl, David McKeague, William Myers, Susan Neilson, Priscilla Owen, Charles W....
  • Judicial Filibuster: Democrats' Clintonian Definition of What a 'Vote' Is.

    05/19/2005 8:20:58 AM PDT · by tame · 13 replies · 1,062+ views
    www.humaneventsonline.com ^ | May 19, 2005 | Sherry and Steven Eros
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid speaking for the perfectly unified Senate Democrats advanced their argument during Wednesday morning’s U. S. Senate debate on the first of several planned resubmissions of President Bush’s nominees to appellate court judicial posts, that of Priscilla Owen. The showdown over Owen will shortly be followed by the resubmission of the nomination of Justice Janice Rogers Brown and other Bush nominees to the federal appellate bench. Reid’s presentation was overflowing with misinformation, misleading statements and outright deception. But one intentional distortion was so outrageous that it stands out as bolder and more duplicitous than all the...
  • (DAY-2) LIVE U.S. SENATE "Nuclear" THREAD: for judicial nominations: C-span 2 - 9:30 am EST

    05/18/2005 10:21:08 PM PDT · by davidosborne · 3,737 replies · 86,188+ views
    http://www.c-span.org ^ | http://www.c-span.org | http://www.c-span.org
    Text Credit to Ken5050: DAY-1 THREAD Welcome, all you Freepers, to the continuing C-span soap operas about judicial nominations. "The Guiding SEARCHLIGHT, " "As the SENATE Turns, "One NOMINATION to Live" "GERIATRIC Hospital" (for all you Byrd and Lautenberg fans out there). Follow along with us, as the Dems raise the level of histrionics, bloviation, pontification, and all around bad acting to new highs, er, lows...
  • March 7,1975 Senate Votes Easier Cutoff Of Filibuster; Democrats change filibuster with 56 votes

    05/18/2005 9:28:02 PM PDT · by TheEaglehasLanded · 40 replies · 1,814+ views
    Washington Post Archive ^ | March 8, 1975 | Spencer Rich
    The Senate approved a historic change in the filibuster rule last night after seven weeks of angry debate. It voted 56 to 27 to reduce the number of senators needed to cut off a filibuster from two-thirds of those present and voting to a permanent "constitutional" threefifths (60 senators).
  • LIVE SENATE THREAD: "Nuclear Wednesday" for judicial nominations: C-span 2 - 9:30 am EST

    05/18/2005 5:48:45 AM PDT · by ken5050 · 3,045 replies · 78,652+ views
    C-span 2 ^ | May 18, 2005
    Welcome, all you Freepers, to the continuing C-span soap operas about judicial nominations. "The Guiding SEARCHLIGHT, " "As the SENATE Turns, "One NOMINATION to Live" "GERIATRIC Hospital" (for all you Byrd and Lautenberg fans out there). Follow along with us, as the Dems raise the level of histrionics, bloviation, pontification, and all around bad acting to new highs, er, lows...
  • George Allen to take to the Senate floor at 12:15 pm on judicial nominations

    05/18/2005 8:02:23 AM PDT · by ReagansRaiders · 27 replies · 924+ views
    Senator Allen will be speaking live from the Senate floor urging Democrats to end the obstruction of President Bush's judicial nominees. Join us for this important debate, tune in to CSPAN2 at 12:15 PM EST today.
  • Smith plans to join Republicans on filibuster vote [Gordon Smith (R-OR)]

    05/18/2005 2:39:36 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 27 replies · 1,331+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | May 18, 2005 | Associated Press
    Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., says he will vote with Senate Republican leaders to end the right to unlimited debate on judges and other presidential nominees. Smith said he had decided over the weekend that he would vote to change Senate rules that allow members to block nominees by threatening to filibuster. "I think to do otherwise has a chilling effect not only on the meaning of elections, but as to the intellectual vigor of the judicial branch of the government," Smith said in an interview with The Oregonian on the Senate steps in Washington. Advocacy groups have been targeting Republicans...
  • A Likely Script for The 'Nuclear Option'

    05/18/2005 12:23:36 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 26 replies · 1,055+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 18, 2005 | Mike Allen and Jeffrey H. Birnbaum
    The "nuclear option" will have a long fuse. If all goes as planned, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) will rise after several days of debate beginning today over one of President Bush's judicial nominees and call for an end to Democrats' delaying tactics. The presiding officer will then rule in his favor. Democrats will protest the ruling and ask for a vote to overturn it. The Republican leader will seek to table that appeal. If Frist and the GOP majority prevail, a long tradition of filibustering will be narrowed and a new precedent will be set allowing the Republicans...
  • In the Senate, 'DefCon 1' Nears

    05/17/2005 6:29:50 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 28 replies · 1,005+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 5/17/05 | Vincent Fiore
    In the Senate this week, what promises to be a contentious culmination to what Republican Senator Trent Lott originally coined the "nuclear option" will almost certainly take place. Majority Leader Bill Frist will call for a vote on Texas Nominee Priscilla Owens, first nominated by President Bush to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in May 2001. At that point, the Senate chamber will have gone to what might be described as DefCon 1. The term "DefCon," short for Defense Condition, is the chief operating procedure of NORAD, or North American Air Defense, located in the Cheyenne Mountains of Colorado....
  • The Constitutional Truth About Filibusters - (historical fact makes liars out of Reid & Dems)

    05/17/2005 4:36:17 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 8 replies · 918+ views
    ILLINOIS LEADER.COM ^ | MAY 17, 2005 | PATRICK M. GARRY
    On the filibuster issue, the Democrats are anything but protectors of the Constitution. They are anything but principled defenders of time-honored constitutional values. Instead, they are simply following the only political strategy they seem to know - using deception and outright falsehoods to cast themselves as the oppressed, innocent victims of tyrannical Republicans. Under the Democratic scenario, Republican efforts to end the filibustering of judicial nominees amounts to an unprovoked assault on the minority party. What this claim of victimhood ignores is that Democrats are the ones who started the war. For the past four years, they have been filibustering...
  • What They Are Saying: Democrat Judicial Obstructionism

    05/17/2005 3:35:02 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 350+ views
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Danny Diaz 202-863-8614 [Little Rock] Arkansas Democrat-Gazettes’ Bradley Gitz: “[The Filibuster] Has Never Been Used To Prevent An Up-Or-Down Vote On Appellate Court Nominees Who Have Been Approved By The Senate Judiciary Committee ... What The Democrats Are Doing In The Senate Is, Therefore, A Departure From The Senate ‘Tradition’ They Claim Republicans Are Recklessly Jeopardizing.” (Bradley Gitz, “Protecting Judicial Activism,” [Little Rock] Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 5/5/05) “For Democrats, The Word ‘Extremist’ Applies Only To Judges Who Feel Bound By The Constitution And The Intentions Of Those Who Crafted It, Never To Those Who Treat It As...
  • LIVE Senate thread: C-span 2 - 2:15PM EST..what's going to happen today with the judges?

    05/17/2005 11:11:55 AM PDT · by ken5050 · 542 replies · 15,626+ views
    c-soan 2
    Dem senators held a presser this morning, as did Frist. What will happen today when the Senate convenes at 2:15? Opening time is reserved for the majority and minority leaders? They may set the tone..as will those who speak later as if in morning business..The Senate will vote on the Highway Bill, but since Frist has said that a nomination will be called up tomorrow, expect to see some prepping the battlefield today, and some Dem posturing and whining?
  • Have Dems Forgotten Separation Of Powers?

    05/17/2005 3:30:23 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 6 replies · 601+ views
    Chicago Sun-times ^ | May 16, 2005 | Mary Laney
    Some of my more liberal friends have expressed displeasure with certain columns I've written -- one going so far as to accuse me of becoming Phyllis Schlafly, the conservative woman who became famous in Illinois years back due to her staunch opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment. I told him that he was wrong, that I am still in favor of the ERA being passed someday, that I went to both of my children's graduations (unlike Schlafly, the pro-family conservative who missed her daughter's), and that I still love him, despite the fact he suffers from an affliction that causes...
  • The Dems' Post-Nuclear Nightmare: The problem of Janice Rogers Brown.

    05/17/2005 9:32:16 AM PDT · by xsysmgr · 28 replies · 3,415+ views
    National Review Online ^ | May 17, 2005 | Peter Kirsanow
    To Democrats, Janice Rogers Brown is the scariest nominee to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in the history of the republic. Since her nomination nearly two years ago, she has been the subject of the most vitriolic and persistent attacks ever leveled against a nominee to the federal bench other than Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas. The black sharecropper's daughter, born in segregated Alabama, has been excoriated as a closet member of the Ku Klux Klan who, at least according to the Senate minority leader, would like nothing better than to return America to "Civil War days." Left-leaning...
  • Breaking the Rules: The Framers intended no more than a Senate majority to approve judges.

    05/17/2005 10:17:00 AM PDT · by xsysmgr · 23 replies · 1,586+ views
    National Review Online ^ | May 17, 2005 | Clarke D. Forsythe
    The sharpening debate in the U.S. Senate over whether Democrats can block President Bush’s judicial nominations by filibuster raises the basic question of the scope of the Senate’s constitutional role to give “Advice and Consent.” What does it mean for the Senate to give “Advice and Consent” for federal judges? Many people question whether changing the rules to allow only a majority vote for confirmations is proper, or even constitutional. However, the text of the Constitution, the record of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, and Supreme Court decisions all concur to show that the Constitution intended no more than...
  • No Compromise on Filibuster

    05/17/2005 10:36:15 AM PDT · by Wrangler22 · 7 replies · 220+ views
    Conservative Thoughts ^ | May 17, 2005 | John Kuethe
    Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist held his ground on the subject of judicial filibusters, as did Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid. The two have ended their attempt to find a compromise on President Bush's stalled judicial nominees, but other members continued to work on a possible deal to clear five blocked appeals court appointees and end threats to change the long-standing filibuster rules. The showdown is likely to occur this week as Frist is determined to call for a changing of Senate rules to make filibustering of judicial nominees no longer acceptable and instituting a simple up or down vote...
  • Hatch claims "Frist has the votes if needed!"

    05/17/2005 9:02:54 AM PDT · by smokeman · 60 replies · 2,029+ views
    Orrin Hatch Talks to Beltway Buzz05/17 11:52 AMJust spoke with Utah Senator and former Judiciary Committee Chair Orrin Hatch. I began by asking Senator Hatch if he thinks the votes are there to pass an end to judicial filibusters. Hatch said, “Frist can get the votes if he wants it. The votes are there.” On the attempted compromise over filibusters led by Senators John McCain and Ben Nelson, Hatch said, “You never know. McCain is working as hard as he can and he has some help.” Hatch says if there isn’t a vote to end judicial filibusters or if that...
  • Reid Says Showdown Imminent in Senate

    05/16/2005 3:33:25 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 58 replies · 1,610+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 16, 2005 | DAVID ESPO
    Democratic Leader Harry Reid declared an end Monday to compromise talks with Republican leaders over President Bush's controversial judicial nominees, saying their fate along with the future of long-standing filibuster rules will be settled in a showdown on the Senate floor. "I've tried to compromise and they want all or nothing, and I can't do that," Reid told reporters after a private meeting with Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn. "The leader's door remains open to Senator Reid," Frist's spokeswoman, Amy Call, said in reply. With Democrats threatening to block confirmation votes on several of Bush's appeals court nominees, Frist...
  • Majority Leader Bill Frist: It's time for up-or-down vote

    05/16/2005 2:53:46 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 57 replies · 1,650+ views
    USA Today | May 16, 2005 | Senator William Frist
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  • Need calls to these 3 Senators on Filibuster issue

    05/16/2005 1:09:21 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 46 replies · 2,878+ views
    Dear Friend, What a week! The fight to give the President's judicial nominations an up-or-down vote is heating up. You received all sorts of exciting alerts from my staff last week and I want to thank you for taking action. Here's the summary of where we stand and here's what I need to ask you to do now. You played a tremendous role in urging the Senate to finally do its job! Thousands of more calls flooded your Senator's offices demanding their participation in securing those long awaited up-or-down votes on our judicial nominees. Your participation in the "Blue Finger...
  • Bust Judicial Filibusters (Four Democratic Myths About Confirming Judges)

    05/15/2005 2:58:41 AM PDT · by tame · 37 replies · 1,239+ views
    humaneventsonline.com ^ | May 13, 2005 | C. Boyden Gray
    The Senate moved closer this week to a long-awaited showdown over President Bush’s judicial nominees—10 of whom Democrats blocked starting in 2003 by using the parliamentary device known as the filibuster. As Republican leaders have moved closer to restoring 214 years of Senate tradition of giving judicial nominees an up-or-down vote, Democrats have launched an aggressive defense of their unprecedented use of the filibuster that is based on mythology, not fact. With public discourse focused intently on judicial filibusters, it is vital to distinguish reality from the Democratic spin. The left must not be able to reshape the debate by...
  • Who is Priscilla Owen?

    05/15/2005 2:40:48 AM PDT · by tame · 38 replies · 1,484+ views
    humaneventsonline.com ^ | May 13, 2005 | humaneventsonline.com
    Speculation in Washington is that Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen may be the first Bush appellate-court nomination brought to the floor in this Senate. Born: Oct. 4, 1954, Palacios, Tex. Education: University of Texas, 1972-73; Baylor University, 1973-75; Baylor University School of Law, 1975-77. Experience: Law clerk at Sheehy, Lovelace & Mayfield, 1976-77; associate and partner at Andrews, Kurth, Campbell & Jones, 1978-94; elected justice on Texas Supreme Court, 1995-current. Qualifications: Received a unanimous “well-qualified” rating from the American Bar Association. Graduated at the top of her class in law school and had the No. 1 grade on the...
  • Queerly Beloved: Family Groups Decry Same Sex Ruling (Judicial Activist Judge Run Amok Alert)

    05/13/2005 11:21:53 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 22 replies · 1,073+ views
    Worldnetdaily.com ^ | 05/14/05 | N/A
    Pro-family groups across the nation accused a federal judge in Nebraska of judicial activism after he became the first in the U.S. to strike down a state amendment barring same-sex marriage or civil unions, nullifying a Nebraska measure passed by 70 percent of voters in 2000. "This is a blatant display of judicial arrogance where a non-elected federal judge has shown a total disregard for what 70 percent of Nebraska voters stated, marriage is between one man and one woman," said Tony Perkins, President of Family Research Council. "This unfortunate act of judicial activism makes it very clear that marriage...