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  • Cruz's actions and the voting process explained (Vanity)

    09/25/2013 1:16:54 PM PDT · by Tenacious 1 · 9 replies
    9-25-13 | Tenacious1 (Vanity)
    Here is a (hopefully) simple explanation of what happened today and what can be expected. The "filibuster" was Cruze's only chance to make a statement. The vote today was to start debate on the House CR bill. It passed (as was expected). In the next step of the process, Harry Reid will introduce an amendment that strips out the language de-funding Obamacare. This will happen during debate this week. There will be another vote on Friday or Saturday to accept the "Senate Version" of the CR (Continuing Resolution Budget Bill). We will have to filibuster that (a real filibuster) to...
  • GOP rep.: House Republicans 'tired of being abused' by Cruz

    09/25/2013 1:03:36 PM PDT · by Sopater · 101 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/20/13 | Jonathan Easley
    Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) lashed out at Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) on Friday, saying House Republicans were “tired of being abused” by the Tea Party favorite who talks big about defunding ObamaCare but won’t “get in the ring” now that it’s time to fight. “You should’ve been on the floor and back in the Cloak Room," Duffy said Friday on MSNBC’s "Morning Joe," referring to the atmosphere among House Republicans this week during discussions on a stopgap spending bill that defunds the healthcare law. "There was so much anger, so much frustration, because again, we’ve been abused by these guys...
  • After 20-plus hours, Sen. Cruz still talking in an effort to defeat Obamacare

    09/25/2013 8:22:39 AM PDT · by Tenacious 1 · 28 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, September 25, 10:50 AM | Ed O’Keefe and Paul Kane
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) sustained a marathon talking attack on President Obama’s health-care law overnight and well into Wednesday morning — a feat of stamina that likely will complicate House GOP efforts to pass a funding bill aimed at averting a looming government shutdown. The freshman senator took the floor Tuesday afternoon promising to speak “until I am no longer able to stand,” and proceeded to do just that, with occasional assistance from a handful of Republican colleagues. To most Americans, it looked like a traditional filibuster, fixed in the popular imagination by Jimmy Stewart’s performance in “Mr. Smith Goes...
  • Wendy Davis Won’t Filibuster Second Attempt to Ban Late-Term Abortions (TX Alert!)

    07/02/2013 2:58:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Life News ^ | July 2, 2013 | Steven Ertelt
    Should Texas legislators get another bill to ban late-term abortions to the floor of the state Senate, pro-abortion lawmaker Wendy Davis says she will not filibuster the bill a second time.The bill was filed yesterday in the Texas legislature and legislators hold the first hearing on the measure today in the state House. A representative of Davis tells U.S. News and World Report that a second special session filibuster is not forthcoming.A spokesman for Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis, who stood and spoke for more than 12 hours to help kill the bill last week, says she won’t filibuster the...
  • TX Lt. Gov: Reporters Tried To Inflame Pro-Abortion Protesters

    07/02/2013 8:19:55 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 17 replies ^ | 7-2-2013 | Larry O'Connor
    Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst told HotAir's Ed Morrissey that his office received reports that reporters were actively encouraging and rallying pro-abortion protesters during State Sen. Wendy Davis' fillibuster last week. "We have reports and I have my staff taking a look at the video, the internet video that we keep, we store, on the proceedings that evening and if I find as I've been told examples of the media waving and trying to inflame the crowd, incite them in the direction of a riot, I'm going to take action against them. That is wrong. That's inciting a riot. That...
  • Texas senator filibusters against abortion bill

    06/25/2013 2:48:00 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 38 replies
    Yahoo AP News ^ | June 25, 2013
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Wearing pink tennis shoes to prepare for nearly 13 consecutive hours of standing, a Democratic Texas state senator on Tuesday began a one-woman filibuster to block a GOP-led effort that would impose stringent new abortion restrictions across the nation's second-most populous state.
  • MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell: Rand Paul Is 'ridiculous, sick, paranoid'

    03/08/2013 12:32:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Right Turn ^ | March 8, 2013 | Matt Welch
    Was it a momentous occasion Wednesday when Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) drew praise from Rush Limbaugh to Code Pink, from Van Jones to Jennifer Rubin, by forcing the Obama administration to cough up at least some ball-advancing if unsatisfying answers about how and when it feels OK about assassinating American citizens on U.S. soil? MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell thinks so. And not in a good way: "It was the first time the black-helicopter crowd out there had one of their own, speaking into a Senate microphone," O'Donnell hissed...
  • Rand Paul ends filibuster against CIA director nominee after almost 13 hours

    03/07/2013 12:06:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    Sen. Rand Paul ended his self-described filibuster against the confirmation of President Obama's nominee to lead the CIA early Thursday - at 12:39 EST -- just short of thirteen hours after the Kentucky Republican and tea party favorite began speaking. But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, also a Kentucky Republican, said he would continue to oppose Brennan's confirmation and try to keep the debate going. After Paul yielded the floor, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., filed a motion to cut off debate on Brennan's nomination and bring it up for a vote....
  • Goodwin Liu withdraws appeals court nomination

    05/25/2011 3:56:00 PM PDT · by SmithL · 33 replies
    AP via InsideBayArea ^ | 5/25/11 | MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON -- A liberal legal scholar is withdrawing his nomination to an appeals court judgeship after Senate Republicans blocked a vote on his confirmation last week. Goodwin Liu, 40, said in a letter to President Barack Obama Wednesday that he and family need "to make plans for the future" now that there is little prospect of a Senate vote on his nomination.
  • Senate Democrats Poised for Power Grab

    12/23/2010 9:29:22 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 173 replies · 7+ views
    Fox News ^ | 23 Dec 2010 | N/A
    Senate Democrats are going to be working over the Christmas break to deliver a lump of coal to the American people in the form of a radical changing of the Senate's rules. This is a naked power grab by liberals in the Senate pure and simple. The National Journal reports that Senate Democrats are laying the groundwork to chip away at the filibuster on January 5, 2011. They are going to push the idea that a simple majority of the Senate can abolish the filibuster rules, or radically change the rules, in a new Congress. Read more:
  • I must have been asleep in Government a question.........

    12/19/2009 3:57:53 PM PST · by pj1070 · 48 replies · 1,935+ views
    Is there some reason that a Republican Senator cannot walk in and fillibuster ala Mr. Smith?????? If this timeline is so important why not disturb it?
  • My letter to my U.S. Senators (WRITE THE ENTIRE U.S. SENATE)

    11/09/2008 8:16:25 AM PST · by Jeff Head · 57 replies · 878+ views
    JEFFHEAD.COM ^ | Nov 9, 2008 | Jeff Head
    I have sent the following letter via eamil and fax to my two Senators from Idaho, Seantor Crapo and Senator-elect Risch. I am also sending it to all of the other 48 US Senators. In my estimation, it is time we informed all of our representatives, from the President on down, who they really work for and what our expectations of them are. In particular, since the US Senate does not have a fillibuster proof majority, it is time that the GOP Senators stood up like patriots and statesmen, instead of the wiley, self-interested politicians so many of them act...
  • Dems need to "COWBOY UP"

    01/28/2006 9:39:36 PM PST · by stand4somethin · 9 replies · 372+ views
    These democrats are hilarious!!! Kerry calling for a fillibuster between ski runs, Kennedy calling for a fillibuster between shots... Hillary calling for one between polls. Its a joke... They ain't got the stones!!! Just a bunch of whimpering babies like always. The only one remotely respectable is Robert Sheets Byrd who hasn't seen this much politcal polarization since a black family moved into his neighborhood in the 50's. I got news for ya... the dems ain't gonna do sheeet. They don't take stands... they just criticize afterwards!!! The spinning is hilarious. Here's my line to democrats: "You gonna pull that...
  • Tribe Hints at Alito Fillibuster

    11/18/2005 9:40:44 AM PST · by pabianice · 24 replies · 1,073+ views
    Fox News | 11/18/05
    In what is coming to appear a coordinated attack on President Bush, attorney Lawrence Tribe was just on Fox News, faulting Judge Alito as a 'dangerous reactionary' who threatens Tribe's grand-daughter with his 'far-right views on denying a woman's right to an abortion.' He all but promised a fillibuster on the Alito nomination 'for the good of the country.' Tribe would not make such a prediction without having first consulted with Senatorial Leftists. This seems too pat, coming upon yesterday's Dem demand that we cut and run in Iraq. It seems clear that unless Bush is willing to get down...
  • Open challenge to the "Conservative" punditry.

    10/10/2005 2:18:19 PM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 83 replies · 1,225+ views
    Open Challenge to the "Conservative" Punditry. Stand and Deliver time boys and girls. OK. Let's forget about your inexcusable conduct towards Miers and deal. The LIBERALS are LAUGHING at you. They cannot believe you are all THIS stupid. They are watching, in stunned disbelief, as YOU do THEIR job in destroying the 1st Republican Majority in 50 years. All you "Conservatives" are all telling us "You can't trust Bush" and "We can win this fight". Well guess what. We have NO proof we can trust you. WHERE is YOUR paper trail? NONE of you were able to convince the Senate...
  • Chafee’s Choices He’s begging to be dumped.

    05/29/2005 11:52:47 PM PDT · by strategofr · 34 replies · 1,317+ views ^ | May 27, 2005 | Timothy P. Carney & David Freddoso
    If there was ever any doubt, Sen. Lincoln Chafee’s vote Wednesday against the nomination of Priscilla Owen has made it clear that, save for leadership numbers games, conservatives would not be any worse off with a Democrat than with Chafee (R., R.I.) in the Senate. Rhode Island Republicans will have a chance next year to avert that painful choice only if a serious primary challenger emerges — and it could happen as soon as next week...
  • Filibuster battle altering '08 presidential landscape

    05/29/2005 2:33:50 PM PDT · by strategofr · 110 replies · 1,773+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | May 29, 2005 | By Ralph Z. Hallow
    Last week's Senate compromise that averted a showdown over filibustered judicial nominees was actually the opening salvo of the 2008 presidential campaign, several veteran political observers say. The unexpected consequence of the filibuster compromise is to give a boost to the presidential prospects of Sen. George Allen, Virginia Republican. "Allen was very vocal in support of changing the rules to eliminate the filibuster of judicial nominees and took the right position in condemning the compromise," said Free Congress Foundation President Paul M. Weyrich. Conservatives have strongly condemned the compromise as a politically motivated gambit by Arizona Sen. John McCain, key...
  • Bush denies Democrats Bolton files

    05/28/2005 12:01:20 PM PDT · by concentric circles · 83 replies · 2,756+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 28, 2005 | Stephen Dinan and James G. Lakely
    The Bush administration said yesterday that Democratic senators should not expect to get the documents they are seeking before they will allow an up-or-down vote on John R. Bolton... "They have what they need," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said. "The Democratic and Republican leaders of the Intelligence Committee have had access to this sensitive, highly classified information. The Democrats clamoring for it have already voted against the nomination. This is about partisan politics." ...The documents sought by Democratic Sens. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware and Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut are e-mail messages and other background material for...
  •'s anti-Catholic Paranoia ( and George Soros Alert)

    05/27/2005 4:29:38 PM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 20 replies · 1,531+ views ^ | May 27, 2005 | Don Feder
    Democrats lost the evangelical vote decades ago. As the last election showed, they are now in danger of permanently losing Catholics. But the left has devised an ingenious technique for winning back disaffected Catholics – insult their Church and its leader. And they thought of this all by themselves? As part of the campaign to defeat the Republican push to end the judicial filibuster, on May 17, 2005,, PAC ran an ad appealing to anti-Catholic paranoia. The broadside was an altered photo that showed Pope Benedict XVI standing outside the Supreme Court’s chambers. The pontiff appears to be holding...
  • Blood on the Potomac

    05/26/2005 6:08:38 AM PDT · by Cacique · 28 replies · 290+ views
    Blog ^ | May 25, 2005 | Frank M. Pohole
    Blood on the Potomac    On May 23rd in a scene reminiscent of Caesar's assassination seven backstabbers on the Republican side committed an act of betrayal worthy of Brutus. We might as well remember this day as the Ides of May. The left as it has for most of history has shown it is more adept at power politics than the center and right. Next to Brutus, Benedict Arnold and other famous traitors we may now add the name of John McCain. The left was looking for a fiddle to play and they found a violin in John McCain.  ...
  • Who voted for Priscilla Owen

    05/25/2005 2:35:48 PM PDT · by Patriot814 · 73 replies · 1,862+ views
    Alabama: Sessions (R-AL), Yea Shelby (R-AL), Yea Alaska: Murkowski (R-AK), Yea Stevens (R-AK), Present, Giving Live Pair Arizona: Kyl (R-AZ), Yea McCain (R-AZ), Yea Arkansas: Lincoln (D-AR), Nay Pryor (D-AR), Nay California: Boxer (D-CA), Nay Feinstein (D-CA), Nay Colorado: Allard (R-CO), Yea Salazar (D-CO), Nay Connecticut: Dodd (D-CT), Nay Lieberman (D-CT), Nay Delaware: Biden (D-DE), Nay Carper (D-DE), Nay Florida: Martinez (R-FL), Yea Nelson (D-FL), Nay Georgia: Chambliss (R-GA), Yea Isakson (R-GA), Yea Hawaii: Akaka (D-HI), Nay Inouye (D-HI), Not Voting Idaho: Craig (R-ID), Yea Crapo (R-ID), Yea Illinois: Durbin (D-IL), Nay Obama (D-IL), Nay Indiana: Bayh (D-IN), Nay Lugar...
  • Democrats count victory in pact on judicial picks

    05/25/2005 8:33:25 AM PDT · by strategofr · 34 replies · 853+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | May 25, 2005 | By Stephen Dinan
    Democratic leaders claimed victory yesterday over the deal senators cut regarding filibusters of judicial nominees, while most Republicans said it violated their principles and conservative activists vowed retribution. "Our republic stands strong. Our Constitution is solid. Our flag flies over a nation that has reaffirmed its faith in freedom," said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, while Sens. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat, and Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi praised the deal for averting a crisis. But while most Democrats crowed, the Congressional Black Caucus sounded a discordant note. "This deal is...
  • Senate Deal Detonated Against The Constitution By Moderates

    05/25/2005 5:01:09 AM PDT · by KevinNuPac · 2 replies · 439+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | May 25, 2005 | Kevin Fobbs
    Senate Deal Detonated Against The Constitution By Moderates By Kevin Fobbs May 25, 2005 The Senate deal worked out by 14 moderate Republican and Democratic senators may look official and sport an official sounding name -- "Memorandum of Understanding on Judicial Nominations" -- but America and the U.S. Constitution were hoodwinked. Yep, they pulled a quick one all right. We actually were able to see the Constitution being literally hijacked, yes, heisted right from under our very noses. Some in the Senate felt that the institution was dangling dangerously on the precipice, like Senator Robert Byrd -- absolutely the last...
  • Does John McCain deserve our support?? A series and legitimate discussion.

    05/24/2005 3:30:13 PM PDT · by Stellar Dendrite · 113 replies · 1,002+ views
    Me ^ | 5-24-05 | SD
    Does Senator McCain deserve our support? HELL NO!
  • Democrats Blast Nuclear Option as Abuse of Power

    05/23/2005 6:52:15 AM PDT · by Paloma_55 · 22 replies · 833+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 19, 2005 | Liza Porteus
    WASHINGTON — Moderate senators from both parties are working behind the scenes on a compromise as a battle plays out on the Senate floor on whether President Bush's judicial nominees should all be given a straight confirmation vote in the chamber. Although lawmakers involved in the talks say progress is being made, they're unsure a deal will necessarily be made on Wednesday. ....
  • Filibuster flap shows GOP hypocrisy (Here, kitty kitty! Blackened fish!)

    05/21/2005 9:06:37 AM PDT · by gutted catfish · 105 replies · 3,011+ views
    Letter to Editor | Angela Berger
    Regarding "Filibuster's traditional use is ignored" (Letters, Wednesday): The writer said the filibuster has never been used before to block a judicial nominee. The truth is that during the Clinton administration, 60 judicial nominees were blocked by Republicans, using means including the filibuster. In fact, Bill Frist even joined in the filibuster of 9th Circuit nominee Richard Paez. Also, Democrats have approved more than 200 of President Bush's judicial nominees while only 10 have been blocked. For Republicans to make such a big deal over those 10 nominations while they blocked 60 of Clinton's nominees is extremely misleading and hypocritical....
  • An Easy Way to Let Senators Hear the Other Side

    05/09/2005 11:03:49 PM PDT · by rgorman · 98+ views
    Simply Sanity ^ | May 9, 2005 | Rebecca Gorman
    Apparently, a vote on the constitutional, or "nuclear," option could take place as early as this week. More simply put, a vote to end the filibuster could take place this week. As explains the filibuster, "Right now, it takes only 41 votes to continue debate and block a vote on a judicial nominee. It takes 60 votes to end debate and force a full Senate vote." This use of the filibuster is obviously subversive. Those who use it, know it is subversive, and love it for that very fact. Those who oppose it, oppose it as a subversive tactic....
  • An Open Postcard to Bill Frist!

    05/05/2005 1:40:52 AM PDT · by Stellar Dendrite · 38 replies · 1,149+ views
    Me ^ | 5-5-05 | Stellardendrite
    Hope you enjoy my latest stellardendrite original. If you use it for any purpose please give credit to the creator (me). :)
  • A Judicial Surprise

    05/04/2005 3:26:18 PM PDT · by corncob · 12 replies · 749+ views
    King Features Syndicate ^ | 05/04/2005 | Charley Reese
    Now that some conservatives are in a tizzy about federal judges, here is something for them to ponder: The liberals on the U.S. Supreme Court just took a stand in favor of gun-ownership rights, while the conservatives on the court took a stand against them. Go figure. At issue is the law Congress wrote that says a person convicted of a felony "in any court" may not own a firearm. A fellow from Pennsylvania was charged with perjury and with illegal ownership of two handguns because he had answered "no" to the felony-conviction question. Turns out he had served time...
  • A better option on judges: Bring on a real filibuster

    04/27/2005 8:37:54 AM PDT · by Paloma_55 · 30 replies · 1,132+ views
    The Hill News ^ | 4/27/2005 | Dick Morris
    The Republican leaders in the Senate do not have to make the false choice between endless toleration of Democratic filibusters that enfeeble their majority and the so-called “nuclear option” — a ruling that filibusters of judicial nominations are unconstitutional — which will set off partisan wrangling for the balance of the Bush tenure. It is absurd to try to tell the American people why filibusters of judicial nominations violate the Constitution while those of presidential nonjudicial appointments and of regular legislation do not. The American people are going to see the denial of the right of unlimited debate as the...
  • Phil e Buster

    04/14/2005 8:40:55 PM PDT · by ROBREES · 12 replies · 493+ views
    Has anyone seen this commercial the dems have put out? BWAAAAAAAAAA
  • McCain to vote with dems on fillibuster(VANITY)

    04/14/2005 6:12:05 PM PDT · by Randy Larsen · 43 replies · 1,341+ views
    Hugh Hewitt Radio Program | 4/14/2005 | Randy Larsen
    Just heard on Hugh Hewitt radio show that the maverick senator from arizona is planning to vote with the democrates on the fillibuster.
  • FReeper Resources Requested, Is He Really A RINO? ***VANITY***

    04/11/2005 2:14:59 PM PDT · by mukraker · 9 replies · 384+ views
    I would like to ask the many talented and resourceful members of Freeperville to do a little investigating, if we can. There is an ad running on the cable news channels featuring a man who says he's "a common sense Republicam who knows democracy works best when both sides are heard." This guy then goes on to tell us about the proposal to exercise the constitutional option in the Senate, and change the rule to allow the ending of a filibuster on judicial nominees with a simple majority vote. This ad is obviously opposed to the exercise of constitutional power...
  • Resist the Filibuster Fiat (Democrats Plead)

    01/31/2005 3:41:25 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 33 replies · 1,460+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 31, 2005 | Kevin Drum
    During President Bush's first term, 10 of his judicial nominees were filibustered by Senate Democrats. This month, when the 109th Congress convened, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist finally declared war. Calling the filibusters an "unfortunate break with more than 200 years of Senate tradition," he made the Democrats an offer he hopes they can't refuse. "Right now," he said ominously, "we cannot be certain judicial filibusters will cease. So I reserve the right to propose changes to Senate Rule XXII and do not acquiesce to carrying over all the rules from the last Congress." In other words, if Democrats don't...
  • Senator Jeff Sessions: Bush makes right move (on judges)

    01/03/2005 2:17:18 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 17 replies · 1,152+ views
    USA Today | January 3, 2005 | Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Al)
    Title and link only.
  • Byrd's nuclear option

    12/19/2004 9:43:04 PM PST · by guitarist · 21 replies · 1,343+ views ^ | December 20, 2004 | Robert Novak
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  • Thomas Sowell: Once in a lifetime

    12/07/2004 5:28:08 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 27 replies · 1,083+ views
    Townhall ^ | December 7, 2004 | Thomas Sowell
    Who sits on the Supreme Court for life may be more important than who sits in the White House for four years. With vacancies to fill among federal judges in general and vacancies expected to occur on the aging Supreme Court in particular, the stakes are very high in the judicial appointments made in the next few years. We and our children will be living with the consequences for a long time. This looks like an opportunity that may come just once in a lifetime to make judicial appointments that will stop the courts' dangerous pattern of continually eroding away the...
  • A New Weapon in the Judges' War (Senate Republicans ponder ways to deal with the filibuster)

    11/29/2004 7:17:31 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 18 replies · 1,691+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | December 6, 2004 | Duncan Currie
    THE SENATE'S COLD WAR over judicial nominations is at a crossroads. With a newly minted chamber taking office January 4, and a new minority leader already designated, the time seems ripe for a fresh start. The Republican majority wants an end to all active Democratic filibusters of appellate court nominees and the cession of such tactics in the future. Will the opposition comply?The answer hinges on two unknowns: first, what lessons Senate Democrats draw from the 2004 election; second, the tone set by their new leader, Nevada senator Harry Reid. Retiring senator Bob Graham has predicted "less willingness" among Democrats...
  • Pro-life, conservative Dr. Marilyn O'Grady to run against Charles Schumer and liberal Republican.

    06/07/2004 7:20:32 PM PDT · by Sun · 22 replies · 469+ views
    Dear Friends in New York, Wouldn't it be great to defeat Senator Schumer this year. I know it's a longshot but how many of you picked Birdstone to beat Smarty Jones at the Belmont and deprive him of the Triple Crown? Below is an important email from my friend Tom Mulligan about the Senate candidacy of Dr. Marilyn O'Grady . Even if she doesn't win their are important reasons why a vote for Dr. O'Grady will advance the cause of life. I hope you will give Dr. Grady your support. Sincerely, Fr. Peter West The Senate race in New...
  • Democrats short of a filibuster on Medicare bill

    11/18/2003 9:46:48 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 18 replies · 142+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, November 19, 2003 | Amy Fagan
    <p>Senate Democrats don't have the votes to filibuster the Medicare prescription-drug bill, and some of them are inclined to support the measure.</p> <p>"I would support a filibuster, but I don't know the numbers are there yet," Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, said yesterday as he left the Senate Democrats weekly luncheon, where the Medicare bill was discussed. He is lobbying colleagues to filibuster or vote against the bill.</p>
  • 2 GOP senators consider lawsuit to break filibuster

    11/14/2003 10:00:14 PM PST · by WillRain · 54 replies · 336+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 11/14/2003 | Self
    Two Senate Republicans are considering filing a lawsuit aimed at putting an end to delaying tactics by Democrats trying to block President Bush's nominations to the federal bench. Freshman Sens. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said Wednesday they have their staffs as well as outside experts looking at whether such a suit -- filed, in essence, against the Senate itself -- would be feasible. Their announcement comes in the midst of the debate over nominees Miguel Estrada, a Washington lawyer, and Priscilla Owen, a Texas Supreme Court justice. Democrats charge both are too conservative for...
  • The True History of Judicial appointments in the last 40 years

    10/26/2003 1:29:16 PM PST · by WillRain · 4 replies · 227+ views
    self | 10-26-2003 | WillRain
    This is purely a vanity post but I'm relying on the wise ones here at Free Republic to help me out. Next sememster I will have to write a paper on some "Special Problem" in history. This paper will rely very heavily on primary source documents. One of the issue I am considering for the paper is the history of judicial appointments in the last 40 years. So my question is this: Where can I find original source documents on the confirmation of judicial nominees in the Senate since 1964? Is there an online resource for this information? I live...
  • Dems Declare Political War in the House

    06/27/2003 6:07:57 AM PDT · by Pest · 49 replies · 247+ views
    Fox News ^ | 6/27/03 | Kelley Beaucar Vlahos
    <p>WASHINGTON — House Democrats have declared war on the Republican leadership, vowing to gum up the legislative process in retaliation for what they say is systematic and unfair treatment by the majority.</p> <p>“Our bag of tricks is somewhat small, but we will continue to use it,” said Stacey Farnen, spokeswoman for House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (search), D-Md. “There are some more dramatic ways we can express ourselves.”</p>
  • My Fourth? Picketing my Dem. senators office!

    06/25/2003 3:42:01 PM PDT · by Richard-SIA · 7 replies · 167+ views
    Self | 6/25/03 | Richard Brengman
    I have the misfortune, and opportunity, to have Harry Reid as one of my senators. Misfortune because he truly DOES NOT represent me more than 2% of the time. Opportunity, because he maintains an office only a few miles away. This morning I learned that he is allowing the liberal ***'****'s of his party to "filibuster" yet another of Pres. Bush's judicail nominees. This time they are out to block the confirmation of Bill Pryor. My respnse was to call Harry Reid's office and tell them that if the "filibuster" blocking Bush's appointments is still in place on the fourth...
  • Call to Action on Judges

    05/23/2003 4:17:39 PM PDT · by WillRain · 5 replies · 190+ views
    I've never been an "orginizer" and I'm not one now. But I had an idea which I want to throw out and perhaps one of the highly motivated orginizers behind a hundred other FReep campaigns can run with it. I, like many of you, am beyond disgusted at the ongoing fillibuster of Miguel Estrada. There seems to be, on the whole, little public protest or awareness of the situation so the Democrats feel little public pressure to knock it off. Here is what I propose: that right thinking Americans keep at least one phone line in every Senators home office...
  • Lawyers' party hits a new low

    05/16/2003 10:38:55 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 248+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | May 16, 2003 | Peter A. Brown
    Perhaps they are just isolated incidents. But if the aren't, Democrats ought to seriously consider the long-term damage they may be doing to our political system with their ends-justify-the-means mentality. I'm talking about Democrats in the U.S. Senate using a parliamentary device to block confirmation of federal judges who have the number of votes needed for confirmation, and the laughable -- if it weren't so serious -- decision by Texas House members to flee the state to stop the Legislature from doing its business.
  • Estrada fillibuster to go 24/7!!! -Hatch

    02/25/2003 3:41:52 PM PST · by Havoc · 108 replies · 300+ views
    FOX news Special Report with Brit Hume | 2/25/03 | FOX news
    Orin Hatch stated tonight that by the end of the week, the Democrats will be forced to a standard 24/7 fillibuster.
  • Kohl, Feingold defend filibuster decision (With apologies from Wisconsin)

    02/12/2003 10:03:37 AM PST · by UB355 · 20 replies · 209+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 02/12/03 | CRAIG GILBERT
    Washington - Wisconsin Sens. Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold defended the decision by Democrats to delay a quick vote on the nomination of Miguel Estrada to the federal bench, saying Tuesday that Estrada's failure to answer repeated questions about his philosophy undermined the Senate's advise and consent role. "To thumb his nose and say, 'Look, I won't tell you anything about me, what my judicial philosophy is, but I want your vote,' seems to me and to us unfair," Kohl said. Kohl said Senate Democrats were "sending a message" to the White House that while the GOP controls the executive...
  • Abortion Rights Leader: Expect Filibuster Unless Next Supreme Court Nominee Shows Support

    01/16/2003 7:01:06 PM PST · by KQQL · 69 replies · 1,266+ views
    AP via TBO ^ | 01/16/2003 | By David Espo The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of a prominent abortion rights organization on Thursday predicted a Senate filibuster if President Bush seeks to fill a future Supreme Court vacancy with a nominee who does not clearly support the court's 1973 ruling on the issue. "The burden of proof is on any nominee," said Kate Michelman, the head of NARAL Pro-Choice America. "It's the burden of that nominee to address constitutional freedoms and whether they indeed believe the court was right in recognizing a woman's right to choose." "I fully expect that pro-choice senators will conduct a filibuster against any Supreme Court...