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  •  Forgive me for posting this again (4.00)
    but since it's relevant, here is the list of senators that the National Wildlife Refuge Association said were being pressured to not support a filibuster:

    Gordon Smith (R-OR) 202.224.3753
    Norm Coleman (R-MN) 202-224-5641
    Mike DeWine (R-OH) 202-224-2315
    John McCain (R-AZ) 202-224-2235
    Olympia Snowe (R-ME) 202-224-5344
    Susan Collins (R-ME) 202-224-2523
    Lindsey Graham (R-SC) 202-224-5972
    John Warner (R-VA) 202-224-2023
    Chuck Hagel (R-NE) 202-224-4224
    George Voinovich (R-OH) 202-224-3353
    Ben Nelson (D-NE) 202-224-6551
    Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) 202-224-4822
    Kent Conrad (D-ND) 202-224-2043
    Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) 202-224-5521

    •  You can't post it enough. (4.00)
    •  Coleman supposedly is leaning toward supporting (4.00)
      a filibuster.

      Minnesotans should be sure to contact him.

      Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

      by willyr on Tue Dec 20, 2005 at 05:11:21 PM PST

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      •  I faxed him... (none)
        I faxed him.  Well, his offices, anyway.

        At least we have Dayton... :/

      •  I like this editorial... (none)
        from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.  Perhaps worth the effort to contact Coleman:

        Editorial: Holding hostages for Arctic oil:

        Tying ANWR to troop funding is a deal the Senate must refuse.

        Jim Ramstad tends toward moderation in his comments, as well as in his politics, and so it is worth taking note when this Minnesota Republican spotlights "the most outrageous abuse of power I've seen in my 15 years as a member of Congress."

        In a spectacular display of reckless, end-of-session thuggery, Ramstad's GOP colleagues have taken language that would allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and handcuffed it to funding for U.S. troops in Iraq.

        As usual, the chief perpetrator is Sen. Ted Stevens, the Alaska Republican who has made a minor art of inserting ANWR provisions into critical, high-stakes legislation where they don't belong. Earlier this year, Stevens and his allies thought their best shot was to stick ANWR drilling into a budget bill, which the rules protect from filibuster. When that strategy foundered, they moved it to the defense appropriations bill, which passed the House early Monday and will likely come before the Senate today, with pressure to adjourn for the holidays growing by the hour.


        Minnesota's Norm Coleman says he'll vote to remove the drilling language; if that fails, he won't support a filibuster and isn't sure about the overall bill. Expressing well-founded pique, he said, "I'm angry at the way this has been handled, that we're forced to revisit this issue again and again."

        I contacted both my Senators.  Though with Domenici, I mainly argued that it was a bad precedent to muddy the waters by attaching unrelated items to Defense.  Not likely to make a difference, but still something he might consider.

        I don't actually know where Bingaman is on this one.  Hopefully, he won't buck the leadership which plans to fight.

    •  One of the most helpful things dKos offers me (4.00)
      is numbers to call and the issues that are up for votes soon.  I can always count on diaries to give me the info and I greatly appreciate it.
    •  I called Nelson & Hagel (4.00)
      ... but I'm used to that being fruitless.
      •  Nelson is a Dem and might go with the party (none)
        on this one. After all, he was one of the ones who wanted to preserve the filibuster rule. Now is a great time to USE it!

        Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

        by willyr on Tue Dec 20, 2005 at 05:54:32 PM PST

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