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  •  Raise Hell (3+ / 0-)
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    farleftcoast, victoria2dc, mp

    What can Sen Dodd do since it is his hold that Reid is ignoring? Can he raise hell about this without alienating all of his fellow Senators? Do all of the Democratic senators realize that if Reid will do this to Sen Dodd, he will do it to them? By circumventing Sen Dodd's hold, Reid has taken about half of the power that a Democratic US Senator has? Why will any of them stand for this? They should be pissed even if they do not agree with Sen Dodd?

    •  It was my (4+ / 0-)
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      alivingston, Dave925, farleftcoast, mp

      understanding that he interrupted his campaigning to fly back for his filibuster...of course, Reid has it so he filibusters over the weekend, come Monday they try for cloture again...argh!  The dem. pres. candidates said that they support the filibuster of FISA with immunity and they damn well better...

      •  CALL TO HONOR DODD'S HOLD, SUPPORT FILIBUSTER!!! (7+ / 0-)

        Numbers are from Christy at FDL.  I called Reid's office already, the others I got voicemail/call back crap.  

        Seriously, we need to pressure Reid to HONOR DODD's HOLD.  He honored freakin' Coburn's hold he can honor that of a fellow democrat!  ARGH.

        I cannot believe I can still get THIS pissed with the dems, you think I'd be used to getting screwed over by them....

        Here are the numbers Christy posted:

        Sen. Harry Reid — (202) 224-3542 FAX 202-224-7327

        Senate Judiciary Committee Contact Information:

        Every Senate direct dial number can be found here (including links to just about every senator’s web page, which include both DC office contact information and local office numbers as well). You can reach your Senators toll free thanks to these numbers that katymine found:

        1 (800) 828 - 0498
        1 (800) 614 - 2803
        1 (866) 340 - 9281
        1 (866) 338 - 1015
        1 (877) 851 - 6437

        Also, the Senate Judiciary Committee membership and contact information is as follows:

        Arlen Specter - Pennsylvania - (202) 224-4254 Fax (202) 228-1229
        Joe Biden — Delaware — (202) 224-5042 Fax: 202-224-0139
        Orrin G. Hatch - Utah - (202) 224-5251 Fax (202) 224-6331
        Patrick J. Leahy (Chairman) - Vermont - (202) 224-4242 Fax (202) 224-3479
        Charles E. Grassley - Iowa - (202) 224-3744 Fax (515) 288-5097
        Edward M. Kennedy - Massachusetts - (202) 224-4543 Fax (202) 224-2417
        Jon Kyl - Arizona - (202) 224-4521 Fax (202) 224-2207
        Herbert Kohl - Wisconsin - (202) 224-5653 Fax (202) 224-9787
        Jeff Sessions - Alabama - (202) 224-4124 Fax (202) 224-3149
        Dianne Feinstein - California - (202) 224-3841 Fax (202) 228-3954
        Lindsey Graham - South Carolina - (202) 224-5972 Fax (864) 250-4322
        Russell D. Feingold - Wisconsin - (202) 224-5323 Fax (202) 224-2725
        John Cornyn - Texas - (202) 224-2934 Fax (972) 239-2110
        Charles E. Schumer - New York - (202) 224-6542 Fax (202) 228-3027
        Sam Brownback - Kansas - (202) 224-6521 Fax (202) 228-1265
        Richard J. Durbin - Illinois - (202) 224-2152 Fax (202) 228-0400
        Tom Coburn - Oklahoma - (202) 224-5754 Fax (202) 224-6008
        Benjamin Cardin — (202) 224-4524 Fax (202) 224-1651
        Sheldon Whitehouse — (202) 224-2921 FAX (202) 228-636

        •  Called my Senators. (5+ / 0-)

          For what little good I expect it will do.

          •  Senator Byrd (5+ / 0-)

            Could we all contact Senator Byrd and ask that he talk to Reid and explain that he is assaulting  the rights and prerogatives of Senators. Senator Byrd is the historian and institutional memory of the Senate. Most Senators do not want their authority screwed with. Senator Reid needs to be reminded that he is the Majority Leader not the Majority Emperor.

            •  BeBe... great thought! (1+ / 0-)
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              Could we all contact Senator Byrd and ask that he talk to Reid and explain that he is assaulting  the rights and prerogatives of Senators.

              Senator Byrd is the historian and institutional memory of the Senate. Most Senators do not want their authority screwed with. Senator Reid needs to be reminded that he is the Majority Leader not the Majority Emperor.

              Good idea... how should we frame it?  Thoughts please! Should we simply use your thought about assaulting the rights and perogatives of the other senators?  I don't know this man and how he works, if you do then please speak out!

              Contact information:

              311 Hart Building
              Washington, DC  20510
              202-224-3954


              300 Virginia Street East
              Suite 2630
              Charleston, WV  25301
              304-342-5855

              217 West King Street
              Room 238
              Martinsburg, WV 25401
              304-264-4626

              •  Do not know Sen Byrd personally, (0+ / 0-)

                but I worked for someone who did know him many years ago and respected him immensely. These are the old guys who quote Pliny the Elder in Latin or some such and you do not have a clue what they are talking about.
                   I think what I am going to do is call his office Monday morning and ask them if this is not a big step away from Senate rules or tradition. Is this a dangerous precedent that directly undercuts the independence of Senators so important in the balance of powers as prescribed by the Constitution. What is so important about this telecom immunity issue that time honored Senate tradition would be upended? Haven't we had enough of the disrespect of tradition that has served us so well from the WH. Is this a personal issue between Sen Reid and Sen Dodd that should be worked out another way? I will tell them that I am a student of history and government and I am always interested in what Sen Byrd thinks on these matters, and I am concerned about the direction this issue is heading towards.

          •  Good... but call Harry too! (0+ / 0-)

            Pressure on his back will do him good.  Perhaps he will resign due to the stress!  

        •  I tried to call again... (0+ / 0-)

          the Reid DC office phone is ringing busy and that is good news!

          LOL... try his other offices!

          Washington, DC
          528 Hart Senate Office Bldg
          Washington, DC 20510
          Phone: 202-224-3542
          Fax: 202-224-7327
          Toll Free for Nevadans:
          1-866-SEN-REID (736-7343)  

          Las Vegas
          Lloyd D. George Building
          333 Las Vegas Boulevard
          South, Suite 8016
          Las Vegas, NV 89101
          Phone: 702-388-5020
          Fax: 702-388-5030

          Reno
          Bruce R. Thompson
          Courthouse & Federal Bldg
          400 S. Virginia St, Suite 902
          Reno, NV 89501
          Phone: 775-686-5750
          Fax: 775-686-5757

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