OK

Just saw this at Democratic Undeground:

Will Pitt: Source tells me Kerry is now openly in favor of a filibuster

and corroborated here.

* [new] CALL NOW! (4.00 / 5)

Just got off the phone with Kerry's office in DC. They're working on other senators to filibuster on Alito. They said to tell you all to CALL YOUR SENATORS AND ASK THEM TO FILIBUSTER!!!

http://www.congress.org/....

PLEASE DO IT NOW!

Posted by: madame defarge at January 26, 2006 11:10 AM

at the Democracy Cell Project

The Democracy Cell Project

by dwahzon on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 11:48:07 AM EST

I'll post more text soon - wanted to get this up fast.

CALL SENATORS AND ASK THEM TO SUPPORT A FILIBUSTER
Switchboard number: 888-355-3588
Ask for Senator by name...start with your own (even if it seems hopeless) and work your way down the list...see below.

UPDATE: FAX 100 Senators at once - good diary here tells how!

Who most needs calling:

I'm not an expert - I just saw that this needed to be posted so I did - but here is what I know -

Ben Nelson (NE) - voting Yes on Alito
Tim Johnson - voting Yes on Alito
(unless you live in their states, I wouldn't waste time/breath calling them, unless you've called everyone else and still have energy to burn)


Landrieu - has said "no" to filibuster
Salazar - has said "no" to filibuster

I don't know how movable these two are.

Other "red state" senators are good targets to request to filibuster. (list coming up soon)

From the open thread, here is the current staus *on the Altio vote* (note this is NOT the same as the cloture vote - that is much less sure).

Dems voting "No"
Baucus (MT)
Biden (DE)
Bingaman (NM)*
Boxer (CA)
Clinton (NY)
Dodd (CT)
Durbin (IL)
Feingold (WI)
Feinstein (CA)
Harkin (IA)
Inouye (HI)*
Kennedy (MA)
Kerry (MA)
Kohl (WI)
Leahy (VT)
Lincoln (AR)*
Mikulski (MD)
Murray (WA)
Nelson, Bill (FL)
Obama (IL)
Reed (RI)
Reid, H. (NV)
Salazar (CO)
Schumer (NY)
Stabenow (MI)
Wyden (OR)

Dems leaning "No"
TBA

Dems voting "Yes"
Johnson, Tim (SD)* (following the Daschle "winning" formula of going along to, erm, get along. "Smart" move Tim.)
Nelson, Ben (NE)

GOoPers voting "No"

None yet.

Independent

Jeffords* will vote NO on Alito.




** UPDATE **: FAX 100 Senators at once - good diary here tells how!


** UPDATE 2 **: kerrygoddess asked me to post this from The Democratic Daily:
More on Kerry Backing Filibuster
January 26th, 2006

As Ron just reported a short time ago, William Pitt has reported at Democratic Underground that John Kerry is supporting a filibuster.

I have confirmed through my sources that both John Kerry and Ted Kennedy spoke up yesterday about the importance of stopping Alito. I suspected something was going down yesterday when Kerry's floor speech got pushed back by an hour or so. There was deep frustration on the floor yesterday amongst Dems, that was clear to anyone watching the proceedings.

Word has it that the two Senators from Massachusetts, shocked those Senators who had declared that the Alito nomination was a done deal, by arguing the merits of a filibuster. They both know they face steep odds on this fight, but Kerry and Kennedy are known to work very closely together and are not afraid to stand up.

This fight is one I feel, that we will see the sort of passion that a lot of us remember from 1971. It is clearly not over. My sources tell me that Kerry has been unequivocal and has passionately talked to colleagues trying to get the ball rolling.

I urge everyone to stand up with Senators Kerry and Kennedy on this fight! Let them know we have their backs. Our focus is to lobby our Senators last night I reported on the NY Times editorial calling for a filibuster. I said then "I personally can not sit back and watch this happening with out making a stand."

There's a Senate Phone List here, with numbers to all the Democratic Senators and the key moderate Republicans. There are also two toll free numbers - 888-355-3588 or 888-818-6641.


** UPDATE 3 **: CNN reports Cloture vote scheduled for Monday, 4:30 p.m.:

Majority Leader Bill Frist, a Tennessee Republican, scheduled a vote to end debate on the nomination -- called a cloture vote -- Monday at 4:30 p.m. If that vote is successful, the final vote would be Tuesday morning.


** UPDATE 4 ** : What to do: Suggestion from Kerry's Office: Who to Call NOW for Filibuster

Posted at DU front page:

Suggestion from Kerry's Office: Who to Call NOW for Filibuster
Posted by bettyellen
Added to homepage Thu Jan 26th 2006, 05:38 PM ET

thanks to Jackster

jackster (1000+ posts) Thu Jan-26-06 04:45 PM
Original message
Just talked to Kerry's office in Boston....
I was told that Reid is on board for the filibuster - but calls need to be made to Landrieau, Salazar, Johnson, and Byrd BY EVERYONE no matter your location.

Robert Byrd (WV)
311 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-3954
Web Form: http://www.byrd.senate.gov/...
FAX: (202) 228-0002

Mary Landrieu (LA)
724 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-5824
Web Form: http://www.landrieu.senate.gov/...
FAX: (202) 224-9735
08

K. Salazar (CO)
UNITED STATES SENATE WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-5852
Web Form: http://salazar.senate.gov/...
FAX: (202) 228-5036

Johnson, Tim- (D - SD) Class II
136 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-5842
Web Form: johnson.senate.gov/emailform.cfm

Also, worth a shot:

Susan Collins (ME)
461 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2523
Web Form: http://collins.senate.gov/... /
FAX: (202) 224-2693

Olympia Snowe (ME)
154 Russell Senate Office Bldg., Washington DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-1946
WebForm: http://snowe.senate.gov/...
FAX: (202) 224-1946

Originally posted to MH in PA on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 09:37 AM PST.

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