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TOM HARKIN NEEDS YOU TO EXPRESS THAT YOU NEED HIM TO FILIBUSTER STRIP SEARCH ALITO: 202-224-3254

District Offices:
Des Moines: 515-284-4574
Cedar Rapids: 319-365-4504
Davenport: 563-322-1338
Dubuque: 563-582-2130
Sioux City: 712-252-1550

From Democratic Underground: Democrat Ken Salazar of Colorado (1-888-355-3588 PRESS 2 or 202-224-5852), Ben Nelson of Nebraska (202-224-6551), and Bill Nelson of Florida (202-224-5274) need your phone calls.

Evan Bayh is also on the fence on voting for Alito and the filibuster! CALL: (202) 224-5623

Other people to call, on the fence (email addresses here):
* Maria Cantwell - (202) 224-3441
* Mark Pryor (D- AR), 202-224-2353
* MARK DAYTON: 888-224-9043 . WILL VOTE NO, UNSURE ABOUT FILIBUSTER
* Robert Byrd - 202-224-3954 or 304-343-7144 or 304-342-5855 or http://byrd.senate.gov/byrd_email.html
* Daniel Akaka - RECONSIDER PLEASE! 1-888-355-3588 ask for Akaka

* *JOE LIEBERMAN* - (800) 225-5605 OR FAX (860) 549-8478
* Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) (202) 224-2921
* Joe Biden. 202-224-5042
* KENT CONRAD of ND - Phone: (202) 224-2043
* Frank Lautenburg (D-NJ) - (202) 224-3224 - http://lautenberg.senate.gov/webform.html
* Robert Menendez (D-NJ) - (202) 224-4744
* Mary Landrieu - (202) 224-5824
* Tim Johnson (SD) - (202) 224-5842
* Barack Obama (IL) - (202) 224-2854
* Olympia Snowe (ME) - (202) 224-5344 · Toll Free in Maine: (800) 432-1599 · Fax: (202) 224-1946
* Susan Collins (ME) - Last minute begging - (202) 224-2693 OR FAX (202) 224-2693
* Byron L. Dorgan (D- ND) (1,), 202-224-2551
* Republican Lamar Alexander (R-TN) - moderate, possibly could be moved. TRY. (202) 224-4944

Ben Nelson (NE) originally stated he would vote Yes for Alito. But it looks like he is putting his finger in the wind. He is now taking calls and tallies as well: 202-224-6551 .

Bill Nelson (FL) SAYS HE IS NOT HEARING FROM ENOUGH CONSTITUENTS! DC Phone: 202-224-5274 . He is hearing from tons of right-wingers who are saying that he should not filibuster!

Ken Salazar (D-CO) is taking your calls now regarding whether or not he should support the filibuster! Call the toll free line - 1-888-355-3588 (PRESS 2) . OR FAX: Senator Salazar: 202-228-5036 (DC FAX) .

This is about your future. This is about America's future. If the lines are busy, call again, and again, and again.

They will ask you if you support the filibuster or don't support it when you call, and that's all they want to know. They ARE taking a tally. If you're not a consituent, CALL ANYWAY . PLEASE. They will ask what city you are calling from, or a zipcode.

THERE IS NO EXCUSE ANYMORE. CALL.

BUSY? KEEP TRYING!!!

THEY SAY THEY'RE EVEN TALLYING YOU IF YOU SAY YOU *AREN'T* A CONSTITUENT!

PLEASE!

Oh, and Lieberman. Better vote no on cloture. Or Ned Lamont is gonna get even more money. Take a stand.

Please keep this diary recommended if you can. I know there are tons of diaries, but people need to do this or A-lie-to will be on the Supreme Court for 40 years.

Originally posted to patrioticliberal on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 12:51 PM PST.

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    •  After you call, fax them this (4.00)
      If you're looking for material that can be used to convince Democratic Senators just how dire confirming Alito will be, go to this diary. It's a little long, but well worth it.

      Conservatives are engaged in one of the oldest exercises in moral philosophy: the search for a superior justification of selfishness.-- John Galbraith (roughly)

      by Dan Hrkman on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 01:11:28 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  more resource material: (4.00)

        http://scoop.epluribusmedia.org/...

        go go gadget kossacks!

        weather forecast

        The palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. - Paine

        by Cedwyn on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 01:35:20 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Be A Constituent (3.00)
          Zip Code Lookup

          Sorry to stick this in here but this is important.

          Senators will listen to Constituents more than out of staters.

          Go to http://zip4.usps.com/... and look up a zip for the state that the senator is from and then your call will mean more.

          •  No! (4.00)
            We don't need to stoop to that.  We can win this cleanly.
            •  NO (4.00)
              I agree don't be fraudulent
              •  If line is busy, call their local offices, or fax: (3.00)
                You can look up local offices and fax numbers here:
                http://capwiz.com/...

                First : If she's not on the list above, also call Democrat Mary Landrieu who opposes Alito but also said she would oppose a filibuster. We must persuade her that a vote against Alito is meaningless if they don't support a filibuster. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) 202-224-5824  

                Second : Call your own Democratic Senator: 888-355-3588 or 888-818-6641. If you can't get through, look up the Senator's District Office number in your phone book or here: http://capwiz.com/...

                Third : Unbelievably, three Democrats (Ben Nelson, Tim Johnson and Robert Byrd) support Alito! Tell them to either support filibuster or at least "don't get in the way." Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) 202-224-6551 Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) 202-224-3954 Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD) 202-224-5842
                888-355-3588 or 888-818-6641. If you can't get through, look up the Senator's District Office number in your phone book or here: http://capwiz.com/...

                Fourth: Call the "Red State" Democrats: (Message same as above -- "No" is meaningless) Tom Carper (DE)
                Kent Conrad (ND)
                Byron Dorgan (ND)
                Blanche Lincoln (AR) Mark Pryor (AR)

                Fifth : Call these "Blue State" and pro-choice Republicans: (Message: A "Unitary Executive" is dangerous to balance of powers--please do not get in the way of a filibuster.) Lincoln Chafee (RI)
                Susan Collins (ME)
                Lisa Murkowsky (AK)
                Bob Smith (OR)
                Olympia Snowe (ME)
                Ted Stevens (AK)

                For extra credit, call all of the 2008 Presidential candidates who are sitting Senators--Evan Bayh, Joe Biden, Russ Feingold --and tell them to either LEAD THE FILIBUSTER or KISS YOUR SUPPORT GOODBYE. 888-355-3588 or 888-818-6641. If you can't get through, look up the Senator's District Office number in your phone book or here: http://capwiz.com/...

                You can also send that message to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (202-224-2447) and the Democratic National Committee (202-863-8000).
                Polls and public opinion are another way to apply pressure -- get word out about why Alito needs to be filibustered:

                Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. (Click here)

                People for the American Way has collected nearly 65,000 signatures to send to the Senate, please add yours: Save the Court Petition

                John Kerry has endorsed this anti-Alito petition, signers' names will be read into the Congressional Record:http://www.johnkerry.com/...

            •  NO FRAUD! MORE MEAT--15 YEAR OLD SHOT DEAD (4.00)
              I agree, this is a national issue, and we don't need to be fraudulent. But that's not saying that you shouldn't make sure they know you are a voting constituent if you really are!

              I haven't seen this anywhere but it is one of those things that really scares me about Alito, one of the things John Kerry touched on in his speech on the floor today.

              It's Alito's brief in the case of TENNESSEE vs. GARNER
              From the American Constitution Society Blog, here.

              Basically the story is that in October, 1974 15-year old Edward Garner, 5'4" and 110 pounds, stole a ladies purse with $10 in it, was pursued by a policeman, and shot in the head and killed when he didn't obey the command to stop. The policeman could plainly see the youth was unarmed.

              Alito became involved in 1984 when he was working for the Reagan White House:

              In 1984, the Memphis Police Department and the state of Tennessee appealed the 6th Circuit's decision to the Supreme Court. Samuel Alito, then a lawyer in the Solicitor General's office, was assigned to help decide whether the Reagan administration should take sides. "I believe that the decision below is wrong," Alito wrote in a cover note, referring to the 6th Circuit's ruling. In a 15-page memo, he argued in favor of letting states give police the power to shoot to kill at their discretion whenever a suspect flees, whether or not he poses a threat. Alito's memo is written with his usual dispassion. But he's forceful in his belief that the Constitution has no role to play in a cop's decision about whether to shoot an unarmed suspect.

              The entire memo, which is rather interesting reading, is here.

              Now this is downright scary. Giving police the power to shoot to kill a fleeing petty theft suspect that poses no threat? That's way more ridiculous, way more damaging to personal security, than parsing the 4th Amendment to allow wiretaps under a "reasonableness" provision than a "probable cause" provision.

              Keep hammering on our Senators, letting them know we don't care if they vote no or don't vote on the cloture motion on Monday afternoon. Just please do not vote yes and put a man with such out-of-the-mainstream views on the Supreme Court, especially with all the issues regarding spying, monitoring of the Quakers and other peaceful protest groups, holding US citizens indefinitely by order of the President without a trial, etc. that are coming up right now and in the near future.

              Remember that in his first decision, in CVCC v. Katz, the supposedly more moderate Roberts immediately dissented in league with Scalia, Thomas and Kennedy. And that Roberts and Alito will be around for decades.

              And we have until 4:30 Eastern Time Monday afternoon to persuade them to do anything other than vote yes on cloture.

              "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." Dr. ML King, from a jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963.

              by bewert on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 04:07:07 PM PST

              [ Parent ]

          •  I just sent this fax... (4.00)
            ...to Schumer, Bayh, Biden, Byrd, Feingold, Feinstein, Nelson (NE), and Salazar:
            January 27, 2006

            Dear Senator ____,

            Now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of their country.

            If you value our Constitution, and the system of government it established, please support a filibuster against Samuel Alito!

            A "No" vote on Alito without support for a filibuster is meaningless.

            Thanks,
            [My signature]
            [My name]

            For Feingold, Biden, and Bayh, I added this:
            As a highly active Democrat, I am considering who to support in the 2008 presidential race.  So far, John Kerry and Hillary Clinton have expressed support for a filibuster against Alito.  I hope you will join them.

            Fax numbers for all Senators are available here

            •   MaximusNYC (2.50)
              A one? Come on friend I am only trying to be helpful whether you agree with zip look-up or not.

              I'm new here so cut me some slack. I'd really appreciate it if you would withdraw your one rating - I don't need the negative mojo. Please. Thanks.

          •  We don't do fraud here. (none)
            ReThugs do more than enough.
            And welcome, noobie.  
            Your interaction, since 1/24 has been cool, except for this....have a 4.
            Keep yer nose clean. Sometimes hard in this snarky place.
          •  Baaaad idea , veeeery bad. (none)
            Read some of the posts already covering this territory.

            Practice absurdus interruptus - Support ePluribus Media.

            by Catte Nappe on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 05:35:41 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

          •  Not honest. (none)

            "The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge" Bertrand Russell

            by donag on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 07:29:00 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

      •  Also: (4.00)
        you can try savethecourt.org for one-click emailing of all your favorite Senators.
      •  Senator fax numbers (none)
        here.
    •  apologize for this (4.00)
      line jump, but wanted this at the top.  just called the toll free, asked for salazar, redirected, "can you hold", then when she returned, she automatically assumed i was calling to support.  "you're calling to support the filibuster?"  yes, good bye. SO CALL!!!
      •  Same happened to me... (none)
        n/t
      •  Federalist #78 (none)
        http://mydd.com/...

        The complete independence of the courts of justice is peculiarly essential in a limited Constitution. By a limited Constitution, I understand one which contains certain specified exceptions to the legislative authority; such, for instance, as that it shall pass no bills of attainder, no ex post facto laws, and the like. Limitations of this kind can be preserved in practice no other way than through the medium of courts of justice, whose duty it must be to declare all acts contrary to the manifest tenor of the Constitution void. Without this, all the reservations of particular rights or privileges would amount to nothing.

        Some perplexity respecting the rights of the courts to pronounce legislative acts void, because contrary to the Constitution, has arisen from an imagination that the doctrine would imply a superiority of the judiciary to the legislative power. It is urged that the authority which can declare the acts of another void, must necessarily be superior to the one whose acts may be declared void. As this doctrine is of great importance in all the American constitutions, a brief discussion of the ground on which it rests cannot be unacceptable.

        There is no position which depends on clearer principles, than that every act of a delegated authority, contrary to the tenor of the commission under which it is exercised, is void. No legislative act, therefore, contrary to the Constitution, can be valid. To deny this, would be to affirm, that the deputy is greater than his principal; that the servant is above his master; that the representatives of the people are superior to the people themselves; that men acting by virtue of powers, may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid.

        If it be said that the legislative body are themselves the constitutional judges of their own powers, and that the construction they put upon them is conclusive upon the other departments, it may be answered, that this cannot be the natural presumption, where it is not to be collected from any particular provisions in the Constitution. It is not otherwise to be supposed, that the Constitution could intend to enable the representatives of the people to substitute their will to that of their constituents. It is far more rational to suppose, that the courts were designed to be an intermediate body between the people and the legislature, in order, among other things, to keep the latter within the limits assigned to their authority. The interpretation of the laws is the proper and peculiar province of the courts. A constitution is, in fact, and must be regarded by the judges, as a fundamental law. It therefore belongs to them to ascertain its meaning, as well as the meaning of any particular act proceeding from the legislative body. If there should happen to be an irreconcilable variance between the two, that which has the superior obligation and validity ought, of course, to be preferred; or, in other words, the Constitution ought to be preferred to the statute, the intention of the people to the intention of their agents.

        Nor does this conclusion by any means suppose a superiority of the judicial to the legislative power. It only supposes that the power of the people is superior to both; and that where the will of the legislature, declared in its statutes, stands in opposition to that of the people, declared in the Constitution, the judges ought to be governed by the latter rather than the former. They ought to regulate their decisions by the fundamental laws, rather than by those which are not fundamental.

        weather forecast

        The palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. - Paine

        by Cedwyn on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 07:09:26 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Love the insertion of the Fed Papers, Ced (none)
          maybe, by the time we're all done here, you'll find a reason to post all of them?

          All snarkiness aside, and though I am a distant relative of Aaron Burr, old Alexander Hamilton, along with John Jay and James Madison, sure as shit knew what they were talking about, and your reminders here are greatly appreciated.

          Check out ePM's great new tool: Timelines!

          by Timroff on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 08:55:26 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

    •  Nelson's office is denying (none)
      I told them to tell him anyway
    •  Wyden's in! (none)
      just got off the phone with one of his staffers.  that's my good senator!

      weather forecast

      The palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. - Paine

      by Cedwyn on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 03:57:00 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I'll call him and support his position, too (none)
        I love that guy.

        Now if we could just figure out a way to axe G. Smith, I'ld be a happy man!

        "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." Dr. ML King, from a jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963.

        by bewert on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 04:10:13 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Don't call that number (none)
    Call the toll free line - 1-888-355-3588

    You're charged for the other number and it gets you to the same office.

    Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler - Proverbs 17:7

    by Barbara Morrill on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 12:59:38 PM PST

  •  check (none)
    yep done.

    "Life is what happens to you while your busy making other plans." J. Lennon

    by trashablanca on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 01:00:01 PM PST

  •  I just called, (none)
    but got the voice prompter...press one for...

    So, I left a message.  I told him that I wanted him to do everything in his power to prevent such a scary ideologue from getting on the Supreme Court.  I told him that I absolutely wanted him to support the filibuster.  I hope they "count" it in their poll!

  •  i called but (none)

    she did ask me from what city i was calling.

    cheers --

  •  constituent (none)
    called from the mountains west of Boulder -- another added to the tally!

    ej

  •  The Repugs are laughing! (none)
    I can't stand it. Keep calling everyone...we need to make this happen!
    •  Where are they laughing? (none)
      On some of those far right wing talk shows?  

      Called Nelson (can't remember which one!), Bayh and Alexander (whose staffer sounded a little perplexed.  I said: "please tell the Senator NOT to support the confirmation of Judge Alito".  Response:  "Oka-a-ay. . . I'll pass that on.")

      Tried Salazar repeatedly - line busy.  Called Biden - office CLOSED at 6 p.m., so I left a message.  I think all their offices close at 6 p.m., so how do we contact them after hours, and will they be tallying any after hours calls?  It's hugely frustrating that they close the shop when something this vitally important is at stake.  Maybe we should be switching to emails?

      Reality addict - can't get enough of seeing it all clearly

      by writeout on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 03:11:34 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Done. (none)
     They didn't ask where I was from. (And you have to press "2" on the 888 number.)

    You didn't do it.

    by Earl on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 01:08:14 PM PST

  •  Nearly all of the Dem Senators are keeping a tally (none)
    Call them ALL and urge them to support a filibuster.
  •  Tried, but lines appear to be jammed ;) n/t (none)
  •  Tried to... (none)
    but the line is busy.  Will keep trying.
  •  Aren't we the ones (4.00)
    outraged about ethics, the FISA law, 4th Amendment, etc? How does this square up with making up or hunting up a Colorado city/zip identity if calling from out of state?

    Practice absurdus interruptus - Support ePluribus Media.

    by Catte Nappe on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 01:18:23 PM PST

  •  Lines Jammed (none)
    I sent an email.
  •  I can't get through (none)
    called 4 times
  •  I e-mailed (none)
    Not near a phone but the best I could do.

    The Republican Party: The Bridge to Nowhere

    by flounder on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 01:19:51 PM PST

  •  The Senator's mailbox is full and (none)
    the phone line stays busy.  I have called approx. 10-12 times now.

    Senator Byrd's mailbox is full too.  Can't get through.

    <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

    by bronte17 on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 01:20:36 PM PST

  •  took a bunch of rings... (4.00)
    ...but I got through. On hold, though...now...la, la, laaaa...hmm, hmm, hmmmm...<silence>...doo da dooo doo doooo...she just came back on, asked for me to hold again...hoooookay...YES!!! she came back, asked if I was calling about the filibuster, I said yes, she asked if I was for it or against it, I said, "way for it!" and she asked me what city I was calling from...I told her Ft. Collins...

    I don't like country music, but I don't mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means 'put down.'- Bob Newhart

    by condoleaser on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 01:20:39 PM PST

  •  Don't Lie! (4.00)
    No, please do not lie about where you are from. This would give Salazar an excuse to ignore the poll results.
  •  Tip jar (4.00)
    I know, selfish. But you can leave a 4 if you called because of this diary.
    •  It isn't selfish (none)
      and it took me about 40 calls and now it's ringing. 10th ring... 15th ring... Bill Nelson's office can you hold please. Ahh that classical cut that was playing when Hannibal Lecter killed the two guards when he was transferred to Memphis and put one's face on his to escape.

      I was all hyped up when I talked to her. She loved it. I was like, "32822 Orrrrlaaaandooooo. Right by the airport.  Just doing my part, my responsibility as a citizen. Please support the filibuster of Alito."

      She was laughing as she got off the phone.

      Oh yeah, and the DCCC kept calling me and I finally answered this unknown number after seeing it for like two weeks and I gave them $25 too. Yayyyyyy.

      Blah, blah, blah. Pretend that was something profound and that I said it.

      by niteskolar on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 03:00:55 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Salazar's office (4.00)
    I got through on second try.
    They didn't ask where I live.

    She did ask if I was calling in support of a filibuster - even before I could say why I was calling.

    •  same thing - quick w/no Qs! (none)
      My first try, it rang and rang, then they picked up and asked if I support the Filibuster before I could say anything, she said it so fast I didn't even quite get what she said (I wanted to make sure they got my "yes, I SUPPORT it" and not garble it up).  She said "okay, thank you" and was off and running.  Didn't ask where I'm from (I'm from CALIF, but I unethically had a CO. city/zip ready).  Click -- quick !
  •  Called, got thru, tallied! (none)
    Used toll-free, got a person who switched me over to another.  Quick, no questions, just said he'd add it!  I'm not from CO, so everybody give it a go!
    Thanks, levey.  
    Called Alexander (forget Frist - he's a blight on our TN soul), she was, again, very nice and responsive.
    So - Please, please call Alexander (R-TN) in addition to Dems. He's an OK moderate, possibly ready to move on this issue.  Can't hurt to try, right?

     Ph:  (202) 224-4944

    About to start on Dems....

    •  I called and was told (none)
      Alexander fully supports Alito's nomination.

      The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

      by accumbens on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 02:34:21 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Contact Sen. Lamar Alexander of TN (none)
      Before he was a TN Senator, Alexander was a TN Governor. He took the oath of office 3 days early in a bi-partisan move to push then- Governor Ray Blanton out the door.

      Ray Blanton was handing out prison pardons as fast as he could sign them & was an absolute corrupt piece of human excrement. And sadly enough, he was a Democrat.

      You can read the Blanton story here if you're so inclined.

      The point of this little story is to point out that at one time, Lamar Alexander was a moderate. He was against corruption & absolute power.

      Somtime over the last 10-15 years he drank the neo-con kool-aid, but there used to be a human in there somewhere.

      Maybe, just maybe he can be reached. It won't hurt to try.

      Senator Lamar Alexander Phone Numbers:

      Washington, DC
      Phone: (202) 224-4944

      Knoxville, TN
      Phone: (865) 545-4253

      Tri-Cities, TN
      Phone: (423) 325-6240

      Jackson, TN
      Phone: (731) 423-9344

      Chattanooga, TN
      Phone: (423) 752-5337

      Memphis, TN
      Phone: (901) 544-4224

      Nashville, TN
      Phone: (615) 736-5129

      Yeah, I know it's a weekend, but fill up the voice-mail...Call one office or call all offices, but please call...Ask Senator Alexander to vote NO.

  •  Can't get through? FAX! (4.00)
    Senator Salazar: 202-228-5036 (DC FAX)

    I just did and it went through quickly.

    •  FaX! YOUR! Message. (none)
      I have diaried this yesterday and today.
      How to, it's easy, follow up.

      DO IT!

      NPR just lead the 5 PM EST news with a cri-de-couer from Kerry:  "the time to stand up is NOW".  Go John Kerry!  Go Kossacks!

      ("Cri-de-couer" is for dKos use only.  D'oh.)

      BushAmerica -- Now killing 24/7/365. *Your tax dollars at work*.

      by Yellow Canary on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 02:24:37 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  I emailed Salazar this week twice to support fil. (none)
    Looks like I wasn't the only one, LOL.  If you guys need a town and zip, here's two you can use:

    Westminster, CO 80020

    Longmont, CO 80503

    I'm going to call again ASAP, got an "all circuits busy" last time.

  •  e-mail (4.00)
    contact info for Senator Salazar if you can't get through: Ken Salazar's e-mail box. If you want to find your Senator just go to the Senate Contact Page and everyone is there.

    Beware, you must fill out the form including your name and address, this may put you on a mailing list. I think a couple years of junk mail is worth the future of our country. Cheers.

  •  ACCORDING TO DU, NELSON OF NEBRASKA (none)
    IS NOW TAKING A TALLY.  

    202-224-6551

    CALL NOW

  •  done... (none)
    i have NEVER done anything like this before...you all have inspired me to call a senator who isn't mine (mine are from SC -- useless)

    if i am an indication of getting involved...

     keep it up Kossacks!

  •  A LITTLE OFF THE SUBJECT, BUT (none)
    I posted this idea on another diary but it had less traffic.

    Today I have seen several posts like this stating that so and so Senator will vote NO ON CLOTURE.

    WHAT WE NEED IS A LIST OF THE POSITIONS OF EACH DEMOCRATIC SENATOR WHO WOULD:

    VOTE NO ON CLOTURE
    ABSTAIN FROM VOTING
    VOTE YES ON CLOTURE

    I'm sure we have people from every state here on Kos.  If people living in states with Democratic senators would contact them and get their position, it might be possible to target select positions.  Not change a "YES" vote to a "NO" vote.  Just change a "YES" vote to an "ABSTAIN'

    I'm new at this and have never written a diary.  If anyone thinks this idea has merit and has "diary recognition", please feel free to post a list of known positions and request for up dates.  

  •  Called Nelson (none)
    ...at the number above, had to hit redial a few times, then had to hold a bit - not too bad...told him to support the filibuster. They did not ask where I was from.

      Any others???

    I don't like country music, but I don't mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means 'put down.'- Bob Newhart

    by condoleaser on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 01:47:56 PM PST

  •  I'm on it. (none)
    Go Kossacks!

    "Just when they think they know the answer, I change the question!" -Roddy Piper

    by McGirk SF on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 01:52:31 PM PST

  •  clinton & difi on board (none)

    weather forecast

    The palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. - Paine

    by Cedwyn on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 01:55:43 PM PST

  •  Done (none)
    It was quick and painless, the staff member at Salazar's office was very polite.

    The soul that is within me no man can degrade. - Frederick Douglass

    by Kimberley on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 01:56:36 PM PST

  •  I have a question.. (none)
    Does a non-citizen's call count? I live here, and I've followed this keenly, and would love to do anything I can, but I am not sure how involved i can be with the process.
  •  Latest from Rawstory (none)
    North Dakota Democrats expected to ensure Alito's confirmation

    Nelson and Landrieu are mentioned as "could vote against Alito", but not for the filibuster. Rawstory also reporting that Feinstein is definitely in support.

  •  Called Nelson (none)
    ...at the number above, had to hit redial a few times, then had to hold a bit - not too bad...told him to support the filibuster. They did not ask where I was from.

      Any others???

    I don't like country music, but I don't mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means 'put down.'- Bob Newhart

    by condoleaser on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 02:28:32 PM PST

  •  Couldn't call from work (none)
    Sent emails through their Web pages (Salazar and Nelson-Nebraska). Told them to support the filibuster, natch.
  •  Called Akaka's office as well (none)
    used the toll free # 1-888-355-3588 and asked for Sen. Akaka's office. Told them I'd like the Senator to reconsider his decision to not support the filibuster.

    They are asking for a zip code though. Hawaii Zips

    Also, you can try the below numbers if you have trouble getting through to DC
    Akaka's Honolulu office: 808-522-8970
            Hilo office:     808-935-1114

  •  Done... (4.00)
    I'm still at work, so I can't, but can someone make sure that the state Democratic parties in those respective states are utilizing their phone logs to get constituents to call.

    This looks like a good test of Dean's 50 state strategy.  Groundwork needs to be done within the state.

    To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. -- Abraham Lincoln

    by Tripleg on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 02:33:57 PM PST

  •  called 'em all... (none)
    Salazar's staffer in particular was VERY polite. When I told her I was calling to express my support for a filibuster she said "Great!"

    This is the first time I've ever called members of Congress who don't represent me directly -- but the issue at hand definitely demands it. I urge everyone to do the same, it's quick, easy, and painless.

  •  Just called Senator Salazar (none)
    They didn't ask for my zip though (even though I do live in Colorado).

    Keep the pressure up folks!

    Have you registered for YearlyKos yet?

    by BCO gal on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 02:34:49 PM PST

  •  Well I called Salazar (none)
    Got through right away & I told them I was for the filibuster but I did say I was from Maryland so maybe they'll just ignore that one but I didn't want to lie. Maybe they'll count it anyway...

    Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought- John F. Kennedy

    by vcmvo2 on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 02:36:38 PM PST

  •  I am a constituent and called Bayh's office (4.00)
    and asked to support a filibuster. They also said he "hasn't made any statement yet" when I asked if he would be voting for Alito.

    "This country is long overdue for a cheesehead President."- Russ Feingold

    by TheJohnny on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 02:36:39 PM PST

  •  Done. Got through on the first try! (none)
    Any little thing helps, I guess...right?  Not the time to give up just yet.

    "...but the people aren't looking for a handout/they're America's working core, can this be what they voted for?" - Bad Religion - Let Them Eat War

    by Fraction Jackson on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 02:36:49 PM PST

  •  Yay filibuster!!! (none)
  •  called from here in NYC (none)
    Bill Nelson's staffer was very friendly and thanked me for my time.

    Ben Nelson's staffer was gruff, asked for my name and state, and hung up quickly after I told him that the senator needed to fillibuster.

    Havent been able to get through to Salazar yet.

  •  Called the Landreiu ## (none)
    but it ended up being Johnson's office...

    oh well, just thought you may want to update.

  •  After 3 busy signals (none)
    I got through to Nelson's office. The staffer sounded very busy. Of course I told him I was calling from Omaha - it is, after all, the truth.
  •  I live in Sarasota, FL (4.00)
    Just called Bill Nelson's office. Was busy the first three times, but I got through in less than five minutes (yea for redial). The aide was very polite and friendly. I told him what city I'm from and that I feel Senator Nelson must support the filibuster of Judge Alito. He asked for my zip code, said he would pass my sentiments along, thanked me for calling, and told me to have a great weekend.

    This is my first time ever calling a Senator's office about anything, and I'm so glad I spoke up!

  •  Zip Codes (none)
    Before you call, google 'zip code' and a city in the state that the Senator represents.  That way when they ask for a zip code you can give them one in their state.
    •  don't need to lie (4.00)
      Do you think none of these places have caller ID?  We may need to do this again very soon.  Don't blow it for us by lying.

      Stop calling them the Right if they aren't!

      by jmaps on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 02:47:58 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  It's not a lie if... (none)
        ... you're on a business trip or visiting family out of town and making the call to your senator from there.

        Now I am not telling anyone to lie, but for any of you road warriors out there, don't worry about the caller ID.  Proactively tell them that you're calling from out of state in case they automatically dismiss the call.  

        "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." - Mark Twain

        by cyberKosFan on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 02:57:15 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  Please don't!!! (4.00)
      That's not what we are about.

      Practice absurdus interruptus - Support ePluribus Media.

      by Catte Nappe on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 02:59:42 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Ben Nelson still a Yes/No (none)
    Yes on the vote, no on the 'buster.

    But he did pass along my concern--before I could even mention it. I  said, "You don't even know what my concern is!" He said, "You want him to filibuster."

    He got me. :)

  •  It took awhile... (4.00)
    to get through to Senator Salazar, but I finally made it!

    I also got through to Senator Landrieu's office. Strange, they asked if I was representing Moveon.org or another blog.  I told them I wasn't associated with any group, that I was just a very concerned citizen and have been watching the Alito nomination very closely and that I urged the Senator to vote no on Alito and to support a filibuster.

    The strangest by far was the call to Ben Nelsons office! When I told them I wanted to voice my opinion on the Alito nomination, the staffer replied, and I quote,

    And I assume you support the filibuster?
    To which I replied, "I certainly do!". I think we must be having an impact if they assume people are calling in support of the filibuster!  Keep dialing those phones!!!  It is making a difference!!!

    Just when you thought it couldn't possibly get any worse...

    by reflectionsv37 on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 02:47:56 PM PST

  •  just called Sen. Bayh... (none)
    had to redial once or twice, then had to hold for a few minutes, listening to stirring, martial marching music, but then told the staffer, who was very nice, to add my name to those who strongly urged him to support the filibuster, or at least to not vote for cloture. She thanked me, and didn't ask where I was calling from.

    I don't like country music, but I don't mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means 'put down.'- Bob Newhart

    by condoleaser on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 02:49:16 PM PST

  •  Please Ken, Ben, and Bill- (none)
    Please, please think of the ever-expanding power of the executive, our loss of liberties, the increasing power of corporations, and the loss of our checks and balances.
  •  Make calls to NJ Alito is a home town boy and (none)
    from Menendez's former congressional district  

    Neither Of NJ's Senators have declared and Menendez is facing a tough race in NOV.   DO NOT TAKE THE NJ SENATORS FOR GRANTED  THEY ARE NOT GETTING CALLS

    Lautenberg, Frank R.- (D - NJ)

    324 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
    (202) 224-3224
    Web Form: lautenberg.senate.gov/webform.html

    Menendez, Robert- (D - NJ)  
    502 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
    (202) 224-4744

    To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men~~ Abraham Lincoln

    by Tanya on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 02:54:43 PM PST

  •  I hope you don't mind (none)
    Patrioticliberal, I copied your post to Randi Rhodes message board (attributing you, of course!)
      •  Thanks (none)
        For putting this information up.  I'm getting a bit of hope!

        Alexander's office didn't sound that interested, unfortunately, she lost interest when she realized I wasn't from TN.

        NTL, I've called all the offices!  This is far too important to neglect.

        •  I don't want to give false hope (none)
          But we need to get people on the record at the very least as to standing up and listening to us. We may not win this fight, but there's no reason just because we may not win for people to wimp out on us and vote Yes or vote for cloture.
          •  patrioticliberal, you are an inspiration. (none)
            Let's press on, calling, faxing, emailing everybody.  This weekend's the final push.  We've got momentum!

            Stop calling them the Right if they aren't!

            by jmaps on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 03:42:20 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

          •  Oh I'm not ready to give up (none)
            And, patrioticliberal?

            You need to add (damnit) Barbara Mikulski to this list... This is why,

            a quote:

            "Among the rank and file, there was opposition to a filibuster from several lawmakers, including liberal Barbara Mikulski of Maryland and North Dakota's Kent Conrad, a moderate who is on the ballot this fall in a Republican state.

            Democratic officials said Mikulski had said during this week's closed-door caucus that the 2006 and 2008 elections were more important than a symbolic last stand that would fail to prevent Alito's confirmation. Her spokesman declined comment." This sickens me, she's a very liberal Dem.

            Here are her contact numbers, etc., you probably want to put some of them up on top of the post.:

            Baltimore Office
            Brown's Wharf
            1629 Thames Street
            Suite 400
            Baltimore, Maryland 21231
            410-962-4510 (phone)
            410-962-4760 (fax)
            410-962-4512 (TDD)

            Annapolis Office
            Suite 202
            60 West Street
            Annapolis, MD 21401-2448
            410-263-1805 (phone)
            410-269-1650 (Balt. line)
            410-263-5949 (fax)

            Greenbelt Office
            Suite 406
            6404 Ivy Lane
            Greenbelt, MD 20770-1407
            301-345-5517 (phone)
            301-345-7573 (fax)

            Hagerstown Office
            32 West Washington Street, Room 203
            Hagerstown, MD 21740-4804
            301-797-2826 (phone)
            301-797-2241 (fax)

            Salisbury Office
            Suite 1E, Building B
            1201 Pemberton Drive
            Salisbury, MD 21801-2403
            410-546-7711 (phone)
            410-546-9324 (fax)

            Washington, D.C. Office
            503 Hart Senate Office Building
            Washington, D.C. 20510-2003
            202-224-4654 (phone)
            202-224-8858 (fax)
            202-224-5223 (TDD)

  •  It's so disingenuous of Bill Nelson (none)
    to claim he's hearing from more rightwingers than Dems!!  Repubs have a well organized machine in every state! When has Nelson EVER suggested the Democratic Party needs to organize activists in Florida??  The only Town Hall meeting he's held in my Fla. red city for over 3 years concerned the possibility of reopening a military base closed for several years.  However, the local Dem Party will open a store front about 3 months before a national election -while the Repubs have a permanent office.

    Bush is NOT America!

    by annefrank on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 03:01:21 PM PST

  •  Parents are Fla residents... (none)
    sent them off to call Nelson as concerned grandparents, which they are. Mom's been pro-choice since forever...

    "Computer. End holographic program...Computer? Computer?"

    by kredwyn on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 03:04:00 PM PST

  •  CNN (Lou Dobbs) just said (none)
    Kerry only has 30 votes, and filibuster will fail for sure.  Do we have a count?
    •  We don't care what that prick says (4.00)
      And we only had two as of yesterday.  Damn, 30?  That's great!  Christ, we even got Feinstein, the original "no need for filibuster"er today.  Keep it up the pressure!  And remember that some of these senators that are on the fence may abstain from a vote on cloture.  We don't need 41.  Frist needs 60.  He's got to be freaking out no matter what we hear.  

      Keep calling, faxing, emailing, all of it.

      Stop calling them the Right if they aren't!

      by jmaps on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 03:12:58 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Funny, cause AP says 62 yes (none)
      So 30 math doesn't quite work anyway. Shove it up your ass Lou and right-wingers.
    •  This is the same media (none)
      that's been declaring Alito's confirmation "certain" for like two weeks now.  It takes a lot of time and a ton of evidence to the contrary to drag them off their chosen narrative.  Remember when they were reporting all day after Katrina landed that New Orleans had been spared and only in the late evening finally reported otherwise?
  •  A city and zip for calling Salazar (3.25)
    I respect those who don't feel like lying about calling from within Colorado, but I think this crisis is bigger than that. I'll be happy to perform some appropriate pennance (rescue a kitten, donate to the homeless, refrain from openly mocking a Dobsonoid, etc.) if we succeed, but I'll be damned if I let our Constitution crumble for fear of a white lie on my soul.

    Feel free to use Aurora, 80013 as your point of origin if the staffer asks.

    Good luck!

    •  NO (4.00)
      They watch this site don't lie
    •  don't they have caller id? n/t (4.00)

      "...our soldiers fighting and dying in the Middle East...are being treated, as I never was, like toys a rich kid got for Christmas." Kurt Vonnegut 2005

      by mooshter on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 03:11:50 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  And just what is wrong with the truth?! (4.00)

      "I'm a Democarat from Texas and don't feel I have senatorial representation. This issue affects the entire nation and I'm counting on Kerry, Kennedy, and I hope Salazar..."

      Especially since there are posts all over the place that they have caller ID and they know if you are lying! Not real helpful to the cause.

      Practice absurdus interruptus - Support ePluribus Media.

      by Catte Nappe on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 03:13:06 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I agree (4.00)
        Don't taint this with lying.  It's completely counterproductive.  I know how high the stakes are, which is why I've called so many senators.  But lying is gonna F**K this thing up for us.  Just call and be honest.  A lot of them aren't even asking.

        Stop calling them the Right if they aren't!

        by jmaps on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 03:18:12 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  I always figured there's lying (none)
          and then there's lying...but I guess I stand corrected. I'm not sure exactly how a white lie would be so damaging, but I appreciate how you feel about it. Most likely it won't even be an issue either way, but I suppose it could lead to some interesting discussions about morals, ethics and tactics. Moral absolutism, that kind of thing. Maybe a topic for a separate diary ("How far do we go to get what we want?") etc?

          Ultimately it was just a suggestion, born of frustration and mixed with a healthy dose of hope that in the end it's all worth it. I'm stumbling forward into the commenting world for the first time here, so please bear with me. :)

          •  Sorry if I was too rough on you (4.00)
            It's just that the politicians are paying attention to what we say here.  And I understand your frustration and hope.  I've dedicated an entire week of my life to this filibuster effort (took off work and everything).  And the cool thing is it's working!  I don't want staffers to report that they got lots of constituent calls in support of the filibuster but they're not sure how many were legit because the DailyKos bloggers were encouraging lying about it.  In that way, I believe absolutely that lying is counterproductive. BTW, I admire your spirit.  Glad you're here this evening.

            Stop calling them the Right if they aren't!

            by jmaps on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 04:11:01 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  No worries (4.00)
              No offense taken or intended! I've actually been thinking alot about the whole ethics issue lately, since I've found the level of extreme snark, misunderstandings and verbal nitpicking in blog comments (not just on Kos but all over, on both sides) very disheartening. Typed dialog has some really aggravating drawbacks, don't it? I've seen folks display the verbal equivalent of banging their head against a wall, and wondered if I should even bother.

              I've been a long time lurker here since before the '04 elections, even though I'm only now starting to post...expect to see me jumping in more, although it may take me awhile to settle in properly. Thanks for the words of encouragement!

          •  Would it be just a "white" lie? (4.00)
            I always figured a white lie was along the lines of a "kindness" lie (Q. How do you like my new haircut? A.Looks good - as opposed to make's you look like a dog's breakfast) or a "keep the family/group peace" lie (Q.Isn't aunt Kate just a sweetie? A.She's quite a woman, alright - as opposed to personally I think she's a B on wheels).

            If we take this government business seriously then claiming to be a constituent when you really aren't is more than a little fudgy. Also, on the flip side I'm not sure I'd appreciate you leaning on my elected representative when I want him/her to be representing my interests. (Hypothetical, since at the moment my Sens. don't).

            Just a little more food for your first diary ("Maybe a topic for a separate diary "How far do we go to get what we want?" etc?")

            Practice absurdus interruptus - Support ePluribus Media.

            by Catte Nappe on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 04:26:14 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  Good point (4.00)
              You're right...I can see where there is a potential for abuse, and I suppose we'd have to question how much of that sort of thing already goes on ("freeping a senator", so to speak), especially since you can already get city and zip info so easily online. Besides, how many overworked and underpaid staffers are really going to take the time to verify that everyone is who they say they are?

              Oy! To be a Republican and have everything in nice crisp black and white ("Damn the ethics, full speed ahead!")

              Now my head hurts...

    •  Block your caller ID and say you're a (none)
      constituent. that is what they make decissions on.  Does anyone actually think that all the rightwingers that are dialing all over the country aren't saying they are constituents. Haven't we learned anything about what it takes to win in the last 5 years!!!!  Or do you think Alito should appoint the next President

      To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men~~ Abraham Lincoln

      by Tanya on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 03:21:12 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Hours (none)
    I'm getting answering machines telling me the office hours are from 9 - 6, and that all lines are busy. Can I assume staffers are still around to take my calls?
  •  Just left a message with Senator Alexander (4.00)
    after email him yesterday.  I am his constituent.  I am part of a progressive group in Tennessee and others of my group are contacting him as well.
  •  I called... (none)
    Nelson (NE) (his staff was polite), Johnson (SD), Nelson (FL), and Bayh (IN). Couldn't get through to Salazar, yet.
  •  We've made about 20 calls (4.00)

    We've called about 20 senators so far.  Most have said they have been swamped with calls.  Only Alexander and Nelson from Nebraska were, um, cool to the calls.  Alexander asked for an address. Nelson has caller ID so just tell the staffer where you are calling from....

    The numbers and tips in the diaries are really, really helpful.  Thanks everyone!

    onward....

  •  The # you have up for Landrieu is (none)
    wrong.
  •  I think Chafee should be up there too (4.00)
    he represents a VERY blue state.

    (202) 224-2921

  •  Relax about Bayh (none)
    He voted against Roberts--even though Roberts is from Indiana. No one would vote against Roberts but for Alito.
  •  If your energy is waning - read Kirkpatrick's (none)
    horribly slanted pro-GOP article on Kerry in the NY Times

    who needs Judy Miller? where does he get off saying Reid finds this embarssing?

  •  Reid (none)
    has said," everyone knows we dont have the votes to filibuster "  seen on CNN appox 3:10 Ca time. We need to call him to, number anyone ?
    •  He said that this morning (none)
      He is going to support the filibuster.
    •  Good idea. (none)
      As has been pointed out numerous times, we don't necessarily need 41 senators to vote "No" on cloture, we just need 41 to either vote "No" or to abstain.  Frist must have 60 senators vote "Yes" on cloture.

      This could perhaps be a face-saving measure for senators who don't want to "support a filibuster" but don't necessarily want to see Alito confirmed or to screw their own party.

  •  How about Olympia Snowe? (4.00)
    To the best of my knowledge, she hasn't announced her vote yet. Maine is quite blue.
    •  Called and faxed her office today (4.00)
      She's a moderate and pro-choice.  Here's her info.

      Phone: (202) 224-5344  · Toll Free in Maine: (800) 432-1599  ·  Fax: (202) 224-1946

      Get calling.

      Stop calling them the Right if they aren't!

      by jmaps on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 03:36:38 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Reid (none)
     Sorry if I was wrong, even sorrier if I was right. Thanks for the update
  •  Don't forget their local offices! (none)
    A call to the local office is as good as a call to DC!

    Salazar:
    719/328-1100
    303/455-7600
    970/259-1710
    970/224-2200
    970/241-6631
    719/542-7550

    Nelson (NE):
    308/260-6551
    402/437-5246
    402/391-3411

    Nelson (FL):
    305/536-5999
    954/693-4851
    239/334-7760
    904/346-4500
    407/872-7161
    850/942-8415
    813/225-7040
    561/514-0189

    Bayh:
    812/465-6500
    260/426/3151
    219/852-2763
    317/554-0750
    812/218-2317
    574/236-8302

  •  Toll free to all Senators (none)
    The diary doesn't make it clear, so for those who may not know, this number

    1-888-355-3588

    is the Capitol Switchboard. You can call it toll free and ask for any Senator you want.

    Patrioticliberal - you might make an note in the diary to make this a little clearer for new people. Thank you for your work!

    Say no to hate, bigotry, and the author of the Fed. Marriage Amendment, Marilyn Musgrave. Please donate to Angie Paccione.

    by OLinda on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 03:54:42 PM PST

  •  Menendez's mail box is full. (none)
    I imagine the staffers are answering calls, and all other incoming calls are going to voicemail...which is full.

    "you tried to recreate normandy / but you made up the reason to fight" -State Radio

    by cjrasm on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 03:57:58 PM PST

  •  Email them too!!! (none)
    Seators are listed Has anybody seen the Here
  •  Ben Nelson (none)
    Doesn't look like he's that much on the fence, as I just received this:

    January 27, 2006

    Mr. Xxxxx Xxxxxxxx
    XXX Xxxxxx Drive
    Lincoln, NE XXXXX

    Dear Xxxxx:

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr. to serve as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.  I value your input on this important judicial nomination.

    As you know, Judge Alito was nominated to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who has announced her intent to resign upon confirmation of her successor.  I-like you and other Americans of all political and judicial philosophies-recognize the importance of this
    nomination.  

    With the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings completed, I have decided to vote in favor of Judge Alito to serve as the 110th Justice of the United States Supreme Court.  I came to this decision after careful
    consideration of his impeccable judicial credentials, the American Bar Association's strong recommendation, and his pledge that he would not bring a political agenda to the Court.

    I understand your concerns regarding Judge Alito and his views on the judicial issues which will affect Americans for years to come.  I believe the duty of judges is to adjudicate based on fact, law, and
    precedent without regard for personal ideology.  I take Judge Alito at his word that he shares my view of the role of a Supreme Court Justice:  that the role of judges is to balance the scales of justice, not to be activists and legislators.

    Once again, thank you for contacting me.  While we disagree on this particular nomination, I sincerely appreciated hearing your opinion and hope you will continue to share your views in the future.

    Sincerely,

    Ben Nelson
    U.S. Senator

    This was in response to an email I sent him last night:

    Dear Senator,

    I realize that in representing this reddest of red states, you feel the need to pander to Republicans if you have any hope of being re-elected. However, I feel that the potential for several decades of hard-right Supreme Court decisions should do a little more to awaken your Inner Liberal, if you have one.

    I'm very disappointed in your very early decision to support the nomination of neoconservative Judge Samuel Alito. If you're going to let this anti-abortion, anti-privacy activist slide by unchecked, perhaps you should just switch parties, as continuing to hold office obviously outweighs all other concerns you might have.

    Thank you for taking time to read this message, and please, Senator, be the Democrat you purport to be.

    Regards,

    Xxxxx Xxxxxxxx

    I understand the guy's political predicament and all, but he's still a cock, rolling over so easily.

    -5.88, -6.00 When the ELGIs are defeated, the GWAT is over. -- Richard Clarke

    by Porfiry on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 04:03:44 PM PST

  •  A Couple Thoughts (none)
    When I called a bunch of senators earlier this week, I stressed the following when encouraging a filibuster:

    1. Bush is not in any way "entitled" to replace a fairly moderate Justice with an extremist Justice. Republicans seem to think that Bush's laughable "mandate" also gives him the "power" to push the Supreme Court of the US to the far right. This is obviously not true. Bush's record of getting his judges in is better than Clinton's. And he was given a pass on John Roberts, even though he is just a more polished turd than Alito...

    2. This administration has proven itself completely untrustworthy, lying about it's intentions and results on just about every subject imaginable. To put it simply, they cannot be TRUSTED with another Supreme Court nominee.  The effects of another Bush nominee will last LONG after his impeachment and trial for war crimes...
  •  Just sent this to Senator Byrd (none)
    Dear Sen. Byrd,

    As an avid supporter of your outspoken opposition to many Bush Administration policies, I'm writing to ask that you VOTE NO in Monday's CLOTURE VOTE to end debate on the nomination of Judge Sam Alito to the Supreme Court.

    The nation needs to know the truth about President Bush's domestic spying program before any more of his judicial nominees are given lifetime appointment to the nation's highest court. Please SUPPORT THE FILIBUSTER of Judge Alito until the appointment of an INDEPENDENT COUNCIL ON DOMESTIC SPYING.

  •  cantwell (none)
    It seems she needs some prodding.

    weather forecast

    The palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. - Paine

    by Cedwyn on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 05:12:23 PM PST

  •  Spittin' in the wind? (none)
    If, like me, you have R Senators (Cornyn and Hutchison, no less) - or a D in a red-state - it can feel hopeless. But don't write them off -write to 'em, call 'em, fax 'em - blitz 'em just like all the undecideds and maybes listed above.

    So what that you'll get the stock "Thank you for your valuable input. I appreciate your concern. After duly diligent deliberation I've decided Alito is da'MAN"

    They are all politicians, and all will be taking the temperature of their constituents. They've likely made up their minds on their votes for both cloture and the confirmation, but the force and vigor of their objections to fillibuster, and willingness to support the nukes may be tempered somewhat if enough of us have asked them to at least consider a no, or at least a delay.

    I just e-mailed my "spit" (and will follow up with a fax when I can get to Kinkos tomorrow)

    Practice absurdus interruptus - Support ePluribus Media.

    by Catte Nappe on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 05:26:26 PM PST

  •  Making the rounds now letting my friends in (none)
    Maine, Colorado and Florida that that they should reach out and touch their Senators.  Have none here in DC, but can prod others!!
  •  Harkin against filibuster (none)
    Harkin will vote NO on Alito but YES on cloture. He will NOT support the filibuster.

    Please add him to the list. He is on record as against the filibuster.

    •  Sen. Harkin (none)
      Sen. Harkin dislikes the filibuster in principle.  In 1995, the first year that Democrats were in the minority, he offered a resolution limiting the use of the filibuster.  The resolution was quite unpopular.  

      This doesn't mean that Sen. Harkin isn't strongly opposed to the nomination; he is, and gave what I thought was the best case of any other Democrat against the nomination.

      For more articulate reasoning, please click here.

      Today, the Court purports to be the dispassionate oracle of the law, unmoved by "natural sympathy." - Justice Blackmun, dissenting, DeShaney v. Winnebago County

      by jim bow on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 07:54:25 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Here is what I am a gonna do: (none)
    I am going to take a tranquilzer and go to bed.

    Tomorrow I am gooing to get up and write Mr. Byrd a respectful letter on lined stationary and fax it to him.

    I am going to handwrite all my faxes tomorrow.

    I say we blast fax them all with POLITE, RESPECTFUL, HANDWRITTEN faxes.

    Oh, and is Byrd kidding us for a minute?  The Christian Coalition ALWAYS tells people to handwrite their messages.  Who is he kidding when he says these Alito supporteres were not part of an orchestrated move?

    "It is not too late at all. You just do not yet know what you are capable of." Mahatma Gandhi

    by Percheronwoman on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 06:05:07 PM PST

  •  My email (4.00)
    if anyone wants to copy

    Dear Senator,

    I listened to John Kerry's speech on Alito today in the Senate, and I was very upset. Alito said it was okay for a police officer to shoot and kill a fleeing 15-year-old boy who had snatched a purse!

    Effectively, he said it was okay for a police officer to be judge, jury and executioner for a crime that hasn't carried the death penalty for over 200 years.

    Can you imagine what our country would be like that were actually true, if Alito were given the power to make it so? Instead of ticketing speeding motorists, patrolmen could just shoot them in the head.

    Please vote against Samuel Alito and support Kerry's filibuster. Thank you.

    -9.0, -8.3. The less a man knows about how sausages and laws are made, the easier it is to steal his vote and give him botulism.

    by SensibleShoes on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 06:20:55 PM PST

  •  Jeff Bingaman's voice mailbox is full (none)
    I know he is voting NO on Alito, but I don't know where he stands on the filibuster or cloture.

    Anyone?  Anyone?  Bueller?

    What the hell is it NOW?

    by TigerMom on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 07:05:02 PM PST

  •  Attention PatrioticLiberal (none)
    Please add her to the list.

    Oh I'm not ready to give up (none / 0)

    And, patrioticliberal?

    You need to add (damnit) Barbara Mikulski to this list... This is why,

    a quote:

    "Among the rank and file, there was opposition to a filibuster from several lawmakers, including liberal Barbara Mikulski of Maryland and North Dakota's Kent Conrad, a moderate who is on the ballot this fall in a Republican state.

    Democratic officials said Mikulski had said during this week's closed-door caucus that the 2006 and 2008 elections were more important than a symbolic last stand that would fail to prevent Alito's confirmation. Her spokesman declined comment." This sickens me, she's a very liberal Dem.

    Here are her contact numbers, etc., you probably want to put some of them up on top of the post.:

    Baltimore Office
    Brown's Wharf
    1629 Thames Street
    Suite 400
    Baltimore, Maryland 21231
    410-962-4510 (phone)
    410-962-4760 (fax)
    410-962-4512 (TDD)

    Annapolis Office
    Suite 202
    60 West Street
    Annapolis, MD 21401-2448
    410-263-1805 (phone)
    410-269-1650 (Balt. line)
    410-263-5949 (fax)

    Greenbelt Office
    Suite 406
    6404 Ivy Lane
    Greenbelt, MD 20770-1407
    301-345-5517 (phone)
    301-345-7573 (fax)

    Hagerstown Office
    32 West Washington Street, Room 203
    Hagerstown, MD 21740-4804
    301-797-2826 (phone)
    301-797-2241 (fax)

    Salisbury Office
    Suite 1E, Building B
    1201 Pemberton Drive
    Salisbury, MD 21801-2403
    410-546-7711 (phone)
    410-546-9324 (fax)

    Washington, D.C. Office
    503 Hart Senate Office Building
    Washington, D.C. 20510-2003
    202-224-4654 (phone)
    202-224-8858 (fax)
    202-224-5223 (TDD)

    I don't believe this about Harkin

  •  Remember to be polite. (none)
    This is very important.

    "The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge" Bertrand Russell

    by donag on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 07:28:01 PM PST

  •  they need to tell us exactly (none)
    why they are on the fence.  

    If they haven't made a statement defending their stand, then
    why not?

  •  Just went over to Freeperville and (none)
    read all the filibuster threads.  Lots of people doing math. The general tone is that a filibuster is good for them, too, since they are banking on it not working, and making us look bad, or provoking the nuclear option, which many want.  Then they go back to some hairy math.

    I suggest a few of us do that over the weekend.  They seem to spie more on DU than on KOS.

    "It is not too late at all. You just do not yet know what you are capable of." Mahatma Gandhi

    by Percheronwoman on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 08:25:24 PM PST

  •  We Need Them to Invoke the Nukulur Option (none)
    Frist, the insider trader who makes Martha Stewart look like, say, some homemaker, needs to be FORCED to invoke the NUKULUR OPTION, now. Why wait until John Paul Stevens dies and they exhume Hitler's corpse? Do...it...now!

    Any Dem senator who blocks the filibuster of Scabito is a DINO and should be PERSONALLY held responsible for the demise of the 4th Amendment. Not to mention women's status as equal citizens under the law.

    Senator Byrd. Senator Harkin? Why is he even in the crosshairs? SHAME!

    Bush is the first President to admit to an impeachable offense. - John Dean

    by easong on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 09:10:14 PM PST

  •  weekend calls? (none)
    Will anyone be there to take my calls if I call over the weekend? I definitely have to call my Florida senator Bill Nelson. I've been sending him money to help him defeat Harris.
  •  My note to Sen Chaffee (none)
    I'm proudest of the following bit at the end of the appeal:

    you would...gain a staggering amount of recognition and support -- around the nation -- for taking such a courageous step.  And I'm not just talking about moral support and nice letters here, I'm talking cash, volunteers, the works.  

    As you are well aware, there is a groundswell from the center and the left, gearing up to redress the imbalance in our national politics.  Hitch your wagon to that star, Senator.  You will not regret it.

    It might be worth trying on other moderates whether Dem or Republican.  Full text follows.

    -----------------------
    To The Honorable Senator Lincoln Chaffee

    Subject: Alito Confirmation

    Dear Senator,

    I am a father and concerned citizen contacting you with one request: I urge you to vote "present" (i.e, abstain) on the closure of debate for Judge Alito's nomination next week.  

    I realize that you would take considerable heat for doing this.  But I must draw your attention to something: you would also gain a staggering amount of recognition and support -- around the nation -- for taking such a courageous step.  And I'm not just talking about moral support and nice letters here, I'm talking cash, volunteers, the works.  

    As you are well aware, there is a groundswell from the center and the left gearing up to redress the imbalance in our national politics.  Hitch your wagon to that star, Senator.  You will not regret it.

    Sincerely,

    I had to destroy my tinfoil hat because it was beaming coded messages into my brain.

    by stevelu on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 09:24:57 PM PST

  •  I called my Illinois Senators--Obama not on board (none)
    Durbin definitely favors a fillibuster, but Obama's office said he has not announced how he will vote yet.--I didn't know if they meant yes or no on Alito, or yes of no to fillibuster.  He needs to hear from his constituents, PRONTO! (I made the calls at 2:30 PM CT)
  •  I just tried to call my senator (none)
    Ken Salazar but his mailbox is full.  I'll try again tomorrow.

    I just moved back to CO from Fargo and voted for Dorgan in '04 - Should I call his office as well?

    "Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by sgilman on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:19:03 PM PST

  •  New title? (none)
    You might want to change the title to reflect that there are a lot of several people who need to hear from constituents.  Like 'These senators want to hear your opinion of filibuster'

    I only clicked on this diary because my friend is a fan of Obama's, but there are some other critical fence-sitters as well.

  •  Another from Oregon... (none)
     I'm getting off the computer to call NOW!
    After I email this list of phone numbers to everyone I know.

    Filibuster!

  •  Herb Kohl to skip vote? (none)
    According to his Friday press release, U.S. Sen. Kohl: Kohl To Listen To Concerns About Medicare Drug Benefit At Monday Roundtable In Milwaukee, issued after Frist's announcement of the schedule, Herb will be hosting a Milwaukee event on Medicaid Part D. If this holds, he's effectively a vote against cloture.

    Who: Senator Herb Kohl, seniors, individuals with disabilities, pharmacists, and advocacy groups  

    What: Roundtable discussion on the challenges resulting from the implementation of Medicare Part D, the prescription drug benefit passed by Congress in 2003.  

    When: Monday, January 30, 2006  9:30 a.m.  

    Where:Wilson Park Senior Center
    2601 W. Howard Ave
    Milwaukee, WI

     

    A Senator YOU can afford
    $1 contributions only.
    Masel for Senate
    1214 E. Mifflin St.
    Madison, WI 53703

    by ben masel on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 11:00:02 PM PST

  •  LTE weekend! (none)
    i sent my paper my ranting screed to Senator Smith; with any luck, it could be featured as a Sunday opinion piece.

    but if not, I also submitted this shorter LTE:

    Our Constitution explicitly states that judges are to be appointed by and with "the advice and consent of the Senate."  But after the embarassment of the Miers nomination, Bush consulted instead with his Chief of Staff, White House Counsel, and leaders of the religious right to decide on the nomination of Samuel Alito.  This aberration should put any true "strict constructionist" on edge, but little has been made of it.

    Until now - the filibuster is on and not a moment too soon.  The Constitution also fails to mention "signing statements" or anything else about the president "interpreting" legislation, yet Samuel Alito supports these and other expansions of executive branch power.  This is especially disturbing in light of Bush's extralegal domestic spying and similar snubbing of constitutional checks and balances.  I applaud those Senators standing up for Americans' rights and the separation of powers so crucial to our democracy.  Won't you?  

    wish me luck!

    weather forecast

    The palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. - Paine

    by Cedwyn on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 12:17:34 AM PST

  •  so, i guess it's a (none)
    filibuster freeway blogging weekend?

    : p

    weather forecast

    The palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. - Paine

    by Cedwyn on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 01:14:36 AM PST

  •  I tried the first 13 or so (none)
    and every single one was answered by the same (I mean the same...the actual same) woman's automated voice, with the senator's name plunked in either by the senator him- or her-self or a proxy, followed by the message that the mailbox is full, and then "Good-byeee."

    Period.

    Shades of New Hampshire, or was it Vermont. Indictments came down for clogging phone lines.

    Their mailboxes are full. Maybe it's just a coastal thing, but you'd think they'd have bigger mailboxes.

    Recommended nonetheless, to remind us West Coasters -- and East -- to come back tomorrow, when the "mailboxes" squirt out some more room. In and of itself, that might be an interesting test. Is anyone able to get through?

  •  Filibuster Alito Now (none)
    Or have Feudalism from now on.
    .
    Which do you prefer?
    .

    It's not what you don't know, that can hurt you. It's what you think you know, that just isn't so.

    by Qu on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 04:43:17 AM PST

  •  PLEASE UPDATE THIS DIARY, soon! (none)
    DELETE the line about lying about the zip code, or else someone from the RWmedia will lurk around here, pick it up and quote, without looking at all the discussion points here about not wanting to lie! This diary is up on the recommended list - don;t want to seem like the Kos community recommends that
  •  If you've had no luck calling or emailing (none)
    you can leave a written message here
    http://www.dailykos.com/...
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