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This is a follow-up to Armando's great posts this morning on the filibuster. Improbable? Yeah. Impossible? Never.  Take 15 minutes out of your weekend for democracy's sake. Track the updates on the cloture count here. Here is the latest update:

NO on cloture (announced support for a filibuster):

  1. Barbara Boxer (D- CA)
  2. Dianne Feinstein (D- CA)
  3. Christopher J. Dodd (D- CT)
  4. Richard J. Durbin (D- IL)
  5. John F. Kerry (D- MA)
  6. Edward M. Kennedy (D- MA)
  7. Paul S. Sarbanes (D- MD)
  8. Debbie A. Stabenow (D- MI)
  9. Harry Reid (D- NV)
  10. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D- NY)
  11. Charles Schumer (D- NY)
  12. Ron Wyden (D- OR)
  13. Russell D. Feingold (D- WI)
  14. Barack Obama (D-IL)
  15. Joe Biden (D-DE)
  16. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) (?)(see update)

Action items below the fold:

Senators To Call:

Blanche Lambert Lincoln (D- AR), 202-224-4843
Joseph I. Lieberman (D- CT), 202-224-4041
Thomas R. Carper (D- DE), 202-224-2441
Daniel K. Inouye (D- HI), 202-224-3934
Tom Harkin (D- IA), 202-224-3254
Evan Bayh (D- IN), 202-224-5623
Barbara A. Mikulski (D- MD), 202-224-4654
Carl Levin (D- MI), 202-224-6221
Mark Dayton (D- MN), 202-224-3244
Max Baucus (D- MT), 202-224-2651
Frank Lautenberg (D- NJ), 202-224-3224
Jeff Bingaman (D- NM), 202-224-5521
Jack Reed (D- RI), 202-224-4642
Patrick J. Leahy (D- VT), 202-224-4242
Maria Cantwell (D- WA), 202-224-3441
Patty Murray (D- WA), 202-224-2621
Herb Kohl (D- WI), 202-224-5653
John D. Rockefeller, IV (D- WV), 202-224-6472
James M. Jeffords (I- VT), 202-224-5141

Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D- DE) , 202-224-5042
Bill Nelson (D- FL), 202-224-5274
Daniel K. Akaka (D- HI), 202-224-6361
Mary Landrieu (D- LA), 202-224-5824
Byron L. Dorgan (D- ND), 202-224-2551
Olympia Snowe (R- ME), 202-224-5344

The bold are those in most need of some convincing. Senators Biden, Nelson, Akaka, Landrieu, Dorgan, and Snowe have stated they would likely not support a filibuster. Not a firm stance, like Chaffee, Salazar, Pryor, and Conrad, so there is reason to  keep calling them.

Some key things to keep in mind:

  1.  Don't give up on "Yes" votes.  Pressure from the blogosphere is working.  We've seen that with Senator Feinstein changing her mind and voting against cloture.  

  2.  Fax. The mailboxes of many Senators are full, as are some of their inboxes. You can fax a filibuster fax to 13 Senators for free over at  Their form targets the following Senators: Barack Obama, Christopher Dodd, Joseph Lieberman, Joseph Biden, Richard Durbin, Evan Bayh, Olympia Snowe, Harry Reid, Charles Schumer, Hillary Clinton, Lincoln Chafee and Russell Feingold. Fax numbers for all senators will be listed in the comments.

  3.  Do They Want A President Or A King?: This should be the talking point, for Judge Alito has made it clear the Presidency has no one to answer to but itself.  A vote for Alito is a vote for a man who believes the President can thumb his nose at Congress and at our precious system of checks and balances.

  4. The American People Oppose Alito.: 56% of Americans say Alito should NOT be confirmed if he will overturn Roe. Alito refused to call Roe "well-settled" law, and has throughout his lifetime taken the legal position that Roe should be eroded and overruled.

Let our Senators know that a vote for cloture is a vote which silences the will of the American people. And let's see if we can pull off a little weekend miracle...

Update [2006-1-28 14:26:49 by georgia10]::
  • 1-888-355-3588 is the toll-free number for the Capitol Switchboard. Fax numbers for all senators are here. Email addresses can be found here.
  • You can send a free fax through your browser. Try this site and this site.
  • If the D.C. mailbox is full, try their local office.

Update [2006-1-28 15:47:24 by georgia10]:: Although numerous people have told me Obama is a no on cloture, there seems to be some confusion. So he's off the list until I confirm with a definite source.

Update [2006-1-28 18:8:20 by georgia10]:: It appears the free fax pages have been overloaded or have some other problem. I'll keep looking for another site you can use.

Update [2006-1-28 18:22:48 by georgia10]:: There were multiple people who said they called Menendez's office and confirmed he was FOR a filibuster. However, in Kennedy's conference call, he named Menendez in the list of senators to pressure. I'd err on the side of caution and say to keep calling Menendez, 202-224-4744.

Update [2006-1-29 13:4:29 by georgia10]:: Obama will vote against cloture, as will Joe Biden as announced on the Sunday news shows (I've updated the roster up top). Durbin says he has 37 votes.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 11:02 AM PST.

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  •  Keep up the Fight... (4.00)
    Use all the Ammo you can find.
    •  FILIBUSTER ALITO image 4 U 2 Copy, Send, make Sign (none)

      4 U 2 Copy, Send, make Signs

      also a ...

      Get Up and WAlk Out

      on Bu$h State of the Union Speech

      Go Get Em... Click
      PASS them ON

      Thank U,

    •  With love from (4.00)
      Check out the second to last bullet....

      Saturday Updates:

      ^^Senators are freaking out! They've all turned off their DC phones and their voicemails are full. Let's try their state offices (details coming) and get ready to start calling DC again at 9:00 a.m. on Monday!
      ^^Bush is freaking out! He used his Saturday radio address to demand an "upperdown" vote, exactly 91 days after denying Harriet Miers her "upperdown" vote! Maybe he's reading his hopeless polls?
      ^^The corporate media whores are freaking out!
      ^^Pro-filibuster additions: Paul Sarbanes (#13)
      ^^Three Democratic men told us to go fuck ourselves: Mark Pryor, Ken Salazar, and Kent Conrad. I'm tracking their statements at AlitoTraitorWatch
      ^^20-odd Senators can't figure out what to do. With a hat-tip to Josh Marshall, I'm calling them the "Clueless Caucus" and tracking their statements at AlitoWaffleWatch
      ^^Read these great blogs from BuzzFlash, John Nichols, Huffington Post and BradBlog. And for off-topic fun, don't miss Bob Geiger's Saturday Cartoons.
      ^^Through Vatican spokesman Cardinal Armando, Pope Markos I blessed the Kossack peasant uprising, and there is much joy in KosVille!
      ^^Watch the Young Turks filibuster.

      If it talks like an R, VOTES like an R, it is an R - even if it has a D after its name.

      by dkmich on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 11:55:52 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  2nd to last bullet NOT TO BE MISSED!!! (4.00)

        LetsFight. re handle: Fight the radical right is the sentiment!

        by letsfight on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 11:59:19 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Heavy Artillery for the filibuster fight (none)
          On a weekend, you may have difficulty reaching a real live person with whom to talk when you call the various senators' offices, but you can always reach their fax machines!

          Here is a flyer (in PDF form) that should be faxed to senators who are still sitting on the fence. click on the graphic at left, or go to this diary for more information.

          Keep up the fight! We must not lose this one!

          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 Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 12:23:46 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

      •  This is what they sent me... (4.00)

        At the start of the day, only Dick Durbin and Debbie Stabenow supported Kerry and Kennedy. Just before noon, Hillary Clinton's office called to say she supported us. Then Harry Reid came on board, along with Barbara Boxer, Russ Feingold, Ron Wyden, Chris Dodd, and (I think) Chuck Schumer.


        Most importantly, we even picked up Dianne Feinstein, who just yesterday said she opposed a filibuster.


        That's 12 votes for a filibuster - and exactly 12 more votes than we had two days ago!


        I believe we really can stop Alito by Monday at 4:30 p.m. - but here's what we must do.


        1. Ignore the media whores. Karl Rove is feeding them lies as he always does, and they are swallowing those lies as they always do. The only media that matters is the media we are creating right here by calling each Senator and getting a YES or NO statement from them.


        2. Keep calling the Senators who are undecided or opposed to a filibuster. You can call their DC office all weekend and leave polite but firm voicemails urging the Senators to support Kerry's filibuster. When offices open on Monday 9 a.m. ET, make another round of calls. Let's shut down the Capitol switchboard on Monday!



        3. Call the DNC (202-863-8000) and the DSCC (202-224-2447) and tell them your 2006 contributions will depend on the success of the Alito filibuster. Tell them they need to get every Democratic Senator on board.


        4. Wake up the sleeping bloggers. Where are the biggest blogs, including,,, and (Complaining about how Democrats played last week won't cut it -we're in the Super Bowl and we can win this damn game if we get Democrats to play their best game on Monday - and hopefully the rest of this coming week.) Thanks to Agonist, BobGeiger, BradBlog, BuzzFlash, CultureKitchen, The Democratic Daily, DemocraticUnderground, Eschaton, Firedoglake, Mahablog, MakeThemAccountable, Mark Crispin Miller, NewsDissector, PoliticalWire, RudePundit, Vichy Democrats and everyone else who's plugging this.


        5. Lend a hand to real-world groups like NOW, People for the American Way, Feminist Majority, Backbone Campaign, Moveon, Planned Parenthood, Progressive Democrats of America, and Working Assets Long Distance, which have worked tirelessly for two months to Stop Alito.


        6. Call talk shows like Air America, C-SPAN, etc. and talk about what we're doing on this blog and how we're killing ourselves to stop Alito - and how we can win if everyone who cares about the future of our Democracy joins us.


        7. Keep hope alive - because American Democracy is worth it!!!

        Although they're getting pretty haughty and gloaty over at RedState - It doesn't look like the Dems are anywhere near giving up the ghost yet.


        • - it is easy, costs a few cents but ? (none)
          Just now - 821 EST - I couldn't get through on any of the DNC lines (all mailboxes full) but I did manage to leave a message on the DSCC voicemail.

          In my particular case, I was very clear about while not be a registered democrat, I have given thousands of dollars to various Democratic campaigns in the past - and I will NEVER give another dime to anyone who doesn't support this filibuster.

          I have faxes or emailed Byrd, Bayh, Milkulski, Lieberman and Salazar (I spend as much time as possible in CO) ... I will send some more faxes tomorrow. I used efax - where I can fax right from my computer - it costs a few cents - but SO WHAT....

 - it makes it very easy to type an email that is turned into a fax with the fax number as the address.  I tried Harkin in DC but got unsuccessful transmission - maybe out of paper?

    •  CONTACT THE DNC! (4.00)
      Tell them something like this:

      I have been an ardent supporter of the Democratic agenda, INCLUDING financial support.

      Future donations will be allocated directly by the criteria of whether or not a Democratic Senator supported this fillibuster.  

      I refuse to throw my money away on a weak opposition that is self-fulfilling the "prophecy of lies" put forth by Fox news and their ilk.

      I want to see some return on my investment.

      Im mad as hell.

      •  With 'Dems' like these who needs Republicans? (4.00)
        Why should you fund cogs in the GOP juggernaut? (Attributions and embedded links for the following:)

        Robert Byrd (WV) : 1/26/06: Judge Alito told me that he respected the separation of powers and would not rule in support of a power-hungry President. I liked that answer, and I liked Judge Alito. He struck me as a man of his word, and I intend to vote for him.
        Joe Biden (DE):  1/28/06: Sees "no reasonable prospect that a filibuster could work or function."
        Kent Conrad (ND): 1/28/06 "I do not think a filibuster will be successful. A filibuster is not going to be sustained... It is clear to me that a majority of the American people and the people I represent support his confirmation."
        Mark Pryor (AR): 1/28/06 "While I personally cannot support Judge Alito's confirmation on the Supreme Court, there is not a smoking gun in his past that would warrant 'extraordinary circumstances' and subsequently a filibuster against his nomination. I have faith in the 13 other members who forged the 'Gang of 14. In exchange for preserving the minority party's right to filibuster a judge, we all agreed a higher threshold must be met before this action is taken."

        Why are stiffs like these getting your money?

        These are Democrats running for the Senate who expect Democrats to give them money and votes after they tell us to go fuck ourselves:
        Bob Casey (PA) - in a Democratic primary with anti-Alito candidates Chuck Pennachio and Alan Sandals: 1/24: "I agree with The Philadelphia Inquirer and Washington Post editorial boards that the arguments against Judge Alito do not rise to the level that would require a vote denying him a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court."
        Harold Ford (TN): 1/27: "It does not appear that there is any reason to hold up a vote. I hope my colleagues in the Senate will move quickly to bring this process to a dignified end," he said.
    •  This Weekend we should fax (none)
      Since the senators offices are closed this weekend, and many of their telephone numbers voice mail full, we should fax over the weekend.  Someone has posted a few fax internet service, which is, and I have found the fax and email messages of every member of Congress on, of all things, a conservative Web site!!

      Here are the fax and email and phone numbers of all members of Congress:

    •  Please, folks (4.00)
      Don't do fraud. There are some suggestions around of representing oneself with other zips. Don't do it.
      I have been stating at the bottom of my mails that I am not of their state, this is a matter of such importance nationally, a fedral matter, that I feel confident that they will also view it as such. It is in defense of the Constitution of the USA, not of the State of .....
      •  Although, (none)
        if you worked out-of-state during the 2004 election, you could mention that.  I've never resided in WV, OH, or PA, but I spent time in each of those states either talking with undecideds or registering voters in support of Kerry.  I trust Dem senators wanted our help at that time; we want their help now.

        "You can't talk to the ignorant about lies, since they have no criteria." --Ezra Pound

        by machopicasso on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 03:50:33 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Fax numbers (3.91)
    AR: Lincoln(D) (202) 228-1371
    AR: Pryor(D) (202) 228-0908
    CA: Boxer(D) (202) 226-6701
    CA: Feinstein(D) (202) 228-3954
    CO: Salazar(D) (202) 228-5036
    CT: Dodd(D) (202) 224-1083
    CT: Lieberman(D) (202) 224-9750
    DE: Biden(D) (202) 224-0139
    DE: Carper(D) (202) 228-2190
    FL: Nelson(D) (202) 228-2183
    HI: Akaka(D) (202) 224-2126
    HI: Inouye(D) (202) 224-6747
    IA: Harkin(D) (202) 224-9369
    IL: Durbin(D) (202) 228-0400
    IL: Obama(D) (202) 228-4260
    IN: Bayh(D) No FAX listed
    LA: Landrieu(D) (202) 224-9735
    MA: Kennedy(D) (202) 224-2417
    MA: Kerry(D) (202) 224-8525
    MD: Mikulski(D) (202) 224-8858
    MD: Sarbanes(D) (202) 224-1651
    MI: Levin(D) (202) 224-1388
    MI: Stabenow(D) (202) 228-0325
    MN: Dayton(D) (202) 228-2186
    MT: Baucus(D) (202) 224-0515
    ND: Conrad(D) (202) 224-7776
    ND: Dorgan(D) (202) 224-1193
    NE: Nelson(D) (202) 228-0012
    NJ: Corzine(D) (202) 228-2197
    NJ: Lautenberg(D) (202) 224-9707
    NM: Bingaman(D) (202) 224-2852
    NV: Reid(D) (202) 224-7327
    NY: Clinton(D) (202) 228-0282
    NY: Schumer(D) (202) 228-3027
    OR: Wyden(D) (202) 228-2717
    RI: Reed(D) (202) 224-4680
    SD: Johnson(D) (202) 228-0368
    VT: Leahy(D) (202) 224-3595
    VT: Jeffords(I) No FAX listed
    WA: Cantwell(D) (202) 228-0514
    WA: Murray(D) (202) 224-0238
    WI: Feingold(D) (202) 224-2725
    WI: Kohl(D) (202) 224-9787
    WV: Rockefeller(D) (202) 224-7665
    WV: Byrd(D) (202) 228-0002

    tracking the domestic spying scandal here.

    by Georgia Logothetis on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 11:05:06 AM PST

  •  Mail boxes are full. (none)
    I tried calling my Senator and a few others and their mail boxes are full.  Any suggestions?
    •  call their local offices (4.00)
      if you go to your senator's page, there is the contact info for their local offices. Try those numbers.

      tracking the domestic spying scandal here.

      by Georgia Logothetis on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 11:07:17 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I've been calling nothing but (4.00)
        local offices.  Folks are friendlier, less harried, and will listen to your best argument if you can make it in 15-30 seconds.
      •  Thanks. I also sent a fax. (none)
      •  does this work ??! (none)
        I hate to put a damper on things, but what makes you guys think that a Senator from Nebraska cares what someone in New York or California say?

        You guys also know that the Senate has caller ID and can easily see your area code...

        •  I Caught Some Hell (4.00)
          for this on another thread but if you go to Zip Code Lookup at the USPS.COM you can bypass that problem. Are we Fighting Dems or Not?

          In the past I have called offices who would not listen to me until I gave them a zip to show I was in their state.

          Well if Alito can duck, dodge and lie in front of congress I can certainly counter that by providing a zip code that is friendly to senators. This is democracy we are takling about!

          •  zip code ? (none)
            Yes I agree, but what makes you think they would take you serioulsy if you call with a Los Angeles area code and give them a zip code in Nebraska ?
            •  Great Question (none)
              If asked: 'I just moved to Nebraska from Los Angeles and haven't changed my cell phone number.'

              Got it? What ever it takes within reason. Fighting Dems, right?

              •  sigh (4.00)
                I used to intern in an office like that...not many people move from LA to rapid city. And the state is so small, the staffer on the phone asked her, oh what is the name of the main church in town ? And of course she couldn't answer.

                The point is, that senators do not care what out of state callers complain about...and unless everyone from california really does move to the midwest, they will continue not to care. I am saying that I agree with this, but that is the reality of the situation.

                •  Folks... (1.50)
                  What if someone with fairly minimal software savvy and equipment e-mailed and auto faxed by a sender list to all those Democrats you are listing a message containing imbedded images (screen shots) of certain comments on this thread and another, where this ruse of false claims of constituency by fraudulent zip code claim is being advocated, and it becomes apparent to those Senators and staff that their supposed allies are seeking to hoodwink them?

                  What if someone already did that, with links? Or archived the comments, FTPed them and linked to those?

                  Considering how fast this site is on the delete trigger, it is odd that they don't catch and react to their own folks setting themselves up for a fall, embarrassment and even earning the very antipathy of the Senators who hope to persuade!


                  •  What if.... (1.50)
                    ...someone sent that information about this fraudulent ploy to......FOX?

                    Do you think through what you do and say?


                    •  I'm sure you're on the phone now. (none)
                      Always nice to see a member of the 101st Chairborne Chickenhawks posting threats here.

                      Enjoy what little time you have left here...then you can go back home to

                  •  What If People (none)
                    who were Republicans went out and did voter registration and then threw all the Democratic voter registrations in the trash? Yeah it happened!

                    What If they stole the election by not providing enough voter machines in certain neighborhoods? Yeah that happened too.

                    If you are going to fight pigs then you have to get down in the mud once in a while if you are ever going to have a chance of winning.

                •  So The Worst That (none)
                  would happen is you tried to make a difference and were not well received on the phone. So what, at least you tried. Hang up the phone and on to the next phone call. You can't win without trying.

                  Now in the case above, myself, I would then fax the office because I am not a quitter. And if I really wanted to get through on the phone I would *67 and call their non-800 number then there would be no Caller ID to trip me up.

                  You seem to be looking for reasons why things will not work instead of finding work-arounds for making them work. In that case you are defeated before you start.

            •  *67 (none)
              And they ultimately represent ALL US citizens, not just those in their states. Alito will not be on the Nebraska Supreme Court, but on the US Supreme Court. That's why they should care.

              "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

              by kovie on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 12:02:36 PM PST

              [ Parent ]

              •  I use it (none)
                all the time, but it doesn't work when calling toll-free numbers, AFAIK.
              •  A Four for Thinking Creatively (none)
                That is what we need to do more of.

                Unfortunately *67 does not block your number to 800 numbers. So be prepared with another strategy like a 'friendly' zip. Make your call count.

                If you think using a 'friendly' zip is wrong then don't do it...

                "It's hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse." - Adlai Stevenson

                •  I don't think they see the callerid (none)
                  When I used the toll free number for the Capitol switchboard they still asked where I was from, and the Senator from Oregon's office sounded quite surprised when I told them where I was calling from.

                  On Bush: "He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." --(borrowed from) Churchill

                  by joanneleon on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 02:44:47 PM PST

                  [ Parent ]

              •  We pay their (none)
                medical insurance and retirement package. We are all consituents. We pay for the health insurance of the snotty aide snotty aide who picks up the phone. We are all consituents.

                It's Dick's and George's world. We just have to live in it. Assholes!

                by hoplite9 on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 12:18:25 PM PST

                [ Parent ]

          •  The "democracy" I signed up for (none)
            didn't include lying...

            Just because we can, that doesn't mean we should.

            by Simplify on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 12:13:42 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

          •  As far as I'm concerned (none)
            If they can take money from those of us "outside" their constituency, they can damn sure take our calls as well.
        •  They are Hired.... (4.00)
          By those Locals they Represent!

          But the Decisions Made in Washington, outside of Pork, Cover Everyone In This Country!!

          Makes No Difference Who They Are They Work For You!!

          You Don't 'PLEDGE ALLEGANCE' To A President, Political Party, Religion, or Any Single Ideology!
          You Do 'PLEDGE ALLEGANCE' To The 'United States of America' and All That She Stands For, Lady Liberty!!

        •  because you made the effort to call (none)
          Think about it. How often, if ever, have you called a politician before? For me, never. Never before has any issue bothered me enough to call. Until now.

          They know that people don't call until they're really, really pissed off. Calling means you have to put your ass on the line, on the phone, and actually tell a human being what you think. Even if you're out of state that means a lot. You might know people in their state, or influence them through online, or ... no state is an island.


        •  um, re-read my comment (none)
          "if you go to your senator's page..."

          You're right though that contact from an out-of-stater will carry less weight than a constituent.

          tracking the domestic spying scandal here.

          by Georgia Logothetis on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 12:25:24 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  When I answered phones (none)
            in a D.C. Senate office, out-of-state opinions were not counted at all; we would listen to the person on the other end politely, but not take a message.  Faxes from out-of-state went directly to the circular file/recycling bin, or were maybe forwarded to one of the sender's senate offices if they didn't look like form letters.  Emails from non-constituents were deleted.

            Not trying to be a wet blanket - this was 6 years ago, and things may have changed.  Also, others have stated that the Senate staff has indicated they are tallying pro- or con- filibuster positions regardless of state identity.  This fight may wind up being a special case in how these types of things are treated.

            But I still think that the best effort is to focus on your specific senators, and to send as much encourage as possible for everyone else to do the same.  Know someone in one of the critical states?  Convince them to call.  That's still probably better effort spent.

            War is NOT a preventative measure.

            by demandcaring on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 01:10:01 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

        •  i always tell the truth (none)
          since i'm in california i always tell my senator's staff that i am in the navy stationed in san diego but i still maintain my residency in florida and then give them my mailing address zip code for florida (it's my parents house). the staffer's always say they are quite pleased to hear from his constituents in the military.

          Putting a yellow ribbon on your car is literally the least you can do. Put your money where your mouth is and enlist or shut the fuck up.

          by darwinsjoke on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 12:40:50 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  Partial solution (none)
          Some of us worked in states other than our own during the 2004 election (e.g. some MD residents either campaigned or registered voters in WV, PA, and OH).  Granted, that's not on a par with being a constituent.  But one would think Democratic senators would appreciate those who enter their states to campaign on behalf of a Democratic presidential candidate.  It's ultimately in their best interest, after all.  

          "You can't talk to the ignorant about lies, since they have no criteria." --Ezra Pound

          by machopicasso on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 12:58:00 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  My Senator is from Florida and i am trying to (none)
          contact him.
    •  fax their local office too. n/t (none)

      "Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little safety will deserve neither and lose both." Benjamin Franklin

      by glynis on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 11:14:17 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Some other fax info (4.00)
    A site called The Phone Company offers free online faxing (text only).  I've been getting my fax numbers at this contact site.  This is the text of the letter I'm sending (pre-georgia10's diary... I think I'll add the 56% info to the rest).

    Dear Senator,

    As I'm sure you know, millions of Americans are very concerned about President Bush's nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.  There are strong indications that he will undermine our essential American right to privacy, and that he will destroy the vital checks and balances that have kept this country free and strong for over 200 years.  

    Senator Kerry has announced a filibuster to stop the lifetime appointment of this extremist conservative to the Supreme Court.  I am writing to thank you for supporting this filibuster! (this was for HRC, but for others I simply asked them to support the filibuster)  Millions of Americans depend on an unbiased court that will defend our civil liberties, and millions of Democratic voters are watching our representatives very closely.  I have volunteered on Democratic campaigns, and have voted for the Democratic candidate in every election, but this issue means a great deal to me.  Judge Alito's confirmation will have a historic, negative effect on cherished American rights and liberties.  As a young man, I fear that Senator Alito's presence on the court will affect the shape of the rest of my life; he will decide whether I live in a free country or one with a "unitary executive".  I hope we can depend on you to protect our vital freedoms.

    Thank you,
    Neal Shah

    Oh well a young man ain't got nothin' in the world these days-- Mose Allison

    by ChicagoDem on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 11:06:19 AM PST

  •  1-888-355-3588 toll free (none)
    Contact Senators - toll free
    Toll free number 1-888-355-3588 to Capitol Switchboard. Just ask for the Senators by name.

    Thanks for EVERYTHING, Daily Kos. You are all great and helpful.

  •  A vote for cloture..., (4.00)
    and a no vote on Alito is BULLSHIT. Let your Senator know that you know.

    "Those are my principles. If you don't like them, I have others." Groucho Marx

    by irate on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 11:07:52 AM PST

  •  not getting through to.... (none)
    ...Landrieu or Salazar over the phone. I don't have a fax machine but I have a scanner and I think somehow I can use that to fax. Also I am connected by cable so I'm unable to dial out on my computer. I guess I'm asking for help on faxing from my machine.
  •  I'd say that it's doubtful... (none)
    to get Senator Rockefeller to vote differently than Senator Byrd on this issue. Good luck! I hope you can convince Jay to stay up for the Constitution since Byrd obviously won't.
    •  Sen. Byrd (none)
      I think the only way Sen. Byrd would reconsider his position would be a heart to heart conversation with someone he respects in private I don't think us lobbing him will do much good.  Now who can we get to go have a talk with him.
      •  If we had the power to... (none)
        I don't know... resurrect James Madison and Thomas Jefferson from the grave. Maybe Byrd would listen to them. Oops, wishful thinking. He's listening to his Southern Baptist diatribe over the Constitution AGAIN. Byrd is a relative theocrat, hence, it's time for him to go. BRING A NEW GENERATION OF DEMOCRATS TO WEST VIRGINIA; THE "GOOD-OL-BOYS" HAVE FAILED
        •  call him a hypocrite, loudly and repeatedly... (4.00)
          "Senator Byrd,

          I am very disappointed that you have apparently decided to oppose a filibuster next week regarding Judge Alito's Supreme Court nomination.  I am a life-long Democrat and have always loved watching your beautiful orations on C-Span over the years, waving around your little pocket copy of the Constitution.  I believed that here was a politician that actually believed in something, that stood for the one thing that makes America the greatest country in the world.

          But it seems that those convictions fly out the window when it comes to political expediency.  If you call yourself a Democrat - if you in any way oppose the executive branch's current attempt to grab more power for itself - then PLEASE think long and hard before rejecting the filibuster option.  All signs point to Alito's willingness to blindly sign off on whatever this neoconservative administration wants; Judge Roberts is already proving to be anything but the middle-of-the-road justice everybody said he would be.

          Going down without a fight on this issue tells me, and the millions of like-minded Democrats, that all your pontificating about the Bush administration's policies over the last five years has been just so much hypocritical blovating.  If you really BELIEVE in what we stand for, for God's sake DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!  Take a stand - fight for what's right.  You will have no room to complain in two or three months about the actions of this administration, if your own actions on the Senate floor are shown to have blown with the proverbial political winds."

          In all likelihood, some junior staffer's the only one who will ever read this, but at least I tried...wouldn't Byrd be shocked if he was run out of office on just this issue!  Maybe if Democrats start seeing actual political consequences for all their this point, I don't know what else to do.

          •  Don't call him a hypocrite... (none)
            Argue respectfully, but firmly and persuasively.

            Resorting to name calling will get you nowhere with these people.

            They will stop listening the moment you do.

            Sam Alito doesn't just think Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided: he thinks the Revolutionary War was wrongly decided.

            by Malacandra on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 12:41:08 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  Believe me, I've tried... (none)
              the logical, point-by-point letters nicely asking Congressmen to do this or vote for that, defy the administration, help push through Katrina bills, focus on national health care - but frankly, I'm starting to run out of patience.

              Don't worry, I'm a firm believer in civility in letters, blogging, posts, whatever - name-calling just degenerates and demeans a debate and the important issues it may espouse.  But lately I feel like we Democrats need to start calling them like we see them.  And if Sen. Byrd (or any other Democrat) waves around the Constitution in one hand while raising the other in favor of a court justice appointed by the same administration eager to concentrate executive power...then I certainly feel no compunction in screaming HYPOCRITE from the rooftops!

              •  Why should they listen? (none)
                A while back there was a piece posted here about how poorly the Dems in Congress were polling, but that there wasn't any reason to worry since even those who didn't really care for the Dems would never vote GOP.

                Folks, they don't listen because they don't have to.  They know the old argument "vote for us or the GOP will win" will carry them through on election day.

                If you are complaining about the Dems lacking spine, then grow some spine of your own and vote against them.  Otherwise, why the hell should they listen to your ranting.

                •  bush v. gore redux (none)
                  If the choice is between immoral thugs and milquetoast enablers of that immorality, voters will stay home.

                  Sure, D candidates can say "Vote for us or the GOP wins."  But if the Democratic party doesn't stand in opposition to the GOP, don't be surprised when the answer is "Yeah, so what?"

                •  Don't worry... (none)
                  I fully plan on it.

                  My solution to Senator Byrd's transgression:

                  On May 9, 2006, the West Virginia 2006 Democratic Primary will be held. For all West Virginians who are distraught with Senator Byrd's vote to confirm Scalito, write-in the name of former Governor BOB WISE as a statement to Senator Byrd. Let the State Party know your displeasure with Byrd, and prepare Wise to succeed Byrd.

          •  I regret sending Byrd money and want it back. (none)
            It's a betrayal especially since I'm not technically his constituent, except as a US citizen.

            The whole point was his promise to defend the Constitution, and he has been a hypocrite - his participation in the Gang of 14 should have been a tip-off.  And his Klan past.

            I left his office a voice mail yesterday.  When it's easier to get through on the phones, I plan to call and get them to refund the money I sent, which I consider was obtained under false pretenses.

      •  Senator Kennedy (none)
        should talk to Senator Byrd.
      •  Which Democrat most has his ear? (none)
        I.e. which Democrat, currently holding office or not, does he most respect on such matters, and/or would he be most likely to listen to and be convinced to change his mind by? I assume that it would have to be a lawyer who's also a constitutional expert or scholar, or perhaps a current or former senator who has shown great respect for senate history and traditions.

        "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

        by kovie on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 12:15:03 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  Byrd's Criteria? (none)
        Byrd's doesn't just oppose the filibuster.  He actually wants Alito to be nominated.  You can read his "explanation" here:
        He claims there that he is at heart "conservative".  He agrees with the constituents who wrote and called the hearings a "disgrace".  He seems that he has been offended that the hearings were not more amiable.  He apparently thinks that is more important than protecting the checks and balances of government or human rights.
        He was also apparently very moved by the fact that several of the people who wrote to him used paper with lines (see link).  It's as if they did so while watching t.v., he muses.  Huh?  
        In sum, he seems quite unreasonable.
        •  Mines (none)
          Didn't Alito previously rule in favor of relaxing mining safety requirements? In that regard, and the recent mining disasters in West Virginia, I'm surprised this isn't being made into more of an issue.

          What would our founding fathers say about trading their civil liberties for safety from terror attacks?
          Give me Liberty or give me death!

          by jeffwass on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 01:20:47 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  RNS Services v. Secretary of Labor (none)
            Alito tried to exempt a company from having to comply with the "Mine Safety and Health Act".  He said this company was an exception because it was associated with a coal-processing plant. Connection? The other judges all saw no connection.  He was the dissenting opinion.

            Here is another labor related decision of his:
            Homar v. Gilbert - Alito rules that suspension without a hearing and without pay doesn't violate the right of federal workers to due process.
            (link with more info)

            Once again Alito expresses his annoyance with due process of law.

  •  Corzine is no longer the Senator from NJ... (none)
    He is now the Governor of NJ and appointed Menendez to replace him.  I do not know his phone number or fax number but he will be facing the NJ 80% Pro-Choice voters in November.
  •  can a comment be edited? (none)
    if so, would like to delete my list of fax numbers that i see someone else had already posted.  
  •  I'd just like to say (4.00)
    to all of the pundits who are calling Kerry et al.'s call for a filibuster "political":

    It IS political.  He's my REPRESENTATIVE, and he's representing what I, and MANY other people I know here, want him to.

    So shut up and let them do their jobs.

    Now let's do ours and call our senators to let them know what we think of Alito.

  •  Lifetime Appointment (none)
    If the democrats don't fight now, when?  After all the negatives against the GOP and the administration in the last few months gives the democrats all the advantage they will ever get this is a lifetime appointment, they already got Roberts this is the democrats last chance to try to influence the Supreme Court of our childrens future.  
  •  Tell me it is not true... (4.00)
    Doing something for a political point when you are an elected politician.  

    I thought they were just supposed to go into the back rooms and smoke cigars together!

  •  E-mail? (none)
    Is it worth it to send e-mail to your Senator?  I like the idea of the fax service, but unfortunately my D-Senator (Bingaman, NM) isn't on the list.  Too bad they didn't include everyone or give you a choice.
  •  BINGAMAN (none)
    Need other numbers for Senator Bingaman's office. I called his DC office, the number you provided, and the recording said  
    "the mailbox belonging to the office of Senator Jeff Bingaman is full. Goodbye"

    We need the fill up the rest of his mailboxes, too, and every other receptacle that can be found. Remember, a Senator doesn't have to vote "nay" on cloture, he merely has has to vote "present" to not be counted amoung the 60 "ayes" the ReThuglicans need to close debate and force the vote.

  •  My Letter (4.00)
    Dear Senator

    This is a critical moment in American History.  The founding fathers clearly envisioned this day when they created the Senate.

    Madison in Federalist #51

         "It is of great importance in a republic not only to guard the society against the oppression of its rulers, but to guard one part of the society against the injustice of the other part. Different interests necessarily exist in different classes of citizens. If a majority be united by a common interest, the rights of the minority will be insecure.  There are but two methods of providing against this evil:"

    Ultimately the method developed in government to protect against the tyranny of majority factions was the creation of the Super-majority and tools such as the Filibuster.  It must be remembered that these tools exist precisely to protect the rights of the minority, of the disenfranchised and the disaffected from the will of a powerful majority faction.

    Judge Alito has consistently shown a judicial tendency to place the rights of the most vulnerable minority, the individual, secondary to that of the majority faction.

    Madison also said "Justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society. It ever has been and ever will be pursued until it be obtained, or until liberty be lost in the pursuit."

    The ACLU has stated:

    Recent revelations about presidential authorization of domestic spying, in defiance of the law, make it clear that the Senate cannot, and must not, approve a nominee who has little regard for the constitutional system of checks and balances. The Supreme Court is the final guardian of our liberties, and Alito has all too often taken a hostile position toward our fundamental civil liberties and civil rights."

    If we don't stand up now to protect the rights of those who are most vulnerable to corporate and government power - when will we? With this in mind, I ask you to please support Senator Kerry and Kennedy's call for a Filibuster of Samuel Alito.  

    Thank you.
    Frank Vyan Walton
    Gardena, CA

  •  emails (3.78)
    The Three Turncoats:
    Ben Nelson
    Phone: (202) 224-6551 / (402) 441-4600
    Fax: (202) 228-0012 / (402) 476-8753
    Email: /email.cfm

    Tim Johnson
    Phone: (202) 224-5842 / (605) 226-3440 / (605) 341-3990 / (605) 332-8896
    Fax: (202) 228-5765 / (605) 226-2439
    Email: .cfm

    Robert Byrd
    Phone: (202) 224-3954 / (304) 342-5855
    Fax: (202) 228-0002 / (304) 343-7144

    Our "Party Leader":
    Harry Reid
    Phone: (202) 224-3542 / (702) 388-5020
    Fax: (202) 224-7327 / (702) 388-5030

    Democrats Not Confirmed Filibuster-ers:
    Barack Obama
    Phone: (202) 224-2854 / (312) 886-3506
    Fax: (202) 228-4260 / (312) 886-3514
    Email: cfm?cat=legal

    Mary Landrieu
    Phone: (202) 224-5824 / (504) 589-2427
    Fax: (202) 224-9735 / 504) 589-4023
    Email: .cfm

    Ken Salazar
    Phone: (202) 224-5852 / (303) 455-7600
    Fax: (202) 228-5036 / (303) 455-8851
    Email: cfm

    Joe Biden
    Phone: (202) 224-5042 / (302) 573-6345
    Fax: (202) 224-0139 / (302) 573-6351
    Email: .cfm

    Byron Dorgan
    Phone: (202) 224-2551 / (701) 250-4618
    Fax: (202) 224-1193 / (701) 250-4484

    Diane Feinstein
    Phone: (202) 224-3841 / (415) 393-0707
    Fax: (202) 228-3954 / (415) 393-0710

    Evan Bayh
    Phone: (202) 224-5623 / (317) 554-0750
    Fax: (202) 228-1377 / (317) 554-0760

    Maria Cantwell
    Phone: (202) 224-3441 / (206) 220-6400
    Fax: (202) 228-0514 / (206) 220-6404

    Kent Conrad
    Phone: (202) 224-2043 / (701) 258-4648
    Fax: (202) 224-7776 / (701) 258-1254

    Blanche Lincoln
    Phone: (202) 224-4843 / (501) 375-2993
    Fax: (202) 228-1371 / (501) 375-7064

    Mark Pryor
    Phone: (202) 224-2353 / (501) 324-6336
    Fax: (202) 228-0908 / (501) 324-5320

    Frank Lautenberg
    Phone: (202) 224-3224 / (973)-639-8700 / (856) 338-8922
    Fax: (202) 228-4054 / (973) 639-8723 / Fax: (856) 338-8936
    Email: l?Email=Email+Senator+Lautenberg+Your+Co mments+on+an+Issue

    Bob Menendez
    Phone: (202) 224-4744
    Fax: (202) 228-2197
    Email: /?id=395&type=CO&state=NJ

    Jay Rockefeller
    Phone: (202) 224-6472 / (304) 347-5372
    Fax: (202) 224-7665 / (304) 347-5371

    And Sympathetic Republicans:
    Lincoln Chafee
    Phone: (202) 224-2921 / (401) 453-5294
    Fax: (202) 228-2853 / (401) 453-5085
    Email: l.htm

    Susan Collins
    Phone: (202) 224-2523 / (207) 945-0417
    Fax: (202) 224-2693 / (207) 990-4604
    Email: e.cfm?FuseAction=ContactSenatorCollins.E mail&CFID=48722893&CFTOKEN=55709 294

    Olympia Snowe
    Phone: (202) 224-5344 / (207) 874-0883
    Fax: (202) 224-1946 / (207) 874-7631

  •  If they can't vote 'no' on cloture, just abstain (none)
    I've posted it on other threads, and I'll keep posting it.  If you've got someone on the phone from a no-on-Alito-but-no-on-filibustering senator's office, suggest that if the senator can't support the filibuster, he or she could at least abstain from the cloture/filibuster vote.
    •   Tim Johnson (none)
      Just sent him a note to that effect.

      He doesn't have to exclude those constituents who are against Alito by saying Yes-Alito.  Just abstain so he can listen to the more in-depth arguments and debate.  It cannot possibly cost him anything to do so.

      It is an "inclusive move" so all may have a voice.

  •  Done, one more small voice to Sen. Mikulski (4.00)
    Marylanders, you need to let her know that you care about the Filibuster.

    Mikulski's vOffice.

    In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. M.L.King, 1929-1968

    by captainlaser on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 11:19:02 AM PST

    •  I contacted Mikulski again! (none)
      I hope she pays attention. You could have knocked me over with a feather when I found out that she didn't support the filibuster! This is Maryland after all not some red state...

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

      by vcmvo2 on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 01:54:49 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Bingaman's other numbers (none)
    Suite 130
    625 Silver Avenue, SW
    Albuquerque, NM 87102
    (505) 346-6601

    148 Loretto Towne Centre
    505 South Main
    Las Cruces, NM 88001
    (505) 523-6561

    118 Bridge Street, Suite 3
    P.O. Box 1977
    Las Vegas, NM 87701
    (505) 454-8824

    Suite 409
    105 West Third
    Roswell, NM  88201
    (505) 622-7113

    Suite 101
    119 East Marcy
    Santa Fe, NM 87501
    (505) 988-6647

    •  Las Vegas, NM, Bingaman phone (none)
      The recording machine for constituents at the Las Vegas office is also full and not accepting more messages at this time (noon Sat. +/-)

      Keep up the good work. Let's get those other office answering machines, too.

    •  Santa Fe, NM Bingman office (none)
      the message machine at Bingaman's Santa Fe office is also full.  Nobody there.  They're hiding out, There's a storm brewing out there and the Senators are hiding.
  •  Contact the DNC, DSCC, DLC (4.00)
    It was also recommended by Tampopo at booman to contact the DNC, DSCC, DLC, etc. and tell them to get the Dems behind the filibuster by Monday or else...
    go to booman for links to the DNC, etc.  Scroll down the page two or three posts to SusanHu's post last night.  

    In the same comment you might also want to check out Eminem's new Mosh SOTU.  Excellent motivator!

  •  thank you (none)
    for the frontpage!
  •  And think about this (none)
    If Alito is confirmed on Tuesday, GWB has one more reason to crow in the STOTU address.

    When will this madness end?

  •  Senators care about contact from constituents (4.00)
    Better to get 10 others from your own state to call, fax, or write.

    Better to send something written personally.

    That is, if you really want them to pay more attention.


    •  I am so sick of hearing this (none)
      This really isn't against you personally, just my frustration over reading this the last few days.  I'm in Europe, so I am writing on my first cup of coffee and polite social filters just aren't activated yet.  I do agree with your alternative steps to take, and I do agree that being a constituent carries more weight.


      1.  I am personally invested in out-of-state politicians.  I donate money and time.  They should take note of my call, even if it has to be on a second-place-non-constituent list.

      2.  Prioritizing calls is a good idea, but it doesn't hurt to try others.  Momentum.

      3.  Those with national ambition need to listen to what we say.  Weren't the calls to Clinton worth it?  Was it really just New Yorkers who influenced her?

      4.  These people also represent our party.  When we get to the vote on Alito, then vote the will of your constituents.  But the cloture vote is party vision and strategy--we should therefore have a say.

      And I haven't even touched on the ramifications for all Americans if ALito is confirmed, or the effect of real-world decisions.

      For those who feel they have made the phone calls they can or that this part of the campaign is worthless to them, I encourage you to start on the media.

      •  I am getting ready to head overseas... (none)
        where are you?

        As for your substance, I will just say that members of congress with a national constituency should be more receptive to all voters.  Like those on the Judiciary Committee or those in leadership positions.

        However, when most see that the contact is not from a constituent, they do not pay as much attention.  The sad fact of life.

  •  any word yet on Dayton? (none)
    He's said definitively that he will vote no on Alito.  I'd kind of expect him to vote against cloture, so I haven't called (he's my senator) since Kerry started the filibuster push.  But I will call if there is real doubt about it beyond "He hasn't shouted it from the rooftops loud enough for the angry mob".

    Why are there no dinosaurs in the Bible?

    by Leggy Starlitz on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 11:29:28 AM PST

  •  Faxed............ (4.00)
    Sent to Senator Biden a web fax

    Dear Senator Biden:

    I trust you are aware of the consequences of having Alito nominated to the Supreme Court. Everything on his resume suggests that he will support increasing the power of the presidency and will be a deciding factor in eliminating choice for the common citizen.  

    Since you are on the Sunday Talk show regularly. I hope you will dig deep within yourself to gather the courage to go on a talk show tomorrow and announce that you are supporting a Filibuster, because it is the right thing to do to support democracy at home.


  •  THANK YOU, Georgia10! (none)
    This is a great and important post.

    We can do it folks!!!

  •  WTF - Biden's DC fax is just not answering? (none)
  •  Maria Cantwell (4.00)
    Her DC mailbox is full.  Her local number is (206) 220-6400
  •  whooopta! (4.00)
    lots of action pieces, LTE fodder, etc. here:

    from filibuster friday til the cows come home, baybeee!

    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 11:32:40 AM PST

  •  send Senator Byrd (none)
    Maine Atticus diary:

    I did. His email info is within above-mentioned diary.

    "You'd like that's all political and morose."

    by Miss Devore on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 11:33:52 AM PST

  •  My Wyden approval meter (none)
    Just went way up.

    When he let CAFTA out of committee I felt for sure he was just another corpacrat but this is a very good and bold sign.

    (No ya all, anybody thinking US trade policy is free trade, please read the the free trade theory and do some homework, it's not adhering to free trade at's corporate blood sucking out of the US as well as workers on a global scale for short term profits).

    by BobOak on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 11:34:16 AM PST

  •  Sent the fax, will call Herb (none)
    Can I call on the weekend? Otherwise I'll do Monday.
  •  OK (none)
    I spent yesterday calling DC offices.

    Today I plan to fax everybody in the "Yes" column--including Byrd, B. Nelson and Tim whats-his-name.

    We could also hit the Republican fax machines.

    "Let's go to work!"

    The so-called, "Global War On Terror" IS Terrorism!

    by november3rd on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 11:40:07 AM PST

  •  Looking at the list so far (4.00)
    all I can say is, "Wow, lookee all dem Presidential candidates doing what WE want them to do!"

    We have influence.

    We are getting the big names.

    We are getting the opinion formers.

    We are getting the people who are on TV all the time.

    Our message is being heard and understood and acted on.

    Do not stop now!

  •  Local office contacts for Mikulski (none)
    Senator Barbara Mikulski's DC voicemail box is full, but not the voicemail at the local office I just called -- try one of these numbers:

    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
    94 West Washington Street
    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)

  •  If You've Already Called and/or Faxed (4.00)
    your Senators, get two friends to do it.

    And tell them to get two friends to do it.

    Pass on the contact information when you tell them to do it.

  •  And if anyone is feeling (4.00)
    a bit like a first-time activist and perhaps a little nervous to call Senatorial offices, get a bit of practice by calling some of the ones who are already on board with a filibuster and just thank them for standing up and say something nice and supportive to the staffer who answers the phone.

    It's a great way of getting up the nerve to call the offices of Republicans, and of Democrats who need to be actively cajoled.

    •  Good point (none)
      That's exactly why I asked about e-mailing instead of calling.  A little gun-shy, I guess.  And it's so much easier to curse up and down via e-mail, I would never do that on the phone!  Just kidding....
    •  Short and Sweet (none)
      It's no big deal.  You don't need to convince them with a long diatribe.  They are mainly looking for a yes or no they can tally.  Therefore all you have to do is say you are for or against something.  Short and sweet.  

      When I called Wyden's local office I just said, "I'm calling concerning the Alito nomination.  Please tell Senator Wyden I am against the nomination and I urge him to support Kerry's call for a filibuster."

    •  I called DiFi yesterday (none)
      before I knew she was on board.  It was my first time ever calling a congressperson and it took me days to get around to doing it.  When her staffer told me she was already on board for the filibuster, I was thrilled and asked him to thank her for me.  I have to admit I was totally flying on air for the next half hour after that.  It was so worth it -- I really felt like I was making a difference! (even though, when you think about it, her decision was made before my call)

      Even if we lose this battle, we just may be on our way to winning the war!

  •  Ruth Bader Ginsberg is supported by every (4.00)
    fillibuster vote.

    She stood up to the Judicial Comtte, C-SPAN repeat last week, and cleaned their clock.

    She has been a consistent voice in the universe of true American values.

    Her defense of the Constitution in the face of those horrid SC
    Justices should make us proud. Immagine facing Thomas, Scalia, and Roberts, on a daily basis!

    To support her, we should push a Senate fillibuster.

    Ginsberg is Extraordinary.

    Do you have a child? Will you send her to the war?... anon

    by andreww on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 11:47:11 AM PST

  •  Fillibuster (none)
    I'm working it.

    Fresh e-mails, fax numbers.  Keep them coming.


    Keep it all above the fold , all weekend.

    Thank you

  •  Those Dems who are voting for Alito... (none)
    ...wouldn't be voting for the rules change right?
  •  Dorgan (4.00)
    He is one of the smartest guys in the Senate and I think if one points out that Alito will open the flood gates to the US being run by multinational corporate interests, he might do this on principle.

    by BobOak on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 11:50:52 AM PST

  •  Bad news on Akaka (none)
    He's apparently taken a firm position against filibuster:

    But maybe we can get him to change his mind. He's running for re-election against a Blue Dog challenger and is counting on loyal support from his liberal base. So I don't know what he's thinking here.

    Here's his number:

    (202) 224-6361

    (I strongly support Sen. Akaka's re-election, but I'm disappointed and surprised by his position so far.)


    A liberal is a conservative who's been hugged.

    by raatz on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 11:51:13 AM PST

  •  Efax tip...... (4.00)
    I used this tool during the election challenge in ohio. I think it worked well. just thought I'd post it. it alllows mass faxes of at least several senators at a time. hope this helps...

     email this to everyone in your address book- let's flood these Senator's offices with faxes.

    Send a multiple efax now!

    copy and paste a block of fax-email addresses into the 'To' field of a blank email,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    ps- you are only allowed 6 faxes per day or 20/wk- so this is set up for 5/day, four days in a row. Also, you have to send the next email a full 24 hours after the previous email- ie if you send one to the first 5 Senators today at 1pm, wait until 1:05 tomorrow to send the next email or it will get bounced.

  •  Thanks, Georgia...n/t (none)

    "Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest" - Diderot

    by Cliff Talus on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 11:55:58 AM PST

  •  Filibuster Alito (none)
    and outlaw the already outlawed domestic spying in court.

    I just posted my diary on the Motion to Dismiss in an Albany "terror" case based on the use of illegal and unconstitutional warrentless electronic surveillance.

    Please read and recommend as this issue needs airtime:

    Thank you.



  •  some useful quotes (none)
    on judicial philosophy from none other than rhenquist.

    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 11:58:27 AM PST

  •  We must get Biden on board! (none)
    Biden is a one man filibuster.

    Just get him up to the podium and tell him to talk about himself!

    I reckon he could go on for 72 hours or more without needing a break.

    He may need to be dragged away from the podium.

    **"Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue."--Barry Goldwater**

    by Manix on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 12:00:53 PM PST

  •  CNN story on Durbin (none)
    I read this passage from a CNN story.  Is this accurate?:

    But at least one Democrat, Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, said he will shoot down a filibuster simply because it defies common sense.

    "One of the first responsibilities of someone in Congress is to learn how to count," the Illinois senator said. "Having made a count, I have come to the conclusion it is highly unlikely that a filibuster would succeed."

    CNN's Ted Barrett, Dana Bash, Lisa Goddard and Ed Henry contributed to this report.

    Disaster 2004 is a case study in why Democrats must change media coverage of their candidates

    by bobbypelgrift on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 12:03:45 PM PST

    •  WFT???? (none)
      Did the Rethugs give up when they didn't have the votes in the House for their Medicare drug plan?  Did they EVER give here up in FL in 2000?

      Sometimes, it's not that complicated.  Those guys will fight harder than our guys will.

      Some men see things as they are and ask why. I see things that never were and ask why not?

      by RFK Lives on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 12:09:30 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  I believe that is incorrect. (none)
      I have seen in several places that Durbin agrees with a filibuster. He doesn't believe they can get the votes, but I have not seen anywhere else that he would "shoot it down", and in fact I saw that he agreed with Kerry and Kennedy trying for it.

      Even Reid has come around to saying that this is a chance for Democrats to show what they really stand for.

    •  ARGH!!! Forget win/lose-think about right/wrong! (none)
      The Dems and many Americans have allowed themselves to get caught up in the net of Republican-think where the greatest sin in the world is to be a 'loser'.

      Well guess what Senator Durbin - if you do not filibuster you will NOT only STILL BE A LOSER ANYWAY - you will be a loser AND a SELL-OUT!!!

      Since ethics seem MEANINGLESS to a lot of these people - here's a little more pragmitism:

      'Losers' can take HONORABLE LOSSES and turn them to their advantage - both to UNIFY THEIR BASE and as a SPRINGBOARD out of the hole they're in.

      I can't help but think some of these wimpy Dems are thinking that by playing ball with the Repubs they are saving their constituents from being 'punished' by witholding of federal funds or favorable legisltaion...

      But c'mmon guys - the Repubs are THUGS - they have no reason to keep their word to you in the first place - so that doing the case - DO THE RIGHT THING.

    •  How asinine (none)
      an excuse.  I have more respect for those that come out against filibusters because they don't believe in them or because they actually support alito.  But to oppose it because you think it's doomed to fail.

      Take a stand.  If you believe Alito is wrong, then put your support behind a filibuster.  

      Churchill should have made a treaty with the Nazis in 1940 by the logic Durbin is espousing.  After all, any count of German vs British forces would have easily said Churchill didn't have the forces to oppose Hitler either.  He didn't treat with Hitler and he's remembered rightly as the man who saved England.

      Want to be the man who saved America, Dick?  Opportunity will knock once at 4:30 PM on Monday.

      "I will make a bargain with the Republicans. If they will stop telling lies about Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them." -- Adlai Stevenson

      by Scientician on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 01:23:24 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  my gosh (none)
      If you don't get behind it, Senator Durbin, of course it will fail.  

      So get on board and bring your colleagues with you.

      Jesus, we're asking Democrats to stop Alito - you'd think we were trying to get deep red Republicans to support a goddamn filibuster.  

    •  To be honest (none)
      I'll bet that CNN simply took it out of context or just totally made it up.

      Yesterday, Ed Henry, one of the authors of the above report, said that Democrats will likely get in the twenties in terms of "No" votes against Alito and that they will be lucky if they get in the thiries (that is, "No" votes on confirmation as opposed to "No" votes on cloture).  But, as we all know, for two days, Kos has had a list up of 31 Democrats who said they'll vote against Alito's confirmation.

      Ed Henry was just making it up as he went along.  He was completely full of shit then, so I would be suspicious of the above report.  It's obvious that CNN is pulling for Alito and, from the beginning, they have actively been trying to create an air of inevitability about his whole confirmation.

      Disaster 2004 is a case study in why Democrats must change media coverage of their candidates

      by bobbypelgrift on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 02:26:20 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  I just e-mailed Harkin... (none)
    I worked VERY hard in his presidential campaign in 1991-92.  I begged him to relax his anti-filibuster principles here the same way that Paul Wellstone ultimately relaxed his original pledge to only seek 2 terms.  

    Anyone else who ever worked for Harkin or who lives in IA should do the same.  We need to pressure these guys every way that we can.

    BTW, I've called the DC, the Miami, and the Ft. Laud offices of Bill Nelson.  The voice mailboxes are full at all 3 locations.  I wonder if they just shut them off or if they've gotten buried under an avalanche of calls.

    Some men see things as they are and ask why. I see things that never were and ask why not?

    by RFK Lives on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 12:06:46 PM PST

  •  Leiberman's mailbox.. full n/t (none)

    fact does not require fiction for balance

    by mollyd on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 12:09:48 PM PST

    All calls placed to Senator mailboxes are full, and I have called an number of senators.  Good Work everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!
  •  To the FAXES! (none)
    Everyone, to the fax!
  •  Repubs started the whole thing (none)
    All the weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth by Repubs when threatened by a filibuster on Alito are sounds and furies signifying nothing.  Back in 1968, they were the FIRST to use it against a judicial nominee, Abe Fortas, nominated by Pres. Johnson to be Chief Justice of the Supremes.  Johnson withdrew the nomination.  But it's 2006, Bush is pres. and he's no Lyndon Johnson.  (Frist recently staged one of his Rumplestiltskin moments suggesting that filibusters on judicial nominees were, in a round-about-way unconstitutional.) It only takes three-fifths of voting senators, 60, to invoke cloture now.  It took two-thirds in 1968, so our cause is more challenging.  And those Repubs who act like the filibuster is some radical left-wing, weirdo cabal against their beloved president? Well, twice as many filibusters took place in the 1991-1992 legislative session as in the entire 19th century.  
    •  First of all (none)
      Fortas filibuster was bipartisan (10 Republicans and 35 Democrats voting for cloture and 24 Republicans and 19 Democrats voting against cloture).  

      Second of all, it was unclear if Fortas even had a majority, as ge got only 45 votes for cloture (and 43 against).

      •  So? (none)
        It's not a question of it's right if it's bipartisan.

        It's legitimate, or not.

        Precedent says it is.

        "I desire what is good. Therefore, everyone who does not agree with me is a traitor." King George III

        by ogre on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 01:15:07 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Is it legitimate? (none)
          Strictly legally speaking, yes it is.  But is it wise?  I don't think so, especially when the votes are not there.

          Along the same line, the nuclear option is also legitimate, legalistically speaking, for each new Senate cannot without its own assent be forced to live under the rules of the old Senate, in which it had no say.  That does not make the exercise of a nuclear option wise.

          •  Sorry (none)
            The nuclear option is not legitimate- no matter how you spin it. Filibuster has precedent by both sides. The so-called nuclear option, for obvious reasons, does not.

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

            by vcmvo2 on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 02:16:45 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  It certainly is legitimate (none)
              though unwise.

              The Constitution says that "Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings."  The Senate therefore can determine the rules of its own proceedings.  However, it should be plain that each new Senate is not bound by the actions of an old one.  That is why all pending bills and nominations die at the end of each Congress. A newly sworn in Senate is not bound by the actions the previous Senate took except to the extent that it agrees to be bound.  this applies to rules as well.  The Senate has by tradition sub silentio readopted these rules with the beginning of each Congress.  But it does not have to.

              •  Nope. (none)
                The House and Senate are very different bodies.

                The House is newly reconstituted each time it is elected--because every seat comes up for election at the same time.

                The Senate always has a majority of seats which are filled, even as a third of them go up for election.  

                Thus, the rules of the Senate are in effect constantly.  Yes, it can review and change its rules.  Absolutely.  But that's done by the process that's been laid out for changing the rules.  Not by  having a strained interpretation foisted off that alters the rules.  After over two centuries of affirming sub silentio that the rules of the Senate are a constant thread, to alter that is an extremist act.

                But that's not even what's been proposed.

                Instead of proposing a change to custom, instead of proposing changing the rules and getting agreement to change the rule... the nuclear option is a legalistic end run.  Since the rule change would require a supermajority that the GOP can't muster, they'll seek to have the VP declare a new "interpretation" of the rule (and a radical one that's inconsistent with precedent), and then affirm that interpretation by a 50%+ vote.

                That's not respecting the rules in spirit or letter.  

                "I desire what is good. Therefore, everyone who does not agree with me is a traitor." King George III

                by ogre on Sun Jan 29, 2006 at 01:48:16 AM PST

                [ Parent ]

                •  Neither the House nor the Senate (none)
                  are continuing bodies.  If the Senate were a continuing body, the bills and nominations pending at the end of each session wouldn't essentially expire.  but they do.  Thus, the rules do too.  It is elementary Constitutional and parliamentary law that the previous body cannot bind the next one.  So for instance the Senate cannot pass a bill with a proviso that it takes 2/3 votes to repeal that bill.  Every new Senate is just as powerful as the old.  So if an old one could adopt these rules, the new one can re-adopt them, change them, chuck them, etc.
          •  if the senate wants to change the rules (none)
            2/3 majority is supposed to be required.  The filibuster is not some loophole which the people who wrote the rules didn't think of.  If they wanted filibusters to end by majority vote, they would have written the cloture rules that way.

            What would be the point of requiring 60 votes to invoke Cloture, but that rule can be changed by 51 (possibly counting the Vice President).  No one writes rules like that on purpose.

            Filibusters are certainly debatable from the standpoint of the legitimacy of a minority opposing the majority, but the intent of senate rule changes is clear:  2/3.

            "I will make a bargain with the Republicans. If they will stop telling lies about Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them." -- Adlai Stevenson

            by Scientician on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 02:25:57 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  See above (none)
              under parliamentary rules, rules expire with the expiration of each Congress.  

              Yes, to change the rules requires 2/3 vote, BUT this rule along with others only lasts for as long as each Congress lasts.  Then they expire and need to be readopted either explicitly or implicitly.

      •  this is a huge mistake (none)
        Yes everybody's going to feel good, and have a "moral victory", but in the end Sam Alito will be on the Court and we will have lost the filibuster for when it Really Would matter, which is the Next appointment.

        Shifting the center of the Court from O'Connor to Tony Kennedy is not such a big deal.  

        Shifting it from Tony Kennedy to John Roberts, which is what will happen with the next vacancy, is a Huge Deal.

        And by digging our heels in now, we look like whiny obstructionists.  So when we filibuster Janice Rogers Brown, who is next up, the average voter (not the cognoscenti represented at this site) will tune us out!

        Strategically this should have been "warning shot across the bow" time.  The war should have waited.

        Can there really be 62 million Stupid people in America?

        by jimsaco on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 03:10:01 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  well taken (none)
          hey i respect your point of view (the center of gravity analysis is very relevant).  though you are in the minority here, it has been very difficult for me as well to get behind this effort.  we may lose this battle but at the very least it will make us more battle hardened for the next round.  

          "when i cruise the information superhighway, i CTRL-BREAK for hallucinations."

          by emobile on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 10:34:05 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

  •  We're With You, Georgia (none)
    I don't believe that stopping Alito is a lost cause, as many would have us believe. Why would the Republicans still be out there pushing so hard and threatening if this was the done deal it's being made out to be?

    I personally think all the talk that the fight is lost is more an effort to take a critical bit of wind out of our sails, demoralizing us just enough to actually then lose it.

    Not gonna happen on my end. All of the senators have been faxed, emailed, and called. And I'm looking forward to doing anything else I can to stop the appointment of this BushCo shill.

    "A popular government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or tragedy"-- James Madison

    by Bad Cog on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 12:27:00 PM PST

  •  Sen. Collins? (none)
    Why Sen. Collins, I thought she was a woman before being a republican?
  •  Kohl (WI) to skip the vote? (none)
    According to his late 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 cloture schedule, Herb will be hosting a Milwaukee event. If this holds, he's effectively a vote against cloture, at least for the first round.

    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 Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 12:30:10 PM PST

  •  Here is a copy of the letter I am faxing (none)

    Dear Senator...
    If not now, then when. If not us, then who. Who will stand and fight for my rights, for my children's rights. I am an adoptive mother of four Asian born children. I was proud the day they became American citizens. I felt they were safe in this country. Safe from discrimination, safe from bigotry, safe from tyranny. I fear this will no longer be the case with Justice Alito on the bench.
    I beg of you, do not let politics be the deciding factor in this decision. Make this decision because it is a right and just one. We may be in the midst of an uphill battle, we may have started this campaign in the eleventh hour, but that does not make it impossible to succeed and it does not make it wrong to try.  We will never succeed if we do not try.  Remember that 60 votes are needed for cloture on Monday.  If you cannot bring yourself to vote 'no' on cloture please abstain from voting at all.  The media has been no help to us.  Many Americans do not understand the relevance of this decision nor do they understand the impact a Supreme Court Justice like Judge Alito will have on their lives.   Let us make sure the American people understand who Judge Alito is and  know his positions on privacy rights, executive power, as well as his past history on cases that clearly show a tendency to rule in favor of big business, and government interests over consumer, employee, and citizen interests. This should not be rushed through the senate to give President Bush a photo op on the night of the State of the Union address. It means too much.
    Please, take the time to consider your vote, take the time to listen to those of us who want to slow down this process. It is important to our future..
    Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.


    Donna L McLean

    15 down and many more to go!!!

    "Do Iraqi children scream when the bombs fall if no one is in the White House to hear them?" Bernard Chazelle

    by dmac on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 12:35:29 PM PST

    •  Confused (none)
      Perhaps this is a dumb question, but is abstaining from the cloture vote equivalent to voting 'NO'?

      What would our founding fathers say about trading their civil liberties for safety from terror attacks?
      Give me Liberty or give me death!

      by jeffwass on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 01:27:13 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  In effect it is equivalent (none)
        60 votes are for cloture. You could have a 59-1 to end the debate and the one holdout would win and the show would go on.

        "No one else could ever be admitted here, since this gate was made only for you. I am now going to shut it."- Franz Kafka, "Before the Law"

        by normal family on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 02:06:45 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  Not a stupid question (none)
        I didn't realize it myself until yesterday when an informative kossak made it clear that Frist needs 60 votes to stop the debate.  Any senator abstaining either by voting 'present' or just not showing up to vote is in effect a no vote for cloture.  We don't actually need 41 'no' votes but we do need 41 to either abstain or vote no.  This may be an easier pill to swallow for some of the weaker spined dems and some of the repugs who really don't like Alito

        "Do Iraqi children scream when the bombs fall if no one is in the White House to hear them?" Bernard Chazelle

        by dmac on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 02:54:08 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Free calling via VoIP (none)
    Check out this website and application:

    Is allows for free calling from your computer. I've tried it and it works. If you are concerned about cost to call all these senators, do it for free!

    Just a suggestion.

  •  Fax Mikulski's Office (none)
    I just did. All numbers connected no problem.

    (202) 224-8858 (Washington)
    (410) 962-4760  (Maryland)
    (410) 263-5949
    (410) 546-9324

  •  the following day (none)
    okay we work our butts off,make the calls,send the fax,tell our friends as well as those on opposite sides.We don't give up!
    PresiDunce still gets his, how about that THIRD PARTY we keep thinking about?
    We could call ourselves THE AMERICAN PATRIOT PARTY.We can recruite MANY disillusioned DEFECTORS.
    This may Not be a Pipe Dream.After all,KINKY is going to run as a PROTEST candidate.
    Money?Influence?Comon folks,look how much we raised for the Tsunami cause.Think the Powers that Be aren't AWARE that "WE" are out there and WE have the POWER to NOT VOTE FOR THOSE
    WHO R-E-F-U-S-E to EVEN LISTEN to US??
    WHO out there doesn't believe in their heart that they(yes,I mean You the Ordinary Citizen)could have done just a LITTLE BIT BETTER than "Brownie,you're doing a heck of a job"???The people of New Orleans as well as volunteers are TRYING to accomplish what the government cannot/will not do.Just think what they could DO with an INDEPENDENT "PARTY OF THE PEOPLE FOR THE PEOPLE run BY THE PEOPLE".Perhaps the New Patriots will even be joined by the those who are tired of all the bullshit in the(many) exhisting Parties.Financing,donations,even legal donations from some corporations...after all, where are they without CONSUMERS?
    I am just ONE of the Little People,who wants something Better(!) for my children,grandchildren for me!We are in trouble as a country and WE  A-R-E  THIS COUNTRY! I want MY VOICE to be HEARD.I want MY VALUES to be reflected!I'm tired and angry  with being negated.I want the people in office to reflect the VALUE of INTEGRITY.I want the people in office to THINK beyond their own "what's in it for me" mentality.
    Maybe its TIME to get SERIOUS about WHO could/should among US qualify to strive for a higher standard than that of mediocrity,
    greed and corruption.
    I'm doing my part Today with the phone calls and emails.I'm willing to do my part for "TOMORROW"also.
    •  You want a third party? (none)
      Are you tired of the Democrats in the Congress lacking backbone on issues you consider important to the future of this country?

      Are you tired of the Democratic leadership lacking the foresight and wisdom to plan ahead and, instead, reacting to everything the GOP propaganda machine cranks out?

      Are you tired of having to hold your nose and vote for a Democrat who walks, talks, and acts like a Republican, simply because you buy the fear line about "if we don't vote Democrat, the GOP will ruin this country?"

      The answer is simple.  Make them pay.

      You want a third party that is progressive, grass-roots oriented, and ready to support the issues that the Democrats are scared to touch (supporting civil rights, working against the war, stopping the corporate interests)?

      •  3rd party (none)
        I'm thinking its a possibility.Its going to take a lot of very powerful organization.What is needed is a loud independent strong voice and that goes double for candidates.We need the Paul Hacketts out there for a third party.
        Maybe a pipe dream of joining some of the less effective parties coming together to form the strength in numbers to avoid the
        divided we fall.
        Yes I'm FED UP with ineffective,isolated,egomanical politicians!
        Where do we start?
      •  Going Green (none)
        Green stands for the majority of my principals.
        I'm wondering if there are any other parties that would like to throw in with them?Anyone working on this?Could there be a
        nationwide conference of independents for the unity of the common good?That sounds like it could scare the hell out of the ruling parties and give them food for thought.I don't mean this as a scare tactic as much as a possibility for defection.
        Just a thought...
  •  Don't forget Ben Nelson, NE (none)
    georgia10, you say don't give up on "yes" votes but I don't see Nelson-NE on your list. I think it is worth contacting him too.

    Here's my thoughts on Nelson (if there are other more knowledgeable Nebraskans out there please chime in):

    • Nelson votes with the 'pro-life' people so don't bother to argue that Roe v. Wade is threatened.
    • Nelson's constituents are allergic to partisanship and party loyalty so don't bother to argue that he should support his fellow Dems.
    • Nelson apparently feels we owe deference to W because he's president, so why not argue that it's wise to delay the vote until more questions are answered.
    • Protection of individual liberties, for which we've heard no guarantee from the pres or Alito, ought to be a serious concern to any independent-thinking Nebraskan.
    • Misuse of executive powers is a danger to all Americans present and future. In particular the way the National Guard is being used weakens our country (Nelson has said on his website one primary concern he wants to bring to the president is National Guard issues.) The Senate must act as a brake on this unrestrained, unaccountable unitary president.

    I hope if you are a Nebraska resident you won't hesitate to contact Nelson. If you have friends and relatives in Nebr urge them to do so too--don't fall for the 'it's hopeless' attitude. If you live outside Nebr and wish to contact him don't lie about it. Be honest and say why you called. Also be very clear if you do this by phone--their office is a little sloppy sometimes about tallies. Don't tell them I said that, be polite. :-)
    •  Maybe a couple more (none)
      Somewhat redundant on individual liberties but:

          * Privacy: The quote on the west side of the          
            state capitol is "The salvation of the state
            lies in the watchfulness of the citizen", not
            "The salvation of the citizen lies in the  
            watchfulness of the state". Alito has in the
            past ruled in favor of a disgusting search of
            of a child.

          * Individual vs. corporate rights: Alito
            consistently rules in favor of corporations.
            This will make it more difficult for the ill
            to get health care, the unemployed to seek
            aid and employees to protect their rights in
            the workplace.

    •  My letter to Ben Nelson (none)
      (thanks for the help, dirtfarmer!!)

      The Honorable Senator Ben Nelson
       720 Hart Senate Office Building
      Washington, DC 20510   (sent by fax to:  (202) 228-0012)

      RE: vote `no' for cloture; support the filibuster

      Dear Senator Nelson,
          I am a constituent, a registered Democrat, and voted for you in the last election. My husband and I give generously to Democrats running for office.

          I urge you to consider supporting the continued debate on Alito's confirmation by voting `no' on cloture or even by voting `present' and thereby abstaining. I have serious concerns about this nominee's intentions, which have not been clarified by his evasive answers to the Senate committee. My fears are as follows:
          * Alito appears to favor expansion of presidential powers, including the use of `signing statements' to get around the intention of Congressional legislation.
          * He appears to favor the idea of the `unitary executive' which implies the president makes his own laws.
          * He appears to support corporations over the little guy.
          * He appears to support the state over individual rights.
          * He appears not to favor the notion of a right to privacy.
          * He appears not to be dedicated to civil rights for minorities or women.

          We need more information to allay all of those fears before Alito can be considered qualified to hold the keystone of our democracy in his hand. Therefore I believe extending the debate is more than warranted. Remember, it says on our state capital: "The salvation of the state lies in the watchfulness of the citizen."


  •  My fax message to the 13 Senators: (none)
    A few words about the Alito filibuster and why it is necessary:

    Why is the Democratic leadership backing away from the use of the filibuster, a legitimate legislative tool, in the ongoing battle for the future political health of the Supreme Court and the nation? Are Senate Democrats worried that the Republicans and their media parrots will call them "obstructionists" and "whiners" and "sore losers" in an election year?

    It is important to remember that the Republicans have no decency, no honor and no honesty. The Democrats will not get any credit from the Republicans for their "restraint." The Republicans will keep on repeating their mantra that the Democrats are "Communists," "extreme leftists," "terrorist sympathizers," or whatever the talking point du jour might be.

    Senate Democrats should be more concerned about what their supporters are saying. You know, the people who go out and vote, the people who work the phones for their candidates on Election Day, the people who confront lying conservative nonsense on the street. If you don't at least attempt the filibuster, many of the people who MATTER will be using words like "spineless," "cowards," no balls," "sell-outs," "wimps," and "appeasers." And these people will not be quite so enthusiastic as November 2006 draws near.

    Senate Democrats have nothing to lose with a filibuster! Nothing at all!

    Give us some fuel for the fires burning within! Recall the words of William Lloyd Garrison: "I have need to be all on fire, for I have mountains of ice about me to melt."

    Filibuster Alito!

    America: It's a good IDEA for a country ...

    by Tony Seybert on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 12:42:32 PM PST

  •  Ken Salazar (none)
    What a big loser that guy is, I say this and I am a Hispanic!

    Is like having a Republican in Colorado, anyways...

  •  Georgia10 (none)
    Please go find my comment "With love from and look at the second to last bullet.  I deliberately pasted it at the top as a morale booster and smile, but it is getting lost in the excitement.  If you think its worth something, please feel free to do whatever you want with it....  Its really cute.  Here it is..

    ^^"Through Vatican spokesman Cardinal Armando, Pope Markos I blessed the Kossack peasant uprising, and there is much joy in KosVille!"

    If it talks like an R, VOTES like an R, it is an R - even if it has a D after its name.

    by dkmich on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 12:47:30 PM PST

  •  Not impossible ... (none)
    I think the right is afraid.  They keep talking about how this will hurt the left in the long run, but I think it is smoke screen to get us to give up the fight.
  •  $4.95 for a telegram! (none)
    I got this from firedoglake.  $4.95 for a 21st century telegram: paid hand delivery via Adovacacy Xpress.
  •  Query: don't we need at least 41 votes? (none)
    I've been calling since Thursday, and am still calling my Senator, Mary Landrieu, but the list posted above (even assuming every single Senator was on board) only equals 40.  Don't we have to have at least 41 to prevent the Republicans from ending the filibuster?

    Forgive me if this question has already been asked and answered, I am just curious as to who else in the Senate is a possibility, so that I can add them to my calling list.

    •  You're right (none)
      We don't have the votes and we've known that for a long time.
      The Republicans have all 55 of their Senators, plus 3 of ours who actually support Alito and at least 3 of ours who have come out publicly as being strongly opposed to a filibuster (Conrad, Pryor, Salazar).  That's 61 right there.  
    •  Actually, it's the reverse (none)
      The cloture vote needs 60 "yeas" - those that abstain, stay absent, vote "present" or vote "nay" don't matter.  60 "yea" votes are needed for cloture.

      Seems like a technicality, but the difference is, yes we need 41 - but it's 41 willing to just stay away or whatever.  They don't have to endorse or participate in a filibuster, they just need to fail to support cloture.

      Which lowers the bar.  Even having 5 democrats announcing they will vote yes on Alito doesn't necessarily mean they will (or have to) vote "yea" to a cloture motion.  In theory they can claim they felt more debate was required.

      "I will make a bargain with the Republicans. If they will stop telling lies about Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them." -- Adlai Stevenson

      by Scientician on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 01:11:09 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  yes, but for how long (none)
        Even if they dared to do that, how long could they keep that up before they caved under the pressure?  Given that they've already caved to a certain degree, I'd say it's unlikely.
      •  Thanks (none)
        I see your point; I'll keep calling.  Who knows, maybe Landrieu can be convinced to act like a Democrat for once in her life.  
      •  Frist needs the 60. Right. I agree. (none)
        But this calling list only adds to 40.  What are we to presume about the other 60?  For instance, the list doesn't include Byrd (WV), Nelson (NE), and several other Democrats.

        If we're not calling/faxing/contacting them on the presumption that they've declared and are lost, how does your 60-vote theory hold up?  Or is there some other set of senators not in the above 40 that are known to be planning either to abstain or to vote "NO" on cloture?

        I'm just sayin' because I think the call/fax list should be longer and include the previously declared Dems too.  They can agree to vote "FOR" the nomination and also "AGAINST" cloture.

        "In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." --Thomas Jefferson

        by frisco on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 02:02:35 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Theoretically (none)
          they could do that, but it would be very hard for them to keep that up for long.  That would be a very difficult position for them to take.  It would also be difficult for Senators who've already publicly voiced their strong opposition to the filibuster to abandon that.  It doesn't matter that they simply have to abstain, they'll still get pummeled for it.

          I know no one here wants to admit it, but we've already lost.  Frist has his 60+.

        •  I refuse to give up until... (none)
          ...the count the damned votes!

          I faxed all 45 Dems, plus Jeffords and a few from the Repub camp (Murkowski, Stevens, Collins, Snowe, Smith and Reed) too.  Then I made calls to about 15-20 offices as well.

          But we have to get the number above 40.

          "In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." --Thomas Jefferson

          by frisco on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 06:41:46 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

    •  Frist needs 60 votes... (none)
      Furthermore, if all those Dems got on board there'd be a ton of pressure on the hold-outs.
    •  The math is that (none)
      The GOP needs 60 votes FOR.

      Votes AGAINST, PRESENT... and votes not present all count as "no" effectively.

      Frist needs 60 to say "Yes".  That's different from needing 41 to say "No".

      "I desire what is good. Therefore, everyone who does not agree with me is a traitor." King George III

      by ogre on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 01:19:43 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Democratic Senators standing for 2006 re-election: (none)
    The following Democratic Senators are standing for re-election in 2006:

    Alito supporters:
    Byrd, Robert - (D - WV)
    Nelson, Ben - (D - NE)

    Filibuster opponents:
    Conrad, Kent - (D - ND)
    Nelson, Ben - (D - NE)

    May vote no on Alito but won't necessarily vote no on cloture (aka Clueless Caucus):
    Akaka, Daniel - (D - HI)
    Bingaman, Jeff - (D - NM)
    Cantwell, Maria - (D - WA)
    Carper, Thomas - (D - DE)
    Kohl, Herb - (D - WI)
    Lieberman, Joseph - (D - CT)
    Menendez, Robert - (D - NJ)
    Nelson, Bill - (D - FL)

    Not standing for re-election:
    Dayton, Mark - (D - MN)
    Sarbanes, Paul - (D - MD)

    Republicans Olympia Snowe, ME and Linclon Chafee, RI are also standing for re-election this year.

    <div style="color:#218868">angulus terrarum </div>

    by Nina on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 12:57:49 PM PST

  •  asdf (4.00)
    If you are a lurker now is the time to jump in.  Even if you just send one email it will help and make you feel like you have done something constructive.  Every person counts in this battle.
  •  2nd Amendment (none)
    Has anyone tried to tie this administration's grab for power with the 2nd amendment? If I were this adminstration Rove, Cheney, whomever, I'd start dismantling the 2nd amendment, after all, we don't want the people having the right to bear arms now do we? I can see Alito ruling in favor of Bush if he tries to argue that private ownership of guns must be banned to help protect us from terrorists.

    Would tieing this nomination with breaking the 2nd Amendment work and sway some Repubs into either abstaining or voting "no" on cloture?

    •  Hmmm... (none)
      A bit conspiratorial, maybe, but a good point.  Hell, most of the self-professed Repubs out there would probably support such a proposal if it were made by this President.  This is especially chilling when you consider that they've already convinced themselves that it's okay for the Repubs to a) expand the federal government, b) spend the federal government into billions of debt, and c) support the illegal wiretapping of U.S. citizens.   You may be right, though: given a choice between a gun control-advocating GOP candidate and a Dem, the non-thinking majority would still probably pick the GOP.  Again.  [sigh...]
  •  My letter: (none)
    I am begging you, please join your colleagues in the filibuster of Samuel Alito's nomination. Please vote "no" on cloture!

    I and millions of us are very, very worried about the direction of public policy in this country if Samuel Alito is confirmed. I am worried about privacy rights, civil rights, and individual rights vs. corporate rights.

    I am alarmed by the overreaching and frankly illegal behavior of this particular administration and their desire to permanently weaken the judicial and legislative branches of government.

    These are not trivial issues at all. I know the media and the incessant triumphalist Republican chatter makes you believe that you just can't win on this issue. I suspect you all are exhausted from fighting them and the media all the time. But there are tens of millions, possibly fifty million people, if not more!--who really back you up. And many more millions who would back you up if they understood the crisis we are facing.

    You collectively are going to have to be like the Henry Fonda character in "Twelve Angry Men." Even if you don't win, please use this opportunity to educate the American people on why this is so important.

    You are going to have to be very blunt and tough--no holds barred. You are going to have to be unified!

    When this is over, you all go and help Mary Landrieu with the rebuilding of NOLA.


    "And you can dream--So dream out loud--And don't let the bastards grind you down." Bono, Acrobat, Achtung Baby

    by lecsmith on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 01:06:42 PM PST

  •  Hagerstown, 301-797-2826 (phone), 301-797-2241 fax (none)
    Mikulski's phone that is still open.
  •  HOLD ON! I'm Confused (none)
    When there is a motion for Cloture FRIST has to rally 60 votes for it. Dems just have to abstaine right? I mean the DINOs can just not vote either way.
    Isn't this a lot easier (politically) than voting no, or am I missing something?

    Remeber what you see here today because the media will lie about it. -anonyomous

    by Young and on the air on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 01:09:28 PM PST

    •  Interesting. (none)
      I wonder if rather than voting Against, Democrats will simply vote present.

      Harder to tar and feather and misrepresent that.  They can honestly say "I did NOT vote in favor of a filibuster".

      "I desire what is good. Therefore, everyone who does not agree with me is a traitor." King George III

      by ogre on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 01:20:58 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  there's a news blackout on all this, (none)
     and it sucks--there's not one thing on the NY Times
    front page, or CNN--and just one tiny mention: "Alito Could Beat Filibuster" way down on MSNBC's front page.
    •  link it (none)
      And we'll vote it up.

      The traditional media will report on this if they think it will make them money.

      If the articles on a possible filibuster are getting hits, they'll put it up themeselves.

      "I will make a bargain with the Republicans. If they will stop telling lies about Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them." -- Adlai Stevenson

      by Scientician on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 01:29:06 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  WAPO (none)
        Has an Article on this.  Another about Kerry returning to defend his call for filibuster.

        NY Times has a blurb about the possiblity of a filibuster.  It's not totally positive, but if we make this stuff hit the printed editions, it's a better chance the public might get behind it.

        "I will make a bargain with the Republicans. If they will stop telling lies about Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them." -- Adlai Stevenson

        by Scientician on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 01:40:45 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  Not fair! (none)
      Well, that's not entirely true.  This is on the CNN "Politics" website: Kerry appears to lack votes for Alito filibuster.  Could be worse, I suppose.  I'm almost surprised that Fox isn't running a banner saying: Kerry Loser Leading Doomed Charge Against America.  Ugh...

      Predictably, there are also lots of Challenger reference stories and retrospectives in the media this weekend, all well deserved.  Hearts out to those crewmembers' families.

      Of course, the WaPost web edition's frontpage has a story about ballroom dancing, with this excerpt guaranteed to brighten your weekend:

      The mystic poet's words ring true: Dancing is when you rise above the world, "tearing your heart to pieces and giving up your soul"

      The tall man clasps the woman's right hand in his left and draws her to him. He encircles her waist with his right arm. It is late. They are tired and sweaty, but exhilarated.

      Um, yeah.  But you're right on most accounts in that there's little coverage of this in the MSM.  Let's see what the talking heads say tomorrow morning!

  •  Annatopia says we are two votes away from (4.00)
    a fillibuster, according to a "very reliable source."  annatopia says that it is crucial that we target mikulski and salazar right now.

  •  we're great and all (none)
    but these senators need to be hearing from others besides dailykos!  send this stuff to everyone you know, post it at every community in which you participate and send those LTEs!

    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 01:27:59 PM PST

  •  My e-mail to Feinstein (none)
    I e-mailed this to her before she came out "No" on cloture. Tried to fax this to Akaka this morning since I'm a former kamaaina (he'll know that reference)but got a error message as undeliverable so will try again later.

    Dear Senator Feinstein,

    The issue of Judge Samuel Alito and his appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court is NOT a partisan issue.  Forget about Judge Alito's stand on a woman's right to choose, forget about the fact that he has ruled for the corporation against consumers and workers in the majority of such cases brought before him, forget that he might be even to the right of Justices Scalia and Thomas.  What you must remember is that Judge Alito believes in the Unitary Executive rule, that he believes the Executive Branch can determine the constitutionality of law, that the President, as the occupant of the Executive Branch, can decide Congress's intent.

    This is WRONG. Our U.S. Constitution was specifically written to preclude rule by King or Emperor.  It set forth Three Branches of Government that would govern TOGETHER.  Judge Alito does NOT believe in the U.S. Constitution. He believes in a powerful, sole ruler of the Executive Branch.

    If you confirm him, you will have made Congress a moot point, a footnote in our history. You will have made the last recourse to address the people's concerns, the Judiciary, essentially a sham.

    Please do not confirm this man. Please do everything in your power to stop the confirmation of this man. Please vote NO or abstain on cloture.


  •  Akaka's voice box full (none)
    Senator Akaka's DC voice message box is full, so you need to call either the Hilo or Honolulu office to leave a message because they aren't in the office until Monday morning. Unfortunately, Monday morning here is almost after the vote in DC. So, I decided to also do a fax. Plus I have been writing him over the past month, but it's too late for letters now.

    I can't believe he is trying to get away with this. Voting no on Alito pointless if he isn't will to back it up with a filibuster.

    I told him I wouldn't support him against Case if he doesn't against cloture. I would support Case either, but I am not going to support an enabler. if they are both going to run as Rethug lite then I simply won;t vote.


  •  just sent a fax (none)
    to all of the senators on that list.  This would be a huge victory for the netroots if we can pull this off.
  •  Lucky for me (none)
    I own property on 3 states. That gives me 6 senators.
  •  I wish they all could be (none)
    Cal i for-nia......... girls........

    ... we now know a lot of things, most of which, we already knew... (-dash888)

    by Tirge Caps on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 01:37:35 PM PST

  •  Could someone send a fax for me to FL Nelson? (none)

    Bush is NOT America!

    by annefrank on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 01:37:49 PM PST

    •  BIll Nelson (FL) (none)
      Bill Nelson (FL)
      Phone: 407-872-7161
      Toll Free in Florida: 1-888-671-4091
      Fax: 407-872-7165
      Coral Gables
      Phone: 305-536-5999 Telephone
      Fax: 305-536-5991
      Phone: 813-225-7040
      Fax: 813-225-7050
      West Palm Beach
      Phone: 561-514-0189
      Fax: 561-514-4078
      Phone: 850-942-8415
      Fax: 850-942-8450
      Phone: 904-346-4500
      Fax: 904-346-4506
      Phone: 954-693-4851
      Fax: 954-693-4862
      Fort Myers
      Phone: 239-334-7760
      Fax: 239-334-7710
  •  Communication (none)
    I share this cautionary on LTE's
    My daily paper reports a huge load of LTE's has been on Alito - but none - zero, zip, nada -printed because all were cut and paste "astroturf" generated from activist sites on both left and right.
    Of course I've offered up my own original work to help them out (drastically edited down on word count from an also totally original letter sent to my Republican Senators)
    Whether to the editor, or Senators, or any one else you might be trying to influence - take the time to personalize it.

    And PS - don't forget your Republican Senators. They know you aren't their 'base', but if you don't tell them your position they don't know people like you exist in the constituency at all.

    Practice absurdus interruptus - Support ePluribus Media.

    by Catte Nappe on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 01:38:31 PM PST

  •  EMAIL BIDEN! (none)
    According to the NJ Star Ledger today, Biden has reiterated his negative statements about the Filibuster stating that he sees no "reasonable prospect a filibuster could work or function".

    Email Biden and Fax NOW to tell him that if he wants to keep functioning as a Democrat he better step up to the challenge.

    Biden, Joseph R., Jr.- (D - DE) Class II
    (202) 224-5042

    Impeach Indict Incarcerate

    by 4Isis on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 01:38:55 PM PST

    •  You also might suggest (none)

      That he vote "present" on cloture if he can't bring himself to grow some balls and say "no".  The filibuster wins even if only 6 Dems say NO but Frist can only muster 59 votes yes.  He MUST get 60 votes.  We do NOT need 41.  No or abstain ("present") is what it takes.

      Also indicate that Biden's future ideas of being President are rather contingent on this moment in time.

      Reichstag fire is to Hitler as 9/11 is to Bush

      by praedor on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 01:54:06 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  No luck with faxing so far (none)
    The faxes I've sent to my Senator using the two free web-based fax services that Georgia linked to above have been sent back undeliverable. Perhaps those two services have been swamped?

    Since no one can get through on the phones, that leaves snail mail and email. Clearly snail mail is too slow, but do you think it's worth sending some emails?

    I want to be heard!!

    •  Fax Problems (none)
      I have been having problems two. However, I think it is a problems with the fax services and not the actualy fax machines. I dunno...

      I've been using the TPC free fax, but then I copy the remote printer address to my email program and send a second copy that way. I haven't been getting errors by doing it that way. Maybe it is working...

  •  My e-mail of thanks to Ron Wyden (none)
    Dear Senator Wyden,

    I very much want to thank you for being willing to vote no on a cloture motion in the debate on Judge Alito's confirmation.

    Their are a multitude of reasons to oppose his confirmation, even at the risk of Majority Leader Frist's threat of the "nuclear option."

    Judge Alito appears constitutionally incapable (pun intended) of supporting the individual over the corporation or the government. I remember during the committee hearings that a Republican Senator trotted out eight cases where Judge Alito had. If that's the best they could find after a decade and a half of service on the appellate court bench then it proves, rather than disproves, this point.

    Furthermore, Judge Alito's willingness to expand on the powers of the Executive Branch in an unprecedented manner further disqualify him for the position. The Unitary Executive is nothing more than a nice canard for capsizing the balance of powers we've long recognized in the ship of state.

    The other day, a friend of mine told me that she had taken an online quiz that showed she preferred Richard Nixon as President to George W. Bush. I was saddened to reply that I didn't need to take a quiz to know this. This President is not the man to endow with these expansive prerogatives.

    Thank you again, Senator. You can be sure of my support in your future endeavors.

    Kindest Regards,

    There are 10 types of people in the world--those who understand binary and those who don't.

    by DoLooper on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 01:41:12 PM PST

  •  The trolls must be scared (none)
    They wouldn't bother to post if they thought we didn't have a chance at succeeding.  Keep up the good work folks!
  •  What about House Dems? (none)
    Why not contact them and ask them to make statements opposing Alito, and supporting a filibuster?

    Democrats standing together on this makes it easier for the 41 we need to keep the filibuster going.

    Democratic governors too.  Unlikely many of them will want to take a stand, as it is poor strategy - but maybe they can reach their Senators.  

    "I will make a bargain with the Republicans. If they will stop telling lies about Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them." -- Adlai Stevenson

    by Scientician on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 01:52:00 PM PST

  •  FAXed the whole "hit list" and now... (none)
    onto the phone!

    But georgia10's list only totals to 40 senators.  Even if we got 100% of these to join and no one else, we lose.  We need to broaden the sweep some and go after some of the Democratic senators who have said they would vote "yes", like Bob Nelson, Robert Byrd, etc.  The list, as-is, is below the margin of error to sustain the filibuster.

    "In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." --Thomas Jefferson

    by frisco on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 01:52:45 PM PST

  •  Georgia-Update-Carper(DE) (none)
    Just wrote to Senator Carper only to be redirected to his webpage. He announced on 1/26 that he will vote NO... link is here

    The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. -General Omar Bradley, Armistice day, 1948

    by Isabella on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 01:53:08 PM PST

  •  I know this will appear late in the thread (none)
    But I just had to share how wonderful it feels to be part of a community like Kos where there are so many people committed to doing the right thing. Mad props to you all!
  •  Obama will not be in the Senate on Monday (none)
    I can't confirm Obama's position on a filibuster, but his website states that he will not be in the Senate on Monday, so its the next best thing to an announced support:

    Wheeling Town Hall Meeting with Senator Obama
    Date: Monday, January 30
    Time: 10:30 AM CT

    •  Not voting filibuster instead finding something to (none)
      show the constituents you are ready to address their concerns. It's really a good strategy for those that are in an area that is more traditionally an area that votes for the GOP block. It makes sense too because it defeats and is pro active against the position that the filibuster is political posturing and rhethoric rather than on principle. I think having a few "red staters" do this rather than filibuster is probably a smart move.
    •  Afternoon Vote (none)
      The cloture vote is scheduled for 4:30pm. There is plenty of time for Obama to do his morning event & return to DC in time.
  •  website makes it easy to send impact message (none)
    If you can't get through by phone or fax and want to spend $9, here's the easy, fast, guaranteed way to get a message into a senator's DC office.

    Go to the senator's page/send a message and it will give you the option to send a HighImpact hand-deliverd Western Union message.

  •  I called four Senators' offices, and... (none)
    ...the message I got was that their "mail boxes are full. Goodbye."

    What is that? There's no more important time to reach Senators in perhaps the past 145 years, and all we get is a "goodbye."


    My guess is that, if the Dem Senators were wise, they'd vote against cloture (Remember, it's the Repubs that have to accumulate 60 votes, not the Dems who have to come up with 41. There's a difference.) because they have to follow the money and the support. If they lay down for Bush, and this time it will be the final rape, they will lose a vast amount of supporters' energy and money. If this happens, the Democratic Party is finished.

    The Dems need grassroots movement. This is what the filibuster is all about. It's about the Senators responding to a grassroots uprising that, if supported, will be pivotal in pushing the Dems into a majority position in one or both Houses of Congress. If they make an ill-fated calculation to lay down for fascism, they seal their own fate.

    •  Not surprising (none)
      Regrettably, most of our "opposition" Senators (with a few notable exceptions) are willing to lay down and surrender to the Boy King.  If they are not willing to take meaningful steps to try and strip him from his imagined Commander - in Chief- powers directly, you can hardly expect them to put huge political energy into stopping a judge who will not act to check those powers.

      "No one else could ever be admitted here, since this gate was made only for you. I am now going to shut it."- Franz Kafka, "Before the Law"

      by normal family on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 02:30:35 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    LINCOLN 501-375-2993
    LIEBERMAN  860-549-8463
    CARPER 302-573-6291
    INOUYE 808-541-2542
    HARKIN 515-284-4574
    BAYH  317-554-0750
    MIKULSKI 410-962-4510
    LEVIN 313-226-6020
    DAYTON  612-727-5220
    BAUCUS 406-657-6790
    LAUTENBERG 973-639-8700
    BINGAMAN  505-346-6601
  •  So many Dem Senators are... (none)
    ...simply out of the loop.

    They're watching Fox News instead of reading the blogs. That's the problem. They're simply not connected to their active base of support. We know who they are. They're the ones who are not supporting the filibuster.

    And shame on Obama. Shame on you, Senator. "It's pretty clear the votes are not there for a filibuster."

    You simply don't understand. You're response is far too measured, far too calculating. This isn't about counting the votes, Barack. It's about doing what's right, you fool. It's about saving the Constitution that you swore to uphold and protect. And you're afraid of being on the losing side. You're afraid of not winning.

    But being afraid of not winning is what got the Democratic Party in this very predicament. It's what got Kerry to walk away from "counting every vote." And look at where we are now!

    How many times is your party going to have to lose before you have to understand that acting out of fear of not winning brings you exactly what you fear the most?

    Shame on you, Senator. You're still cruising on the laurels of your convention speech. And that engine is starting to lose its steam.

    •  Better than FAX or phone (none)
      Those of you living near a US Senator's office - even those who support the filibuster - should go in groups of ONLY 3 or 4 and visit them.

      1. Thank those supporting the filibuster (and stress Unitary Chief Executive - even most Republican fear that)

      2. Those NOT on board - ask to meet with an issues staffer.  Tell them that your group has questions about any of the Supreme Court issues you care about.  Be polite - don't get smart. Come across as concerned, and if you can, moderate and middle of the road. And if you have time, be patient.

      The reason for no more than 4 people - you won't be threatening and the staff doesn't respond well to intimidation.  Save that for the phone / FAX / e-mail.

      I think that when all day long Senators rail on about a Unitary Chief Executive, the mainstream media will have to explain it all. My very 1st post ever to an blog.

      IF between 9AM and 1PM CST you can get at least 5 different groups to drop-by, someone on that staff will be in touch with the Senator.  

      1 human body in their office = about 1 pound of FAXes  (but keep them coming).

      A Unitary Chief Executive is not acceptable to everyone but a very few.

      by llbear on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 02:47:16 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Come on (none)
    This thread has only been up for 3 /2 hours and it feels as though it is losing momentum.

    Come on Get to posting!!!!

    This is important..

    •  Well we do have to take time out.... (none) make phone calls, send faxes, emails, telegrams. Isn't that the point of the thread?
    •  Local phones and faxes (4.00)
      I apologize for the length of this, but this is an emergency!
      I know you are probably overwhelmed, as I am, with what is happening, but one more time, PLEASE call the Democratic senators Monday toll-free at 1-877-851-6437. Tell them you SUPPORT the filibuster!! Word has it that due to overwhelming response to the Alito situation, many Senators have full voicemails or have turned them off due to all the calls!!! So below, I have listed alternate local offices for the Senators we need to focus on this WEEKEND!! Remember, a lot of people's cell phones have free weekends and most have free long distance, so this weekend would be a great time to call and leave a message, but still call on MONDAY, too!!! Kerry is leading the filibuster, but there are several DEMS who need a kick in the hiney to SUPPORT THE FILIBUSTER!! We need to call them, especially--They are:

      Evan Bayh (IN)
      (317) 554-0750
      (812) 465-6500
      Fort Wayne
      (260) 426-3151
      (219) 852-2763
      (812) 218-2317
      South Bend
      (574) 236-8302

      Tim Johnson (SD)
      Phone (605) 226-3440
      FAX (605) 226-2439
      Rapid City
      Phone (605) 341-3990
      FAX (605) 341-2207
      Sioux Falls
      Phone (605) 332-8896
      FAX (605) 332-2824

      Barbara Mikulski (MD)
      Phone (410) 546-7711
      FAX (410) 546-9324
      Phone (301) 345-5517
      FAX (301) 345-7573 (fax)
      Phone (410) 263-1805
      FAX (410) 263-5949
      Phone (301) 797-2826
      FAX (301) 797-2241
      Phone (410) 962-4510
      FAX (410) 962-4760

      Joseph Lieberman (CT)
      Phone (860) 549-8463
      FAX (860) 549-8478

      Mary Landrieu (LA)
      New Orleans
      Phone (504) 589-2427
      FAX (504) 589-4023
      Baton Rouge
      Phone (225) 389-0395
      FAX (225) 389-0660
      Phone (318) 676-3085
      FAX (318) 676-3100
      Lake Charles
      Phone (337) 436-6650
      FAX (337) 439-3762

      Robert Byrd (WV) This is REALLY DISAPPOINTING!!
      Phone 304-342-5855
      FAX 304-343-7144

      Ken Salazar (CO)
      Phone (303) 455-7600
      FAX (303) 455-8851
      Colorado Springs
      Phone (719) 328-1100
      FAX (719) 328-1129
      Fort Collins
      Phone (970) 224-2200
      FAX (970) 224-2205
      Fort Morgan
      Phone (970) 542-9446
      FAX (970) 542-3088
      Phone (719) 542-7550
      FAX (719) 542-7555
      Phone (970) 259-1710
      FAX (970) 259-9789
      Grand Junction
      Phone (970) 241-6631
      FAX (970) 241-8313
      Phone (719) 587-0096
      FAX (719) 587-0098

      Ben Nelson (NE)
      Phone (402) 391-3411
      FAX (402) 391-4725
      Phone (402) 441-4600
      FAX (402) 476-8753
      Phone (308) 430-0587
      Phone (308) 631-7614

      Daniel Akaka (HI)
      Phone (808) 522-8970
      FAX (808) 545-4683
      Phone (808) 935-1114
      FAX (808) 935-9064

      Joseph Biden (DE)
      Phone 302-573-6345
      FAX 302-573-6351
      Phone (302) 424-8090
      FAX (302) 424-8098

      Byron Dorgan (ND)
      Phone 701-250-4618
      FAX 701-250-4484
      Grand Forks
      Phone 701-746-8972
      FAX 701-746-9122
      Phone 701-239-5389
      FAX 701-239-5112
      Phone 701-852-0703
      FAX 701-838-8196

      Kent Conrad (ND)
      Phone (701) 258-4648
      FAX (701) 258-1254
      Phone (701) 232-8030
      FAX (701) 232-6449
      Grand Forks
      Phone (701) 775-9601
      FAX (701) 746-1990
      Phone (701) 852-0703
      FAX (701) 232-6449

      Mark Pryor (AR)
      Little Rock
      Phone (501) 324-6336
      FAX (501) 324-5320

      Maria Cantwell (WA)
      Phone (206) 220-6400
      FAX (206) 220-6404
      Phone (509) 353-2507
      FAX (509) 353-2547
      Phone (360) 696-7838
      FAX (360) 696-7844
      Phone (509) 946-8106
      FAX (509) 946-6937
      Phone (253) 572-2281
      FAX (253) 572-5879
      Phone (425) 303-0114
      FAX (425) 303-8351

      Barack Obama (IL)
      Phone (312) 886-3506
      FAX (312) 886-3514
      Phone (217) 492-5089
      FAX (217) 492-5099
      Phone (618) 997-2402
      FAX (618) 997-2850

      In addition, there are two Pro-Choice Republicans who might possibly vote against Alito, tho it is a longshot. STILL TRY!

      Lincoln Chafee (RI) Talk about Alito's narrow view of a woman's right to choose and view of the Commerce Clause and his dissent ruling that Congress did not have the authority to restrict the sale of machine guns.
      Phone (401) 453-5294
      Phone (401) 845-0700

      Olympia Snowe (ME) Talk about preserving a woman's privacy and right to choose, without 'permission' from her husband, whether or not to continue a pregnancy.
      Phone (207) 786-2451
      FAX (207) 782-1438
      Phone (207) 622-8292
      FAX (207) 622-7295
      Phone (207) 945-0432
      FAX (207) 941-9525
      Phone (207) 282-4144
      FAX (207) 284-2358
      Phone (207) 874-0883
      FAX (207) 874-7631
      Presque Isle
      Phone (207) 764-5124
      FAX (207) 764-6420

      And for good measure, Contact Arlen Specter (PA), Chair of the Judiciary, Pro-Choice, and the Republican who immediately called for the congressional hearing into the legality of the President's wiretapping without FISA warrant. If Alito is confirmed, given his view of Unitary Executive Power, these hearings will be moot, because Alito will back President Bush. Refer to this and to a woman's right to choose to carry a pregnancy to term when you call or fax!!
      Phone (610) 434-1444
      FAX (610) 434-1844
      Phone (814) 453-3010
      FAX (814) 455-9925
      Phone (717) 782-3951
      FAX (717) 782-4920
      Phone (215) 597-7200
      FAX (215) 597-0406
      Phone (412) 644-3400
      FAX (412) 644-4871
      Phone (570) 346-2006
      FAX (570) 346-8499
      Phone (570) 826-6265
      FAX (570) 826-6266

      Remember that if there was EVER a time to filibuster, ALITO is it!! This man is a danger to our country, our constitution, our rights and his placement on the SCOTUS will ensure that Bush will continue to trample over our liberties!! Remind the Democrats that their BASE, the grassroots Dems, demand that they listen to us!!!

      Filibuster Supporters-No need to call for support, but maybe call and THANK them for having a spine!

      Barbara Boxer (D- CA) , 202-224-3553
      Dianne Feinstein (D- CA) , 202-224-3841 (1,)
      Christopher J. Dodd (D- CT), 202-224-2823 (1,)
      Richard J. Durbin (D- IL) , 202-224-2152
      John F. Kerry (D- MA) , 202-224-2742
      Edward M. Kennedy (D- MA) , 202-224-4543
      Paul S. Sarbanes (D- MD), 202-224-4524
      Debbie A. Stabenow (D- MI) , 202-224-4822
      Harry Reid (D- NV) , 202-224-3542
      Hillary Rodham Clinton (D- NY) , 202-224-4451
      Charles Schumer (D- NY) , 202-224-6542
      Ron Wyden (D- OR) , 202-224-5244
      Russell D. Feingold (D- WI) , 202-224-5323

      Evil can only prevail when good people do nothing.

      "Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the State becomes lawless and
      corrupt." Mahatma Gandhi

  •  Fighting the Fight, Knowing When to Pick Battles (none)
    There's been a some chatter in the blogosphere and the MSM about John Kerry's timing in announcing a filibuster on the Samuel Alito nomination to the Supreme Court. I find that curious, as typically Senators do not announce a Filibuster until close to the final vote on a bill or nomination.

    You have to know when to choose your battles, and you have to know when to keep your cards close to the vest. When you are fighting the good fight, there are times when you plan and strategize, and there are times when you announce your intentions to stand and fight. And timing is everything in life and politics.

    John Kerry said it yesterday, "The Time To Stand Is Now."


    by kerrygoddess on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 02:35:28 PM PST

    •  filibuster (none)
      The Democrats in the Senate need to understand that whatever the merits of the Alito nomination, it is important that their constituents see our representatives in Congress actually standing up and fighting.  They haven't been giving us many reasons to continue voting for them-  this would be one.
  •  Don't ignore the Republicans (none)
    I live in Tennessee, and I just sent Lamar Alexander an e-mail telling him why he must oppose the confirmation of Alito in any way he can.  Of course, I did not bother with Frist.  Actually, I wrote to him a few months ago and fired him.  On the same day I sent money to Harry Reid and hired him as my other senator.  Lamar has a brain though.  he tends to vote the right way on some issues some of the time, e.g. environment.

    So I see only tatters of clearness through a pervading obscurity - Annie Dillard

    by illinifan17 on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 03:21:28 PM PST

    •   but Lamar does not have a spine (none)
      I, too, live in TN and Lamar has given me false hopes many times.  A couple of years ago, I went with a group of environmentalists to his office to talk about the energy bill, he had concerns over it yeah, right.  It was just a false hope trying to make him look like a moderate or even someone who cares a wee bit for the enviroment.   He doesn't.  
      In fact Friday I received a letter from him explaining why he voted in favor of ANWR.  "We want to keep our power on and our rates down" is the explanation he offered.  No care at all about the environment which is an about face from 2 years ago.  

      As for the filibuster and Alito, I heard this week he had concerns about Alito, thus, giving false hopes again.  Today, I read his letter at the Chattanoogan clearing up any hope of resistance of Alito.  Here is his letter:Sen.Lamar Alexander: Samuel Alito will serve with distinction.  Feel free to call Lamar and express your disappointment in him.  Please let him know his constituents are watching him and he better worry in 2008 because his record is dismal.

  •  We are working our butts off in Ithaca! (none)
    I am amazed at how many people are responding to the action alerts!  And people are passing them on.  We are in the hundreds!

    To dream the impossible dream...

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

    by donag on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 03:36:13 PM PST

  •  Phone and Fax numbers--phone and fax local offices (none)
    Senator Ted Stevens [AK]
    Washington, 202-224-3004 (phone), 202-224-2354 (fax)
    Fairbanks, 907-456-0261 (phone), 907-451-7290 (fax)
    Juneau, 907-586-7400 (phone), 907-586-8922 (fax)
    Anchorage, 907-271-5915 (phone), 907-258-9305 (fax)
    Kenai, 907-283-5808 (phone), 907-283-4363 (fax)
    Wasilla, 907-376-7665 (phone), 907-376-8526 (fax)
    Bethel, 907-543-1638 (phone), 907-543-1637 (fax)
    Ketchikan, 907-225-6880 (phone), 907-225-0390 (fax)

    Senator Lisa Murkowski [AK]
    Washington, 202-224-6665 (phone), 202-224-5301 (fax)
    Anchorage, 907-271-3735 (phone), 907-276-4081 (fax)
    Bethel, 907-543-1639 (phone), 907-543-1637 (fax)
    Ketchikan, 907-283-5208 (phone), 907-225-0390 (fax)
    Wasilla, 907-376-7665 (phone), 907-376-8526 (fax)
    Kenai, 907-283-5808 (phone), 907-283-4363 (fax)
    Fairbanks, 907-456-0233 (phone), 907-451-7146 (fax)
    Juneau, 907-586-7400 (phone), 907-586-8922 (fax)

    Senator Richard C Shelby [AL]
    Washington, 202-224-5744 (phone), 202-224-3416 (fax)
    Montgomery, 334-223-7303 (phone), 334-223-7317 (fax)
    Tuscaloosa, 205-759-5047 (phone), 205-759-5067 (fax)
    Mobile, 251-694-4164 (phone), 251-694-4166 (fax)
    Huntsville, 256-772-0460 (phone), 256-772-8387 (fax)
    Birmingham, 205-731-1384 (phone), 205-731-1386 (fax)

    Senator Jeff Sessions [AL]
    Washington, 202-224-4124 (phone), 202-224-3149 (fax)
    Huntsville, 256-533-0979 (phone), 256-533-0745 (fax)
    Birmingham, 205-731-1500 (phone), 205-731-0221 (fax)
    Mobile, 251-414-3083 (phone), 251-414-5845 (fax)
    Montgomery, 334-244-7017 (phone), 334-244-7091 (fax)

    Senator Blanche Lambert Lincoln [AR]  DEMOCRAT SWING VOTE
    Washington, 202-224-4843 (phone), 202-228-1371 (fax)
    Dumas, 870-382-1023 (phone), 870-382-1026 (fax)
    Texarkana, 870-774-3106 (phone), 870-774-7627 (fax)
    Little Rock, 501-375-2993 (phone), 501-375-7064 (fax)
    Fayetteville, 479-251-1224 (phone), 479-251-1410 (fax)
    Jonesboro, 870-910-6896 (phone), 870-910-6898 (fax)

    Washington, 202-224-2353 (phone), 202-228-0908 (fax)
    Little Rock, 501-324-6336 (phone), 501-324-5320 (fax)

    Senator John McCain [AZ]
    Washington, 202-224-2235 (phone), 202-228-2862 (fax)
    Tucson, 520-670-6334 (phone), 520-670-6637 (fax)
    Tempe, 480-897-6289 (phone), 480-897-8389 (fax)
    Phoenix, 602-952-2410 (phone), 602-952-8702 (fax)

    Senator Jon Kyl [AZ]
    Washington, 202-224-4521 (phone), 202-224-2207 (fax)
    Tucson, 520-575-8633 (phone), 520-797-3232 (fax)
    Phoenix, 602-840-1891 (phone), 602-957-6838 (fax)

    Senator Dianne Feinstein [CA]
    Washington, 202-224-3841 (phone), 202-228-3954 (fax)
    Fresno, 559-485-7430 (phone), 559-485-9689 (fax)
    San Francisco, 415-393-0707 (phone), 415-393-0710 (fax)
    Los Angeles, 310-914-7300 (phone), 310-914-7318 (fax)
    San Diego, 619-231-9712 (phone), 619-231-1108 (fax)

    Senator Barbara Boxer [CA]
    Washington, 202-224-3553 (phone), 415-956-6701 (fax)
    Los Angeles, 213-894-5000 (phone), 213-894-5042 (fax)
    San Francisco, 415-403-0100 (phone), 415-956-6701 (fax)
    San Bernadino, 909-888-8525 (phone), 909-888-8613 (fax)
    San Diego, 619-239-3884 (phone), 619-239-5719 (fax)
    Sacramento, 916-448-2787 (phone), 916-448-2563 (fax)
    Fresno, 559-497-5109 (phone), 559-497-5111 (fax)

    Senator Wayne Allard [CO]
    Washington, 202-224-5941 (phone), 202-224-6471 (fax)
    Colorado Springs, 719-634-6071 (phone), 719-636-2590 (fax)
    Grand Junction, 970-245-9553 (phone), 970-245-9523 (fax)
    Englewood, 303-220-7414 (phone), 303-220-8126 (fax)
    Pueblo, 719-545-9751 (phone), 719-545-3832 (fax)
    Loveland, 970-461-3530 (phone), 970-461-3658 (fax)

    Washington, 202-224-5852 (phone), 202-228-5036 (fax)
    Alamosa, 719-587-0096 (phone), 719-587-0098 (fax)
    Fort Morgan, 970-542-9446 (phone), 970-542-3088 (fax)
    Colorado Springs, 719-328-1100 (phone), 719-328-1129 (fax)
    Fort Collins, 970-224-2200 (phone), 970-224-2205 (fax)
    Pueblo, 719-542-7550 (phone), 719-542-7555 (fax)
    Durango, 970-259-1710 (phone), 970-259-9789 (fax)
    Grand Junction, 970-241-6631 (phone), 970-241-8313 (fax)
    Denver, 303-455-7600 (phone), 303-455-8851 (fax)

    Senator Christopher J Dodd [CT]
    Washington, 202-224-2823 (phone), 202-224-1083 (fax)
    Wethersfield, 800-334-5341 (phone), 860-258-6958 (fax)

    Senator Joseph I Lieberman [CT]  DEMOCRAT SWING VOTE
    Washington, 202-224-4041 (phone), 202-224-9750 (fax)
    Hartford, 860-549-8463 (phone), 860-549-8478 (fax)

    Washington, 202-224-5042 (phone), 202-224-0139 (fax)
    Wilmington, 302-573-6345 (phone), 302-573-6351 (fax)
    Milford, 302-424-8090 (phone), 302-424-8098 (fax)

    Senator Thomas R Carper [DE]  DEMOCRAT SWING VOTE
    Washington, 202-224-2441 (phone), 202-228-2190 (fax)
    Georgetown, 302-856-7690 (phone)
    Dover, 302-674-3308 (phone)
    Wilmington, 302-573-6291 (phone)

    Washington, 202-224-5274 (phone), 202-228-2183 (fax)
    Tallahassee, 850-942-8415 (phone), 850-942-8450 (fax)
    West Palm Beach, 561-514-0189 (phone), 561-514-4078 (fax)
    Tampa, 813-225-7040 (phone), 813-225-7050 (fax)
    Jacksonville, 904-346-4500 (phone), 904-346-4506 (fax)
    Coral Gables, 305-536-5999 (phone), 305-536-5991 (fax)
    Ft. Myers, 239-334-7760 (phone), 239-334-7710 (fax)
    Davie, 954-693-4851 (phone), 954-693-4862 (fax)
    Orlando, 888-671-4091 (phone), 407-872-7165 (fax)

    Senator Mel Martinez [FL]
    Washington, 202-224-3041 (phone), 202-228-5171 (fax)
    Tampa, 813-207-0509 (phone)
    Jacksonville, 904-398-8586 (phone), 904-398-8591 (fax)
    Orlando, 407-254-2573 (phone), 407-423-0941 (fax)
    Coral Gables, 305-444-8332 (phone), 305-444-8449 (fax)

    Senator Saxby Chambliss [GA]
    Washington, 202-224-3521 (phone), 202-224-0103 (fax)
    Atlanta, 770-763-9090 (phone), 770-226-8633 (fax)
    Macon, 478-476-0788 (phone), 478-476-0735 (fax)
    Augusta, 706-738-0302 (phone), 706-738-0901 (fax)
    Savannah, 912-232-3657 (phone), 912-233-0115 (fax)
    Moultrie, 229-985-2112 (phone), 229-985-2123 (fax)

    Senator Johnny Isakson [GA]
    Washington, 202-224-3643 (phone), 202-228-0724 (fax)
    Atlanta, 770-661-0999 (phone), 770-661-0768 (fax)

    Senator Daniel K Inouye [HI]  DEMOCRAT SWING VOTE
    Washington, 202-224-3934 (phone), 202-224-6747 (fax)
    Wailuku Maui, 808-242-9702 (phone), 808-242-7233 (fax)
    Lihue Kauai, 808-245-4611 (phone), 808-246-9515 (fax)
    Kaunakakai, 808-642-0203 (phone), 808-560-3385 (fax)
    Honolulu, 808-541-2542 (phone), 808-541-2549 (fax)
    Hilo, 808-935-0844 (phone), 808-961-5163 (fax)
    Kealakekua, 808-935-0844 (phone), 808-961-5163 (fax)

    Washington, 202-224-6361 (phone), 202-224-2126 (fax)
    Honolulu, 808-522-8970 (phone), 808-545-4683 (fax)
    Hilo, 808-935-1114 (phone), 808-935-9064 (fax)

    Senator Charles E Grassley [IA]
    Washington, 202-224-3744 (phone), 202-224-6020 (fax)
    Waterloo, 319-232-6657 (phone)
    Council Bluffs, 712-322-7103 (phone)
    Cedar Rapids, 319-363-6832 (phone)
    Sioux City, 712-233-1860 (phone)
    Davenport, 563-322-4331 (phone)
    Des Moines, 515-288-1145 (phone)

    Senator Tom Harkin [IA]  DEMOCRAT SWING VOTE
    Washington, 202-224-3254 (phone), 202-224-9369 (fax)
    Des Moines, 515-284-4574 (phone), 515-284-4937 (fax)
    Cedar Rapids, 319-365-4504 (phone), 319-365-4683 (fax)
    Davenport, 563-322-1338 (phone), 563-322-0417 (fax)
    Dubuque, 563-582-2130 (phone), 563-582-2342 (fax)
    Sioux City, 712-252-1550 (phone), 712-252-1638 (fax)

    Senator Larry E Craig [ID]
    Washington, 202-224-2752 (phone), 202-228-1067 (fax)
    Boise, 208-342-7985 (phone), 208-343-2458 (fax)
    Lewiston, 208-743-0792 (phone), 208-746-7275 (fax)
    Pocatello, 208-236-6817 (phone), 208-236-6820 (fax)
    Coeur D'Alene, 208-667-6130 (phone), 208-765-1743 (fax)
    Twin Falls, 208-734-6780 (phone), 208-734-3905 (fax)
    Idaho Falls, 208-523-5541 (phone), 208-522-0135 (fax)

    Senator Mike Crapo [ID]
    Washington, 202-224-6142 (phone), 202-228-1375 (fax)
    Idaho Falls, 208-522-9779 (phone), 208-529-8367 (fax)
    Boise, 208-334-1776 (phone), 208-334-9044 (fax)
    Lewiston, 208-743-1492 (phone), 208-743-6484 (fax)
    Coeur D'Alene, 208-664-5490 (phone), 208-664-0889 (fax)
    Pocatello, 208-236-6775 (phone), 208-236-6935 (fax)
    Twin Falls, 208-734-2515 (phone), 208-733-0414 (fax)
    Caldwell, 208-455-0360 (phone), 208-455-0358 (fax)

    Senator Richard J Durbin [IL]
    Washington, 202-224-2152 (phone), 202-228-0400 (fax)
    Marion, 618-998-8812 (phone), 618-997-0176 (fax)
    Springfield, 217-492-4062 (phone), 217-492-4382 (fax)
    Chicago, 312-353-4952 (phone), 312-353-0150 (fax)

    Senator Barack Obama [IL]  DEMOCRAT SWING VOTE
    Washington, 202-224-2854 (phone), 202-228-4260 (fax)
    Springfield, 217-492-5089 (phone), 217-492-5099 (fax)
    Chicago, 312-886-3506 (phone), 312-886-3514 (fax)
    Marion, 618-997-2402 (phone), 618-997-2850 (fax)

    Senator Richard G Lugar [IN]
    Washington, 202-224-4814 (phone), 202-228-0360 (fax)
    Valparaiso, 219-548-8035 (phone)
    Fort Wayne, 260-422-1505 (phone)
    Jeffersonville, 812-288-3377 (phone)
    Evansville, 812-465-6313 (phone)
    Indianapolis, 317-226-5555 (phone)

    Senator Evan Bayh [IN]  DEMOCRAT SWING VOTE
    Washington, 202-224-5623 (phone), 202-228-1377 (fax)
    South Bend, 574-236-8302 (phone)
    Hammond, 219-852-2763 (phone)
    Evansville, 812-465-6500 (phone)
    Jeffersonville, 812-218-2317 (phone)
    Indianapolis, 317-554-0750 (phone), 317-554-0760 (fax)
    Fort Wayne, 260-426-3151 (phone)

    Senator Sam Brownback [KS]
    Washington, 202-224-6521 (phone), 202-228-1265 (fax)
    Garden City, 620-275-1124 (phone), 620-275-1837 (fax)
    Overland Park, 913-492-6378 (phone), 913-492-7253 (fax)
    Pittsburg, 620-231-6040 (phone), 620-231-6347 (fax)
    Wichita, 316-264-8066 (phone), 316-264-9078 (fax)
    Topeka, 785-233-2503 (phone), 785-233-2616 (fax)

    Senator Pat Roberts [KS]
    Washington, 202-224-4774 (phone), 202-224-3514 (fax)
    Overland Park, 913-451-9343 (phone), 913-451-9446 (fax)
    Wichita, 316-263-0416 (phone), 316-263-0273 (fax)
    Dodge City, 620-227-2244 (phone), 620-227-2264 (fax)
    Topeka, 785-295-2745 (phone), 785-235-3665 (fax)

    Senator Mitch McConnell [KY]
    Washington, 202-224-2541 (phone), 202-224-2499 (fax)
    Fort Wright, 859-578-0188 (phone)
    Louisville, 502-582-6304 (phone), 502-582-5117 (fax)
    Paducah, 270-442-4554 (phone)
    Bowling Green, 270-781-1673 (phone)
    Lexington, 859-224-8286 (phone)
    London, 606-864-2026 (phone)

    Senator Jim Bunning [KY]
    Washington, 202-224-4343 (phone), 202-228-1373 (fax)
    Owensboro, 270-689-9085 (phone), 270-689-9158 (fax)
    Lexington, 859-219-2239 (phone), 859-219-3269 (fax)
    Hazard, 606-435-2390 (phone), 606-435-1761 (fax)
    Fort Wright, 800-283-8983 (phone), 859-331-7445 (fax)
    Louisville, 502-582-5341 (phone), 502-582-5344 (fax)
    Hopkinsville, 270-885-1212 (phone), 270-881-3975 (fax)

    Washington, 202-224-5824 (phone), 202-224-9735 (fax)
    Lake Charles, 337-436-6650 (phone), 337-439-3762 (fax)
    New Orleans, 504-589-2427 (phone), 504-589-4023 (fax)
    Shreveport, 318-676-3085 (phone), 318-676-3100 (fax)
    Baton Rouge, 225-389-0395 (phone), 225-389-0660 (fax)

    Senator David Vitter [LA]
    Washington, 202-224-4623 (phone), 202-228-5061 (fax)
    Baton Rouge, 225-383-0331 (phone), 225-383-0952 (fax)
    Alexandria, 318-448-0169 (phone), 318-448-0189 (fax)
    Metairre, 504-589-2753 (phone), 504-589-2607 (fax)
    Shreveport, 318-861-0437 (phone), 318-861-4865 (fax)
    Lafayette, 337-262-6898 (phone), 337-262-6373 (fax)
    Lake Charles, 337-436-045 (phone), 337-436-3163 (fax)
    Monroe, 318-325-8120 (phone), 318-325-9165 (fax)

    Senator Edward M Kennedy [MA]
    Washington, 202-224-4543 (phone), 202-224-2417 (fax)
    Boston, 617-565-3170 (phone)

    Senator John F Kerry [MA]
    Washington, 202-224-2742 (phone), 202-224-8525 (fax)
    Worcester, 508-831-7380 (phone), 508-831-7381 (fax)
    Springfield, 413-785-4610 (phone), 413-736-1049 (fax)
    Boston, 617-565-8519 (phone), 617-248-3870 (fax)
    Fall River, 508-677-0522 (phone), 508-677-0275 (fax)

    Senator Paul S Sarbanes [MD]  DEMOCRAT SWING VOTE
    Washington, 202-224-4524 (phone), 202-224-1651 (fax)
    Salisbury, 410-860-2131 (phone), 410-860-2134 (fax)
    Cumberland, 301-724-0695 (phone), 301-724-4660 (fax)
    Silver Spring, 301-589-0797 (phone), 301-589-0598 (fax)
    Baltimore, 410-962-4436 (phone), 410-962-4156 (fax)
    Bryans Road, 301-283-0947 (phone), 301-375-8914 (fax)

    Senator Barbara A Mikulski [MD]  DEMOCRAT SWING VOTE
    Washington, 202-224-4654 (phone), 202-224-8858 (fax)
    Salisbury, 410-546-7711 (phone), 410-546-9324 (fax)
    Greenbelt, 301-345-5517 (phone), 301-345-7573 (fax)
    Annapolis, 410-263-1805 (phone), 410-263-5949 (fax)
    Hagerstown, 301-797-2826 (phone), 301-797-2241 (fax)
    Baltimore, 410-962-4510 (phone), 410-962-4760 (fax)

    Senator Olympia Snowe [ME]  REPUBLICAN SWING VOTE
    Washington, 202-224-5344 (phone), 202-224-1946 (fax)
    Bangor, 207-945-0432 (phone), 207-941-9525 (fax)
    Presque Isle, 207-764-5124 (phone), 207-764-6420 (fax)
    Biddeford, 207-282-4144 (phone), 207-284-2358 (fax)
    Auburn, 207-786-2451 (phone), 207-782-1438 (fax)
    Augusta, 207-622-8292 (phone), 207-622-7295 (fax)
    Portland, 207-874-0883 (phone), 207-874-7631 (fax)

    Senator Susan Collins [ME]
    Washington, 202-224-2523 (phone), 202-224-2693 (fax)
    Biddeford, 207-283-1101 (phone), 207-283-4054 (fax)
    Portland, 207-780-3575 (phone), 207-828-0380 (fax)
    Caribou, 207-493-7873 (phone), 207-493-7810 (fax)
    Bangor, 207-945-0417 (phone), 207-990-4604 (fax)
    Augusta, 207-622-8414 (phone), 207-622-5884 (fax)
    Lewiston, 207-784-6969 (phone), 207-782-6475 (fax)

    Senator Carl Levin [MI]  DEMOCRAT SWING VOTE
    Washington, 202-224-6221 (phone), 202-224-1388 (fax)
    Grand Rapids, 616-456-2531 (phone), 616-456-5147 (fax)
    Saginaw, 989-754-2494 (phone), 989-754-2920 (fax)
    Escanaba, 906-789-0052 (phone), 906-789-0015 (fax)
    Traverse City, 231-947-9569 (phone), 231-947-9518 (fax)
    Lansing, 517-377-1508 (phone), 517-377-1506 (fax)
    Warren, 586-573-9145 (phone), 586-573-8260 (fax)
    Detroit, 313-226-6020 (phone), 313-226-6948 (fax)

    Senator Debbie A Stabenow [MI]
    Washington, 202-224-4822 (phone), 202-228-0325 (fax)
    Marquette, 906-228-8756 (phone)
    Grand Rapids, 616-975-0052 (phone)
    East Lansing, 517-203-1760 (phone)
    Detroit, 313-961-4330 (phone)
    Traverse City, 231-929-1031 (phone)
    Flint, 810-720-4172 (phone)

    Senator Mark Dayton [MN]  DEMOCRAT SWING VOTE
    Washington, 202-224-3244 (phone), 202-228-2186 (fax)
    Fort Snelling, 888-224-9043 (phone), 612-727-5223 (fax)
    Biwabik, 218-865-4480 (phone), 218-865-4667 (fax)
    Renville, 320-905 (phone)
    East Grand Forks, 218-773-1110 (phone), 218-773-1993 (fax)

    Senator Norm Coleman [MN]
    Washington, 202-224-5641 (phone), 202-224-1152 (fax)
    St. Paul, 651-645-0323 (phone), 651-645-3110 (fax)
    Mankato, 507-625-6800 (phone), 507-625-9427 (fax)

    Senator Christopher S Bond [MO]
    Washington, 202-224-5721 (phone), 202-224-8149 (fax)
    St. Louis, 314-725-4484 (phone)
    Kansas City, 816-471-7141 (phone)
    Jefferson City, 573-634-2488 (phone)
    Cape Girardeau, 573-334-7044 (phone)
    Springfield, 417-864-8258 (phone)

    Senator Jim Talent [MO]
    Washington, 202-224-6154 (phone), 202-228-1518 (fax)
    St. Louis, 314-432-5211 (phone)
    Jefferson City, 573-636-1070 (phone)
    Cape Girardeau, 573-651-0964 (phone)
    Kansas City, 816-421-1639 (phone)
    Springfield, 417-831-2735 (phone)

    Senator Thad Cochran [MS]
    Washington, 202-224-5054 (phone), 202-224-9450 (fax)
    Jackson, 601-965-4459 (phone)
    Oxford, 662-236-1018 (phone)
    Gulfport, 228-867-9710 (phone)

    Senator Trent Lott [MS]
    Washington, 202-224-6253 (phone), 202-224-2262 (fax)
    Pascagoula, 228-762-5400 (phone), 228-762-0137 (fax)
    Oxford, 662-234-3774 (phone), 662-234-1744 (fax)
    Jackson, 601-965-4644 (phone), 601-965-4007 (fax)
    Gulfport, 228-863-1988 (phone), 228-863-9960 (fax)

    Senator Max Baucus [MT]  DEMOCRAT SWING VOTE
    Washington, 202-224-2651 (phone), 202-224-0515 (fax)
    Billings, 406-657-6790 (phone)
    Helena, 406-449-5480 (phone)
    Great Falls, 406-761-1574 (phone)
    Missoula, 406-329-3123 (phone)
    Butte, 406-782-8700 (phone)
    Kalispell, 406-756-1150 (phone)
    Bozeman, 406-586-6104 (phone)

    Senator Conrad R Burns [MT]
    Washington, 202-224-2644 (phone), 202-224-8594 (fax)
    Great Falls, 406-452-9585 (phone), 406-452-9586 (fax)
    Kalispell, 406-257-3360 (phone), 406-257-3974 (fax)
    Billings, 406-252-0550 (phone), 406-252-7768 (fax)
    Missoula, 406-758-3003 (phone), 406-728-2193 (fax)
    Helena, 406-449-5401 (phone), 406-449-5462 (fax)
    Bozeman, 406-586-4450 (phone), 406-586-7647 (fax)
    Butte, 406-723-3277 (phone), 406-782-4717 (fax)
    Glendive, 406-365-2391 (phone), 406-365-8836 (fax)

    Senator Elizabeth Dole [NC]
    Washington, 202-224-6342 (phone), 202-224-1100 (fax)
    Greenville, 252-329-1093 (phone), 252-329-1097 (fax)
    Salisbury, 704-633-5011 (phone), 704-633-2937 (fax)
    Raleigh, 919-856-4630 (phone), 919-856-4053 (fax)
    Hendersonville, 828-698-3747 (phone), 828-698-1267 (fax)

    Senator Richard Burr [NC]
    Washington, 202-224-3154 (phone), 202-228-2981 (fax)
    Wilmington, 910-251-1058 (phone), 910-251-7975 (fax)
    Ashville, 828-350-2437 (phone), 828-350-2439 (fax)
    Rocky Mount, 252-977-9522 (phone), 252-977-7902 (fax)
    Winston-Salem, 800-685-8916 (phone), 336-725-4493 (fax)
    Gastonia, 704-833-0854 (phone), 704-833-1467 (fax)

    Washington, 202-224-2043 (phone), 202-224-7776 (fax)
    Minot, 701-852-0703 (phone), 701-838-8196 (fax)
    Grand Forks, 701-775-9601 (phone), 701-746-1990 (fax)
    Fargo, 701-232-8030 (phone), 701-232-6449 (fax)
    Bismarck, 701-258-4648 (phone), 701-258-1254 (fax)

    Washington, 202-224-2551 (phone), 202-224-1193 (fax)
    Grand Forks, 701-746-8972 (phone), 701-746-9122 (fax)
    Bismarck, 701-250-4618 (phone), 701-250-4484 (fax)
    Minot, 701-852-0703 (phone), 701-838-8196 (fax)
    Fargo, 701-239-5389 (phone), 701-239-5112 (fax)

    Senator Chuck Hagel [NE]
    Washington, 202-224-4224 (phone), 202-224-5213 (fax)
    Omaha, 402-758-8981 (phone), 402-758-9165 (fax)
    Kearney, 308-236-7602 (phone), 308-236-7473 (fax)
    Scottsbluff, 308-632-6032 (phone), 308-632-6295 (fax)
    Lincoln, 402-476-1400 (phone), 402-476-0605 (fax)

    Washington, 202-224-6551 (phone), 202-228-0012 (fax)
    Lincoln, 402-441-4600 (phone), 402-476-8753 (fax)
    Omaha, 402-391-3411 (phone), 402-391-4725 (fax)

    Senator Judd Gregg [NH]
    Washington, 202-224-3324 (phone), 202-224-4952 (fax)
    Berlin, 603-752-2604 (phone)
    Concord, 603-225-7115 (phone)
    Manchester, 603-622-7979 (phone)
    Portsmouth, 603-431-2171 (phone)

    Senator John Sununu [NH]
    Washington, 202-224-2841 (phone), 202-228-4131 (fax)
    Manchester, 603-647-7500 (phone), 603-647-9352 (fax)
    Berlin, 603-752-6074 (phone), 603-752-6423 (fax)
    Portsmouth, 603-430-9560 (phone), 603-430-0058 (fax)
    Claremont, 603-542-4872 (phone), 603-542-6582 (fax)

    Senator Robert Menendez [NJ]  DEMOCRAT SWING VOTE
    Washington, 202-224-4744 (phone), 202-228-2197 (fax)
    Newark, 973-645-3030 (phone)

    Senator Frank Lautenberg [NJ]  DEMOCRAT SWING VOTE
    Washington, 202-224-3224 (phone), 202-228-4054 (fax)
    Camden, 856-338-8922 (phone), 856-338-8936 (fax)
    Newark, 973-639-8700 (phone), 973-639-8723 (fax)

    Senator Pete V Domenici [NM]
    Washington, 202-224-6621 (phone), 202-228-0900 (fax)
    Roswell, 505-623-6170 (phone), 505-625-2547 (fax)
    Las Cruces, 505-526-5475 (phone), 505-523-6589 (fax)
    Albuquerque, 505-346-6791 (phone), 505-346-6720 (fax)
    Santa Fe, 505-988-6511 (phone), 505-988-6514 (fax)

    Senator Jeff Bingaman [NM]  DEMOCRAT SWING VOTE
    Washington, 202-224-5521 (phone), 202-224-2852 (fax)
    Santa Fe, 505-988-6647 (phone)
    Las Vegas, 505-454-8824 (phone)
    Albuquerque, 505-346-6601 (phone)
    Las Cruces, 505-523-6561 (phone)
    Roswell, 505-622-7113 (phone)

    Senator Harry Reid [NV]
    Washington, 202-224-3542 (phone), 202-224-7327 (fax)
    Reno, 775-686-5750 (phone), 775-686-5757 (fax)
    Carson City, 775-882-7343 (phone), 775-883-1980 (fax)
    Las Vegas, 702-388-5020 (phone), 702-388-5030 (fax)

    Senator John Ensign [NV]
    Washington, 202-224-6244 (phone), 202-228-2193 (fax)
    Reno, 775-686-5770 (phone), 775-686-5729 (fax)
    Las Vegas, 702-388-6605 (phone), 702-388-6501 (fax)
    Carson City, 775-885-9111 (phone), 775-883-5590 (fax)

    Senator Charles Schumer [NY]
    Washington, 202-224-6542 (phone), 202-228-3027 (fax)
    Binghamton, 607-772-6792 (phone), 607-772-8124 (fax)
    Rochester, 585-263-5866 (phone), 585-263-3173 (fax)
    Buffalo, 716-846-4111 (phone), 716-846-4113 (fax)
    Red Hook, 914-285-9741 (phone), 845-758-1043 (fax)
    Melville, 631-753-0978 (phone), 631-753-0997 (fax)
    New York, 212-486-4430 (phone), 212-486-7693 (fax)
    Albany, 518-431-4070 (phone), 518-431-4076 (fax)
    Syracuse, 315-423-5471 (phone), 315-423-5185 (fax)

    Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton [NY]
    Washington, 202-224-4451 (phone), 202-228-0282 (fax)
    Buffalo, 716-854-9725 (phone), 716-854-9731 (fax)
    Albany, 518-431-0120 (phone), 518-431-0128 (fax)
    New York, 212-688-6262 (phone), 212-688-7444 (fax)
    Hartsdale, 914-725-9294 (phone), 914-472-5073 (fax)
    Lowville, 315-376-6118 (phone), 315-376-6118 (fax)
    Melville, 631-249-2825 (phone), 631-249-2847 (fax)
    Syracuse, 315-448-0470 (phone), 315-448-0476 (fax)
    Rochester, 585-263-6250 (phone), 585-263-6247 (fax)

    Senator Mike DeWine [OH]
    Washington, 202-224-2315 (phone), 202-224-6519 (fax)
    Cincinnati, 513-763-8260 (phone), 513-763-8268 (fax)
    Columbus, 614-469-5186 (phone), 614-469-2982 (fax)
    Toledo, 419-259-7536 (phone), 419-259-7575 (fax)
    Xenia, 937-376-3080 (phone), 937-376-3387 (fax)
    Marietta, 740-373-2317 (phone), 740-373-8689 (fax)
    Cleveland, 216-522-7272 (phone), 216-522-2239 (fax)

    Senator George Voinovich [OH]
    Washington, 202-224-3353 (phone), 202-228-1382 (fax)
    Cincinnati, 513-684-3265 (phone), 513-684-3269 (fax)
    Toledo, 419-259-3895 (phone), 419-259-3899 (fax)
    Columbus, 614-469-6697 (phone), 614-469-7733 (fax)
    Cleveland, 216-522-7095 (phone), 216-522-7097 (fax)
    Gallipolis, 740-441-6410 (phone), 740-441-6414 (fax)

    Senator James M Inhofe [OK]
    Washington, 202-224-4721 (phone), 202-228-0380 (fax)
    Oklahoma City, 405-608-4381 (phone), 405-608-4120 (fax)
    Enid, 580-234-5105 (phone), 580-234-5094 (fax)
    Tulsa, 918-748-5111 (phone), 918-748-5119 (fax)
    McAlester, 918-426-0933 (phone), 918-426-0935 (fax)

    Senator Tom Coburn [OK]
    Washington, 202-224-5754 (phone), 202-224-6008 (fax)
    Oklahoma City, 405-231-4941 (phone), 405-231-5051 (fax)
    Lawton, 580-357-9878 (phone), 580-355-3560 (fax)
    Tulsa, 918-581-7651 (phone), 918-581-7195 (fax)
    Clinton, 580-323-0792 (phone), 580-323-2175 (fax)

    Senator Ron Wyden [OR]
    Washington, 202-224-5244 (phone), 202-228-2717 (fax)
    La Grande, 541-962-7691 (phone)
    Eugene, 541-431-0229 (phone)
    Salem, 503-589-4555 (phone)
    Medford, 541-858-5122 (phone)
    Bend, 541-330-9142 (phone)
    Portland, 503-326-7525 (phone)

    Senator Gordon Smith [OR]
    Washington, 202-224-3753 (phone), 202-228-3997 (fax)
    Eugene, 541-465-6750 (phone), 541-465-6808 (fax)
    Bend, 541-318-1298 (phone), 541-318-1396 (fax)
    Medford, 541-608-9102 (phone), 541-608-9104 (fax)
    Pendleton, 541-278-1129 (phone), 541-278-4109 (fax)
    Portland, 503-326-3386 (phone), 503-326-2900 (fax)

    Senator Arlen Specter [PA]
    Washington, 202-224-4254 (phone), 202-228-1229 (fax)
    Philadelphia, 215-597-7200 (phone), 215-597-0406 (fax)
    Erie, 814-453-3010 (phone), 814-455-9925 (fax)
    Wilkes-Barre, 570-826-6265 (phone), 570-826-6266 (fax)
    Allentown, 610-434-1444 (phone), 610-434-1844 (fax)
    Harrisburg, 717-782-3951 (phone), 717-782-4920 (fax)
    Scranton, 570-346-2006 (phone), 570-346-8499 (fax)
    Pittsburgh, 412-644-3400 (phone), 412-644-4871 (fax)

    Senator Rick Santorum [PA]
    Washington, 202-224-6324 (phone), 202-228-0604 (fax)
    Harrisburg, 717-231-7540 (phone), 717-231-7542 (fax)
    Erie, 814-454-7114 (phone), 814-459-2096 (fax)
    Allentown, 610-770-0142 (phone), 610-770-0911 (fax)
    Altoona, 814-946-7023 (phone), 814-946-7025 (fax)
    Scranton, 570-344-8799 (phone), 570-344-8906 (fax)
    Philadelphia, 215-864-6900 (phone), 215-864-6910 (fax)
    Pittsburgh, 412-562-0533 (phone), 412-562-4313 (fax)

    Senator Jack Reed [RI]  DEMOCRAT SWING VOTE
    Washington, 202-224-4642 (phone), 202-224-4680 (fax)
    Cranston, 800-284-4200 (phone), 401-464-6837 (fax)
    Providence, 401-528-5200 (phone), 401-528-5242 (fax)

    Senator Lincoln D Chafee [RI]  REPUBLICAN SWING VOTE
    Washington, 202-224-2921 (phone), 202-228-2853 (fax)
    Providence, 401-453-5294 (phone)
    Newport, 401-845-0700 (phone)

    Senator Lindsey Graham [SC]
    Washington, 202-224-5972 (phone), 202-224-3808 (fax)
    Greenville, 864-250-1417 (phone), 864-233-2160 (fax)
    Florence, 843-669-1505 (phone)
    Mount Pleasant, 843-849-3887 (phone)
    Columbia, 803-933-0112 (phone)
    Rock Hill, 803-366-2828 (phone)
    Greenville, 864-250-1417 (phone)

    Senator James DeMint [SC]
    Washington, 202-224-6121 (phone), 202-228-5143 (fax)
    Greenville, 864-233-5366 (phone), 864-271-8901 (fax)
    Charleston, 843-727-4525 (phone), 843-722-4923 (fax)
    Columbia, 803-771-6112 (phone), 803-771-6455 (fax)

    Washington, 202-224-5842 (phone), 202-228-5765 (fax)
    Aberdeen, 605-226-3440 (phone), 605-226-2439 (fax)
    Sioux Falls, 605-332-8896 (phone), 605-332-2824 (fax)
    Rapid City, 605-341-3990 (phone), 605-341-2207 (fax)

    Senator John R Thune [SD]
    Washington, 202-224-2321 (phone), 202-228-5429 (fax)
    Aberdeen, 605-225-8823 (phone)
    Rapid City, 605-348-7551 (phone)
    Souix Falls, 605-334-9596 (phone)

    Senator William H Frist [TN]
    Washington, 202-224-3344 (phone), 202-228-1264 (fax)
    Knoxville, 865-637-4180 (phone), 865-637-9886 (fax)
    Memphis, 901-683-1910 (phone), 901-683-3610 (fax)
    Nashville, 615-352-9411 (phone), 615-352-9985 (fax)
    Kingsport, 423-323-1252 (phone), 423-323-0358 (fax)
    Jackson, 731-424-9655 (phone), 731-424-8322 (fax)
    Chattanooga, 423-756-2757 (phone), 423-756-5313 (fax)

    Senator Lamar Alexander [TN]
    Washington, 202-224-4944 (phone), 202-228-3398 (fax)
    Memphis, 901-544-4224 (phone), 901-544-4227 (fax)
    Nashville, 615-736-5129 (phone), 615-269-4803 (fax)
    Blountville, 423-325-6240 (phone), 423-325-6236 (fax)
    Chattanooga, 423-752-5337 (phone), 423-752-5342 (fax)
    Knoxville, 865-545-4253 (phone), 865-545-4252 (fax)
    Jackson, 731-423-9344 (phone), 731-423-8918 (fax)

    Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison [TX]
    Washington, 202-224-5922 (phone), 202-224-0776 (fax)
    Harlingen, 956-425-2253 (phone), 956-412-1468 (fax)
    Houston, 713-653-3456 (phone), 713-209-3459 (fax)
    Dallas, 214-361-3500 (phone), 214-361-3502 (fax)
    Austin, 512-916-5834 (phone), 512-916-5839 (fax)
    Abilene, 325-676-2839 (phone), 325-676-2937 (fax)
    San Antonio, 210-340-2885 (phone), 210-349-6753 (fax)

    Senator John Cornyn [TX]
    Washington, 202-224-2934 (phone), 202-228-2856 (fax)
    Lubbock, 806-472-7533 (phone), 806-472-7536 (fax)
    Harlingen, 956-423-0162 (phone), 956-423-0193 (fax)
    Tyler, 903-593-0902 (phone), 903-593-0920 (fax)
    Houston, 713-572-3337 (phone), 713-572-3777 (fax)
    San Antonio, 210-224-7485 (phone), 210-224-8569 (fax)
    Austin, 512-469-6034 (phone), 512-469-6020 (fax)
    Dallas, 972-239-1310 (phone), 972-239-2110 (fax)

    Senator Orrin G Hatch [UT]
    Washington, 202-224-5251 (phone), 202-224-6331 (fax)
    Cedar City, 435-586-8435 (phone), 435-586-2147 (fax)
    Provo, 801-375-7881 (phone), 801-374-5005 (fax)
    St. George, 435-634-1795 (phone), 435-634-1796 (fax)
    Ogden, 801-625-5672 (phone), 801-394-4503 (fax)
    Salt Lake City, 801-524-4380 (phone), 801-524-4379 (fax)

    Senator Robert F Bennett [UT]
    Washington, 202-224-5444 (phone), 202-228-1168 (fax)
    Cedar City, 435-865-1335 (phone), 435-865-1481 (fax)
    Salt Lake City, 801-524-5933 (phone), 801-524-5730 (fax)
    Provo, 801-851-2525 (phone), 801-375-3432 (fax)
    St. George, 435-628-5514 (phone), 435-628-4160 (fax)
    Ogden, 801-625-5676 (phone), 801-394-0137 (fax)

    Senator John W Warner [VA]
    Washington, 202-224-2023 (phone), 202-224-6295 (fax)
    Richmond, 804-771-2579 (phone), 804-782-2131 (fax)
    Norfolk, 757-441-3079 (phone), 757-441-6250 (fax)
    Roanoke, 540-857-2676 (phone), 540-857-2800 (fax)
    Abingdon, 276-628-8158 (phone), 276-628-1036 (fax)

    Senator George Allen [VA]
    Washington, 202-224-4024 (phone), 202-224-5432 (fax)
    Abingdon, 276-676-2646 (phone), 276-676-2588 (fax)
    Herndon, 703-435-0039 (phone), 703-435-3446 (fax)
    Richmond, 804-771-2221 (phone), 804-771-8313 (fax)
    Roanoke, 540-772-4236 (phone), 540-772-6870 (fax)
    Virginia Beach, 757-518-1674 (phone), 757-518-1679 (fax)

    Senator Patrick J Leahy [VT]  DEMOCRAT SWING VOTE
    Washington, 202-224-4242 (phone), 202-224-3479 (fax)
    Burlington, 800-642-3193 (phone)
    Montpelier, 802-229-0569 (phone)

    Senator James M Jeffords [VT]  INDEPENDENT SWING VOTE
    Washington, 202-224-5141 (phone), 202-228-0776 (fax)
    Burlington, 800-835-5500 (phone)
    Montpelier, 802-223-5273 (phone)
    Rutland, 802-773-3875 (phone)

    Senator Patty Murray [WA]  DEMOCRAT SWING VOTE
    Washington, 202-224-2621 (phone), 202-224-0238 (fax)
    Everett, 425-259-6515 (phone), 425-259-7152 (fax)
    Seattle, 206-553-5545 (phone), 206-553-0891 (fax)
    Spokane, 509-624-9515 (phone), 509-624-9561 (fax)
    Vancouver, 360-696-7797 (phone), 360-696-7798 (fax)
    Yakima, 509-453-7462 (phone), 509-453-7731 (fax)

    Senator Maria Cantwell [WA]  DEMOCRAT SWING VOTE
    Washington, 202-224-3441 (phone), 202-228-0514 (fax)
    Everett, 425-303-0114 (phone), 425-303-8351 (fax)
    Spokane, 509-353-2507 (phone), 509-353-2547 (fax)
    Vancouver, 360-696-7838 (phone), 360-696-7844 (fax)
    Tacoma, 253-572-2281 (phone), 253-572-5859 (fax)
    Seattle, 206-220-6400 (phone), 206-220-6404 (fax)
    Richland, 509-946-8106 (phone), 509-946-6937 (fax)

    Senator Herb Kohl [WI]  DEMOCRAT SWING VOTE
    Washington, 202-224-5653 (phone), 202-224-9787 (fax)
    Appleton, 920-738-1640 (phone)
    Eau Claire, 715-832-8424 (phone)
    LaCrosse, 608-796-0045 (phone)
    Madison, 608-264-5338 (phone)
    Milwaukee, 800-247-5645 (phone)

    Senator Russell D Feingold [WI]
    Washington, 202-224-5323 (phone), 202-224-2725 (fax)
    LaCrosse, 608-782-5585 (phone)
    Milwaukee, 414-276-7282 (phone), 414-276-7284 (fax)
    Wausau, 715-848-5660 (phone)
    Green Bay, 920-465-7508 (phone)
    Middleton, 608-828-1200 (phone), 608-828-1203 (fax)

    Washington, 202-224-3954 (phone), 202-228-0002 (fax)
    Charleston, 304-342-5855 (phone), 304-343-7144 (fax)

    Senator John D Rockefeller IV [WV]  DEMOCRAT SWING VOTE
    Washington, 202-224-6472 (phone), 202-224-7665 (fax)
    Fairmont, 304-367-0122 (phone), 304-367-0822 (fax)
    Martinsburg, 304-262-9285 (phone), 304-262-9288 (fax)
    Charleston, 304-347-5372 (phone), 304-347-5371 (fax)
    Beckley, 304-253-9704 (phone), 304-253-2578 (fax)

    Senator Craig Thomas [WY]
    Washington, 202-224-6441 (phone), 202-224-1724 (fax)
    Sheridan, 307-672-6456 (phone), 307-672-8227 (fax)
    Cheyenne, 307-772-2451 (phone), 307-638-3512 (fax)
    Riverton, 307-856-6642 (phone), 307-856-5901 (fax)
    Casper, 307-261-6413 (phone), 307-265-6706 (fax)
    Rock Springs, 307-362-5012 (phone), 307-362-5129 (fax)

    Senator Michael Enzi [WY]
    Washington, 202-224-3424 (phone), 202-228-0359 (fax)
    Jackson, 307-739-9507 (phone), 307-739-9520 (fax)
    Cheyenne, 307-772-2477 (phone), 307-772-2480 (fax)
    Casper, 307-261-6572 (phone), 307-261-6574 (fax)
    Cody, 307-527-9444 (phone)
    Gillette, 307-682-6268 (phone), 307-682-6501 (fax)

  •  Obama's Town Hall Meeting in Wheeling (none)
    Georgia, I have a Dr. appointment at 10am on Monday but, after that, I'm going to try to drive up to Wheeling for Obama's Town Hall meeting.  Any chance you'll be there too?

    (-5.63,-6.10) "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." - Edmund Burke

    by CyberDem on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 03:40:20 PM PST

  •  Senator Bayh (none)
    There is some room left on his voice mail at the Hammond office.  

    Number there is 219-852-2763.

  •  GOP Senators still worth a fax (none)
    I'm in AZ, so don't figure we'll get a 180, but showing Kyl and McCain that they are also vulnerable to the national discontent, certainly can't hurt.

    They ALL need to know we're paying attention.  If you're a registered Independent or Republican, too, make that very clear.

  •  I finally got involved. (4.00)
    Tonight I sent faxes to both of my senators--to Mikulski (urging her to vote no on cloture) and Sarbanes (thanking him in advance for his no vote). I couldn't let this vote come up and do nothing. Alito worries me. I don't want him on the Court. What I did took less than 5 minutes and did it from the comfort of my couch (I faxed from my laptop). Both of the calls were local for me, thank goodness. I finally got involved.
  •  Me too! (none)
    I had already emailed my two worthless Repub Senators, Voinovich and DeWine, but I just faxed them as well.  Remind DeWine he has an uphill battle against Brown or Haskell and he's going to need all those swing votes if he's to hang on to his seat.
  •  Well (none)
    I guess we did all we could do today.  

    StilL think we should have switched to ALL CAPS sooner!

    That might have turned the volume up on 'em!

  •  I sent the following to every Senator on the list (none)
    My wife and I are middle class liberals. I am an engineer and my wife is a Registered Nurse.

    We are Democrats and we live in RED State America. We oppose the elevation of Judge Alito to the Supreme Court.

    As a minority party, we have no option but to use the rules of the Senate. This means supporting a filibuster.

    I know the conventional wisdom says "don't sail against the wind." What has the conventional wisdom won lately?

    PLEASE vote NO on cloture. You may not believe it, but you have support for this!

    If the majority attempts to change the rules without following the rules (the "nuclear option"), we may lose but we will have the moral high ground. THAT IS A POSITION OF STRENGTH!!!!!

    This is a moment for which we must all be remembered.

  •  I'm not an American Citizen. Stil faxed my senator (none)
    Hillary Clinton.
    I pay taxes anyway.
  •  these are extrodinary times (none)
    Alito is not the right man for the job at this time..with so many republican's implicated in the abramoff scandal it can harley be considerd appropriate to have republicans determine who may Judge their case's. Indeed these are extrodinary times as contiplated by the gang of 14.
    Kinda like the inmates running the prison?
  •  New all-partisan Blog - "One Bold Step" (none)
    Dear Daily Kos Readers,

    Along with my current story on the filibuster, you will find many other stories that will have you reading for a while.  Topics include:  a citizens' arrest petition of President Bush, our founders of religious freedom, the journalist no one remembers but everyone should, and more.

    So, please visit One Bold Step at:

    Thank you for your time, attention, and action.

    Sincerely yours,

    Rachel Gluck

  •  Good post but needs a bit more (none)
    put up the blue state republicans and please hyperlink to everyone`s websites.  

    I`m an American expat, I can`t call 40 odd Senators, e-mail will be fine.  If Alito gets on the court I will seriously recommend my daughter go to college here in Japan rather than my Alma Mater

  •  I love having no chance... (none) make a difference in Texas.  Maybe I should contact my La. relatives to lean on the Senator.  

    "Sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield." Orwell

    by roo roo on Sun Jan 29, 2006 at 02:09:46 AM PST

    •  Yes -- PLEASE call your relatives! (none)
      Maybe I should contact my La. relatives to lean on the Senator.


      All Landreau's district office numbers and her email, plus a link to a discussion of where she stands, are on my site. Yeah, I'm blogwhoring for justice. VichyDems

      Keep up the pressure! We're bringing people around!

  •  Sunday Activism Resource (none)
    Don't stop just 'cause it's Sunday, folks. Not with the dandelion-killing, cavity-fighting, mileage-improving, everything-in-one-place VichyDems All-In-One Sunday Fuck Alito Activism Resource right at your fingertips.

    That's right: EVERYTHING IN ONE PLACE.  Every swing Senator. Every phone number: both DC AND DISTRICT offices. Every fax number. Every email or webmail contact page, linked. All in one place. With notes on where that Senator stands. Plus links to polls, petitions and quickfaxes.

    Today, Sunday, you can fill up not only every Senator's DC voicemail, email inbox, and fax, but the ones in all their DISTRICT offices as well! And top it off with an email. For all they know, that's a bunch of constituents calling in, not one furious grandmother on a telephone rampage. And if you do it on a Sunday, there's no one there to ask what Zip code you're calling from!! It's the top post: weekend game plan.

  •  I found some open VM boxes today, #s: (none)
    Although it's Sunday I thought I'd try some Senators. I used the list of numbers at These senators still had room in their voice mailboxes:

        * Bill Nelson (D- FL)
    Ft. Myers, 239-334-7760 (phone)

        * Daniel K. Akaka (D- HI)
    Hilo  Phone (808) 935-1114

        * Byron L. Dorgan (D- ND)
    Minot  Phone 701-852-0703

        * Olympia Snowe (R- ME)
    all voice mailboxes full

    I'm calling from Canada so it's not free...


  •  G ONE OH (none)
    I made the suggestion yesterday that the switch be made to ALL CAPS.

    Since the fight continues today. I renew that proposal.  

    But not just ALL CAPS.  

    As the vote nears another strong suggestion is that the Font also be enlarged and Color of Font changed to Blood Red on a Black background.

    Everyone knows the importance of this moment so these changes are the least that could be done to signify that.

  •  I used the save the court site (none)
    to fax.

    It was remarkably easy.  

    The time to fight is NOW!

    A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government. - Edward Abbey


    by boadicea on Sun Jan 29, 2006 at 02:39:13 PM PST

  •  some arguments to pass on (none)
    These are things I plan to be communicating to as many wavering senators as I can tomorrow:

    This might be just a procedural vote to some, but it should be obvious to all reasonable people that this nomination needs more debate.  If you're against Alito, vote for more time for all 100 of you to seriously think about each other's issues.  

    The Republicans are trying to arbitrarily end debate prematurely.  They have been elbowing Democrats out of the centers of discussion, debate and decision for years now.  How long are you going to continue to put up with this kind of bullying?

    Remember that you are all sworn to uphold the Constitution, and that this nomination disregards the need for an independent judiciary as one of three legs of a truly functioning democracy.

    The function of the judiciary branch in a system like ours is to guarantee the just treatment of individuals who are outside the majority.  That individuals cannot be unjustly treated by either executive or legislative branches trying to impose the will of the majority.  Samuel Alito does not have the proper resumè for such a job.

    Hope these help.


  •  Monday VichyDems all-in-one filibuster resource (none)
    The Monday game plan for trying to do spine transplants on the Democratic Caucus is now up at Vichy Dems.


  •  Leahy is with us!! (none)
    Two of my readers have confirmed his office commits "no" on cloture.


  •  Call Chafee!!!! (none)
    To all Rhode Islanders: please call Chafee today. We need him to vote "no" on cloture. Details here.

    If you are a Rhode Islander, there is nothing more important you can do today than calling Chafee's office. Help make history today!

  •  Mikulski's Local Office Number - (none)
    If you can't get through on the (202) 224-4654 number (which I couldn't), her Baltimore office IS answering - call 410-962-4510 NOW.  They told me she hasn't made up her mind on a filibuster.  Unbelievable for a Senator from Maryland with a safe seat!!!

    "You know you have created God in your own image when God hates all the same people you hate."

    by md jeffersonian on Mon Jan 30, 2006 at 08:16:38 AM PST

  •  Another filibuster resource... (none)
    At Cranky Little Blog I am listening to CNN, monitoring and other outlets and updating with numbers, fax numbers et al...but I've got the flu so  could be lagging from time to far though, so good.

    You can also grab the great Spine JPEG or link to the download of it from  Add the word FILIBUSTER to it and fax it off!  I've been flooding fax numbers with it since yesterday...

    Anybody else found a good link to The Young Turks?  I've been streaming since Friday nite but this morning can't find a link that's not jammed--is it me?

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