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  Several weeks ago, I launched a petition to kill the filibuster. Thousands of people signed the petition--but our work must go on. And it takes on even more urgency with each new example of the abuse of power and the perversion of democracy that the filibuster allows. This time it's the Ben Nelson example.

  As mcjoan wrote yesterday, Ben Nelson has threatened to filibuster the nomination of Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board.

  Threatened to filibuster a nomination of a highly-qualified individual--for the sole reason that Becker might, in fact, do what a nominee for the National Labor Relations Board should do: Enforce the labor laws under the Wagner Act, which calls for:

Employees shall have the right of self-organization, to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing, and to engage in concerted activities, for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection.

  Which the NLRB has failed to enforce over all these years in a meaningful manner in the face of the relentless attempt by companies to break unions and undermine the middle class.

  The sole reason Nelson can try to undermine the attempt to return some semblance of fairness to the NLRB is the power of the filibuster.

  Please sign this petition now.

  End the power of the Nelsons, Liebermans, Shelbys and other Senators who exercise undemocratic power.

  Sign the petition.

   Here is a short video we did to illustrate the problem:

  Sign the petition.

Originally posted to Jonathan Tasini on Tue Feb 09, 2010 at 08:21 AM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)

    Follow the campaign on Twitter. This DK account is for the sole purpose of discussing my Senate campaign.

    by Jonathan Tasini on Tue Feb 09, 2010 at 08:21:19 AM PST

  •  signed the petition when you 1st posted ... (0+ / 0-)

    ... it.  Keep the pressure on.  

    The filibuster must be removed from the Senate rules, once and for all.

    Only extraordinary acts, like amending the Constitution, should ever require more than a majority if we ever expect to have a functioning democratic system of governance.

  •  instead of ending the filibuster (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    stevej, J M F

    run all budget items through on reconciliation.

    close all federal govt offices in red states as a means of "deficit reduction".  

    take all funding away from red states as a means of "deficit reduction".

    Instead of naming a post office after a decorated war veteran, we could name an empty federal facility after a republican senator that wanted to be an obstructionist.

    Republicans===the party of the 1% rich people in America. Or in other words..The Party of NO!

    by jalapeno on Tue Feb 09, 2010 at 08:30:40 AM PST

  •  Why is Harry Reid's name (0+ / 0-)

    not in your title? He is the one that can actually do something about it.

    Harry Reid's lack of backbone is an act, his obstructionism isn't.

    by stevej on Tue Feb 09, 2010 at 09:07:08 AM PST

  •  Filibuster survives or US survives. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    J M F

    Either the filibuster survives the 111th Congress or the US survives the 111th Congress.

    It doesn't matter what progressive policies a candidate proposes. Nothing progressive will ever pass Congress as long as the filibuster is the rule.

    The only issue for Democrats right now is killing the filibuster.

  •  Except (0+ / 0-)

    Thank goodness for the filibuster in the Bush years.  It stopped at least some awful things from happening.

    Grab all the joy you can. (exmearden, 8/30/09)

    by Land of Enchantment on Tue Feb 09, 2010 at 11:32:09 AM PST

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