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Politics in Wisconsin as they roll up to every level... and some other thoughts that may cross my mind are explored here from my lefty point of view. My values shape my opinions. You'll always find them in here. Let's have some fun exploring why Liberal values are American values!

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(The watercolor is called Magnolia Tree for Momma, by Audrey Crawford)

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Feingold's Move...

House of Reps vote 251 to 174 to accept the so-called Compromise. No real surprises there, except that Sensenbrenner was desperately explaining himself by repeating the gist of what I told you below from last summer about being a civil libertarian ("I put in the sunsets!")...blah blah blah...

(Apparently, he has been hearing from all of you...keep it up, he sounded a bit desperate on the floor today as he tried over and over to justify himself...)

Maybe he forgot that protecting the Constitution against all enemies foreign and Domestic is the definition of a civil libertarian!

Turn your attention now to the Senate.

Some Senate Republicans are breaking ranks and standing with the Constitution along with a strong Democratic coalition and the Feingold Filibuster is gaining serious momentum. This has led to a report that Frist is trying to get a 1 year renewal as is with no changes at all by the White House because he is so concerned about the potential filibuster.

The showdown has begun...
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The Bush's Take on the Constitution: http://www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_7779.shtml
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Right to Protest to be Damaged if this insane so-called compromise is adopted by the Senate!
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/12/AR2005121201448_pf.html
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Patriot Act Reauthorization Vote Faces Potential Filibuster

Caving to White House pressure, several Members of Congress have approved draft legislation to reauthorize the Patriot Act without adequate safeguards on the privacy and Constitutional freedoms of innocent Americans. This "sham compromise" is expected to pass the House of Representatives, but a bipartisan group of Senators has vowed a filibuster unless real reforms are added.
The bill now headed for a vote would:

• ALLOW AGENTS TO OBTAIN PERSONAL RECORDS WITHOUT REQUIRING ANY CONNECTION BETWEEN RECORDS SOUGHT AND SUSPECTED TERRORISTS

• MAKE IT NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO OVERTURN NATIONAL SECURITY
LETTER
GAG ORDERS


• EXTEND NEARLY ALL PATRIOT ACT POWERS PERMANENTLY, AND EXTEND FOR FOUR MORE YEARS KEY SURVEILLANCE POWERS

For more about the latest Patriot Act proposals, read an ACLU summary of key problems with the draft legislation.More than 400 local communities and seven states have passed resolutions calling for Patriot Act reform. Lawmakers and regular Americans from every part of the political spectrum have joined in the growing call for real checks and balances on these dangerous government powers. From: http://action.aclu.org/reformthepatriotact/
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CRP is urging its supporters to call the Washington offices of both their Senators today or Thursday. In particular, CRP is particularly anxious to generate calls to the following Senators who have not indicated how they will vote:



Alaska: Ted Stevens (R) (202) 224-3004
Arkansas: Blanche Lincoln (D) (202) 224-4843 & Mark Pryor (D) (202) 224-2353
Connecticut: Joseph Lieberman (D) (202) 224-4041
Delaware: Thomas Carper (D) (202) 224-2441
Florida: Bill Nelson (D) (202) 224-5274
Idaho: Mike Crapo (R) (202) 224-6142
Indiana: Evan Bayh (D) (202) 224-5623 & Richard Lugar (R) (202) 224-4814
Kansas: Sam Brownback (R) (202) 224-6521
Louisiana: Mary Landrieu (D) (202) 224-5824
Maine: Susan Collins (R) (202) 224-2523 & Olympia Snowe (R) (202) 224-5344
Montana: Conrad Burns (R) (202) 224-2644 & Max Baucus (D) (202) 224-2651
Nebraska: Ben Nelson (D) (202) 224-6551 & Chuck Hagel (R) (202) 224-4224
New York: Charles Schumer (D) (202) 224-6542 & Hillary Clinton (D) (202)
224-4451
North Dakota: Kent Conrad (D) (202) 224-2043 & Byron Dorgan (D)
(202) 224-2551
Ohio: Michael DeWine (R) (202) 224-2315 & George Voinovich (R) (202) 224-3353
Oklahoma: Tom Coburn (R) (202) 224-5754
Oregon: Gordon Smith (R) (202) 224-3753
Rhode Island: Lincoln Chafee (R) (202) 224-2921
South Dakota: Tim Johnson (D) (202) 224-5842
Virginia: George Allen (R) (202) 224-4024
West Virginia: Robert Byrd (D) (202) 224-3954


Finally, CRP is asking participants to make calls to the leaders of the Senate
fight against the conference report to indicate strong support for their
position and to express thanks for their leadership in the fight to restore
reader privacy:

Alaska: Lisa Murkowski (R) (202) 224-6665
Colorado: Ken Salazar (D)(202) 224-5852
Florida: Mel Martinez (R) (202) 224-3041
Idaho: Larry Craig (R) (202) 224-2752
Illinois: Dick Durbin (D) (202) 224-2152
Massachusetts: Edward Kennedy (D) (202) 224-4543
Michigan: Carl Levin (D) (202) 224-6221
Nevada: Harry Reid (D) (202) 224-3542
New Hampshire: John Sununu (R) (202) 224-2841
Vermont: Patrick Leahy (D) (202) 224-4242
West Virginia: Jay Rockefeller (D) (202) 224-6472
Wisconsin: Russ Feingold (D) (202) 224-5323

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