Change the Nominee, Not the Rules

I clipped the following directly from an indivisibleguide.com email I received this morning. —

After their embarrassing failure on TrumpCare, Republicans really want a win. Their plan? To get an extreme, unpopular nominee confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court this Friday, before they have to answer to you over the upcoming recess. But there are a couple of flaws in this scheme: first, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is short on the votes he needs, and second, you’re going to use recess to hold them accountable, no matter what happens this week (just ask Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)).

Change the nominee, not the rules

Nuclear is not an option 

Gorsuch’s extreme record has left him short of the 60 votes traditionally required to close debate and vote on a Supreme Court nominee. Instead of admitting defeat and requesting a more mainstream nominee, McConnell is now threatening to invoke the incredibly unpopular “nuclear option” and change 230 years of Senate precedent to eliminate the filibuster and ram Gorsuch through with fewer than 60 votes.

Many Republicans are very nervous about blowing up the rules over this one vote—and they should be. If you have Democratic senators, tell them to stand strong, and if you have Republican senators, tell them to back away from the nuclear option. The message is simple: if your Supreme Court nominee is so extreme that he can’t get to 60 votes, you don’t change the rules, you change the nominee!

Does your Senator work for you or Mitch McConnell?

Despite McConnell’s best efforts to rally his Republican caucus behind the “nuclear option” ahead of recess, many Republican senators have deep reservations about permanently altering one of our branches of government to ram Gorsuch through. Some have expressed reservations publicly; some are questioning McConnell’s leadership behind closed doors. Word travels fast in D.C., and by now it is an open secret that the ten senators below are feeling nervous. Do any of them represent you? If so, your calls this week matter now more than ever.

Dean Heller (R-NV), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Bob Corker (R-TN), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Susan Collins (R-ME), Shelley Capito (R-WV), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

Letter to Senator Sylvia Allen

Senator Allen

As an Arizonan for my entire life I’m asking you not to restrict our voter rights. Say NO to these three bills:

HCR2002 HCR2007 HB2320

You might like to pretend these are reasonable changes to the Voter Protection Act, but in actuality this is another example of government overreach, something you are against, right?

Would love to hear from you.

Previous Blog; More Information

Update: Senator Allen actually wrote me back! Well, knock me down with a feather! Was her response encouraging or useful in any way? You be the judge. Feel free to comment or send me a message with your comments.

From Sylvia Allen

Mo 3. Apr 09:48

To Me

RE: Voter Protection

.  When laws are passed at the legislature we have the ability to go back and rectify any unseen consequences.  We do this many times.  When the referendum process was put into our state constitution there was a check provide that the state legislature could rectify any unseen consequences.  However, we no longer have the ability to do so.  Once a law is created by the referendum process we are stuck with it even when there are huge problems with the law.  Only way to fix is to put those changes back on the ballot which cost thousands of tax dollars.  Because there is no check or balance then the process must be above reproach.  Making laws is a serious business and the unseen consequences can’t be seen until after the law is in place.  

There has been fraud over the years in the signatures gathered and in who is putting these initiatives on the ballot.  Most are from out of state with money to manipulate the public and the vote.

So I support being sure that the process is followed correctly.

Thanks,

Senator Allen

Net Neutrality: Trump’s Next Target?

Net Neutrality Is Trump’s Next Target Here’s an article in the New York Times.

I guess I should have expected this. Drumpf isn’t satisfied with giving the rights of your browsing habits to your own internet provider. Now he wants to let companies run the whole internet.

The internet just isn’t capitalist enough for them, so they are going to “fix” it.

Please get upset, protest, yell, call, write. Do something! Don’t just sit there.

Making Abortion Closer to Illegal in AZ

Ain’t it grand a New Anti-Choice Bill is about to become law. This Arizona Bill, SB1367, has now passed the house and senate of our state legislature and goes to Governor Ducey’s desk, where he will surely sign it into law taking us just a little further toward making abortion illegal. This law will require doctors to perform extreme life saving measures on all fetuses and to make a report. Really the whole idea is to frighten and horrify women. Don’t you think?

Here’s another article. This one is from the Arizona Daily Sun

Update: Governor Ducey signed the bill into law on Friday March 31, 2017.

Arizona pushing for Article V Constitutional Convention

Arizona is attempting to become one of the states to say yes to an Article V Constitutional Convention. Especially considering the current state of our government, this is not good. 

While there have been such conventions called for single item “Michael Stokes Paulsen has suggested that such a convention would have the “power to propose anything it sees fit”…” (Wikipedia)

I’m afraid that if they pull this off, we will see a lot more power going to the states, which means we could lose environmental regulations, worker protections, minority protections, and more. Use your imagination. 

They need 38 states all together and according to this article from In These Times,  only six more states are needed.

HCR2010 has already passed both houses in the Arizona legislature: applying to the congress of the united states to call a convention for proposing amendments to the constitution of the united states.

HB2226 is the worst of the group of bills on this topic, but has yet to pass the Senate.

HCR2013 is regarding a balanced budget has also passed the house.

HCR2022 regarding selection of delegates has also passed the house.

These three bills need to be blocked. Please contact your Arizona Senator and tell them to vote no. Ours is:

Sylvia Allen

1(602)926-5409

sallen@azleg.gov

Neil Gorsuch Next Supreme Court Justice? Probably.

This man will probably be confirmed as our next Supreme Court Justice unless the liberals in Congress can uncover some damning information on him during the hearings which are coming up this week. 

I’m personally still furious about the whole Mitch McConnell -we should let the next president decide- blockade. Why do they think that liberals should just let Trump and his cronies now do everything they want, unimpeded, when all  they did themselves was block legislation for the past six years?

President Barack Obama’s nominee should have been at least given a hearing. I’m not even sure he was a great choice, but anyway.

I feel that our country is really in dire straights and I don’t believe Gorsuch will help us. He’s not likely to support women’s rights, gay rights, or transgender rights. Here’s an article for more information, if you like, on his LGBTQ stance.

Contact your MOC. (Members of Congress)