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Call Your Senators and Demand that They Vote NO on SCOTUS Nominee Amy Coney Barrett, and Ask Friends and Family to Call Their Senators, October 11, 2020 Edition

We’re updating and repeating this recent post because pushing back against the Barrett nomination is red alert-important, and will remain so until enough GOP Senators stand down or the nomination goes through. Expect to see this post many more times in the near future, with relevant updates.

Call your Senators and demand that they vote NO on SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett, and ask friends and family to call their Senators to ask them to vote NO as well.

Update, October 11, 2020: Are you familiar with the phrase “Hoist with his own petard”? It’s from Shakespeare’s immortal play, Hamlet, and it means your enemy blew himself up with his own bombs. A big, messy self-own of the highest order.

Well. Those of us who were wondering how and why Trump and the GOP Congressional leadership had avoided catching COVID-19 got an answer during early October 2020.

They’d gotten lucky until Saturday, September 26, 2020, the day they celebrated the foul act of nominating Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States.

It’s a foul act on several levels. Mitch McConnell flamboyantly stomped upon even the idea of courtesy and respecting rules, even those of his own making, to shove Barrett’s nomination through.

The act also flouted the dying request of legendary SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”

The Rose Garden ceremony for Barrett’s nomination quickly proved to be a COVID-19 superspreader event.

Among those affected are GOP Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina. Both have said they will quarantine for ten days, not the standard 14.

Why, might you ask?

Why, to keep the Barrett nomination schedule chugging along unaffected, despite the fact that McConnell has expressed a wish to halt all other Senatorial work.

Lee and Tillis both sit on the GOP side of the Senate Judicial Committee. Without them, the numbers are at 10 to 10–a tie.

Earlier, McConnell had rebuffed calls to vote to allow Senators to conduct votes from home via Zoom or similar technology.

He needs a quorum to show up, in person–a minimum of 12 members–to move the nomination out of committee.

If and when the Barrett nomination leaves the Judicial Committee for a floor vote, McConnell will need as many GOP Senators as possible to vote yes.

Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have already said they are against holding a vote on Barrett before the election. So, off the bat, McConnell is down to 51.

GOP Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin has also tested positive for COVID-19. That reduces the ranks to 50.

Vice President Mike Pence, whose duties include breaking ties in the Senate, was at the Rose Garden event. Not only is he not entering quarantine, he’s keeping a schedule of public events.

That’s pretty damn irresponsible, but McConnell and Chuck Grassley of Iowa might have Pence beat on that front. Grassley, who is third in the line of succession to the president, has refused to get tested for COVID-19, and McConnell won’t say if he’s been tested or not.

We have to assume Grassley and McConnell are doing this deliberately to avoid having to quarantine and reduce the odds of a timely quorum even more.

Anyway, the point? Keep calling your Senators, and keep urging friends and family to call their Senators.

If they are Democrats, urge them to use every procedural tool in the book to slow or stop the Barrett nomination.

If they are GOP, make it damn clear that you are Not Happy At All with this bullshit maneuver to shove Barrett through even though all other Senatorial work has stopped.

If they are on the Judiciary Committee–and this post gives the full list of members below–it is extra-important that you call, and continue to call daily, until the Barrett nomination is pulled or the point is moot.

Original text follows.

Over the weekend, Trump announced his choice of Amy Coney Barrett to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).

Sure, we could go over Barrett’s record in depth and count off all the ways in which she’s a lousy choice for the top court of the land. Instead, we’ll let Louise Knott Ahern, who tweets as @weezwrites, sum her up:

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is going to be replaced by a woman who walked through every door that Ginsburg opened for her so she can promptly use her position to shut them all for others behind her.

Let us be straight with you. It’s bad. The GOP controls the Senate, and McConnell has the votes to open hearings on her nomination; those are expected to start on October 12.

All is NOT lost, however. We need to pressure our Senators against going along with this crap.

Multiple polls show that Americans want the winner of the November 3 election to choose the next justice. FWIW, most national polls of likely and registered voters also show that Joe Biden has a firm, steady lead over Donald Trump.

McConnell doesn’t give a damn about what the public wants, but GOP Senators up for re-election in mere weeks certainly do.

Lindsey Graham, current head of the Senate Judiciary committee, is so vulnerable, he’s gone on Hannity recently more than once to beg for money for his campaign.

Susan Collins of Maine was already in a world of pain for casting the deciding vote to place Brett Kavanaugh on SCOTUS. Barrett’s nomination should amplify her agony.

Several other GOP Senators can, and should, feel the heat for going along with this nominee nonsense.

We need to bring the heat by calling them daily until they relent. We need to recruit friends and family to join us in bringing the heat.

Reminder: Judicial nominations go through the Senate, not the House of Representatives. That’s why you should target your two Senators exclusively.

Do I need to tell you Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter) is on it? Well, she is.

She generated three scripts you can use to make your voice heard.

First, a general script for calling any Senator:

She wrote a second script for Senators who sit on the chamber’s Judiciary Committee. We’ve listed them below and added an asterisk to GOP members who are up for re-election in November:

Majority (Republicans)

*Lindsey Graham of South Carolina (chair) (His Democratic opponent is Jaime Harrison)

Chuck Grassley of Iowa

*John Cornyn of Texas (His Democratic opponent is M.J. Hegar)

Mike Lee of Utah

Ted Cruz of Texas

Ben Sasse of Nebraska

Josh Hawley of Missouri

*Thom Tillis of North Carolina (His Democratic opponent is Cal Cunningham)

*Joni Ernst of Iowa (Her Democratic opponent is Theresa Greenfield)

Mike Crapo of Idaho

John Kennedy of Louisiana

Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee

Minority (Democrats)

Dianne Feinstein of California (Ranking Member, aka Minority Leader)

Patrick Leahy of Vermont

Dick Durbin of Illinois

Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island

Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota

Chris Coons of Delaware

Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut (he has already sent a tweet saying he will refuse to meet with Barrett)

Mazie Hirono of Hawaii

Cory Booker of New Jersey

Kamala Harris of California

Lastly, Pewter wrote a script for use with your state legislators–your state Senators and House Reps.

If Roe vs. Wade is overturned, the states become arbiters of abortion law.

Your state might have “trigger laws” on the books that go into effect if Roe vs Wade is overturned.

This tool from NARAL can tell you whether your state has trigger laws (scroll down a smidge):

Point being–try to learn what the laws are in your state before you call your state legislators and ask them to defend the right to abortion. Depending on where you are, you might be pleasantly surprised.

Here’s Pewter’s script for state legislators:

As always, please show your appreciation for Celeste Pewter in some fashion for the calling scripts reproduced further up the post.

You can follow her on Twitter: @Celeste_Pewter

You can tweet about calling your MoCs, using the #ICalledMyReps hashtag.

You can follow @ICalledMyReps on Twitter.

And you can support her with a small donation through Ko-fi:

https://ko-fi.com/A012IFW

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the blue button on the upper right or checking the About & Subscribe page. And tell your friends about the blog!

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Call Your Senators and Demand that They Vote NO on SCOTUS Nominee Amy Coney Barrett, and Ask Friends and Family to Call Their Senators, October 10, 2020 Edition

We’re updating and repeating this recent post because pushing back against the Barrett nomination is red alert-important, and will remain so until enough GOP Senators stand down or the nomination goes through. Expect to see this post many more times in the near future, with relevant updates.

Call your Senators and demand that they vote NO on SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett, and ask friends and family to call their Senators to ask them to vote NO as well.

Update, October 10, 2020: Are you familiar with the phrase “Hoist with his own petard”? It’s from Shakespeare’s immortal play, Hamlet, and it means your enemy blew himself up with his own bombs. A big, messy self-own of the highest order.

Well. Those of us who were wondering how and why Trump and the GOP Congressional leadership had avoided catching COVID-19 got an answer during early October 2020.

They’d gotten lucky until Saturday, September 26, 2020, the day they celebrated the foul act of nominating Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States.

It’s a foul act on several levels. Mitch McConnell flamboyantly stomped upon even the idea of courtesy and respecting rules, even those of his own making, to shove Barrett’s nomination through.

The act also flouted the dying request of legendary SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”

The Rose Garden ceremony for Barrett’s nomination quickly proved to be a COVID-19 superspreader event.

Among those affected are GOP Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina. Both have said they will quarantine for ten days, not the standard 14.

Why, might you ask?

Why, to keep the Barrett nomination schedule chugging along unaffected, despite the fact that McConnell has expressed a wish to halt all other Senatorial work.

Lee and Tillis both sit on the GOP side of the Senate Judicial Committee. Without them, the numbers are at 10 to 10–a tie.

Earlier, McConnell had rebuffed calls to vote to allow Senators to conduct votes from home via Zoom or similar technology.

He needs a quorum to show up, in person–a minimum of 12 members–to move the nomination out of committee.

If and when the Barrett nomination leaves the Judicial Committee for a floor vote, McConnell will need as many GOP Senators as possible to vote yes.

Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have already said they are against holding a vote on Barrett before the election. So, off the bat, McConnell is down to 51.

GOP Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin has also tested positive for COVID-19. That reduces the ranks to 50.

Vice President Mike Pence, whose duties include breaking ties in the Senate, was at the Rose Garden event. Not only is he not entering quarantine, he’s keeping a schedule of public events.

That’s pretty damn irresponsible, but McConnell and Chuck Grassley of Iowa might have Pence beat on that front. Grassley, who is third in the line of succession to the president, has refused to get tested for COVID-19, and McConnell won’t say if he’s been tested or not.

We have to assume Grassley and McConnell are doing this deliberately to avoid having to quarantine and reduce the odds of a timely quorum even more.

Anyway, the point? Keep calling your Senators, and keep urging friends and family to call their Senators.

If they are Democrats, urge them to use every procedural tool in the book to slow or stop the Barrett nomination.

If they are GOP, make it damn clear that you are Not Happy At All with this bullshit maneuver to shove Barrett through even though all other Senatorial work has stopped.

If they are on the Judiciary Committee–and this post gives the full list of members below–it is extra-important that you call, and continue to call daily, until the Barrett nomination is pulled or the point is moot.

Original text follows.

Over the weekend, Trump announced his choice of Amy Coney Barrett to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).

Sure, we could go over Barrett’s record in depth and count off all the ways in which she’s a lousy choice for the top court of the land. Instead, we’ll let Louise Knott Ahern, who tweets as @weezwrites, sum her up:

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is going to be replaced by a woman who walked through every door that Ginsburg opened for her so she can promptly use her position to shut them all for others behind her.

Let us be straight with you. It’s bad. The GOP controls the Senate, and McConnell has the votes to open hearings on her nomination; those are expected to start on October 12.

All is NOT lost, however. We need to pressure our Senators against going along with this crap.

Multiple polls show that Americans want the winner of the November 3 election to choose the next justice. FWIW, most national polls of likely and registered voters also show that Joe Biden has a firm, steady lead over Donald Trump.

McConnell doesn’t give a damn about what the public wants, but GOP Senators up for re-election in mere weeks certainly do.

Lindsey Graham, current head of the Senate Judiciary committee, is so vulnerable, he’s gone on Hannity recently more than once to beg for money for his campaign.

Susan Collins of Maine was already in a world of pain for casting the deciding vote to place Brett Kavanaugh on SCOTUS. Barrett’s nomination should amplify her agony.

Several other GOP Senators can, and should, feel the heat for going along with this nominee nonsense.

We need to bring the heat by calling them daily until they relent. We need to recruit friends and family to join us in bringing the heat.

Reminder: Judicial nominations go through the Senate, not the House of Representatives. That’s why you should target your two Senators exclusively.

Do I need to tell you Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter) is on it? Well, she is.

She generated three scripts you can use to make your voice heard.

First, a general script for calling any Senator:

She wrote a second script for Senators who sit on the chamber’s Judiciary Committee. We’ve listed them below and added an asterisk to GOP members who are up for re-election in November:

Majority (Republicans)

*Lindsey Graham of South Carolina (chair) (His Democratic opponent is Jaime Harrison)

Chuck Grassley of Iowa

*John Cornyn of Texas (His Democratic opponent is M.J. Hegar)

Mike Lee of Utah

Ted Cruz of Texas

Ben Sasse of Nebraska

Josh Hawley of Missouri

*Thom Tillis of North Carolina (His Democratic opponent is Cal Cunningham)

*Joni Ernst of Iowa (Her Democratic opponent is Theresa Greenfield)

Mike Crapo of Idaho

John Kennedy of Louisiana

Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee

Minority (Democrats)

Dianne Feinstein of California (Ranking Member, aka Minority Leader)

Patrick Leahy of Vermont

Dick Durbin of Illinois

Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island

Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota

Chris Coons of Delaware

Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut (he has already sent a tweet saying he will refuse to meet with Barrett)

Mazie Hirono of Hawaii

Cory Booker of New Jersey

Kamala Harris of California

Lastly, Pewter wrote a script for use with your state legislators–your state Senators and House Reps.

If Roe vs. Wade is overturned, the states become arbiters of abortion law.

Your state might have “trigger laws” on the books that go into effect if Roe vs Wade is overturned.

This tool from NARAL can tell you whether your state has trigger laws (scroll down a smidge):

Point being–try to learn what the laws are in your state before you call your state legislators and ask them to defend the right to abortion. Depending on where you are, you might be pleasantly surprised.

Here’s Pewter’s script for state legislators:

As always, please show your appreciation for Celeste Pewter in some fashion for the calling scripts reproduced further up the post.

You can follow her on Twitter: @Celeste_Pewter

You can tweet about calling your MoCs, using the #ICalledMyReps hashtag.

You can follow @ICalledMyReps on Twitter.

And you can support her with a small donation through Ko-fi:

https://ko-fi.com/A012IFW

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the blue button on the upper right or checking the About & Subscribe page. And tell your friends about the blog!

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Call Your Senators and Demand that They Vote NO on SCOTUS Nominee Amy Coney Barrett, and Ask Friends and Family to Call Their Senators, October 9, 2020 Edition

We’re updating and repeating this recent post because pushing back against the Barrett nomination is red alert-important, and will remain so until enough GOP Senators stand down or the nomination goes through. Expect to see this post many more times in the near future, with relevant updates.

Call your Senators and demand that they vote NO on SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett, and ask friends and family to call their Senators to ask them to vote NO as well.

Update, October 9, 2020: Are you familiar with the phrase “Hoist with his own petard”? It’s from Shakespeare’s immortal play, Hamlet, and it means your enemy blew himself up with his own bombs. A big, messy self-own of the highest order.

Well. Those of us who were wondering how and why Trump and the GOP Congressional leadership had avoided catching COVID-19 got an answer during early October 2020.

They’d gotten lucky until Saturday, September 26, 2020, the day they celebrated the foul act of nominating Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States.

It’s a foul act on several levels. Mitch McConnell flamboyantly stomped upon even the idea of courtesy and respecting rules, even those of his own making, to shove Barrett’s nomination through.

The act also flouted the dying request of legendary SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”

The Rose Garden ceremony for Barrett’s nomination quickly proved to be a COVID-19 superspreader event.

Among those affected are GOP Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina. Both have said they will quarantine for ten days, not the standard 14.

Why, might you ask?

Why, to keep the Barrett nomination schedule chugging along unaffected, despite the fact that McConnell has expressed a wish to halt all other Senatorial work.

Lee and Tillis both sit on the GOP side of the Senate Judicial Committee. Without them, the numbers are at 10 to 10–a tie.

Earlier, McConnell had rebuffed calls to vote to allow Senators to conduct votes from home via Zoom or similar technology.

He needs a quorum to show up, in person–a minimum of 12 members–to move the nomination out of committee.

If and when the Barrett nomination leaves the Judicial Committee for a floor vote, McConnell will need as many GOP Senators as possible to vote yes.

Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have already said they are against holding a vote on Barrett before the election. So, off the bat, McConnell is down to 51.

GOP Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin has also tested positive for COVID-19. That reduces the ranks to 50.

Vice President Mike Pence, whose duties include breaking ties in the Senate, was at the Rose Garden event. Not only is he not entering quarantine, he’s keeping a schedule of public events.

That’s pretty damn irresponsible, but McConnell and Chuck Grassley of Iowa might have Pence beat on that front. Grassley, who is third in the line of succession to the president, has refused to get tested for COVID-19, and McConnell won’t say if he’s been tested or not.

We have to assume Grassley and McConnell are doing this deliberately to avoid having to quarantine and reduce the odds of a timely quorum even more.

Anyway, the point? Keep calling your Senators, and keep urging friends and family to call their Senators.

If they are Democrats, urge them to use every procedural tool in the book to slow or stop the Barrett nomination.

If they are GOP, make it damn clear that you are Not Happy At All with this bullshit maneuver to shove Barrett through even though all other Senatorial work has stopped.

If they are on the Judiciary Committee–and this post gives the full list of members below–it is extra-important that you call, and continue to call daily, until the Barrett nomination is pulled or the point is moot.

Original text follows.

Over the weekend, Trump announced his choice of Amy Coney Barrett to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).

Sure, we could go over Barrett’s record in depth and count off all the ways in which she’s a lousy choice for the top court of the land. Instead, we’ll let Louise Knott Ahern, who tweets as @weezwrites, sum her up:

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is going to be replaced by a woman who walked through every door that Ginsburg opened for her so she can promptly use her position to shut them all for others behind her.

Let us be straight with you. It’s bad. The GOP controls the Senate, and McConnell has the votes to open hearings on her nomination; those are expected to start on October 12.

All is NOT lost, however. We need to pressure our Senators against going along with this crap.

Multiple polls show that Americans want the winner of the November 3 election to choose the next justice. FWIW, most national polls of likely and registered voters also show that Joe Biden has a firm, steady lead over Donald Trump.

McConnell doesn’t give a damn about what the public wants, but GOP Senators up for re-election in mere weeks certainly do.

Lindsey Graham, current head of the Senate Judiciary committee, is so vulnerable, he’s gone on Hannity recently more than once to beg for money for his campaign.

Susan Collins of Maine was already in a world of pain for casting the deciding vote to place Brett Kavanaugh on SCOTUS. Barrett’s nomination should amplify her agony.

Several other GOP Senators can, and should, feel the heat for going along with this nominee nonsense.

We need to bring the heat by calling them daily until they relent. We need to recruit friends and family to join us in bringing the heat.

Reminder: Judicial nominations go through the Senate, not the House of Representatives. That’s why you should target your two Senators exclusively.

Do I need to tell you Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter) is on it? Well, she is.

She generated three scripts you can use to make your voice heard.

First, a general script for calling any Senator:

She wrote a second script for Senators who sit on the chamber’s Judiciary Committee. We’ve listed them below and added an asterisk to GOP members who are up for re-election in November:

Majority (Republicans)

*Lindsey Graham of South Carolina (chair) (His Democratic opponent is Jaime Harrison)

Chuck Grassley of Iowa

*John Cornyn of Texas (His Democratic opponent is M.J. Hegar)

Mike Lee of Utah

Ted Cruz of Texas

Ben Sasse of Nebraska

Josh Hawley of Missouri

*Thom Tillis of North Carolina (His Democratic opponent is Cal Cunningham)

*Joni Ernst of Iowa (Her Democratic opponent is Theresa Greenfield)

Mike Crapo of Idaho

John Kennedy of Louisiana

Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee

Minority (Democrats)

Dianne Feinstein of California (Ranking Member, aka Minority Leader)

Patrick Leahy of Vermont

Dick Durbin of Illinois

Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island

Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota

Chris Coons of Delaware

Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut (he has already sent a tweet saying he will refuse to meet with Barrett)

Mazie Hirono of Hawaii

Cory Booker of New Jersey

Kamala Harris of California

Lastly, Pewter wrote a script for use with your state legislators–your state Senators and House Reps.

If Roe vs. Wade is overturned, the states become arbiters of abortion law.

Your state might have “trigger laws” on the books that go into effect if Roe vs Wade is overturned.

This tool from NARAL can tell you whether your state has trigger laws (scroll down a smidge):

Point being–try to learn what the laws are in your state before you call your state legislators and ask them to defend the right to abortion. Depending on where you are, you might be pleasantly surprised.

Here’s Pewter’s script for state legislators:

As always, please show your appreciation for Celeste Pewter in some fashion for the calling scripts reproduced further up the post.

You can follow her on Twitter: @Celeste_Pewter

You can tweet about calling your MoCs, using the #ICalledMyReps hashtag.

You can follow @ICalledMyReps on Twitter.

And you can support her with a small donation through Ko-fi:

https://ko-fi.com/A012IFW

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the blue button on the upper right or checking the About & Subscribe page. And tell your friends about the blog!

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Call Your Senators and Demand that They Vote NO on SCOTUS Nominee Amy Coney Barrett, and Ask Friends and Family to Call Their Senators, October 8, 2020 Edition

We’re updating and repeating this recent post because pushing back against the Barrett nomination is red alert-important, and will remain so until enough GOP Senators stand down or the nomination goes through. Expect to see this post many more times in the near future, with relevant updates.

Call your Senators and demand that they vote NO on SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett, and ask friends and family to call their Senators to ask them to vote NO as well.

Update, October 8, 2020: Are you familiar with the phrase “Hoist with his own petard”? It’s from Shakespeare’s immortal play, Hamlet, and it means your enemy blew himself up with his own bombs. A big, messy self-own of the highest order.

Well. Those of us who were wondering how and why Trump and the GOP Congressional leadership had avoided catching COVID-19 got an answer during early October 2020.

They’d gotten lucky until Saturday, September 26, 2020, the day they celebrated the foul act of nominating Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States.

It’s a foul act on several levels. Mitch McConnell flamboyantly stomped upon even the idea of courtesy and respecting rules, even those of his own making, to shove Barrett’s nomination through.

The act also flouted the dying request of legendary SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”

The Rose Garden ceremony for Barrett’s nomination quickly proved to be a COVID-19 superspreader event.

Among those affected are GOP Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina. Both have said they will quarantine for ten days, not the standard 14.

Why, might you ask?

Why, to keep the Barrett nomination schedule chugging along unaffected, despite the fact that McConnell has expressed a wish to halt all other Senatorial work.

Lee and Tillis both sit on the GOP side of the Senate Judicial Committee. Without them, the numbers are at 10 to 10–a tie.

Earlier, McConnell had rebuffed calls to vote to allow Senators to conduct votes from home via Zoom or similar technology.

He needs a quorum to show up, in person–a minimum of 12 members–to move the nomination out of committee.

If and when the Barrett nomination leaves the Judicial Committee for a floor vote, McConnell will need as many GOP Senators as possible to vote yes.

Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have already said they are against holding a vote on Barrett before the election. So, off the bat, McConnell is down to 51.

GOP Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin has also tested positive for COVID-19. That reduces the ranks to 50.

Vice President Mike Pence, whose duties include breaking ties in the Senate, was at the Rose Garden event. Not only is he not entering quarantine, he’s keeping a schedule of public events.

That’s pretty damn irresponsible, but McConnell and Chuck Grassley of Iowa might have Pence beat on that front. Grassley, who is third in the line of succession to the president, has refused to get tested for COVID-19, and McConnell won’t say if he’s been tested or not.

We have to assume Grassley and McConnell are doing this deliberately to avoid having to quarantine and reduce the odds of a timely quorum even more.

Anyway, the point? Keep calling your Senators, and keep urging friends and family to call their Senators.

If they are Democrats, urge them to use every procedural tool in the book to slow or stop the Barrett nomination.

If they are GOP, make it damn clear that you are Not Happy At All with this bullshit maneuver to shove Barrett through even though all other Senatorial work has stopped.

If they are on the Judiciary Committee–and this post gives the full list of members below–it is extra-important that you call, and continue to call daily, until the Barrett nomination is pulled or the point is moot.

Original text follows.

Over the weekend, Trump announced his choice of Amy Coney Barrett to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).

Sure, we could go over Barrett’s record in depth and count off all the ways in which she’s a lousy choice for the top court of the land. Instead, we’ll let Louise Knott Ahern, who tweets as @weezwrites, sum her up:

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is going to be replaced by a woman who walked through every door that Ginsburg opened for her so she can promptly use her position to shut them all for others behind her.

Let us be straight with you. It’s bad. The GOP controls the Senate, and McConnell has the votes to open hearings on her nomination; those are expected to start on October 12.

All is NOT lost, however. We need to pressure our Senators against going along with this crap.

Multiple polls show that Americans want the winner of the November 3 election to choose the next justice. FWIW, most national polls of likely and registered voters also show that Joe Biden has a firm, steady lead over Donald Trump.

McConnell doesn’t give a damn about what the public wants, but GOP Senators up for re-election in mere weeks certainly do.

Lindsey Graham, current head of the Senate Judiciary committee, is so vulnerable, he’s gone on Hannity recently more than once to beg for money for his campaign.

Susan Collins of Maine was already in a world of pain for casting the deciding vote to place Brett Kavanaugh on SCOTUS. Barrett’s nomination should amplify her agony.

Several other GOP Senators can, and should, feel the heat for going along with this nominee nonsense.

We need to bring the heat by calling them daily until they relent. We need to recruit friends and family to join us in bringing the heat.

Reminder: Judicial nominations go through the Senate, not the House of Representatives. That’s why you should target your two Senators exclusively.

Do I need to tell you Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter) is on it? Well, she is.

She generated three scripts you can use to make your voice heard.

First, a general script for calling any Senator:

She wrote a second script for Senators who sit on the chamber’s Judiciary Committee. We’ve listed them below and added an asterisk to GOP members who are up for re-election in November:

Majority (Republicans)

*Lindsey Graham of South Carolina (chair) (His Democratic opponent is Jaime Harrison)

Chuck Grassley of Iowa

*John Cornyn of Texas (His Democratic opponent is M.J. Hegar)

Mike Lee of Utah

Ted Cruz of Texas

Ben Sasse of Nebraska

Josh Hawley of Missouri

*Thom Tillis of North Carolina (His Democratic opponent is Cal Cunningham)

*Joni Ernst of Iowa (Her Democratic opponent is Theresa Greenfield)

Mike Crapo of Idaho

John Kennedy of Louisiana

Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee

Minority (Democrats)

Dianne Feinstein of California (Ranking Member, aka Minority Leader)

Patrick Leahy of Vermont

Dick Durbin of Illinois

Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island

Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota

Chris Coons of Delaware

Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut (he has already sent a tweet saying he will refuse to meet with Barrett)

Mazie Hirono of Hawaii

Cory Booker of New Jersey

Kamala Harris of California

Lastly, Pewter wrote a script for use with your state legislators–your state Senators and House Reps.

If Roe vs. Wade is overturned, the states become arbiters of abortion law.

Your state might have “trigger laws” on the books that go into effect if Roe vs Wade is overturned.

This tool from NARAL can tell you whether your state has trigger laws (scroll down a smidge):

Point being–try to learn what the laws are in your state before you call your state legislators and ask them to defend the right to abortion. Depending on where you are, you might be pleasantly surprised.

Here’s Pewter’s script for state legislators:

As always, please show your appreciation for Celeste Pewter in some fashion for the calling scripts reproduced further up the post.

You can follow her on Twitter: @Celeste_Pewter

You can tweet about calling your MoCs, using the #ICalledMyReps hashtag.

You can follow @ICalledMyReps on Twitter.

And you can support her with a small donation through Ko-fi:

https://ko-fi.com/A012IFW

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the blue button on the upper right or checking the About & Subscribe page. And tell your friends about the blog!

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Call Your Senators and Demand that They Vote NO on SCOTUS Nominee Amy Coney Barrett, and Ask Friends and Family to Call Their Senators, October 7, 2020 Edition

We’re updating and repeating this recent post because pushing back against the Barrett nomination is red alert-important, and will remain so until enough GOP Senators stand down or the nomination goes through. Expect to see this post many more times in the near future, with relevant updates.

Call your Senators and demand that they vote NO on SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett, and ask friends and family to call their Senators to ask them to vote NO as well.

Update, October 7, 2020: Are you familiar with the phrase “Hoist with his own petard”? It’s from Shakespeare’s immortal play, Hamlet, and it means your enemy blew himself up with his own bombs. A big, messy self-own of the highest order.

Well. Those of us who were wondering how and why Trump and the GOP Congressional leadership had avoided catching COVID-19 got an answer during early October 2020.

They’d gotten lucky until Saturday, September 26, 2020, the day they celebrated the foul act of nominating Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States.

It’s a foul act on several levels. Mitch McConnell flamboyantly stomped upon even the idea of courtesy and respecting rules, even those of his own making, to shove Barrett’s nomination through.

The act also flouted the dying request of legendary SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”

The Rose Garden ceremony for Barrett’s nomination quickly proved to be a COVID-19 superspreader event.

Among those affected are GOP Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina. Both have said they will quarantine for ten days, not the standard 14.

Why, might you ask?

Why, to keep the Barrett nomination schedule chugging along unaffected, despite the fact that McConnell has expressed a wish to halt all other Senatorial work.

Lee and Tillis both sit on the GOP side of the Senate Judicial Committee. Without them, the numbers are at 10 to 10–a tie.

Earlier, McConnell had rebuffed calls to vote to allow Senators to conduct votes from home via Zoom or similar technology.

He needs a quorum to show up, in person–a minimum of 12 members–to move the nomination out of committee.

If and when the Barrett nomination leaves the Judicial Committee for a floor vote, McConnell will need as many GOP Senators as possible to vote yes.

Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have already said they are against holding a vote on Barrett before the election. So, off the bat, McConnell is down to 51.

GOP Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin has also tested positive for COVID-19. That reduces the ranks to 50.

Vice President Mike Pence, whose duties include breaking ties in the Senate, was at the Rose Garden event. Not only is he not entering quarantine, he’s keeping a schedule of public events.

That’s pretty damn irresponsible, but McConnell and Chuck Grassley of Iowa might have Pence beat on that front. Grassley, who is third in the line of succession to the president, has refused to get tested for COVID-19, and McConnell won’t say if he’s been tested or not.

We have to assume Grassley and McConnell are doing this deliberately to avoid having to quarantine and reduce the odds of a timely quorum even more.

Anyway, the point? Keep calling your Senators, and keep urging friends and family to call their Senators.

If they are Democrats, urge them to use every procedural tool in the book to slow or stop the Barrett nomination.

If they are GOP, make it damn clear that you are Not Happy At All with this bullshit maneuver to shove Barrett through even though all other Senatorial work has stopped.

If they are on the Judiciary Committee–and this post gives the full list of members below–it is extra-important that you call, and continue to call daily, until the Barrett nomination is pulled or the point is moot.

Original text follows.

Over the weekend, Trump announced his choice of Amy Coney Barrett to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).

Sure, we could go over Barrett’s record in depth and count off all the ways in which she’s a lousy choice for the top court of the land. Instead, we’ll let Louise Knott Ahern, who tweets as @weezwrites, sum her up:

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is going to be replaced by a woman who walked through every door that Ginsburg opened for her so she can promptly use her position to shut them all for others behind her.

Let us be straight with you. It’s bad. The GOP controls the Senate, and McConnell has the votes to open hearings on her nomination; those are expected to start on October 12.

All is NOT lost, however. We need to pressure our Senators against going along with this crap.

Multiple polls show that Americans want the winner of the November 3 election to choose the next justice. FWIW, most national polls of likely and registered voters also show that Joe Biden has a firm, steady lead over Donald Trump.

McConnell doesn’t give a damn about what the public wants, but GOP Senators up for re-election in mere weeks certainly do.

Lindsey Graham, current head of the Senate Judiciary committee, is so vulnerable, he’s gone on Hannity recently more than once to beg for money for his campaign.

Susan Collins of Maine was already in a world of pain for casting the deciding vote to place Brett Kavanaugh on SCOTUS. Barrett’s nomination should amplify her agony.

Several other GOP Senators can, and should, feel the heat for going along with this nominee nonsense.

We need to bring the heat by calling them daily until they relent. We need to recruit friends and family to join us in bringing the heat.

Reminder: Judicial nominations go through the Senate, not the House of Representatives. That’s why you should target your two Senators exclusively.

Do I need to tell you Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter) is on it? Well, she is.

She generated three scripts you can use to make your voice heard.

First, a general script for calling any Senator:

She wrote a second script for Senators who sit on the chamber’s Judiciary Committee. We’ve listed them below and added an asterisk to GOP members who are up for re-election in November:

Majority (Republicans)

*Lindsey Graham of South Carolina (chair) (His Democratic opponent is Jaime Harrison)

Chuck Grassley of Iowa

*John Cornyn of Texas (His Democratic opponent is M.J. Hegar)

Mike Lee of Utah

Ted Cruz of Texas

Ben Sasse of Nebraska

Josh Hawley of Missouri

*Thom Tillis of North Carolina (His Democratic opponent is Cal Cunningham)

*Joni Ernst of Iowa (Her Democratic opponent is Theresa Greenfield)

Mike Crapo of Idaho

John Kennedy of Louisiana

Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee

Minority (Democrats)

Dianne Feinstein of California (Ranking Member, aka Minority Leader)

Patrick Leahy of Vermont

Dick Durbin of Illinois

Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island

Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota

Chris Coons of Delaware

Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut (he has already sent a tweet saying he will refuse to meet with Barrett)

Mazie Hirono of Hawaii

Cory Booker of New Jersey

Kamala Harris of California

Lastly, Pewter wrote a script for use with your state legislators–your state Senators and House Reps.

If Roe vs. Wade is overturned, the states become arbiters of abortion law.

Your state might have “trigger laws” on the books that go into effect if Roe vs Wade is overturned.

This tool from NARAL can tell you whether your state has trigger laws (scroll down a smidge):

Point being–try to learn what the laws are in your state before you call your state legislators and ask them to defend the right to abortion. Depending on where you are, you might be pleasantly surprised.

Here’s Pewter’s script for state legislators:

As always, please show your appreciation for Celeste Pewter in some fashion for the calling scripts reproduced further up the post.

You can follow her on Twitter: @Celeste_Pewter

You can tweet about calling your MoCs, using the #ICalledMyReps hashtag.

You can follow @ICalledMyReps on Twitter.

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Support Rideshare2Vote, an Organization That Provides Free Transportation to Texas Voters in Seven Counties

Support Rideshare2Vote, an organization that provides free round trip transportation to Texas voters in seven counties.

Texas might go blue this year. TEXAS.

If it does, Trump has no chance to win reelection. None. Its 38 electoral votes are vital to the GOP’s chances.

Beto O’Rourke has noted over and over again that Texas is not a red state, it’s a non-voting state. Since narrowly losing a bid to unseat Texas Senator Ted Cruz and running for president, O’Rourke has poured his efforts into registering Texans to vote.

Unsurprisingly, this has shaken the Texas GOP. The state’s governor, Greg Abbott, who is–you guessed it–a Republican, has responded with a bit of late-breaking voter suppression.

He’s trying to limit the number of ballot drop-off boxes to one per county.

Such a move is patently absurd in a state as big as Texas. Harris County, which is home to Houston, Texas, has more than four million residents.

Voting rights advocates have sued to stop Abbott’s nonsense, and we at OTYCD hope they succeed.

But there’s another way you can help Texas voters get to the polls, a dropbox, or their county elections office.

Launched in 2018, Rideshare2Vote offers progressive and Democratic voters in Texas help with traveling to cast a ballot in state, local, and now federal elections.

It provides free round trips to voters in seven Texas counties, including those that include Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston.

Voters can avail themselves of the service to cast ballots at their designated polling place or deliver their ballots to a county election office or a drop box.

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Believe It: You Matter, Part XXII; Don’t Go to Sleep

This OTYCD post originally appeared in July 2020.

Believe It: You Matter, Part Now; Don’t Go to Sleep.

Sarah Jane here. I write all the Believe It: You Matter entries. I can’t remember what Roman numeral we’re on, so I made one up.

I’m drafting this in late June 2020, probably to go live in July. It looks like all of Trump’s faults are finally teaming up to destroy his chance of being re-elected.

Dedicated readers of OTYCD know better than to assume anything. But I have allowed myself half an ounce of hope while sticking rigidly to my efforts to force this feral clown from office.

I feel the need, hell, the urge, to say this now:

If we all succeed, and Joe Biden becomes president, do not go to sleep.

Yes, celebrate. Yes, get some rest. But don’t go to sleep.

Now I can almost hear you saying: “Go to sleep? GO TO SLEEP? WTF, Sarah Jane? I’ve been an insomniac, on and off, since this asshole got elected. I’m not going to sleep! Fuck you for suggesting it.”

OK, fair enough. But let me explain what I mean.

I was a grown woman when Bush the Younger was president. I voted in both those elections, for Gore and then for Kerry.

The W years were fucking exhausting, and, fwiw, they foreshadowed the Trump years, if you ask me. (I am So Not On Board with the weird nostalgia some liberal/left/Dem/resistance folks have expressed for W. No, just, no. But that’s another topic for another day.)

So after eight years of serious and scary norm-breaking, and 9/11 and the laws that were passed in its wake, and banks running amuck and tanking the economy, and STARTING TWO FUCKING WARS, we get Barack Obama. And we keep him for a full eight years.

And too many of us went to sleep during the Obama years. Now, I mean that metaphorically, and I count myself among those who went to sleep. I am just as guilty as the rest of you.

What I mean when I say that I went to sleep is that I kept on top of the news, I watched Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show regularly, and I voted in presidential elections.

I thought I was pretty plugged in, and pretty responsible as a citizen. But I now know I wasn’t doing nearly enough to hold up my end, from a civics standpoint.

When I tell you, “Don’t go to sleep,” I mean don’t forget the lessons you all learned from the Trump years.

Trump will go, but you must not.

“Not going” means continuing the activism you began during the Trump years, and continuing to vote in EVERY ELECTION that affects your community, which means VOTE IN ALL OF THEM, EVERY TIME, WITHOUT FAIL, NO MATTER HOW SMALL AND INCONSEQUENTIAL THEY SEEM, DAMMIT.

I don’t expect or demand that you be as active post-Trump as you’ve been during the Trump years, though that would be great.

I want to be realistic, though. Trump has been fucking exhausting, more so than W ever was, and he’s been so on purpose. Exhausting you with forty gazillion Dumpster fires is part of his strategy, and it’s straight out of the authoritarian’s playbook.

We’re going to be unpacking his evil deeds for decades. His administration is a political version of the TV show Hoarders–so much awful shit that needs to be gone through and dealt with, with so many unfathomable horrors lurking within the stacks, and it seems like there’ll be no end to it.

When Trump goes well and properly, you will feel the need to rest. And hey, you will need some rest. Please plan on getting some.

But with Joe Biden in office–smiley, familiar, good-natured, decent Joe Biden–you’ll be tempted to up and quit your activism, because everything won’t be on fire anymore, and Biden won’t be running around saucing the fires with gasoline, like Trump did.

Rest, but come back. It’s important.

Here’s the thing, y’all–we fucked over President Barack Obama. We did.

When he got in, after eight exhausting years of W and his fuckery, we collapsed in a heap and went to sleep. Metaphorically speaking.

And we slept like Sleeping Beauty. We slept like we were meant to stay asleep until someone gently and lovingly brought us back to civic consciousness.

We can’t afford to do that. We couldn’t afford to do that under President Obama, and we can never afford to do that again, ever.

Because we slept, the Republicans, who are fewer and angrier and have more money, did their damndest to disfigure and warp things in their party’s favor.

They did this in many ways, on many fronts, but mainly by getting their people elected up and down the ballot in non-presidential years.

They took control of state legislatures and governorships. They used that power to gerrymander and purge voters from the rolls and prevent Obama’s judicial nominees from being accepted, by the dozens. They put their collective thumbs on the scale for themselves and their party.

They did this in the open, it just didn’t get screaming headline coverage.

Once they’re in the minority again, they will go back to that playbook.

They are relentless. They are craven. They cannot be shamed. They will do it even though they maneuvered the most corrupt, venal, incompetent, and thoroughly reputation-damaging person into the office of the presidency, and they stayed silent as his sins and outrages piled up.

The damning legacy of the 45th President of the United States will not stop those same Republicans from squawking 24/7 on Twitter and Fox News about the mote in Joe Biden’s eye when they resolutely refused to remove the beam from Trump’s.

They’ve had years’ worth of chances to check and balance Trump, including a Senate trial that could have ended in removal.

They had ample time to do what the Founders assumed elected officials would do when faced with a president like Trump.

Instead, they cowered. They ducked. They bobbed and weaved. They sputtered. They muttered. They stayed silent when faced with perversions of law and bold flouting of the principles of the Constitution, no matter how absurd and grotesque they got.

The few who spoke up in defense of Trump were invariably the loudest and most loathsome fringe elements of the GOP, and their defenses ranged from laughable to downright offensive.

Congressional Republicans violated their oaths of office to keep Trump in his.

And when Biden is in office, those same Republicans will act like he’s worse than Trump could ever be. Instantly. Before Biden is inaugurated. Hell, they’ll start doing it in the twilight time between polls closing on Election Day and news organizations formally calling it.

Do not go to sleep. Do not.

Do not fuck over Biden the way we fucked over Obama.

Rest, but come back, and carry on doing what you were doing in the Trump years–just do it on defense, instead of offense this time.

Between now and Tuesday, November 3, 2020, I want you to sit down and work out what you will do–how you will maintain your activism–after Trump is gone.

If he’s re-elected, well, there’s your answer. You keep doing what you’ve been doing, at the rate and the intensity that you’ve been doing it.

If he isn’t, you need to plot some explicit vacation time from activism (you might want to wait until some point in 2021, because if Trump gets booted, he and his minions WILL indulge in rank and flamboyant sabotage during the transition, because that’s just who they are).

You need to choose specific dates for a vacation from activism–an explicit start and end, just as you would when planning a vacation from a job. And your vacation time should be about as long as a vacation you’d take from your main job.

Then figure out what level of activism you want to maintain.

You may not want to carry on as intensely and as all-consumingly as you will in the lead-up to the 2020 Election. That’s perfectly OK.

But you do need to pursue some level of activism post-Trump, and you need to point your brain at the question of what, and when, and how much.

No matter what happens, and no matter how you choose to proceed, you’ve got to stay here and carry on the fight.

No more Merrick Garlands, people. No more. Stay alert and alive.

Come to Joe Biden’s aid early and often and with fierce purpose.

Do. Not. Go. To. Sleep.

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Plan Ahead–Take Tuesday, November 3, 2020 Off, and Maybe Other Days Too

This OTYCD post originally appeared in February 2020.

Plan ahead! Make sure to take Tuesday, November 3, 2020 off from work, and maybe Monday November 2 and Friday October 30 as well.

Election Day 2020 is going to be A Thing. You thought the 2018 midterms were a thing? Well, they were, but this is going to be A Bigger Thing.

You need to prepare for it.

Now is the time to think about what you will do on and around Tuesday, November 3, 2020 so you will be as effective as you can be in defending and upholding democracy.

It might make more sense for you to vote early or vote absentee so you can cover for co-workers to free them to head to the polls.

It might make more sense to take that Tuesday off from work, and maybe the surrounding days, too.

If you know you’re going to be out of town on that Tuesday, devote some time to getting your absentee ballot sorted.

Plan ahead, all!

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Learn to Help Friends and Family Who Want to Do More Than Register to Vote

This OTYCD post originally appeared in July 2018, and has been updated lightly since then.

Learn to help friends and family who want to do more than just register to vote.

Sarah Jane here. We at OTYCD have encouraged you to talk to friends and family about voting, and make it as easy and as painless as possible for them to register, learn where their polling place is, and plot how they will physically get to the polls on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

But what if they ask you about doing more than that? What if they’re excited, or concerned, or both about the direction the country is threatening to take, and they want to go beyond making sure they themselves are registered to vote?

May we humbly suggest you send them to this very blog?

Start by sending them to our page on The Most Important Thing You Can Do (we cheated, there’s actually four):

https://onethingyoucando.com/the-most-important-thing-you-can-do/

Also suggest they read the third entry in the Believe It: You Matter series, The Parable of Eating Less Meat. It’s about how activism is not a competition, and everything counts.

If you went from doing nothing to doing something, and you do that something consistently, you win. Doesn’t matter how big or small the something is.

Read Believe It: You Matter, Part III: The Parable Of Eating Less Meat:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/04/16/believe-it-you-matter-part-iii-the-parable-of-eating-less-meat/

And if you want to suggest that they subscribe to the blog, we won’t stop you.

Also encourage them to visit postcardstovoters.org and volunteer to write Get Out The Vote (GOTV) postcards, using their own supplies.

Of all the things I (Sarah Jane) have done to push back against Trump since November 2016, writing postcards to voters has been the most satisfying.

I can write postcards anytime Tony the Democrat and friends have a campaign going, which is almost always. (The few times when they’re between campaigns, I prep postcards for future campaigns by decorating them with rubber stamps.)

Writing postcards to voters doesn’t require knocking on doors, calling people, or otherwise approaching strangers, which is terrifying to an introvert like me.

Let’s be clear, though. I do all that stuff, too, and I recommend it, but writing postcards to voters is something I can do whenever I want, for as long as I want, and I can set it aside if need be. I call it my civic knitting–each postcard is a stitch that strengthens democracy.

Also? New research shows that hand-writing postcards to voters is just as effective at getting out the vote as canvassing (physically knocking on doors), and sometimes more effective.

For more, see this June 22, 2018 piece from Blue Virginia called The Mighty Pen Prevails: In the Digital Age, Handwritten Voter Contact Is a Powerful Secret Weapon:

If your friends and family are open to supporting candidates, point them to the OTYCD post on the Core Four Strategy:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2020/05/18/choose-your-core-four-plus-a-voting-rights-org-to-support-in-2020-5/

Helping eager friends and family learn who’s running for election and re-election in 2020 and find candidates to support is pretty next-level, but if you have the time and energy to do it, we at OTYCD encourage you to follow through.

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Call Your Senators and Demand that They Vote NO on SCOTUS Nominee Amy Coney Barrett, and Ask Friends and Family to Call Their Senators

We’re repeating this recent post because pushing back against the Barrett nomination is red alert-important, and will remain so until enough GOP Senators stand down or the nomination goes through. Expect to see this post many more times in the near future, with relevant updates.

Call your Senators and demand that they vote NO on SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett, and ask friends and family to call their Senators to ask them to vote NO as well.

Over the weekend, Trump announced his choice of Amy Coney Barrett to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).

Sure, we could go over Barrett’s record in depth and count off all the ways in which she’s a lousy choice for the top court of the land. Instead, we’ll let Louise Knott Ahern, who tweets as @weezwrites, sum her up:

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is going to be replaced by a woman who walked through every door that Ginsburg opened for her so she can promptly use her position to shut them all for others behind her.

Let us be straight with you. It’s bad. The GOP controls the Senate, and McConnell has the votes to open hearings on her nomination; those are expected to start on October 12.

All is NOT lost, however. We need to pressure our Senators against going along with this crap.

Multiple polls show that Americans want the winner of the November 3 election to choose the next justice. FWIW, most national polls of likely and registered voters also show that Joe Biden has a firm, steady lead over Donald Trump.

McConnell doesn’t give a damn about what the public wants, but GOP Senators up for re-election in mere weeks certainly do.

Lindsey Graham, current head of the Senate Judiciary committee, is so vulnerable, he’s gone on Hannity recently more than once to beg for money for his campaign.

Susan Collins of Maine was already in a world of pain for casting the deciding vote to place Brett Kavanaugh on SCOTUS. Barrett’s nomination should amplify her agony.

Several other GOP Senators can, and should, feel the heat for going along with this nominee nonsense.

We need to bring the heat by calling them daily until they relent. We need to recruit friends and family to join us in bringing the heat.

Reminder: Judicial nominations go through the Senate, not the House of Representatives. That’s why you should target your two Senators exclusively.

Do I need to tell you Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter) is on it? Well, she is.

She generated three scripts you can use to make your voice heard.

First, a general script for calling any Senator:

She wrote a second script for Senators who sit on the chamber’s Judiciary Committee. We’ve listed them below and added an asterisk to GOP members who are up for re-election in November:

Majority (Republicans)

*Lindsey Graham of South Carolina (chair) (His Democratic opponent is Jaime Harrison)

Chuck Grassley of Iowa

*John Cornyn of Texas (His Democratic opponent is M.J. Hegar)

Mike Lee of Utah

Ted Cruz of Texas

Ben Sasse of Nebraska

Josh Hawley of Missouri

*Thom Tillis of North Carolina (His Democratic opponent is Cal Cunningham)

*Joni Ernst of Iowa (Her Democratic opponent is Theresa Greenfield)

Mike Crapo of Idaho

John Kennedy of Louisiana

Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee

Minority (Democrats)

Dianne Feinstein of California (Ranking Member, aka Minority Leader)

Patrick Leahy of Vermont

Dick Durbin of Illinois

Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island

Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota

Chris Coons of Delaware

Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut (he has already sent a tweet saying he will refuse to meet with Barrett)

Mazie Hirono of Hawaii

Cory Booker of New Jersey

Kamala Harris of California

Lastly, Pewter wrote a script for use with your state legislators–your state Senators and House Reps.

If Roe vs. Wade is overturned, the states become arbiters of abortion law.

Your state might have “trigger laws” on the books that go into effect if Roe vs Wade is overturned.

This tool from NARAL can tell you whether your state has trigger laws (scroll down a smidge):

Point being–try to learn what the laws are in your state before you call your state legislators and ask them to defend the right to abortion. Depending on where you are, you might be pleasantly surprised.

Here’s Pewter’s script for state legislators:

As always, please show your appreciation for Celeste Pewter in some fashion for the calling scripts reproduced further up the post.

You can follow her on Twitter: @Celeste_Pewter

You can tweet about calling your MoCs, using the #ICalledMyReps hashtag.

You can follow @ICalledMyReps on Twitter.

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