by Matt Brown for US Senate, Fri Feb 10, 2006 at 06:17:16 AM EST
by matthewRI, Mon Jan 30, 2006 at 05:53:40 AM EST
In other words, Chafee promised to vote for Alito if there is a filibuster, essentially ensuring that Alito gets confirmed, and then on the floor vote, where everyone and their mom knows that Alito has the votes, Chafee will vote against Alito. There is no other way to make yourself irrelevant than to play both sides. And this wasn't the first time. Don't you remember when Chafee voted to end debate on the Energy bill and ensured its passage and then, oh so ceremoniously voted against it?
For the record, Democratic Senator Jack Reed has said that he will vote to filibuster Alito and vote against Alito. Can we please have 2 Senators who share this view?
Chafee's gutless performance leaves no doubt that he is fine with letting the conservative Republican majority run Congress and America into the ground and taking a few ceremonial stands of opposition to throw a few crumbs to the average Rhode Islander.
by Project Vote,
by Project Vote,
Although the 2008 presidential election showed unprecedented increases in turnout from underrepresented citizens, their rates of voter registration and participation were still well behind the electorate in general. As we approach election season, this pattern may only continue. Instead of taking steps to improve the administration of elections to encourage and facilitate voter participation from eligible citizens, lawmakers and elected officials are back to raising barriers to voting by implementing strict voter ID laws, as illustrated through high profile court battles, ballot initiatives, and fast-moving legislation
An appeal to an Indiana’s court’s decision to shut down the state’s notorious voter ID law as unconstitutional was heard last week in the state Supreme Court.