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"Nuclear option"
by Geri Brady Kelly


March 25, 2005

Despite bipartisan confirmation of 95% of President Bushes nominees to the courts, the extreme right plans to invoke the "nuclear option" an obscure parliamentary rule that can eliminate the right to filibuster judicial nominees. As we know, a filibuster is a way for senators to extend debate and delay controversial votes. If the "nuclear option" is invoked, the minority party will be silenced for the first time in history. 200 years of bipartisan checks and balances that have kept the courts fair for centuries are threatened by this action.

Eliminating the filibuster is not about overcoming obstructionism, it's about the desire for one-party control. With the filibuster eliminated the majority party could have absolute power over all three branches of government. No matter which side of the aisle you sit on, that's frightening; and certainly not the intent of the Framers.

Alaskans, I urge you to educate yourselves on this subject and let Senators Murkowski and Stevens know where you stand.


Geri Brady Kelly
Ketchikan, AK - USA



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