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Hanging On The Telephone…

Blondie, Hangin’ On The Telephone from 1978…

Time to hit the phones again, gang.  And hit them hard.

Hans Von Spakovsky — yes, the same one that Jane flagged back in 2005 — is up for a vote on Wednesday in the Senate Rules Committee for an appointment to the FEC (Federal Election Commission).   Adam Lambert at ePluribusMedia has a three-part series on Mr. Von Spakovsky and why he is utterly wrong for America.  And in this DKos diary, Adam covers a potential backroom deal with Reid and Schumer on allowing the Von Spakovsky nomination through…sense my disgust.  Maha covers a McClatchey piece and some other background on Von Spakovsky’s minority voter suppression activities.  BradBlog has even more on the voter suppression nastiness.  ThinkProgress has a letter from six former DOJ employees imploring the Rules Committee to vote “NO” on this nomination, for all our sakes.

And Digby has a run-down on Spakovsky, the Rules committee, the politics in play…and the best headline of the bunch.  And if that isn’t enough, Working Assets has even more on the odious Mr. Von Spakovsky. 

Here’s the Rules Committee membership list, direct dial numbers, and some toll free ones as well:

Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)     (202) 224-3841

Robert Bennett (R-UT)     (202) 224-5444
Ranking Member

Robert C. Byrd  (D-WV)     (202) 224-3954
Ted Stevens  (R-AK)     (202) 224-3004
Daniel K. Inouye  (D-HI)     (202) 224-3934
Mitch McConnell  (R-KY)     (202) 224-2541
Christopher J. Dodd  (D-CT)     (202) 224-2823
Thad Cochran  (R-MS)     (202) 224-5054
Charles E. Schumer  (D-NY)    (202) 224-6542
Trent Lott  (R-MS)    (202) 224-6253
Richard J. Durbin (D-IL)     (202) 224-2152
Kay Bailey Hutchison  (R-TX)     (202) 224-5922
E. Benjamin Nelson  (D-NE)     (202) 224-6551
C. Saxby Chambliss  (R-GA)     (202) 224-3521
Harry Reid  (D-NV)     (202) 224-3542
Patty Murray  (D-WA)  (202) 224-2621
Lamar Alexander  (R-TN)  (202) 224-4944
Chuck Hagel  (R-NE)     (202) 224-4224
Mark L. Pryor  (D-AR)     (202) 224-2353

Toll-free numbers to the switchboard (via katymine):

1 (800) 828 – 0498
1 (800) 459 – 1887
1 (800) 614 – 2803
1 (866) 340 – 9281
1 (866) 338 – 1015
1 (877) 851 – 6437

You can see why I want you to hit the phones, can’t you?  Please, for the love of all that is the rule of law and the Constitution, call these people today. I beg you.  No, Hans Von Spakovsky.  Just…NO.

PS — Per perris’ request, if everyone could please be sure to call Harry Reid’s office on this one, I’d appreciate it.  Thanks!

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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