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Skinner ADMIN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:08 PM
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Can we get a list of Supreme Court petitions?
We're trying to create a master list of supreme court online petitions. Here are the only ones I know about. Anyone know any others?

DFA: "No Rubber Stamps"
http://tools.democracyforamerica.com/petition/norubbers...

MoveOn: "Oppose John Roberts' Supreme Court Nomination"
http://political.moveon.org/roberts

NARAL: "Tell Your Senators to oppose anti-choice John Roberts!"
http://www.naral.org
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MelissaB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:27 PM
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1. I'm searching, but haven't found anything else yet.
I just checked my email and got this from Emily's List



Dear Melissa,

Our fear that President George W. Bush would nominate a hard-line conservative to the Supreme Court has come to pass. Bush made it clear long ago that he would choose a strict constructionist in the mold of Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. Federal appellate court Judge John Roberts seems to fit that bill. Bushs choice of Roberts puts Roe v. Wade in serious jeopardy.


Here is what we know right now about Roberts and the way the confirmation process is likely to unfold.


John Roberts is an establishment conservative with strong legal credentials but, after just two years on the federal bench, a scant judicial record. Though clearly a member of the old boys network, hes only 50 years old meaning he could serve for 30 years or more on the Supreme Court. He is well-known and well-liked around Washington on both sides of the aisle. Roberts legal career has put him on a clear path to the Supreme Court: managing editor of Harvard Law Review, clerk for then-Associate Justice William Rehnquist, White House counsel during Reagan administration, deputy solicitor general during George H.W. Bushs administration, corporate lawyer, and now a federal appellate judge. There is no extensive paper trail that could thwart his progress. His partisan credentials are clear: he is a member of the Republican National Lawyers Association and the Federalist Society, the far-right legal fraternity. He is considered a protg of Ken Starr. Those who know him describe him as extremely conservative and very bright.




Our progressive allies on the Senate Judiciary Committee, including California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, will fight to uncover Roberts views on critical issues, particularly the right to choose. We know that, as deputy solicitor general, Roberts argued before the Supreme Court against abortion rights, declaring that Roe was "wrongly decided and should be overruled." Roberts later tried to mitigate that statement during hearings for his nomination to the federal appellate court, claiming he was merely representing his client. He said during those hearings that Roe was settled law an appropriate position for an appeals court judge to take. But as a Supreme Court justice, Roberts would be in a position to interpret the Constitution and literally determine what is considered settled law. What are his views, especially on abortion, and how will they affect his rulings? That will be the crux of these confirmation hearings.




The White House will push for a quick confirmation. Because of Roberts scant record of statements and opinions, we dont expect the hearings to last for longer than a couple of weeks. Though the Senate could start in August, we expect they will begin after Labor Day (Sept. 5).




President Bush has said he wants Roberts to be seated before the Supreme Court reconvenes in October. One obvious reason is that the Court has decided to hear arguments in an important New Hampshire case over whether laws restricting abortion must include an exception to protect a womans health, a critical element of Roe. This ruling could have a devastating effect on reproductive freedom undermining the basic tenets of Roe or destroying its framework altogether.



We are watching this process very carefully and call on you to do so, as well. We will update you as new information about Roberts comes to light and the consequences of his nomination become more clear. We will keep you posted particularly on the efforts of our allies to uncover Roberts views. I urge you to contact your U.S. senators about this nomination and reiterate your support for protecting a womans right to choose.


With determination,











Ellen R. Malcolm
President
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SeanQuinn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:30 PM
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2. John Kerry: "Roberts is no Sandra Day O'Connor!"
Edited on Wed Jul-20-05 03:37 PM by SeanQuinn

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Sapphire Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:34 PM
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3. AFJ, PFAW, AAUW, & True Majority
Edited on Wed Jul-20-05 04:13 PM by Sapphire Blue
Alliance for Justice: http://capwiz.com/afj/mail/oneclick_compose/?alertid=78...

People for the American Way / SaveTheCourt.org: https://www.kintera.org/siteapps/advocacy/index.aspx?kn...

American Association of University Women: http://capwiz.com/aauw/mail/oneclick_compose/?alertid=7...

True Majority: http://action.truemajority.org/campaign/SupremeCourtAct...



For background info on Roberts...
The Record of John G. Roberts, Jr.: A Preliminary Report: http://www.savethecourt.org/site/c.mwK0JbNTJrF/b.897925...

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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:39 PM
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4. Direct link to Congress with preprinted letter
Dear < Decision Maker >,

As your constituent, I strongly urge you to conduct an extensive and deliberative investigation into John Roberts' beliefs about a woman's right to privacy, health, and safety. The American people deserve a thorough debate before a justice is confirmed to a lifetime appointment to our nation's highest court. The stakes are too high to rush this process.

The U.S. Supreme Court has consistently ruled that the Constitution protects women's health and safety. It would be a grave mistake to appoint a nominee who is not committed to upholding these precedents.

Please support a moderate judiciary and confirm only those nominees who will uphold fundamental civil rights, including reproductive choice.

Sincerely,



http://www.ppaction.org/campaign/scourt_nominee2
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smartvoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:40 PM
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5. Here:
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bliss_eternal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 06:11 PM
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6. I was about to post these petitions to every state's pages...
but if you are going to create a master here for everyone, I suppose that won't be necessary.

If you guys think that would be a good idea, just in case people visit their own state's forums more than here, let me know and I will be happy to do this...

bliss
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:54 PM
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7. Not a petition, but a request to write Reps from Emily's List
Dear ,

Our fear that President George W. Bush would nominate a hard-line conservative to the Supreme Court has come to pass. Bush made it clear long ago that he would choose a strict constructionist in the mold of Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. Federal appellate court Judge John Roberts seems to fit that bill. Bushs choice of Roberts puts Roe v. Wade in serious jeopardy.

Here is what we know right now about Roberts and the way the confirmation process is likely to unfold.

John Roberts is an establishment conservative with strong legal credentials but, after just two years on the federal bench, a scant judicial record. Though clearly a member of the old boys network, hes only 50 years old meaning he could serve for 30 years or more on the Supreme Court. He is well-known and well-liked around Washington on both sides of the aisle. Roberts legal career has put him on a clear path to the Supreme Court: managing editor of Harvard Law Review, clerk for then-Associate Justice William Rehnquist, White House counsel during Reagan administration, deputy solicitor general during George H.W. Bushs administration, corporate lawyer, and now a federal appellate judge. There is no extensive paper trail that could thwart his progress. His partisan credentials are clear: he is a member of the Republican National Lawyers Association and the Federalist Society, the far-right legal fraternity. He is considered a protg of Ken Starr. Those who know him describe him as extremely conservative and very bright.

Our progressive allies on the Senate Judiciary Committee, including California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, will fight to uncover Roberts views on critical issues, particularly the right to choose. We know that, as deputy solicitor general, Roberts argued before the Supreme Court against abortion rights, declaring that Roe was "wrongly decided and should be overruled." Roberts later tried to mitigate that statement during hearings for his nomination to the federal appellate court, claiming he was merely representing his client. He said during those hearings that Roe was settled law an appropriate position for an appeals court judge to take. But as a Supreme Court justice, Roberts would be in a position to interpret the Constitution and literally determine what is considered settled law. What are his views, especially on abortion, and how will they affect his rulings? That will be the crux of these confirmation hearings.

The White House will push for a quick confirmation. Because of Roberts scant record of statements and opinions, we dont expect the hearings to last for longer than a couple of weeks. Though the Senate could start in August, we expect they will begin after Labor Day (Sept. 5).

President Bush has said he wants Roberts to be seated before the Supreme Court reconvenes in October. One obvious reason is that the Court has decided to hear arguments in an important New Hampshire case over whether laws restricting abortion must include an exception to protect a womans health, a critical element of Roe. This ruling could have a devastating effect on reproductive freedom undermining the basic tenets of Roe or destroying its framework altogether.

We are watching this process very carefully and call on you to do so, as well. We will update you as new information about Roberts comes to light and the consequences of his nomination become more clear. We will keep you posted particularly on the efforts of our allies to uncover Roberts views. I urge you to contact your U.S. senators about this nomination and reiterate your support for protecting a womans right to choose.

Ellen R. Malcolm
President
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