Beltway Happenings
May 9, 2005 -- Representatives of about a dozen conservative groups held a press conference to reiterate their call for an up-or-down vote on President Bush's judicial nominees.  Senate Democrats have blocked a  number of Bush's nominees, labelling them extreme.  The long-simmering dispute has put a spotlight on Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who appears poised to change the Senate rules, using what has been termed the "nuclear option," to end judicial filibusters. 

Above: Progress for America, Inc. provided a cake to mark the occasion of Bush's initial nomination of Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on May 9, 2001.  Progress for America went up with TV and radio ads last week and is one of a number of groups running ads.  Below: Manuel A. Miranda is chairman of the National Coalition to End Judicial Filibusters.  Now at the Heritage Foundation, he previously served as nominations counsel for Frist.  When he left that position, Frist asked him to organize grassroots support on the issue.  Miranda said he has been holding conference calls on the issue for about a year.  According to Miranda, the leaders of the various organizations ("grass-tops") are going to call Senators today; members of the groups will flood the Senate switchboard tomorrow; and next week "talk radio is going to explode."  Of Frist Miranda says, "He is not a politician driven by ambition; hi is a boy scout driven by competition." 

White House: Judicial Nominations
Progress for America's
The Committee for Justice

Alliance for Justice's Independent Judiciary
Leadership Conference on Civil Rights/Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education's
People for the American Way: Independent Judiciary
Senate Democrats: Protecting Our Democracy

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