Included in this alert:
- Cloture vote on health care likely imminent – please contact Senator Nelson
- ANOTHER Pro-Socialized Medicine Rally at the State Capitol this Thursday
- Important Question – YOUR INPUT IS CRITICAL – Regarding a PRO-Constitution / Anti-Health Care “Reform” Bill
Possible cloture vote on health care in Senate is imminent
Senator Nelson’s vote is key in both a cloture vote and a likely impending vote on an overall bill.
For those not familiar, cloture is the process which either allows a bill to proceed to the Senate floor or closes out any further debate / action on it. (Click HERE for a more complete definition of cloture)
In the case of health care, a "NO" vote on cloture would stop the health care bill from proceeding and so obviously, a "YES" vote would mean the bill would go to the floor for debate.
60 "Yes" cloture votes are required for a bill to proceed.
Many reports indicated that there are likely 57 "Yes" votes. This means that any "fence sitters" are key, and has been so often the case, our Senator Ben Nelson is one of them.
I have been questioning the impact of contacting our representatives for some time now, but I do believe this is one case where constituent pressure can potentially make a big difference. Since Nelson's vote is key, consistent pressure is important.
PLEASE CALL and / or EMAIL Senator Nelson and tell him you want him to vote "NO" on cloture for the health care bill Majority Leader Reid may bring to the floor at any point going forward.
In talking with others about the way to make these contacts more effective and efficient, I would advise:
1) Call the district office closest to you AND if you have the time also Washington, D.C. office
2) Very briefly state the issue and your opinion on the vote
3) Be sure to give your zip code
The cloture vote in Sen. Nelson's case may likely be the crucial vote on this bill. As of today, he has said he will NOT vote for the health care bill as it stands currently. However, he could give assistance to those who would like to vote for it by allowing the bill to go to the floor. The typical reason for voting "YES" on cloture and "NO" on the bill is the spin that the Senator wished to have a healthy debate.
This health care bill must not come to the floor, therefore we must maintain pressure on Senator Nelson . This is the time for Senator Nelson to show whether he is about protecting Nebraskans' Constitutional rights or providing political cover for his allies.
Senator Nelson's Contact information:
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
South Sioux City
Pro-Socialized Medicine Rally at the Capitol THIS THURSDAY evening 6:00pm - 7:00pm
"Change That Works Nebraska" is putting on yet another rally in support of "health care reform"
Click HERE to see the event listed on Facebook
Click HERE to see the Google Docs invitation
"Change That Works Nebraska" lists the entities that are co-sponsoring as...
NAACP, Nebraska Appleseed, Nebraska HCAN, Farmers Union, Change to Win, Teamsters, AFSCME, Interfaith Workers Justice and Justice and Advocacy Ministries ECLA-NE
I wanted to let everyone know this event is taking place.
That brings me to the need for YOUR input.
I need input from a larger number of people to make a decision about whether or not we should have a rally or perhaps take some other action..
And I would need a lot of help taking any particular action. I am rather at a point of needing some rest and we are at the crunch point on completing the film right now.
To handle input efficiently, I have created a poll. Because it will be posted publicly I have kept the results from being displayed.
I will email the results to this group.
These are the questions at hand:
1) Do you think it would be effective to gather as large a group as possible and go to the Capitol on Thursday evening?
2) Do you think we would be better off having our own rally on a separate date?
3) Do you think we would be more effective in immediately organizing an ad in the Lincoln Journal Star or on TV / Radio in opposition to the bill?
4) Do you think we should do both an ad and a rally?
5) Which of these activities would YOU attend or participate in?
6) Would YOU be willing to help organize any of these activities?
Please click HERE to take the poll.
Note: due to the nature of the polls' setup, the wording on the questions is slightly different from those stated here.
If you are willing to help, please reply with a subject line of "RALLY" or click on the email address listed at the top of the poll.
Some background and additional information on all of this:
To review, there were several separate activities in Lincoln in August in September in support of health care "reform" that was clearly very well orchestrated and organized. Participants were bused in from out of state for at least three of them. At the event at the Capitol, there was a confession from a local organization's member that an orchestrated effort had been coordinated by the White House to conduct the rally and to place agitators in the crowd to target counter-protestors. Groups involved in orchestrating that rally were SEUI, AFL-CIO, Lincoln Education Association, and AARP, and I acknowledge a couple of others I have forgotten.
That event was very volatile. "Pro-reformers" were very aggressive - pushing and shoving and getting in peoples' faces, including the media.
The concept of a rally would likely be on a weekend afternoon in front of Senator Ben Nelson's office. It usually takes 10 days to get a parade permit - however - we were able to obtain one quickly when there was an imminent vote last March.
This can be a chicken and egg problem...doing something quickly allows action prior to a vote, but also stifles turn out because the word didn't filter down.
My instinct would be to set a date far enough in the future that it allows a sizable number of people to attend. That does mean, though, that the bill may reach the floor prior to holding the rally.
One proposal recently discussed was to place an ad in the Lincoln Journal Star listing as many names as possible (NAME ONLY, not contact information) who are opposed to the health care bill. This would / could be backed up with an online display of small photos people send in (ala Glenn Beck's We Surround Them call for pictures) via email.
If a rally were to take place, the ad could be placed after the fact with a group picture of those in attendance. Rates for ads could be obtained and a pass the hat collection could pay for its placement.
Radio / TV ads' costs are all in the production. I now have access to help producing them, so it is simply the cost of placing them. Whether its TV during Glenn Beck's show or radio from 6am - 6pm, :30 spots cost $30.
In order to be effective, there would have to be a minimum of one ad per day for several days whether it is used as a promotion for an event or a statement.