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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Last Chance to Put It on the Ballot

If you haven't yet signed the petition to put the Cuyahoga County sales tax increase to a vote, I'll be at the Fairview Park Regional Library from 6:30 to 9:00 pm tomorrow. PutItOnTheBallot.com also has a list of locations where you can turn in outstanding petitions tomorrow.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Put It on the Ballot

I'm helping to circulate petitions to let the voters decide on the sales tax increase recently passed by the Cuyahoga County commissioners. I'll be at the following west side rapid transit stations from 7:00 am to 8:00 am this week:

Tuesday - W. 150th and Puritas
Wednesday - West Park
Thursday - Trisket

For more locations where you can sign the petition, and for more ways to help, please visit PutItOnTheBallot.com. Any registered Cuyahoga County voter may sign the petition, and any Ohio resident may circulate petitions.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Act Now to Stop Warrantless Wiretapping

Jame Risen of The New York Times reports:
Under pressure from President Bush, Democratic leaders in Congress are scrambling to pass legislation this week to expand the government’s electronic wiretapping powers.

Democratic leaders have expressed a new willingness to work with the White House to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to make it easier for the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on some purely foreign telephone calls and e-mail. Such a step now requires court approval.

It would be the first change in the law since the Bush administration’s program of wiretapping without warrants became public in December 2005.

This is an outrage. Bush has provided no evidence that his illegal domestic spying scheme has made Americans safer against terrorism, and congressional Democrats appear likely to cave in to his demands. Worse yet, I have not been able to find any details of this legislation. Congress should not rush to pass any legislation amending FISA without allowing citizens to review and comment on it.

Please call or e-mail your members of Congress today and tell them not to rush to enact any legislation that would amend FISA. The ACLU provides talking points and an action alert that makes it easy to find your members' contact information. If you are a liekly Democratic primary voter, please contact Senators Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Chris Dodd, and Joseph Biden. These for senators are running for president. Let them know that if they want your presidential vote next year, they will not vote to amend FISA before the August recess.