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OpEd to The Bulletin: Vote the Democratic Ticket!

Vote the Democratic Ticket!

My wife and I have been voting in national elections for over 60 years. The word back in the day, for all parties, was “Vote the Ticket”. Often in the past, the newly elected political party has “swept the slate clean”.

It is particularly important in this 2008 national election that supporters of Barack Obama and Joe Biden elect a filibuster-proof 60% Democratic Senate majority.

Jeff Merkley is the Oregon Democrats thoughtful choice to replace Republican Senator Gordon Smith.

For the last two years in the Senate, Republican Party Loyalists have stalled the work of the Senate by using the “filibuster rule” which gives any of the one hundred United States Senators the right to speak for an unlimited time before any up or down vote, unless 60% of the Senators vote for “Cloture”.

According to Webster’s, Cloture is the only procedure by which the Senate can vote to place a time limit on consideration of a bill or other matter.

Republican Party Loyalists have used this filibuster delaying tactic an unprecedented 104 times in the 2008 session to kill important bills for Veterans, the Middle Class, education, health care and more.

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden supports Jeff Merkley. Republican Senator Gordon Smith has voted against Democrat Ron Wyden over 1,700 times on the floor of the Senate. Republican Gordon Smith must go!

Vote the Democratic Ticket to help select a new team.
--Robert Speik, in Bend

Published in The Bulletin on Sunday, November 2, 2008


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