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Friday, May 02, 2003


Howard Dean on Bush's court packing

posted by Scott at Friday, May 02, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
The Democratic Party is fast and furiously working to stop Team W from shoveling further right wing activist judges onto the federal courts. The link above will take you to a petition where you can register your support for this effort.

Along with a few others, Howard Dean contributed a statement of support that went out in the latest party e-mail:

President Bush's efforts to pack the courts with lawyers from the ultra-conservative Federalist Society have been damaging to our country. As President, I will nominate judges who will protect and uphold the basic freedoms that we are entitled to as Americans. I will also ensure that John Ashcroft is replaced by an Attorney General who understands the Constitution the way most Americans understand it, and the way James Madison intended it.

Give 'em hell, Howard!


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