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Senator Dianne Feinstein on Harvey Milk, Prop 8, Marriage Equality


Maureen Dowd spoke with California Senator Dianne Feinstein about Harvey Milk and Proposition 8 in a column published over the weekend. Feinstein's well-known, soon to be extremely well-known gut-wrenching press conference following Milk's assassination, frames both the Friedman/Epstein documentary The Times of Harvey Milk and features prominently in Gus van Sant's biopic Milk, opening this week.

Feinstein2Feinstein also campaigned against Proposition 8 in an ad that was run statewide before the election.

Said Feinstein of Milk: "I was the one who found his body. To get a pulse, I put my finger in a bullet hole. It was a terrible, terrible time in the city’s history...It’s very painful for me. It took me seven years before I could sit in George Moscone’s chair. It took me a long time to talk about it. I was only recently able to talk about it."

On the validity of the nearly 20,000 same-sex marriages in California: "You can’t redact it. You can’t blot it out. It’s so intrinsic to the Constitution that you cannot remove it by a vote of the people."

On same-sex marriage in general, and gay adoption: "I think as more and more people have gay friends, gay associations, see gay heroism, that their views change. I think people are beginning to look at it differently, I know it’s happened for me. I started out not supporting it. The longer I’ve lived, the more I’ve seen the happiness of people, the stability that these commitments bring to a life. Many adopted children who would have ended up in foster care now have good solid homes and are brought up learning the difference between right and wrong. It’s a very positive thing."

The NBC Nightly News report on the Milk and Moscone assassinations, AFTER THE JUMP...

Marriage on the Rocks [maureen dowd]

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Dianne Feinstein Speaks Out Against Proposition 8


Airing statewide in California tonight is this message from Senator Dianne Feinstein urging a 'no' vote on Proposition 8, the California ballot measure that would ban same-sex marriage.

Says Feinstein: "Proposition 8 would be a terrible mistake for California. It's about discrimination and we must always say NO to that."

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Resolution to Censure Dianne Feinstein Killed Without Vote

A resolution to censure California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, submitted by progressives within the party last week, was killed before it even got to a vote, the HuffPost's Rick Jacobs reports:

Feinstein"When the resolution was brought up late in the session, the Party's senior advisor and long time chief spokesperson, Bob Mulholland, stood and shouted from the side of the room, 'Object, and object!'" There were other shouts from the room as committee members joined in. Committee Co-Chair John Hanna objected and then others objected and then, as if to make sure that we got the point, everyone who wanted to join the chorus of objections demanded that their objections be counted, too. It was a sort of pile on moment, in which one veto simply would not do. It all happened within about a minute."

The move to censure came following two dubious votes — one to confirm assumed torture-supporter attorney general nominee Michael Mukasey and the other to confirm racist bigot judge Leslie Southwick in Mississippi — and other less-than-left activity by Feinstein, including recent word that she supports granting immunity to telecom corporations that shared customer email and phone records with the federal government as part of the warrantless surveillance program.

According to Jacobs, because the motion to censure was submitted as a "late" resolution (within 10 days of the meeting), any member can kill it with a single objection.

Late last week, for California.

Progressive Democrats Moving to Censure Dianne Feinstein [tr]
GOP Lauds Feinstein as "Linchpin" Vote for Racist Bigot Judge [tr]

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Progressive Democrats Moving to Censure Dianne Feinstein

Following two recent dubious votes — one to confirm assumed torture-supporter attorney general nominee Michael Mukasey and the other to confirm racist bigot judge Leslie Southwick in Mississippi — the Huffington Post reports that a coalition of progressive Democrats will ask the California Democratic Party to censure the long-serving Senator at an executive board meeting this weekend.

FeinsteinAccording to the HuffPost, "The move comes as Feinstein again finds herself under fire for saying Thursday that she now supports granting legal immunity to telecom companies that shared customer email and phone messages with the federal government as part of the warrantless surveillance program."

This follows an "illuminating" trip to California as a guest of George W. Bush on Air Force One.

The full text of the resolution, which can be read on their site, concludes:

"Whereas these examples are far from the only instances where Senator Feinstein, after seeking and securing the support and endorsement of the California Democratic Party, has failed to support the policies and principles of our party. Therefore be it resolved that the California Democratic Party expresses its disappointment at, and censure of, Senator Feinstein for ignoring Democratic principles and falling so far below the standard of what we expect of our elected officials."

Here's the online petition for censure.

Feinstein Faces Dem Censure After Backing Mukasey [huffington post]

GOP Lauds Feinstein as "Linchpin" Vote for Racist Bigot Judge [tr]

GOP Lauds Feinstein as "Linchpin" Vote for Racist Bigot Judge

Judge Leslie Southwick, seen by many as a racist bigot, was confirmed to a federal appeals court seat in Mississippi. Breaking from the Democrats, Dianne Feinstein voted in August to confirm the judge, a vote Republicans saw as a "linchpin" in the nomination according to The Politico.

Southwick_2Southwick, who believes children should be taken from gay parents, cleared the Senate on Wednesday by a 59-38 vote.

At a press conference, which Feinstein attended GOP leaders heaped praise upon her.

Said Arlen Specter: "This may be out of precedent, but if I may, with the concurrence of the home-state senators, yield to the hero — the lady — of the day, Sen. Feinstein."

Trent Lott actually wept with joy: "She took a tough stand and showed a lot of courage. It is emotional for me because this is a good man, and he will make a great judge on behalf of my state, which I feel has been maligned in this and other instances."

LottThe Politico reports: "The story of how the contentious nominee of an unpopular president made it through a Democratic-controlled Senate centers on several main characters. Specter gathered a dozen conservative groups early on and urged them to fight for Southwick. Lott appealed to Republican senators one on one and reached out to Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), the Senate’s most conservative Democrat. Nelson, in turn, rallied members of the Gang of 14, the bipartisan group that agreed in 2005 to avoid filibustering judicial nominees except under extraordinary circumstances. There were discussions about Republican cooperation on appropriations if Democrats agreed to back Southwick. Lott kept talking with Feinstein, too, whose vocal support proved critical by providing cover to others in her party."

Said Feinstein: "Is he not a person inclined to protect civil rights? For some, is he a racist? I looked very carefully at him.I really came to the conclusion that he is none of the above."

Senate Confirms a Bigot as U.S. Circuit Judge [oped news]


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