South Mississippi Protestors Oppose Ending Filibusters

About 20 people gathered Wednesday night at the eight flags display, pacing the boardwalk to get their message seen and heard.

They protested against an end to judicial filibusters- a hot topic in recent weeks.

Several of President Bush's judicial nominees to the federal appellate courts have raised questions among a few Democrats, who have threatened to block the nominations.

"The filibuster's important because these judges are appointed for life. So we need bipartisan support, no matter who is in power," said protestor Renick Taylor.

These protestors say they do not want one political party to be able to take control of the court system by removing the power of the filibuster, which they say would be the removal of fairness.

A total of 60 votes are needed to end a filibuster.

"There is a feeling that the Republicans just want to go to the 50-51 "nuclear option," and have an easy way to just get the Republican party's picks into these appellate and eventual Supreme Court," said rally organizer Joyce Romm.

"It's our rights as citizens. We have a voice, and we elect people to be our voice and to just push through candidates based on party. The partisanship is, well, that's not my voice. So I want to be heard," said protestor Billy Weaver.

This is not the first time legislators have been divided over the President Bush's choice of nominees.

In September of 2003, Senate Democrats filibustered the president's nomination of Judge Charles Pickering of Laurel to the Court of Appeals.

The GOP needed 60 votes to break the filibuster. He got 54.