Rallies urge GOP senators to back Supreme Court vote

Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio — A coalition of liberal groups is staging rallies around the country targeting Republican senators who oppose confirmation hearings for President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.

More than 50 of the events — with the theme “Do Your Job!” — were scheduled Monday.

They asked senators, including Ohio’s Rob Portman, Iowa’s Chuck Grassley and Pennsylvania’s Pat Toomey, to commit to voting on Obama’s nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

The events were taking place outside the senators’ home offices. The protesters offered to enroll the lawmakers in a community college civics course.

The gesture is inspired in part by late author Harper Lee, who offered in 1966 to enroll a school board in the first grade after the board sought to ban “To Kill A Mockingbird.”