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  • Bevin Calls Senate’s ‘Nuclear Option’ Egregious Overreach

    11/21/2013 12:35:18 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    mattbevin.com ^ | 11/21/13
    Matt Bevin condemned the unprecedented power play by Harry Reid in the U.S. Senate today. When the Administration’s D.C. Circuit Court packing was challenged, Harry Reid and liberals in the Senate didn’t just bypass the rules, they eliminated them. Further, Mitch McConnell failed as a leader in this fight to stop the blatant disregard for the rules. Perhaps it is because this DC insider has a long history of voting for the appointment of liberal judges, or because he’s been also had a history of “filibuster flip-floppery.” Whatever the excuse, he is in good company. Meanwhile, Democrat candidate Alison Lundergran...
  • The Democrats’ naked power grab

    11/22/2013 12:47:30 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 21, 2013 | Dana Milbank
    ......Sen. Carl Levin (Mich.), one of just three Democrats who opposed his colleagues’ naked power grab, read those words on the Senate floor Thursday after Reid invoked the nuclear option. The rumpled Levin is not known for his oratory. But he is retiring next year and free to speak his mind — and his words were potent. “We need to change the rules, but to change it in the way we changed it today means there are no rules except as the majority wants them,” Levin said. “This precedent is going to be used, I fear, to change the rules...
  • The Old Senate Was Already Dead - Passing filibuster reform just made it official

    11/22/2013 1:41:45 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Slate ^ | November 21, 2013 | ohn Dickerson
    "...As Majority Leader Harry Reid orchestrated the change in the rules governing executive nominations and lower-court appointments, his opponents cried tyranny, though they also promised that when they took power they would go further, applying the new standard to Supreme Court nominations. In other words, tyranny—but we promise we'll give you more of it. The new rules fit with that kind of Senate. ...Whoever is ultimately at fault for the rule change—the Democrats who forced it or the Republicans who blocked the nominations requiring the new rules—the result is that the minority will have less power. That means elections will...
  • Republicans provoked 'nuclear option': Our view [Link Only!]

    11/22/2013 1:52:12 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    USA TODAY | 11/22/13
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/11/21/senate-filibuster-nuclear-option-republicans-editorials-debates/3670451/
  • Democrats end Senate tradition, trigger ‘nuclear option’ to ram through Obama’s judicial nominees

    11/22/2013 2:40:00 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 22, 2013 | Stephen Dinan and Jacqueline Klimas
    Senate Democrats triggered the “nuclear option” Thursday, using a shortcut to undercut the chamber’s filibuster rules and giving President Obama a clear path to stack the federal judiciary with ideological allies. In a tense 52-48 vote, Democrats overturned decades of precedent and reduced the number of votes needed to cut off the filibuster of a nominee from 60 to a simple majority — and in the process tinkering with a tool that has made the Senate unique. Republicans were hinting at retaliation and said the move further poisoned the atmosphere on Capitol Hill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat,...
  • How Reid got votes on nuke option

    11/22/2013 3:08:19 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 56 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 22, 2013 | Alexander Bolton
    ....Reid clinched support for changing the rules at the weekly Tuesday Senate Democratic caucus lunch. .....Reid, without mentioning the colleague’s name, told his caucus that one of its senior members who had long opposed filibuster reform, recently had a change of mind and privately urged him to trigger the controversial tactic. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) then rose before the room full of Democrats and identified herself as the recent convert. “She got up right afterward and said, ‘He was talking about me,’” said a Democratic senator..... Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) did not know if he had the votes...
  • Al Sharpton just said in reference to changed Senate rules ... (vanity)

    11/21/2013 3:56:11 PM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 7 replies
    PMSNBC - my eyes | November 21, 2013 | ConservativeInPA
    Ok, I did it. I flipped over to PMSNBC during a commerical. I caught Al Sharpton showing a clip of Rush talking about how Obama can be a dictator due to the Senate rule changes. Sharpton has no problems with the rule changes and yelled (he always yells on his program), "No, Obama is just doing what was elected to do, and elected again to do."
  • Nuclear Fallout

    11/21/2013 5:24:07 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 11-21-2013 | The Editors
    November 21, 2013 Nuclear Fallout The Editors What is the filibuster? It is “a time-honored Senate procedure that prevents a bare majority of senators from running roughshod,” according to our friends on the New York Times editorial page. But that was in 2005, when Republicans frustrated over Democratic filibusters of President George W. Bush’s judicial nominations were (with National Review’s support) considering the so-called nuclear option, the overblown name of which suggests that it is rather more than a change in the Senate’s procedural rules. The Times denounced the Republicans’ “rank hypocrisy” in 2005, as did any number of Democrats....
  • Mark Levin: This nation is in grave jeopardy like nothing I’ve ever seen before…

    11/21/2013 5:18:26 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 32 replies
    http://therightscoop.com ^ | November 21, 2013 | The Right Scoop
    Mark Levin opened his show with another epic monologue explaining that what’s really going on with this so-called nuclear option is that Obama wants to run this nation out of the Oval Office. Listen:
  • Harry Reid Goes Nuclear, Gives President Obama New Tool Of Power

    11/21/2013 5:14:02 PM PST · by LD Jackson · 22 replies
    Political Realities WordPress Blog ^ | 11/21/13 | LD Jackson
    <p>We should have known this was coming. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has warned he would do something along these lines. He has proven, in this instance, at least, that he can be trusted to do what he said he would do.</p>
  • Obama supports Senate rule change to curb filibusters (What if they nuked the Constitution, Daddy? )

    11/21/2013 12:16:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/21/13 | BBC
    US President Barack Obama has supported a motion passed by Senate Democrats which weakens Republicans' ability to block White House nominations. The measure, known as the "nuclear option", curbs the power of the upper chamber's minority party to use a blocking tactic known as a filibuster. Mr Obama said the practice had gone too far, and was "not normal". Republicans vowed they would use the new rule against Democrats if they won back the Senate in the next election. Correspondents said Thursday's motion, which passed 52-48, will make American politics even more acrimonious. 'Power grab' At the White House on...
  • McConnell Jokes ‘If You Like the Rules of the Senate, You Can Keep Them’

    11/21/2013 12:13:40 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/21/13 | Andrew Johnson
    Mitch McConnell offered a one-liner after Harry Reid’s decision to launch the nuclear option that jabbed at both Reid’s reversal on the issue as well as the controversy surrounding Obamacare. “He may just as well have said if you like the rules of the Senate, you can keep them!” he gibed, to laughter from the audience. He pointed to Reid’s comments from just a few months ago, in which he stated that he would not bring forward the nuclear option in regard to President Obama’s nominees for the D.C. Circuit, saying the reversal reflects the Democrats’ recent reputation for making...
  • Senate Dems weaken GOP power with major filibuster rule change

    11/21/2013 10:17:57 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 117 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | November 21, 2013 • | FoxNews/AP
    Senate Democrats bowled over Republicans on Thursday to win approval for a highly controversial rule change which would limit the GOP's ability to block nominees. Majority Leader Harry Reid, moving quickly following days of speculation, used the so-called "nuclear option" to pass the change. Typically, major changes like this take 67 votes, but he did it with just a simple majority. With Republicans fuming, the change weakens the power of the minority to stall nominations for top positions. Instead of needing 60 votes to break a filibuster, the change means Democrats will now need just 51.
  • Obama 2005 : Nuclear Option Not What Founders Had In Mind, Will Poison Washington.

    So in 2005 it was bad when GWB was in power but in 2013, its good because he is Pres. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4q6aqw_SfU0&feature=youtu.be
  • Harry Reid’s Nuclear Hypocrisy

    11/21/2013 10:40:56 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 36 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/21/2013 | Roger Pilon
    Harry Reid is set to “go nuclear.” He wants to end the filibuster as it applies to appellate court nominations — not by a two-thirds vote of the Senate, as Senate rules require, but by a simple majority. And given the short memories now in evidence, he may just succeed. On Monday, for the third time in less than a month, Senate Republicans filibustered an Obama nominee to the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. That’s the court that’s checked the president more than once, as when it said he couldn’t make “recess appointments” when the Senate wasn’t in...
  • Landmark Senate Vote on Filibusters Weakens GOP Power

    11/21/2013 11:00:38 AM PST · by lbryce · 60 replies
    AP Via New York Post ^ | November 21, 2013 | Staff
    Senate Democrats eased the way for swift approval of President Barack Obama’s current and future nominees on Thursday, voting unilaterally to overturn decades of Senate precedent and undermine Republicans’ ability to block final vote. The 52-48 vote to undercut venerable filibuster rules on presidential appointees capped more than a decade of struggle in which presidents of both parties complained about delays in confirming appointees, particularly to the federal courts. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who launched the move, accused Republicans of “unbelievable, unprecedented obstruction” of Obama’s selections to fill court vacancies and other offices. “It’s time to change the Senate,...
  • Senate Adopts New Rules on Filibusters

    11/21/2013 9:52:06 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 330 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/21/13 | By Janet Hook And Kristina Peterson
  • Senate Democrats threaten to change filibuster rules on a party-line vote (DONE: 52-48)

    11/21/2013 6:13:21 AM PST · by sickoflibs · 119 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Published: November 20, 2013 | Paul Kane
    The Senate is on the verge of striking down the long-standing filibuster rules for most presidential nominations, potentially doing so on a party-line vote that would alter nearly 225 years of precedent. Democrats, infuriated by what they see as a pattern of obstruction and delay over President Obama’s nominees, expect to trigger the showdown by bringing up one of the recent judicial nominees whom Republicans blocked by a filibuster. According to senior Democratic aides, Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) will set in motion a complicated parliamentary process that ends with a simple-majority vote setting a new rule that will...
  • LIVE: Senate about to implode? Reid about to use the nuclear option?

    11/21/2013 8:45:41 AM PST · by ken5050 · 136 replies
    C-span 2
    All the action today appears to be in the Senate. They just finished voting on a motion to proceed to confirm one of Obama's nominees to the DC Court of Appeals, and it failed to get the necessary 60 votes to proceed. This is the 3rd nominee that the GOP has blocked, and Reid had threatened to go nuclear, to change the rules by a simple MAJORITY vote. Before that could happen, McConnell moved that the Senate adjourn until 5PM..a privileged motion which must be voted on. The roll call is underway.
  • Senate Democrats have done what Harry Reid said would be the end of the Senate

    11/21/2013 4:56:25 PM PST · by markomalley · 39 replies
    Redstate ^ | 11/21/2013 | Dan Spencer
    Under the leadership of Harry Reid, and with the blessing of President Obama, Senate Democrats actually  nuked the filibuster.According to Chris Cillizza, Sean Sullivan, the issue that Reid saw as important enough to do something he said would change the U.S. Senate forever is the confirmation of three nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals – D.C. Circuit: This time around, Democrats have pushed three nominees to the crucial D.C. circuit court, which handles most of the critical cases on interpreting federal law. The Rs say the court — which tilts toward GOP-appointed judges at the moment — doesn’t need...
  • Obama withdraws appeals court pick

    03/22/2013 2:02:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 22, 2013 4:45 PM EDT | Josh Lederman
    President Barack Obama withdrew his nomination of Caitlin Halligan to a federal appeals court Friday, handing a victory to Republicans in the Senate who twice blocked his pick for the key judicial post. Calling the obstruction by Republicans unjustified and unacceptable, Obama said he agreed to Halligan’s request to be pulled from consideration even though she would have served with distinction on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. … Senate Republicans blocked Halligan’s confirmation for a second time in early March, arguing that Halligan is too liberal and citing her work on lawsuits against gun...
  • Redistricting trial to go forward as GOP decline to redraw maps (WI)

    02/23/2012 6:46:06 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    JS Online ^ | 2-23-12 | Patrick Marley
    ... Republican lawmakers declined Wednesday to revisit election maps they drew last year, clearing the way for a fast-track trial on Thursday that will determine which political party has an advantage in this fall's elections. A panel of three federal judges asked legislators Tuesday morning to voluntarily consider redrawing the maps, taking into account legal challenges from Democrats and Latinos. Republicans said late that day they were willing to make changes but did not believe they had the power to do so. The court rejected that argument Wednesday morning and gave them 5 1/2 hours to say whether they would...
  • Gingrich scheme a dangerous power grab against the federal bench

    11/25/2011 9:10:23 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/25/2011 | Doug Book
    Newt Gingrich has decided that the best way to battle the growing plague of left-wing judicial activism is to simply remove offending judges from the bench. He favors the passage of legislation which would allow Congress to eliminate federal judgeships thereby permitting the President to fill newly created voids with what in Gingrich’s view should be properly schooled jurists ready to make decisions based upon Constitutional content rather than agenda driven, personal preference. In Federalist Papers #78, Alexander Hamilton wrote that the judiciary would clearly represent the weakest branch of government with “…no influence over either the sword or the...
  • Controversial Appellate Court Nominee Apologizes for Omissions in Senate Questionnaire;

    04/07/2010 2:41:19 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 11 replies · 653+ views
    ACB News ^ | April 6, 2010
    In a letter to the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Associate Dean and Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law Goodwin Liu, a nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, apologized for dozens of omissions from his Senate questionnaire. The “original submission of my Senate Questionnaire on February 24 inadvertently omitted a number of items,” Liu wrote to Sens. Pat Leahy, D-Vermont. “I would like to offer a sincere and personal apology to you, to the Ranking Member” – Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. – “and to the entire Committee for...
  • Federal Judges, ignorant of Constitution and case law: Washington State felons get to vote.

    01/15/2010 5:36:57 AM PST · by brucek43 · 11 replies · 487+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | 1/15/10 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Last week two Federal Judges shows us what we’re fighting against in our battle to restore America to the Land of the Free. They ordered Washington State to allow its prison inmates, murderers rapists arsonists kidnappers and child molesters to vote from their prison cells! Apparently these two fools don’t understand the Tenth Amendment to our Constitution: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Junk justice Using gibberish about racial disparity in incarcerations that “cannot be explained in race-neutral...
  • Obama Names Four New Federal Judges For California [3=Asian:Tribal Politics Infects Judiciary]

    08/09/2009 2:28:22 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 3 replies · 601+ views
    LATimes ^ | August 09, 2009
    Obama names four new federal judges for California Three of his four appointees to the Central and Northern U.S. District Courts in California are Asian Americans. By Carol J. Williams August 9, 2009 Fresh from his appointment of the first Latino to the U.S. Supreme Court, President Obama has named four new federal judges for California, three of them Asian Americans, who have long been underrepresented on the federal bench. Two of the appointments are to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles, and two are to the Northern District of California in San...
  • Federal Judges order California to release nearly 43,000 prisoners in next two years

    08/05/2009 5:49:45 PM PDT · by Zoe Brain · 18 replies · 600+ views
    LA Times ^ | August 4, 2009 | Carol J. Williams
    California’s prisons are so overcrowded that the state is violating inmates’ constitutional rights, three federal judges ruled today in a decision imposing a cap on the prison population that will force the state to release nearly 43,000 prisoners over the next two years....The ruling by three federal judges stems from challenges by two inmates alleging that the state’s network of 33 prisons is so overcrowded that they are denied adequate health care and treatment of mental illnesses. California’s prisons, designed to hold 84,000 inmates, house 158,000, much of the overflow contained in converted sports facilities arrayed with triple-tier bunks. That...
  • Senate Preps Hearing for Obama’s First Judge Nominee

    03/25/2009 1:19:18 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 11 replies · 813+ views
    The Legal Times ^ | March 25, 2009
    The next possible battle in the judicial confirmation wars is set for April 1. That’s the day the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold the first confirmation hearing of the Obama administration for a nominee for the federal bench. The committee announced the hearing date today, though Republicans are asking for a delay. President Barack Obama has nominated U.S. District Court Judge David Hamilton of the Southern District of Indiana to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, based in Chicago. Unlike President George W. Bush, Obama did not announce his first appellate...
  • Top 10 Things President Bush Should Do Before Leaving Office

    11/25/2008 1:32:52 AM PST · by flattorney · 30 replies · 1,437+ views
    Human Events ^ | November 25, 2008 | Staff
    10. Land use -- Review executive orders concerning the Antiquities Act designations of lands by the government. Under Bill Clinton, millions of acres of lands were locked up by executive fiat and, because these actions were not established by law, they can be undone by executive action of a subsequent President. 9. Oil drilling -- Continue to push the Outer Continental Shelf planning process so that newly opened OCS acreage can be leased for future oil drilling. 8. Oil shale leasing -- Issue the final leasing regulations for oil shale leasing in the Western United States. Without these, the U.S....
  • Springtime for (Federal) Judges

    04/27/2008 4:37:56 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 7 replies · 60+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 23, 2008
    After the Senate's long winter, there are signs of an April thaw on judges. Under pressure from Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Democratic leader Harry Reid has agreed to a plan to confirm three of President Bush's appellate court nominees by Memorial Day. The issue now is whether Mr. McConnell will let Democrats get away with confirming their favored nominees instead of those whose nominations have been pending for years. Republican Arlen Specter has the right idea in requesting a discharge petition to confirm Peter Keisler on the D.C. Circuit, plus Robert Conrad and Steve Matthews on the Fourth Circuit Court...
  • Who’s In Charge of America?

    07/27/2007 7:56:19 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 58 replies · 1,483+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 27 July 2007 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    This is a simple question. Everyone should know the answer. It goes to the heart of the American experiment in self-government. In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote that “just” government rests on “the consent of the governed.” The Constitution put that in writing, in law. But recently, two federal judges have decided that they should run America, not the people. Federal judges are, of course, not elected and serve for life. The idea that they should decide public issues rather than officials elected for that purpose is an attack on the basis of American government. And yet it...
  • Judiciary Chairman Says Court Nominee Will Not Get Out of Committee

    06/17/2007 8:25:27 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 25 replies · 769+ views
    Congressional Quarterly ^ | June 14, 2007 | Keith Perine
    President Bush has rebuffed a Democratic suggestion that he withdraw one of his appellate court nominations, despite the certainty that the Senate Judiciary Committee will reject the nomination. The standoff is rekindling partisan battles over judicial nominations, which died down after a group of senators struck a deal two years ago to avoid a parliamentary showdown over the issue. Now, however, with Democrats in charge of the Senate and less than two years left in his presidency, Bush has little leverage to move through the Senate nominees who face serious opposition.
  • Arkansas - History-making federal judge dies at 82 (George Howard Jr.)

    04/22/2007 5:46:35 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 644+ views
    Pine Bluff Commercial (excerpt) ^ | April 22, 2007 | Rick Joslin
    Excerpt - U.S. District Court Judge George Howard Jr. of Pine Bluff, whose tenacity against racial injustice played a major role in prompting and defining his history-making legal career, died early Saturday at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Howard, 82, Arkansas’ first black federal judge, had been battling failing health for some time. “Judge Howard was a lawyer’s lawyer and a truly outstanding judge,” said Pine Bluff attorney Robert Morehead, who began practicing law in 1970. “He helped so many people both in his work with the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) and as an attorney. He...
  • Greenburg: "Bush Will Not Get Another Supreme Court Appointment"

    02/07/2007 3:02:54 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 74 replies · 2,326+ views
    Opinio Juris ^ | February 2, 2007 | Roger Alford
    There has been lots of speculation in the legal blogosphere about what Jan Crawford Greenburg knows regarding Justice Stevens' retirement plans. See How Appealing here and Volokh here. Particularly intriguing was Greenburg's comment to Howard that she knows the precise date Stevens plans to retire. Well if she does know, she indicated yesterday that it would not be anytime soon. During the book signing presentation yesterday at Pepperdine, Greenburg said that based on her interviews with the justices she does not think that President Bush will get another opportunity to appoint someone to the Supreme Court. She said Justice Stevens...
  • McConnell focuses on judges as GOP defines top priorities

    02/06/2007 5:16:16 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 17 replies · 390+ views
    The Hill ^ | February 6, 2007 | Alexander Bolton
    February 6, 2007 McConnell focuses on judges as GOP defines top priorities By Alexander Bolton Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is signaling to colleagues that he will take a personal and leading role in pressuring Democrats to confirm President Bush’s judicial nominees, an issue that has received little attention since the election. Republican senators agreed to make judicial nominees one of their top priorities at a one-day retreat held Friday at the Library of Congress before a meeting with Bush at the White House. Other key concerns, which senators designated in questionnaires they submitted to the Republican leadership, are...
  • Romney on Judges: Follow Bush's Lead

    02/03/2007 10:41:58 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 90 replies · 1,140+ views
    Red State ^ | February 3, 2007
    I asked my fellow RedState contributors earlier today to send me suggested questions to ask Mitt Romney during his press availability. Thomas Crown was the winner, and I asked this question of Romney: “Governor, if you were elected President, could you describe the type of justices you would appoint to the federal bench?” "I think the justices that President Bush has appointed are exactly spot-on. I think Justice Roberts and Justice Alito are exactly the kind of justices America needs. They’re people who believe that the Constitution is what they’re to follow, not what they’re to depart from; people who...
  • RSC Retreat: Romney Would Name Roberts, Alito-Style Jurists

    02/03/2007 9:04:07 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 568+ views
    Human Events ^ | 2/2/07 | John Gizzi
    Baltimore, Md. -- Mitt Romney said today he would name judges in the mold of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito "if I am lucky enough" to become President and be able to appoint federal jurists. At a press briefing following his luncheon address to the Republican Study Committee retreat here, the former Massachusetts governor and '08 Republican presidential hopeful said that the two Supreme Court appointments made by George W. Bush were "exactly spot on" and he would name judges like Roberts and Alito. His criterion for naming federal judges, Romney added, would be...
  • Impeachment of Federal Judges

    08/25/2006 4:10:13 PM PDT · by shield · 9 replies · 620+ views
    Wall Builders ^ | unknown | David Barton
    The Founders' intent for impeachment was to protect the fundamental principle of “the consent of the governed.” The Constitution carries no title but “We the People,” and impeachment removes from office those officials who ignore that standard. (Recall that the Constitution does not guarantee a federal judge his position for life, but only for the duration of “good behavior.” Art. III, Sec. 1) For this reason impeachment was used whenever judges disregarded public interests, affronted the will of the people, or introduced arbitrary power by seizing the role of policy-maker. Previous generations used this tool far more frequently than today's...
  • Meet the New Sixth Circuit Nominees? (Bush to Nominate Murphy & Kethledge)

    06/10/2006 6:52:54 PM PDT · by new yorker 77 · 5 replies · 548+ views
    www.confirmthem.com ^ | June 10, 2006
    One of our diligent members, tbaugh, has alerted me to an article from the Detroit News that reports Bush will soon name Michigan lawyers Stephen J. Murphy III and Raymond Kethledge to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Who are these guys? Let’s break it down below the fold! According to the Detroit News, Detroit FBI agents have interviewed local lawyers and federal judges in recent weeks in conducting background checks of Murphy, the eastern Michigan’s top federal prosecutor, and Troy lawyer Raymond Kethledge, a former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.Murphy, 43, a...
  • The case for judicial term limits

    05/27/2005 4:23:12 AM PDT · by Molly Pitcher · 9 replies · 486+ views
    Townhall ^ | 5/27/05 | Jeff Jacoby
    The deal that pulled the Senate back from the brink of a shootout over judicial nominations this week didn't really settle anything. Democrats retain the right to filibuster future nominees "under extraordinary circumstances" -- a phrase it is left to them to define. Republicans can still go "nuclear" -- change the Senate rules to block a filibuster of judicial nominations -- if they decide the Democrats are acting in "bad faith." Odds are the deal will collapse as soon as the next vacancy opens up on the Supreme Court. Assuming President Bush sends up a nominee whose ideological profile matches...
  • Bill Clinton Left A Few Stinkers - Over 370 Fed Judges

    05/14/2005 2:20:41 PM PDT · by joeclarke · 367+ views
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 05/14/2005 | JoeClarke
    Bill Clinton Left A Few Stinkers - Over 370 Fed Judges That aroma wafting across the United States that could make one very ill if inhaled is not some imaginary pollution invented by the EPA or lib college professors, it is the smell of bad law made by Clinton appointed judges. The idea of 'One Man, One Vote' has been replaced by 'One Judge, One Million Votes' as federal judges continue to strip the power of referendum voters away from the common folk. This week, the Nebraska federal judge Joseph Battalion, who has just negated the wishes of 70 per...
  • Delay Delay No More

    04/23/2005 4:31:18 PM PDT · by joeclarke · 3 replies · 294+ views
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 04/23/05 | Joe Clarke
    "The Constitution Is What The Judges Say It Is." - Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles E. Hughes. "Candidates With Deeply Held Christian Beliefs Are Unfit and Disqualified From Serving As A Federal Judge." - New York Senator Charles Schumer Both Tom Delay and John Bolton are "up against it," as the libs break out their Big Guns like Charles Schumer and the White Anita Hill - Melody Townsel - to smear these men of renown. The same Dems who fled Texas to avoid doing their job in 2003 are playing the part of the spoiled rich girl (Barbara Boxer...
  • (Vanity) the Tom DeLay difference

    04/21/2005 8:35:27 PM PDT · by Mamie2010 · 18 replies · 393+ views
    Can somebody please explain to me why the media and the Democrats are demonizing Tom DeLay for wanting to hold judges accountable to the people as guaranteed in the Constitution claiming it's only because he disagrees with their decisions. The Democrats can't accuse him of going after judges appointed by Democrats because the one's targeted were appointed by Republicans -- it matters not to him what party they are if the don't follow the Constitution and laws enacted by Congress. Then at the same time the Democrats in the Senate threaten to shutdown Congress over judicial nominees because they disagree...
  • A Triple Black Dog Double Dare to Infinity

    04/16/2005 12:42:01 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 41 replies · 2,503+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 16 April 2005 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    I’d never heard of a triple black dog double dare to infinity before last weekend. I learned about that fearsome fate from my five-year-old grandson, Mackenzie Watson. I understood it immediately because I was once a five-year-old boy. Plus, my family are willing to swear that I still have those tendencies. To make a long story short, that black dog dare got Mackie in trouble at his kindergarten. He explained he never would have given himself a “swirly” except that another student made that dare. In this case, a swirly means to go in the boy’s bathroom, stick your head...
  • America's Judges - Isolated, Insulated, And Insolent

    04/11/2005 9:15:56 AM PDT · by joeclarke · 16 replies · 525+ views
    joeclarke.net ^ | 04/11/05 | joeclarke
    Federal Judge Joan Lefkow's husband and mother were tragically executed by someone many were hoping would be a white supremacist. Almost to Lefkow's chagrin, it was only an irate citizen who did the deed despite even the best hopes of the Anti-defamation League, CNN, and CNN's Terror Tracker, Henry Schuster http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/03/03/schuster.column/. After the killer was found, Judge Lefkow's immediate reaction
  • Job Security - (tenured profs, federal employees & activist judges, all set for life!)

    04/09/2005 5:30:25 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 8 replies · 494+ views
    CONSERVATIVE TRUTH.ORG ^ | MARCH 14, 2005 | GARY ALDRICH - PATRICK HENRY CENTER
    The recent flap about tenured University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill, the wacky white man pretending to be of American Indian heritage, may not seem to have much in common with federal employees or federal judges. Upon closer examination, we see that all three suffer from the same mindset: Arrogance and insolence as a result of a failed system of lifetime tenure, a system that also guarantees plush retirement benefits. Tenure ensures that professors can never be fired for incompetence, and the retirement benefits ensure that only a few will leave the profession on their own. Not coincidentally, the good...
  • Domestic, Not Foreign

    03/28/2005 12:07:00 PM PST · by HonestConservative · 37 replies · 621+ views
    National Review On Line ^ | March 28, 2005 | John Cornyn
    March 28, 2005, 7:34 a.m. Domestic, Not Foreign Our laws should be judged by our laws. By John Cornyn Our process for selecting federal judges has unfortunately become increasingly controversial and divisive in recent years. That is largely because courts are departing further and further from our laws and traditions, and injecting themselves further and further into our nation's most sensitive social and political issues — where courts simply don't belong. But whatever one's personal views may be with respect to the various controversial rulings that have been issued in recent years, surely all Americans can at least agree that...
  • Security for Federal Judges Varies

    03/13/2005 3:00:47 PM PST · by wagglebee · 1 replies · 227+ views
    My Way News ^ | 3/13/05 | TOM HAYS/AP
    NEW YORK (AP) - Nearly a decade after they presided over terrorism trials, two federal judges still are under 24-hour protection by deputy U.S. marshals, who complain their duties include carrying groceries and golf clubs. Documents show that the security for U.S. District Judges Michael B. Mukasey and Kevin Thomas Duffy and their spouses far exceeds the protection given any other federal judge around the country, including the judge in Chicago whose husband and mother were slain earlier this month. Experts and officials say the seemingly random approach to protecting judges in Chicago and New York reflects the complexity of...
  • You be the judge of Schakowsky's true intentions

    03/05/2005 10:41:17 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 17 replies · 673+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 5, 2005 | John Kass
    When I heard that President Bush was being blamed for not caring if federal judges lived in fear, just 72 hours after the mother and husband of federal Judge Joan Lefkow were found slain, I wondered if I had time. Time to call detectives and tip them to this explosive new angle about White House insensitivity so soon after the terrible tragedy. Instead, I thought I'd write a column. Lefkow has said she believes the killings may have been a deliberate hit in retaliation for her rulings. The slayings shocked the city, all federal judges and anyone with a heart....
  • North Carolina Judge Trying Again for Federal Seat

    03/04/2005 9:11:45 AM PST · by TheOtherOne · 127+ views
    AP ^ | AP-ES-03-03-05 2021EST
    North Carolina Judge Trying Again for Federal SeatBy Jesse J. Holland Associated Press Writer Published: Mar 3, 2005 WASHINGTON (AP) - A North Carolina judge and aide to former Sen. Jesse Helms defended himself Thursday against Democratic accusations that he's unqualified for a federal appeals court seat that's been just beyond his reach for almost 15 years. The current animosity between Republicans and Democrats over President Bush's judicial choices may again endanger U.S. District Court Judge Terrence Boyle's nomination to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Boyle has been trying to get promoted to the Richmond, Va.-based court that...