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  • Judiciary Dems accuse GOP of rushing court nominees as 10 advance

    12/07/2017 11:14:35 AM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 7, 2017 | Lydia Wheeler
    Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee chastised their Republican colleagues on Thursday, accusing them of rushing President Trump’s judicial nominees through the confirmation process. Ranking member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said it was the fastest confirmation pace for circuit court nominees she could remember in her 25 years on the committee. “I want to point out that it’s a marked contrast to the traditional rate of confirmations,” she said. “For example, last week marked the fourth hearing since May when two circuit court nominees were on the agenda the same day. That’s four times in six months, yet this committee only...
  • Grassley says he's nixing blue slips for pair of nominees

    11/16/2017 2:44:55 PM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 16, 2017 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is moving to nix the blue slip for two of President Trump’s judicial picks, sparking a showdown with Democrats over nominations. Grassley announced on Thursday that he has scheduled Nov. 29 hearings for David Stras, Trump’s nomination to be an appellate judge on the 8th Circuit, and for Kyle Duncan, nominated to serve the 5th Circuit. “Today I’m announcing that the Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing for two circuit court nominees, each of whom has one home state senator who has not returned a blue slip containing a positive endorsement,” Grassley said from the Senate...
  • ABA and Dems Smear Court Picks

    11/15/2017 8:56:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 15, 2017 | Betsy McCaughey
    Democrats and the liberal media are slamming President Trump for packing federal courts with "unfit" judges. Nonsense. Trump's nominees have impressive credentials. What's the left's real gripe? These judges will decide cases based on what the U.S. Constitution says, instead of rewriting law to suit a progressive agenda. Look for fireworks in the U.S. Senate Wednesday, when the American Bar Association tries to justify rating several of Trump's nominees "not qualified." ABA ratings are a political hit job masquerading as high-minded objectivity. Consider the ABA's "not qualified" rating of Leonard Steven Grasz, a Nebraska attorney nominated to the appeals court....
  • Grassley says blue slips won’t veto Trump’s judicial picks

    11/14/2017 11:28:42 AM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 14, 2017 | Alex Swoyer
    Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley signaled this week he won’t adhere to a strict “blue-slip” policy for judicial nominees, clearing the path for Republicans to install some of President Trump’s picks over the objections of home-state Democrats. Mr. Grassley said the blue-slip tradition was intended to make sure the president consults with senators about judicial picks from their states, but wasn’t intended to give those same senators an absolute veto. “A senator can’t use a blue slip to block a nominee because it’s not the person the senator would’ve picked. The president gets to nominate judges,” Mr. Grassley said...
  • Constitutional Lawyer Who Won Hobby Lobby Case Awaits Confirmation to 5th Circuit

    11/10/2017 9:09:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 10, 2017 | Micah Rate
    One of President Trump's judicial nominees is getting much-needed support from the Judicial Crisis Network. The network is throwing its support behind Kyle Duncan, President Trump's choice for the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in Louisiana.Duncan has quite the track record. He is a Constitutional lawyer and represented Hobby Lobby in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby before the U.S. Supreme Court. The Hobby Lobby case tackled the question of whether or not the Religious Freedom Act of 1993 allows a business to not provide contraception to its employees based on the sincerely held religious beliefs of its owners. In a...
  • Senate confirms two more federal judges, bringing total to five this week

    11/02/2017 1:08:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 2, 2017 | Alex Swoyer
    The Senate confirmed two more appeals court picks Thursday, closing out a week that saw them devote all their time to filling the federal judiciary with President Trump’s nominees. Including the two latest picks, they confirmed four circuit judges and one district judge this week — overcoming Democratic filibuster attempts for each. Senators voted 56-41 to confirm Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison Eid for a seat on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, then voted 54-43 for Stephanos Bibas, who is nominated to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • American Bar Association refers to conservatives as ‘you people’ when rating Trump’s judicial pick

    11/01/2017 4:46:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 56 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 1, 2017 | Alex Swoyer
    American Bar Association evaluators referred to conservatives as “you people” and prodded one of President Trump’s judicial picks on his personal beliefs about abortion before slapping him with the group’s lowest judicial rating, the nominee told Congress Wednesday. Leonard Grasz, nominated for the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, received a “not qualified” rating from the ABA after the grilling. He said that during the questioning it became clear the ABA evaluators didn’t like his pro-life personal stance. “I was asked repeatedly for my personal opinion on social issues including abortion — it seemed to be a great topic of...
  • GOP threatens weekend work on judicial nominees

    10/30/2017 4:07:17 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 30, 2017 | Jordain Carney
    Republicans are digging in ahead of a looming battle over President Trump's judicial nominees. Senate GOP leadership wants to clear four picks this week for the circuit courts—which are second in line to the Supreme Court—amid pressure from conservatives to pick up the pace. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) warned that Republicans would confirm all of the nominees, even if it meant keeping lawmakers in town through a rare weekend session. “We'll confirm all of them this week no matter how long it takes,” McConnell said from the Senate floor. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), the No. 2 Senate Republican,...
  • Schumer pressures Grassley to buck McConnell, uphold ‘blue slips’ that block judicial nominees

    10/11/2017 12:52:07 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 11, 2017 | Alex Swoyer
    Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer put pressure Wednesday on the GOP chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee to retain the “blue slip” process that could give Democrats a path to scuttle some of the president’s judicial nominees. Mr. Schumer, New York Democrat, told Sen. Charles E. Grassley, the chairman, to resist calls to de-prioritize the blue slip process — including suggestions from the Senate’s top Republican, Sen. Mitch McConnell. “The Senate has fewer and fewer mechanisms that create bipartisanship and bring people to an agreement. The blue slips are one of them,” said Mr. Schumer in a press release...
  • Hardball: McConnell Changes Rule to Overcome Obstruction of Trump's Judicial Picks, Dems Fume

    10/11/2017 10:38:32 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 113 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 11, 2017 | Guy Benson
    This may seem like an abstruse parliamentary maneuver -- and it is -- but Mitch McConnell just escalated the judicial wars in a minor but meaningful way. If frustrated conservatives want the GOP Senate majority to " start acting like one ," McConnell's decision eliminates a lever Democrats have been using to stymie some of President Trump's judicial picks. In that sense, he's very much acting like a majority leader; a Democratic one. Try not to let your eyes glaze over as you read the details of this move, which involves dramatically reducing the power of so-called "blue slips"...
  • Replacement for Gorsuch cruises through Senate Judiciary Committee hearing

    09/20/2017 3:53:38 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Sept 20, 2017 | Alex Swoyer
    President Trump’s pick to fill the appeals court seat left vacant when Justice Neil M. Gorsuch joined the Supreme Court cruised through her confirmation hearing Wednesday, with Democrats chiefly complaining about the timing rather than her judicial record. Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison Eid faced some questions about her judicial record, but Democrats said their major objection was the speed Republicans were showing in trying to fill court vacancies — including Wednesday’s hearing, which was held even though the Senate wasn’t in session that day. “It’s extraordinary for a nominations hearing to be held when the Senate is not otherwise...
  • Trump victory is the end of the line for Obama judicial nominees

    11/13/2016 12:43:17 PM PST · by PROCON · 29 replies
    USATODAY | Nov. 11, 2016 | Michael Collins
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  • GOP blocks slate of Obama judicial nominees

    04/26/2016 4:58:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 26, 2016 | Jordain Carney
    Cameron Lancaster Senate Republicans blocked a slate of President Obama's lower court nominees Tuesday. Democratic Sens. Mazie Hirono (Hawaii),Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and Ben Cardin (Md.) asked for consent four times to bring up a total of 11 judicial nominations Tuesday, arguing that the pace of confirmation votes has created a backlog. "The judicial confirmation process has been at a crawl for years. Now it has come to a functional standstill," said Schumer, who is expected to be the next Senate Democratic leader. The Senate's top Republicans teamed up to block the Democratic efforts. Majority LeaderMitch McConnell objected to requests...
  • Don’t Bring Back the Judicial Filibuster (McConnell trying to neuter the victory)

    11/06/2014 6:12:33 AM PST · by bestintxas · 29 replies
    nat review ^ | 11/5/14 | e whealen
    In Tuesday’s elections, Republicans won control of the Senate and expanded their majority in the House. In the coming weeks and months, Republicans in Congress must focus on developing and pursuing a winning agenda over the next two years — an agenda that will help elect a Republican president in November 2016 and provide that president with a governing majority in Congress. But a small cadre of current and former Senate staffers is instead pressing Republican senators on what strikes me as a profoundly foolish and destructive diversion: reinstating the filibuster — more precisely, the 60-vote cloture threshold — for...
  • Obama and Senate Democrats Choose Politics Over Police Officers

    02/09/2014 1:35:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 9, 2014 | Scott Erickson
    It should come as no surprise that President Obama’s judicial nominees and executive appointments have been, at a minimum, left-of-center. It should be equally unsurprising that Senate Democrats would vote in lock step to support Mr. Obama’s nominees given the hyper-polarized atmosphere surrounding Washington over the past five years. But Mr. Obama’s nomination of Debo Adegbile to lead the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division did surprise me. And Senate Democrats, voting on Thursday to push Mr. Adegbile’s nomination through the Senate Judiciary Committee, equally surprised and disappointed me. Mr. Adegbile has rightly been criticized over his association to, and...
  • Civil rights leaders slam Obama on judicial picks

    12/23/2013 1:12:23 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 23, 2013 | Ben Wolfgang
    The Obama administration is under fire from powerful House Democrats and some in the civil rights community for its recent picks to fill four judicial vacancies on Georgia’s Northern District federal bench. The rift came into the spotlight during a Monday morning press conference, where civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, Georgia Democrat, and others urged the White House to withdraw its four Dec. 19 nominations. “The group cites serious concerns that the proposed candidates do not adequately reflect the diversity of the northern district and that the selection process lacked meaningful community input,” the coalition of critics said in...
  • Are Republicans really blocking Obama’s judicial nominees at ‘unprecedented’ levels?

    11/21/2013 6:43:27 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/21/13 | Eric Pfeiffer
    When President Obama gave his blessing to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s decision to invoke the so-called “nuclear option,” he said the effort by Republicans to block his nominees was “unprecedented.” "Today's pattern of obstruction, it just isn't normal," Obama said. "I support the step a majority of senators today took to change the way that Washington is doing business." However, that’s only partially true. Looking at all of Obama’s nominees across his administration, he has suffered unprecedented levels of obstruction, according to the Wall Street Journal. But when it comes to judicial nominees – the process that sparked Senate...
  • Reid threatens to go nuclear - so government can function

    11/19/2013 12:51:18 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 19, 2013 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Tuesday that he is looking at reforming Senate rules to prevent Republicans from filibustering President Obama’s judicial nominees. “I’m at the point where we need to do something to allow government to function,” Reid said when asked if he would consider using the so-called nuclear option, a controversial procedural tactic for changing Senate rules. “I’m considering looking at the rules.” The seldom-used tactic would allow Democrats to change the Senate’s rules with a simple-majority vote. “The founding fathers never had in place in the Constitution about filibusters or extended debate,” he told reporters....
  • On Judges, Obama Tells GOP: Don't Do Unto Me As I Did Unto You

    06/12/2013 4:33:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 11, 2013 | Byron York
    The issue of judicial nominations causes an outbreak of hypocrisy in both political parties, and President Obama isn't immune. In fact, he seems to have come down with a particularly bad case lately. On June 4, the president went to the Rose Garden to deliver a peevish and lecturing speech announcing three candidates for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Noting that it is the president's constitutional duty to nominate judges and the Senate's duty to provide advice and consent, a clearly frustrated Obama said, "Time and again, congressional Republicans cynically used Senate rules and procedures...
  • The Most (Un)Wanted Judges (Obama’s radical judicial nominees)

    05/17/2011 10:16:45 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | May 17, 2011 | Hans A. von Spakovsky & Deborah OMalley
    A comprehensive rundown of the worst of the worst of Obama’s radical judicial nominees. The FBI’s “Most Wanted Fugitives” list has been around since 1950. President Obama’s penchant for nominating political activists and radical academics to the federal judiciary has resulted in a new list: the “Most (Un)Wanted Judges.” This list is comprised of nominees who (with two exceptions) are now pending a vote in the Senate. The federal judiciary is not the place for political agendas and academic fads. But the Left has used the federal courts for decades to advance their political goals at the expense of the...