Does Brett Kavanaugh Spell the End of Voting Rights?

14 July, 2018, 01:28 | Author: Shannon Newton
  • President Trump nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington

About 40 people protested outside the State Supreme Court Thursday against President Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court.

FILE - Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., meets with Brett Kavanaugh, right, then-nominee for the D.C. Circuit Court, on Capitol Hill, May 2, 2006. The signatories accuse the law school of placing its proximity to power and prestige first, and assert 'Judge Kavanaugh's nomination presents an emergency - for democratic life, for our safety and freedom, for the future of our country'.

The stakes are high.

With Republicans holding a 51-49 majority - and Sen.

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Democrats in turn hope to peel off some Republicans including Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and/or Susan Collins of ME, two senators who support abortion rights and have split with their party before on whether to repeal the Affordable Care Act. "I think that getting along with Russian Federation, getting along with China, is a good thing".

So far, Democrats are uniting behind a strategy to turn the confirmation fight into a referendum on conservatives' efforts to undo abortion access, chip away at health care protections under the Affordable Care Act and protect Trump from Mueller.

"I hope in the end when push comes to shove that (Kavanaugh) will have acquitted himself in a way that will allow all 50 of our Republican senators to be able to vote for him", Thune said. Protesters filled the steps of the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Judge Kavanaugh got the nomination because he passed this litmus test, not because he'll be an impartial judge on behalf of all Americans.

Brad Woodhouse, a Democratic operative and former president of the George Soros-linked American Bridge 21st Century super PAC, repeatedly chanted "Hell no on Kavanaugh!"

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Robert Bork, nominated by President Ronald Reagan to the Supreme Court in 1987, came under intense scrutiny by Democrats who mined his legal writings for evidence of his conservative leanings.

"Tammy Baldwin's vow to obstruct Judge Kavanaugh shows that she'd rather stand with her Washington party bosses than do her job to defend the Constitution", National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokesman Calvin Moore said in a statement.

In an encouraging sign for the Trump administration Wednesday, Sen. "And when I was in college I can tell you that I encountered many, many, many young women who were desperate to find abortions - this was before Roe v Wade".

NBC News reported that the Trump team was in talks with Kennedy about his replacement for months and he only felt comfortable retiring after he "received assurance that it would be Kavanaugh", per NBC reporter Geoff Bennett. Kennedy was a key swing vote in cases upholding abortion, affirmative action and gay rights. "If Senate Democrats want to obstruct this immensely qualified judge to appeal to their base, we'll make sure their constituents hold them accountable this November".

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