Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

Senators From New York And Connecticut Lead Charge Against Kavanaugh

Senators From New York And Connecticut Lead Charge Against Kavanaugh

Advocates also fear that Kavanaugh could be a deciding vote in dismantling the Affordable Care Act.

As part of that strategy, Democrats are focusing on Republicans Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who both helped doom the repeal of the health care law.

SHAPIRO: Senator Hirono, I know you said half in jest that you might consider voting for him if he turned miraculously into a Sotomayor, but have we reached the point now where a Republican president will not get any Democratic votes for his nominee and vice versa?

"Kavanaugh has used the bench to undermine access to abortion for women", the Women's March tweeted.

Meanwhile, Senate Democrats were already pushing a coordinated message against Kavanaugh as an unacceptable choice on both policy and political grounds.

"Trump has been unequivocal that he intends to appoint a justice who will overturn Roe v wade", said Clarke. Kavanaugh's evolved view on the subject could have implications for President Trump. How Kavanaugh responds could be a significant determining factor for Collins.

"What upset conservatives about (Kavanaugh) is that he didn't join in on the opinion in that case that suggested that there was no right to abortion at all", said Mary Ziegler, a law professor at Florida State University. But there is only one case in Kavanaugh's record that is related to reproductive rights.

However, given his past experience, and the role of the Federalist Society in vetting the nominees on the short list, I would be surprised to see Judge Kavanaugh's positions change dramatically if he is confirmed. Heitkamp is up for reelection in November in a race that is considered a toss-up.

The late-night personality admittedly didn't know much about Kavanaugh, but he suspected Trump might have mistaken him for Celebrity Apprentice winner/Rock of Love star/Poison band member Bret Michaels, since Kavanaugh's middle name is Michael. "And that's the kind of leadership North Dakotans expect from their senators".

Trump's nominee will face a hard battle to get senate confirmation. About 10 key senators - two or three Republicans and a half dozen Democrats - are facing intense pressure over their votes.

It's likely to turn into a Kavan-off: A battle to outdo one another in coming up with the most devastating attacks or the best sound-bite explanations for opposition.

Manchin was was also among the three Democrats to vote for Gorsuch a year ago.

Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, the nation's largest environmental group, said Kavanaugh "continually and reliably sides with corporate polluters and the wealthy over the public's right to breathe clean air and drink clean water". Protesters have filled the steps of the Supreme Court in recent days. "It wasn't that long ago when it was common for presidents to nominate judges with no prior federal court experience or judicial experience at all". "I don't want some kid making constitutional decisions".

In a press release, the White House said: "Judge Kavanaugh has earned a reputation as a brilliant jurist with impeccable legal credentials, and he is universally respected for his intellect, as well as his ability to persuade and build consensus".

Democrats, as the Senate minority, have few options to block Kavanaugh. Jones has a large GOP base to keep content, if he hopes to remain in the Senate in the future. But their situations would be much worse if their votes were needed for confirmation. "I will be diligent in measuring the record and in undertaking an independent review". In a state that Mr. Trump won in 2016, Donnelly has to show he can work with Republicans. But he did vote to confirm Gorsuch a year ago.

The Supreme Court has decided many cases on affirmative action programs and, if confirmed, I would faithfully follow those precedents.

"I love this president, but he made a big mistake which will sow the seeds of his own destruction, potentially, with regard to illegal surveillance and also sow the seeds of the populace having to live under this type of Orwellian state".

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