Judicial Nominations Likely Dead for the Year After Senate GOP Filibuster

By: Tuesday July 31, 2012 6:18 am

Senate Republicans believe that no more judicial nominees should be confirmed for the balance of the year until the elections, citing something called the Thurmond rule, which sets an arbitrary deadline for election-year confirmations. Senate Democrats don’t believe that has been reached yet and want to continue to get judges confirmed, citing the low percentage [...]

Senate Republicans Vow to Stop Circuit Court Judicial Confirmations for Rest of 2012

By: Thursday June 14, 2012 10:16 am

One of the few areas of progress in recent months has been the confirmation of judges by the Senate. Under a deal in the spring, 17 judges got confirmed, stretched out over a period of several weeks. And when that deal expired, a few more judges trickled in with confirmations. In all, 20 judges have [...]

Report: More Judicial Vacancies Now Than At Beginning of Obama Presidency

By: Tuesday June 5, 2012 11:35 am

Pam Spaulding mentioned that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a re-hearing of Perry v. Schwarzengger, meaning that the marriage equality case is headed to the Supreme Court (albeit in less sturdy condition to lead to marriage equality nationwide, as bmaz points out). It’s worth pointing out that only 4 of the 27 [...]

Reid Pulls JOBS Act Bill After Amendments Fail

By: Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:48 pm

The Senate plan for the JOBS Act today, a financial deregulation bill that would weaken investor protections with no economic benefit, was for three cloture votes – an amendment to add investor protections to the bill, an amendment to attach a reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank to the bill, and, if those failed, a cloture [...]

Reid, McConnell Make Deal on Judicial Confirmations, JOBS Act

By: Wednesday March 14, 2012 10:17 am

It looks like Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans have backed down on their obstruction of judicial confirmations. But it’s a little unclear at the moment. What we know is that McConnell and Harry Reid reached a deal that will allow the judges to get a vote. However, the JOBS Act, the financial market IPO deregulation [...]

Reid Stalls JOBS Act Until Judicial Nominees Confirmed

By: Tuesday March 13, 2012 1:18 pm

Through some parliamentary maneuvering, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid escalated his fight over judicial nominations today. The short version of this is: The House passed something they called the JOBS Act, with broad bipartisan support, which is actually a financial industry deregulation bill opposed by government watchdogs like Americans for Financial Reform. The full story [...]

Reid Plans Mass of Judicial Nomination Fights in Senate

By: Monday March 12, 2012 1:44 pm

We heard that Harry Reid would make a last stand to deal with the crisis in the federal judiciary, and now we’re getting it. Today, Reid announced he would spend the next two weeks seeking to confirm 17 federal judges who received unanimous or near-unanimous votes out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Reid will file [...]

Senate Republicans Block Judicial Nominee from DC Circuit

By: Tuesday December 6, 2011 10:58 am

Republicans in the US Senate filibustered the nomination of Caitlin Halligan to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, despite her receiving majority support from the Senate on a cloture vote. The nomination failed to achieve cloture by a count of 54-45. One Republican – Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) — joined all 53 members of the [...]

Obama Has Appointed Zero Confirmed Appellate Judges Under Age 45

By: Thursday August 11, 2011 11:35 am

One of the biggest losses in the Goodwin Liu nomination fight was that he was a rare young progressive nominated to an appellate court. Conservatives understand the importance of getting young conservatives on the federal bench, to ensure domination of the judicial branch for years to come. This is a dispiriting statistic: Since 1981, Epstein [...]

Goodwin Liu Withdraws Nomination for Circuit Court Spot

By: Thursday May 26, 2011 7:25 am

Goodwin Liu, who last week was denied cloture on his confirmation to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, withdrew his nomination yesterday, tiring of the wait for a spot on the federal bench. Goodwin Liu, 40, said in a letter to President Barack Obama Wednesday that he and family need “to make plans for the [...]

The Revenge of Miguel Estrada: Cloture for Goodwin Liu Fails

By: Thursday May 19, 2011 11:44 am

The Senate rejected a motion to end debate on the nomination of Goodwin Liu to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today. The final vote was 52-43, with one voting “present.” Lisa Murkowski voted for cloture, while Ben Nelson voted against it. Orrin Hatch was the “present” vote, which he also did in the Jack [...]

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