EPA “Good Neighbor” Interstate Pollution Rule Overturned By DC Circuit Court

By: Wednesday August 22, 2012 6:58 am

A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court, voting 2-1 on partisan lines, has struck down the EPA’s “good neighbor” air pollution rule, which attempted to protect Eastern states from upwind pollution from Midwest and Southern states via tougher pollution laws. A federal appeals court Tuesday struck down a key Obama administration air pollution rule [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 Nominated to California Supreme Court

By: Tuesday July 26, 2011 11:40 am

Finally, some good news. Gov. Jerry Brown today nominated University of California, Berkeley, law professor Goodwin Liu to the California Supreme Court. Liu, 40, withdrew his nomination to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco in May after Senate Republicans blocked his confirmation. “Professor Liu is an extraordinary man and a distinguished [...]

Senate Rejects DoJ Nominee as Cloture Follies Continue

By: Tuesday May 10, 2011 6:55 am

Last night, Republicans in the Senate blocked a cloture vote for James Cole to become the number 2 man in the Justice Department. Only one Republican, Richard Lugar, voted for cloture. All the others either voted know or stayed away from the chamber, which under the silly supermajority rules is as good as a no [...]

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