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Saturday, February 09, 2019

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to send 44 of Trump's court picks to the Senate floor for a confirmation vote. That's a huge number at once; progressive judicial advocacy groups dubbed the committee's hearing a "monster markup." Thursday's action comes as Trump has already drastically reshaped federal courts. To date, he has seen 30 circuit judges, 53 district judges and two Supreme Court justices confirmed. That's so many circuit judges ― more than any other president had confirmed by this point in his first term ― that 1 in 6 seats on the U.S. circuit courts are now filled by judges nominated by Trump. But Democrats and progressive groups aren't just alarmed by the number of Trump's picks sailing through. Many of these nominees have spent their careers attacking LGBTQ rights, abortion rights and voting rights, and now they're on their way to holding lifetime seats on federal courts.

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As Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) pointed out in Thursday's hearing, more than 80 percent of Trump's judicial nominees so far are members of the conservative Federalist Society. For some context, she noted that less than 4 percent of all American lawyers are members of that group.

"Month after month, we have seen a parade of these so-called conservative activists nominated to the federal courts," Hirono said. "They have been groomed by conservative political ideologues. They want to see Roe v. Wade overturned or narrowed into oblivion, LGBT people permanently consigned to the margins of American life, and constitutional and civil rights encroached [based] on the religious preference of a vocal few."

This story would be pages long if we spelled out the records of all of the controversial nominees who just advanced, so here's a sampling of the people drawing some of the fiercest criticism from civil and women's rights groups. All of these nominees are likely to be confirmed given Republicans' majority in the Senate.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-02-08 09:42 AM | Reply

Sad but true Gal. And I reiterate my view that if you didn't vote against Donald Trump you effectively voted for Donald Trump and this insanity is on you. No excuses will be allowed. When your house is on fire you put out the fire, you don't look for some alternative to putting out the fire because as you do your house will burn down. That is exactly what is happening today, freedom is burning down.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2019-02-08 09:54 AM | Reply

Don't cry, ladies. You'll always have the 9th Circuit.

#3 | Posted by Spork at 2019-02-08 10:05 AM | Reply | Funny: 3

I reiterate my view that if you didn't vote against Donald Trump you effectively voted for Donald Trump and this insanity is on you - #2 | Posted by Danni at 2019-02-08 09:54 AM
Please explain how someone votes 'against Donald Trump'. My ballot did not include an 'against Donald Trump' option. When I voted for someone else, is that a vote against him?

#4 | Posted by Avigdore at 2019-02-08 11:16 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Actually, this is why I voted for Trump. And he has paid off in spades. He could only serve one term, he has done his job for me..

#5 | Posted by boaz at 2019-02-08 01:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Boaz gets it.

Third party voters are either okay with the direction Trump is steering the judicial branch, or they simply don't care.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-08 01:14 PM | Reply

The only folks to blame are Boaz and his ilk who voted for this.
Cool, maybe they'll revoke the civil rights act too.

#7 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2019-02-08 04:20 PM | Reply

Maybe some people didn't want Hillary or Trump to be president. Show me in any important American founding document that mentions a 2-party system. The fact that you argue so strongly against a 3rd shows how deeply they've taken over.

#8 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2019-02-08 04:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Kamala Harris @SenKamalaHarris

Yesterday Republicans advanced 44 of Trump's nominees to lifetime federal court seats - nominees who have expressed views that are contrary to many of our foundational values of justice and equality. We all need to pay attention to what this Administration is doing to our courts.

#9 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-02-08 11:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#9 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY AT 2019-02-08 11:45 PM | FLAG: | NEWSWORTHY 1: Funny as I felt the exact same way about obama's libbie judge selections.

#10 | Posted by MSgt at 2019-02-09 12:25 PM | Reply


@#1 ... All of these nominees are likely to be confirmed given Republicans' majority in the Senate. ...

Does Sen McConnell's rule change, allowing for a simple majority to confirm Pres Trump's Supreme Court nominees, also apply to all federal judicial nominees?

Did Sen McConnell make the same rule change for fmr Pres Obama's nominees?

#11 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-02-09 01:42 PM | Reply

Did Sen McConnell make the same rule change for fmr Pres Obama's nominees? -#11 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-02-09 01:42 PM
No, that was Senator Reid who changed the rules for federal judges other than SC nominees for Pres. Obama.
Reid, Democrats trigger ‘nuclear' option; eliminate most filibusters on nominees

#12 | Posted by Avigdore at 2019-02-09 01:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#12

Once again, you reap what you sow...

#13 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-09 02:02 PM | Reply


@#12

thx for the follow-up.

#14 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-02-09 02:23 PM | Reply


@#13 ... Once again, you reap what you sow... ...

Yup.

I had thought it was the Democrats who played with the simple majority thing for federal judicial nominees, but I wasn't sure and didn't have the time to research it.

#15 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-02-09 02:26 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Actually, this is why I voted for Trump. And he has paid off in spades.

You like the fact that people who have "spent their careers attacking LGBTQ rights and voting rights" are getting lifetime six-figure government jobs?

You have a pretty warped sense of priorities.

#16 | Posted by JOE at 2019-02-09 02:28 PM | Reply

#10 | POSTED BY MSGT

I'm sure especially the ones that the Senate refused to vote on.

#17 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2019-02-09 02:42 PM | Reply

#9 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY

I wouldn't be tweeting Kamala's tweets, they have been so filled with platitudes, they are meaning less.

#8 | POSTED BY TFDNIHILIST

The representative system based upon geography naturally turns into 2 party systems. Though 3 have run, the games equilibrium typically is 2.

As a side note, when a government makes the changes noted in #12, and also perhaps the removal of the electoral college, and others like it, where they tear down the minorities ability to slow change,

A one party system will take over.

#18 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-02-09 02:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

you have no idea what you're talking about.

#19 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2019-02-09 03:49 PM | Reply

Actually, this is why I voted for Trump. And he has paid off in spades. He could only serve one term, he has done his job for me..

#5 | Posted by boaz

Forcing your twisted world view on the rest of us through the courts.

Why do you hate America?

#20 | Posted by jpw at 2019-02-09 04:57 PM | Reply

Presidents nominate judges and the Senate votes whether or not to confirm them. And while I understand the consternation over Garland, please Google how the Democrats dealt with Estrada. It's like Democrats feel only their preferred judges should sit on the courts.

#21 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-02-09 06:57 PM | Reply

It's like Democrats feel only their preferred judges should sit on the courts.
#21 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

To be fair, both sides feel that way :)

#22 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-02-09 07:52 PM | Reply

I can't understand what the average Republican voter actually gets from these "conservative" courts. Are they putting any more money in your pockets; or are they siding with your employer against you? You think they're going to make sure your white children don't have to go to school with "those people"? Does it somehow improve your life if gays can't get married or adopt children? You want public prayer (when Jesus said "go pray in your closet")? You want to have the government force one person to sacrifice themselves for another person (fetuses are "persons" to you guys, right?). Women still do still die in childbirth, you know; in fact, more in the US than in the countries with Universal Healthcare. Oh, but only if they are female. Can a male be forced by law to sacrifice his life or health (physical or mental) for another person?

So, when it's all done, and they've reversed Roe v. Wade, and Brown v. Board, and Loving v. Virginia, repealed the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts will your life be somehow better?

Really, what do you get (besides "sticking it to the Libs")?

#23 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2019-02-10 12:20 AM | Reply

The stool which supports American power are an international banking system based on the dollar and controlled by the USA, the US military, and the worldwide belief that the USA loves freedom and democracy.

For the last fifty years the deep State has policed the left vigorously while turning a blind eye to right wing radicals only to have Trump completely discombobulate the perception of what America stands for and with it critical alliances which can only diminish the role of the dollar in international trade.

Having a majority of conservative judges in place during the next economic downturn is going to make it extremely difficult for the average American to endure. Only public demonstrations can reverse the trends which pit the interests of the 1% against the 99%, (Marx's eternal class war). For that to happen people have to actually understand what is going on, with Taft-Hartley, with the World Bank, with the repeal of Glass-Steagall, with 800 foreign military bases, with welfare reform, with the most recent tax cuts...

The Courts and police will use violence to keep everyone in line. When you own everything you must fear everyone else and never hesitate to use force.

#24 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-02-10 08:28 AM | Reply

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