Action #1 – Vote “Oh, God, NO” on David Porter for the Third Circuit
David Porter is so far outside the legal mainstream, much less the 21st century, that his own state blocked him from becoming a district judge. They were worried that he wouldn’t be able to fairly judge matters of civil rights, women’s reproductive rights, LGBTQ equality, environmental protection and workers’ rights. The basics. And so are we.
Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Sen. [___] to vote “NO” on the nomination of David Porter for a lifetime judgeship on the Third Circuit federal appeals court.
Senator Feinstein: email DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Harris: email DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
Other Contacts: https://hq-salsa.wiredforchange.com
Well, Rachel, he’s baaaack. So, now it’s up to us to stop this guy again. Continue reading “Wed. – 8/15: Don’t give a gavel to David Porter.”
Not our word. John Brennan, former CIA director, lays it out.
Indivisible was created to fight against the Trump agenda, but who could have imagined our president standing next to the former head of the Soviet KGB, and stating that our own country had been idiotic to fight against him?
So who else is Trump’s best friend? Continue reading “Mon – 7/16: Treason.”
Make sure your senators know that justice for all, not just for corporations and the wealthy, matters to you.
Minimum Script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Senator [___] to oppose the latest round of extremist judges, including David Porter, Ryan Bounds, Britt Grant, Thomas Farr, and Patrick Wyrick.
Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
Other Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com
Blow the whistle on Sen. Grassley for sending on candidates that even their own state senators can’t stand.
This may be the only way us Californians can reach this guy. Original post here.
More Information on these nominees…
Continue reading “Tues 6/12: Grassley and McConnell are pushing these horrors through. Fight back.”
Despite his highly controversial record, and despite home-state Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) not returning a “blue-slip,” Michael Brennan was confirmed to the judiciary on a 49-46 vote.
Forgot exactly which horrible nominee Mr. Brennan was? Totally understandable. There are a lot of them now. Refresh your memory here.
Senator Chuck Grassley, (R-IA) Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, ignored Senate protocol for the second time and proceeded with Brennan’s nomination despite home-state objections. Which is so interesting, as he was such a strong supporter of blue slips just a few years ago, having used the blue-slip process to reject several nominees from President Obama. His views are immortalized in writing, of course. Here are some great resources to study about that other Senator Grassley of several years ago.
Continue reading “Wed. 5/30: Judiciary Day – Part 2 – Blow the whistle on Chuck!”
#1a – “NO” on Britt Grant for US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Britt Grant, who is on Trump’s Supreme Court shortlist in spite of having only served as a judge since last year, has been nominated for a lifelong spot on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
And that could be a very long time, as she’s just 40 years old.
But already, this hard-right Federalist Society member has a record of defending unconstitutional restrictions on the right to choose and undermining the Voting Rights Act, along with fighting collective bargaining for public sector workers. According to AJI, she “represents an advocacy position that is extreme,” in that she has sought to weaken rights of women, persons of color, LGBTQ Americans, and workers, as well as environmental protections. This record raises serious questions as to whether she will protect critical constitutional rights and legal protections for all persons.”
There shouldn’t be a question here.
Let’s make sure our senators know this is the sort of ultraconservative record we don’t need in our federal courts. Continue reading “Wed. 5/30 – Judiciary Day – Part 1 – Heinous nominees and proof that party matters when it comes to justice.”
#1 – Protest the End of the “Blue Slip” Process.
Trump is packing the courts with anti-labor, anti-women’s rights, anti-workers’ rights, anti-civil rights and anti-LGBTQ rights, right-wing judges. This week Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley aim to confirm multiple federal judges as quickly as possible. They have set up a week of votes and hearings starting May 7.
To speed the process, Grassley has abandoned the “blue slip” process whereby a Senator from a nominee’s state may block an appointment. The Judiciary Committee’s ranking member, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, strongly opposed this move in the case of Seventh Circuit nominee Michael Brennan, which is being pushed forward over the objection of his home-state senator Tammy Baldwin. Feinstein has noted that if Brennan is confirmed it would be the first time in more than 30 years that a circuit court nominee was confirmed over a home-state senator’s objections. Brennan’s is one of six circuit court nominations that could be voted on during the week. Meanwhile, there are reports that a hearing will be held Wednesday for Ninth Circuit (which includes California) nominee Ryan Bounds of Oregon, for whom neither Oregon senator has returned a blue slip signaling approval for the process to advance. This action on Bounds is “an unprecedented affront to the advise-and-consent role of senators”; no circuit court nominee has ever been confirmed over objections of both home-state senators.
Minimum Script: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Senator Feinstein to voice my outrage that Senators Grassley and McConnell are destroying the time-honored blue slip system. Continue reading “Mon. – 5/7: Our judges are the last barrier we have against injustice. Tell your senator that this matters to you.”
Michael Brennan is coming up for a full Senate vote this coming for a potential lifetime appointment on the federal bench.
This comes despite the fact that Wisconsin’s Democratic senator, Tammy Baldwin, refused to turn in a blue slip for him due to his hard-right opinions.
(AFJ.org) “Brennan’s record and writings indicate that he holds a singularly troubling belief: that conservative judges should not follow precedents they disagree with. He has celebrated Supreme Court decisions that have weakened civil rights, and encouraged conservative judges to be more vigorous in overturning acts of Congress. He has called for unchecked executive power and sought to weaken rights of criminal defendants.”
Withholding a blue slip usually means the end of a nomination, but, as Baldwin noted in a letter earlier this year, “President Trump’s nomination of Mr. Brennan disregards the longstanding, bipartisan process in Wisconsin that has informed the selection of federal judges in my state,” Baldwin said. “This is a particularly troubling step at a time when institutions and traditions of democracy seem under constant attack, and bipartisanship feels like a fading concept.”
But, Senator Baldwin, he’s got something much better than a blue slip from you…
He has heavy backing from the Koch brothers , the far-right corporatists that helped engineer the dark-money campaign behind the Neil Gorsuch Supreme Court campaign. At Brennan’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, he couldn’t even acknowledge fact-based racial bias in the justice system.
YAY! Just what we need in a judge. Someone for whom facts have no meaning when compared to the interests of those he longs to serve. Continue reading “Wed. – 5/2 This Koch-ster is coming up for a full Senate vote. Brevent Brennan from getting a lifetime seat at our expense!”