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  • Confirmation Drumbeat: GOP-Held Senate Approves Sixth Trump Nominee to Ninth Circuit, 41st Overall

    05/22/2019 2:33:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | May 22, 2019 | Guy Benson
    It's time, once again, to hail the important and historic progress being made in the Republican-held United States Senate on the judicial confirmation front.  Having adopted and modestly expanded Democrats' endless and ends-oriented power grabs of years past, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has wisely prioritized the reshaping of the federal judiciary.  He and his conference have steadily and diligently worked to tip the balance away from the Obama-era deluge of liberal judges, and toward constitutionalism.  No recent partnership in Washington has been more lastingly impactful than the Trump-McConnell alliance, resulting in this ongoing generational shift -- and with all the...
  • The Leahy Rules for Supreme Court Confirmation Mean Gorsuch Must Be Confirmed

    03/17/2017 6:32:52 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 18 replies
    The Republican Lawyer ^ | March 16, 2017
    Thursday, March 16, 2017 The Leahy Rules for Supreme Court Confirmation Mean Gorsuch Must Be Confirmed In preparation for the Gorsuch hearing next week, we thought we would mention some of the Democrat Rules for confirmation of a Supreme Court Justice from their most senior member. The Leahy Rule (Part 1) on the Presidents power to pick a Supreme Court Justice. And I think as members of the [Judiciary] Committee, we should respect the mandate the president has earned. The president had told us in 1980 and 1984 he would appoint judges of his philosophy. He was given a mandate...
  • Ted Cruz may have discovered a way to totally change Obamacare without 60 Senate votes

    03/12/2017 2:31:17 PM PDT · by libstripper · 101 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Mar. 12, 2017 | Thomas Lifson
    Democrats tend to love sneaky lawyer tricks because their side is so good at them. The passage of Obamacare under the Senate rules governing reconciliation is the most prominent example of creatively applying the rules to get what they want. But it turns out that there are some really smart and creative legal minds on the GOP side, and now that the GOP runs the Senate, the sauce for the Democrat goose also flavors the Republican gander, if that isnt too disagreeable an abuse of metaphorical license. Ted Cruz is one such legal mind; in the words of legendary Harvard...
  • Cruz's actions and the voting process explained (Vanity)

    09/25/2013 1:16:54 PM PDT · by Tenacious 1 · 9 replies
    9-25-13 | Tenacious1 (Vanity)
    Here is a (hopefully) simple explanation of what happened today and what can be expected. The "filibuster" was Cruze's only chance to make a statement. The vote today was to start debate on the House CR bill. It passed (as was expected). In the next step of the process, Harry Reid will introduce an amendment that strips out the language de-funding Obamacare. This will happen during debate this week. There will be another vote on Friday or Saturday to accept the "Senate Version" of the CR (Continuing Resolution Budget Bill). We will have to filibuster that (a real filibuster) to...
  • GOP rep.: House Republicans 'tired of being abused' by Cruz

    09/25/2013 1:03:36 PM PDT · by Sopater · 101 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/20/13 | Jonathan Easley
    Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) lashed out at Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) on Friday, saying House Republicans were tired of being abused by the Tea Party favorite who talks big about defunding ObamaCare but wont get in the ring now that its time to fight. You shouldve been on the floor and back in the Cloak Room," Duffy said Friday on MSNBCs "Morning Joe," referring to the atmosphere among House Republicans this week during discussions on a stopgap spending bill that defunds the healthcare law. "There was so much anger, so much frustration, because again, weve been abused by these guys...
  • After 20-plus hours, Sen. Cruz still talking in an effort to defeat Obamacare

    09/25/2013 8:22:39 AM PDT · by Tenacious 1 · 28 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, September 25, 10:50 AM | Ed OKeefe and Paul Kane
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) sustained a marathon talking attack on President Obamas health-care law overnight and well into Wednesday morning a feat of stamina that likely will complicate House GOP efforts to pass a funding bill aimed at averting a looming government shutdown. The freshman senator took the floor Tuesday afternoon promising to speak until I am no longer able to stand, and proceeded to do just that, with occasional assistance from a handful of Republican colleagues. To most Americans, it looked like a traditional filibuster, fixed in the popular imagination by Jimmy Stewarts performance in Mr. Smith Goes...
  • Wendy Davis Wont Filibuster Second Attempt to Ban Late-Term Abortions (TX Alert!)

    07/02/2013 2:58:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Life News ^ | July 2, 2013 | Steven Ertelt
    Should Texas legislators get another bill to ban late-term abortions to the floor of the state Senate, pro-abortion lawmaker Wendy Davis says she will not filibuster the bill a second time.The bill was filed yesterday in the Texas legislature and legislators hold the first hearing on the measure today in the state House. A representative of Davis tells U.S. News and World Report that a second special session filibuster is not forthcoming.A spokesman for Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis, who stood and spoke for more than 12 hours to help kill the bill last week, says she won’t filibuster the...
  • TX Lt. Gov: Reporters Tried To Inflame Pro-Abortion Protesters

    07/02/2013 8:19:55 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 17 replies ^ | 7-2-2013 | Larry O'Connor
    Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst told HotAir's Ed Morrissey that his office received reports that reporters were actively encouraging and rallying pro-abortion protesters during State Sen. Wendy Davis' fillibuster last week. "We have reports and I have my staff taking a look at the video, the internet video that we keep, we store, on the proceedings that evening and if I find as I've been told examples of the media waving and trying to inflame the crowd, incite them in the direction of a riot, I'm going to take action against them. That is wrong. That's inciting a riot. That...
  • Texas senator filibusters against abortion bill

    06/25/2013 2:48:00 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 38 replies
    Yahoo AP News ^ | June 25, 2013
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Wearing pink tennis shoes to prepare for nearly 13 consecutive hours of standing, a Democratic Texas state senator on Tuesday began a one-woman filibuster to block a GOP-led effort that would impose stringent new abortion restrictions across the nation's second-most populous state.
  • MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell: Rand Paul Is 'ridiculous, sick, paranoid'

    03/08/2013 12:32:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Right Turn ^ | March 8, 2013 | Matt Welch
    Was it a momentous occasion Wednesday when Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) drew praise from Rush Limbaugh to Code Pink, from Van Jones to Jennifer Rubin, by forcing the Obama administration to cough up at least some ball-advancing if unsatisfying answers about how and when it feels OK about assassinating American citizens on U.S. soil? MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell thinks so. And not in a good way: "It was the first time the black-helicopter crowd out there had one of their own, speaking into a Senate microphone," O'Donnell hissed...
  • Rand Paul ends filibuster against CIA director nominee after almost 13 hours

    03/07/2013 12:06:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    Sen. Rand Paul ended his self-described filibuster against the confirmation of President Obama's nominee to lead the CIA early Thursday - at 12:39 EST -- just short of thirteen hours after the Kentucky Republican and tea party favorite began speaking. But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, also a Kentucky Republican, said he would continue to oppose Brennan's confirmation and try to keep the debate going. After Paul yielded the floor, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., filed a motion to cut off debate on Brennan's nomination and bring it up for a vote....
  • Goodwin Liu withdraws appeals court nomination

    05/25/2011 3:56:00 PM PDT · by SmithL · 33 replies
    AP via InsideBayArea ^ | 5/25/11 | MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON -- A liberal legal scholar is withdrawing his nomination to an appeals court judgeship after Senate Republicans blocked a vote on his confirmation last week. Goodwin Liu, 40, said in a letter to President Barack Obama Wednesday that he and family need "to make plans for the future" now that there is little prospect of a Senate vote on his nomination.
  • Senate Democrats Poised for Power Grab

    12/23/2010 9:29:22 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 173 replies · 7+ views
    Fox News ^ | 23 Dec 2010 | N/A
    Senate Democrats are going to be working over the Christmas break to deliver a lump of coal to the American people in the form of a radical changing of the Senate's rules. This is a naked power grab by liberals in the Senate pure and simple. The National Journal reports that Senate Democrats are laying the groundwork to chip away at the filibuster on January 5, 2011. They are going to push the idea that a simple majority of the Senate can abolish the filibuster rules, or radically change the rules, in a new Congress. Read more:
  • I must have been asleep in Government a question.........

    12/19/2009 3:57:53 PM PST · by pj1070 · 48 replies · 1,935+ views
    Is there some reason that a Republican Senator cannot walk in and fillibuster ala Mr. Smith?????? If this timeline is so important why not disturb it?
  • My letter to my U.S. Senators (WRITE THE ENTIRE U.S. SENATE)

    11/09/2008 8:16:25 AM PST · by Jeff Head · 57 replies · 878+ views
    JEFFHEAD.COM ^ | Nov 9, 2008 | Jeff Head
    I have sent the following letter via eamil and fax to my two Senators from Idaho, Seantor Crapo and Senator-elect Risch. I am also sending it to all of the other 48 US Senators. In my estimation, it is time we informed all of our representatives, from the President on down, who they really work for and what our expectations of them are. In particular, since the US Senate does not have a fillibuster proof majority, it is time that the GOP Senators stood up like patriots and statesmen, instead of the wiley, self-interested politicians so many of them act...
  • Dems need to "COWBOY UP"

    01/28/2006 9:39:36 PM PST · by stand4somethin · 9 replies · 372+ views
    These democrats are hilarious!!! Kerry calling for a fillibuster between ski runs, Kennedy calling for a fillibuster between shots... Hillary calling for one between polls. Its a joke... They ain't got the stones!!! Just a bunch of whimpering babies like always. The only one remotely respectable is Robert Sheets Byrd who hasn't seen this much politcal polarization since a black family moved into his neighborhood in the 50's. I got news for ya... the dems ain't gonna do sheeet. They don't take stands... they just criticize afterwards!!! The spinning is hilarious. Here's my line to democrats: "You gonna pull that...
  • Tribe Hints at Alito Fillibuster

    11/18/2005 9:40:44 AM PST · by pabianice · 24 replies · 1,073+ views
    Fox News | 11/18/05
    In what is coming to appear a coordinated attack on President Bush, attorney Lawrence Tribe was just on Fox News, faulting Judge Alito as a 'dangerous reactionary' who threatens Tribe's grand-daughter with his 'far-right views on denying a woman's right to an abortion.' He all but promised a fillibuster on the Alito nomination 'for the good of the country.' Tribe would not make such a prediction without having first consulted with Senatorial Leftists. This seems too pat, coming upon yesterday's Dem demand that we cut and run in Iraq. It seems clear that unless Bush is willing to get down...
  • Open challenge to the "Conservative" punditry.

    10/10/2005 2:18:19 PM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 83 replies · 1,225+ views
    Open Challenge to the "Conservative" Punditry. Stand and Deliver time boys and girls. OK. Let's forget about your inexcusable conduct towards Miers and deal. The LIBERALS are LAUGHING at you. They cannot believe you are all THIS stupid. They are watching, in stunned disbelief, as YOU do THEIR job in destroying the 1st Republican Majority in 50 years. All you "Conservatives" are all telling us "You can't trust Bush" and "We can win this fight". Well guess what. We have NO proof we can trust you. WHERE is YOUR paper trail? NONE of you were able to convince the Senate...
  • Chafees Choices Hes begging to be dumped.

    05/29/2005 11:52:47 PM PDT · by strategofr · 34 replies · 1,317+ views ^ | May 27, 2005 | Timothy P. Carney & David Freddoso
    If there was ever any doubt, Sen. Lincoln Chafees vote Wednesday against the nomination of Priscilla Owen has made it clear that, save for leadership numbers games, conservatives would not be any worse off with a Democrat than with Chafee (R., R.I.) in the Senate. Rhode Island Republicans will have a chance next year to avert that painful choice only if a serious primary challenger emerges and it could happen as soon as next week...
  • Filibuster battle altering '08 presidential landscape

    05/29/2005 2:33:50 PM PDT · by strategofr · 110 replies · 1,773+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | May 29, 2005 | By Ralph Z. Hallow
    Last week's Senate compromise that averted a showdown over filibustered judicial nominees was actually the opening salvo of the 2008 presidential campaign, several veteran political observers say. The unexpected consequence of the filibuster compromise is to give a boost to the presidential prospects of Sen. George Allen, Virginia Republican. "Allen was very vocal in support of changing the rules to eliminate the filibuster of judicial nominees and took the right position in condemning the compromise," said Free Congress Foundation President Paul M. Weyrich. Conservatives have strongly condemned the compromise as a politically motivated gambit by Arizona Sen. John McCain, key...