Tag Archives: SCOTUS

REPORT: White House Vetting Moderate GOP Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval As Possible SCOTUS Nominee

From the Washington Post: Brian Sandoval, the centrist Republican governor of Nevada, is being vetted by the White House for a possible nomination to the Supreme Court, according to two people familiar with the process. Sandoval is increasingly viewed by some key Democrats as perhaps the only nominee President Obama could select who would be able to break a Republican …

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President Obama Pens Guest Column For SCOTUSblog: I Take My Appointment Responsibility Seriously

President Obama today penned a column for SCOTUSblog. It begins: The Constitution vests in the President the power to appoint judges to the Supreme Court. It’s a duty that I take seriously, and one that I will fulfill in the weeks ahead. It’s also one of the most important decisions that a President will make. Rulings handed down by the …

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Progressive Group Warns Of 2000-Style “Chaos” If GOP Does Not Allow SCOTUS Nomination [VIDEO]

From the Agenda Project: Yesterday, Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee announced that not only would they not approve any individual that President Obama nominates to the Supreme Court, they would refuse to hold even cursory hearings. In response, the Agenda Project Action Fund released a provocative new ad targeting GOP obstructionism in the Supreme Court fight. “Constitution or …

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SCOTUS Doctor: Scalia Had Several Major Ailments

So it turns out he wasn’t murdered after all. PROBABLY. From the Associated Press: A letter from the Supreme Court’s doctor says Antonin Scalia suffered from coronary artery disease, obesity and diabetes, among other ailments that probably contributed to the justice’s sudden death. Presidio County District Attorney Rod Ponton cited the letter Tuesday, when he told The Associated Press there …

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POSTED: My Second Column For Pride Life

Two weeks ago I launched a twice-monthly column for the website of Britain’s Pride Life magazine, a quarterly LGBT rights and lifestyle magazine. Today’s second installment picks up on last week’s rundown of the leading GOP presidential candidates, their varying anti-LGBT positions, how they fared in the early primaries, and their unified calls to block President Obama from appointing the …

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Democratic National Committee Launches SCOTUS Campaign: #FillTheSeat To Advance LGBT Rights

A new video just in from the DNC: The Democratic National Committee has launched a new media campaign, #FillTheSeat, to explain why it’s so critical for Republican senators to do their jobs and allow a vote on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. Each day this week, the DNC will highlight how the Republican obstruction on the vacancy in the Supreme …

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John Oliver Rips GOP On SCOTUS Vacancy [VIDEO]

Via Raw Story: On HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” host John Oliver ripped into Republicans for their ever-evolving reasons for trying to hold off voting on a new U.S. Supreme Court justice to replace the late Antonin Scalia. GOP presidential contender Ted Cruz established an arbitrary 80-year time frame during which he said no president ever got a hearing for a …

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HRC Calls For LGBT SCOTUS Justice

Yesterday Human Rights Campaign head Chad Griffin urged President Obama to appoint an LGBT person as Antonin Scalia’s successor. He writes: To have a representative on our nation’s highest court would send a powerful message to the millions of LGBT people who have struggled for recognition — and respect — for many decades. Today, we have other legal champions who …

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ALABAMA: Haters File Complaint Against State Supreme Court Over Inaction On Blocking Obergefell

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore and the rest of the his court are being attacked from the right. From World Net Daily: Marriage activists in Alabama have filed complaints with the state Judicial Inquiry Commission against the nine members of the state Supreme Court because they have failed to rule on the application of the U.S. Supreme Court’s …

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Westboro Baptist Pickets At Scalia’s Funeral

This morning members of Westboro Baptist are picketing outside the funeral of Antonin Scalia, who “well knows and understands the folly and fatality of that Catholic Monster he spent his life time nourishing and worshipping.”  Because, presumably, Scalia is now in hell with billions of other Catholics. Today’s protest is rather notable in light of the Supreme Court’s landmark 2011 …

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Mourners Leave Applesauce And Broccoli At Supreme Court In Memory Of Scalia’s Obamacare Dissents

I suppose there was no way to leave a pile of jiggery-pokery: Jars of applesauce and bouquets of broccoli were left on the steps of the Supreme Court on Friday as part of a makeshift memorial for the late Justice Antonin Scalia. The unusual items became symbols of the ObamaCare debate following colorful comments from Scalia, who was the court’s …

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Right Wing Group Launches $1M+ Ad Campaign Against Obama Nominating Scalia’s Successor [VIDEO]

USA Today reports: It’s on. The conservative Judicial Crisis Network announced Thursday that it is spending at least $1 million on a radio, TV and digital advertising campaign that urges the Senate to block anyone President Obama nominates to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, whose death last week has roiled the political world. The campaign, dubbed “Let the People …

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Obama Criticized For Plan To Skip Scalia’s Funeral

From the New York Times: The White House on Thursday tried to fend off criticism of President Obama’s decision not to attend the funeral this weekend of Justice Antonin Scalia, but even some administration allies lamented the move as a missed opportunity to ease the partisan warfare that has followed the justice’s death. Mr. Obama and his wife, Michelle, will …

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Ted Cruz: With Help From Hate Groups, Obergefell “Will Not Stand” When I’m President [AUDIO]

“I believe that decision was fundamentally illegitimate, it was lawless, it was unconstitutional and it will not stand. And I would note, that is precisely why Dr. James Dobson has endorsed me in this campaign, it is why Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council has endorsed me in this campaign, it’s why the National Organization on Marriage [sic] has …

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Reagan SCOTUS Appointee Sandra Day O’Connor: Let’s Get On With It And Name New Justice [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on Wednesday said she disagrees with Republicans who want to wait to appoint a new justice until after the presidential election. “I don’t agree,” she said in an interview with Fox 10 Phoenix of Republicans who want to delay the appointment. “I think we need somebody there now to do …

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DEBUNKED: The Pillow “Over Scalia’s Face”

But this won’t stop the conspiracy nuts. The Los Angeles Times reports: He was 79 with high blood pressure, and his health was deemed too precarious for shoulder surgery. Yet the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is getting the full conspiracy theory treatment. For that, the blame starts with a Texas law that allows presiding judges without medical …

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Trump Calls In To Colbert, Gets Booed For Saying Vote On Scalia’s Successor Should Be Delayed [VIDEO]

Mediaite recaps: On Tuesday night, Late Show host and South Carolina native Stephen Colbert got the opportunity to receive one such call, and in typical Colbert style, the staff rolled out a “Trump phone” complete with Donald-approved hair for the event.Colbert pushed the GOP frontrunner on his penchant for foul language on the stump, which is a tactic that Trump …

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Glenn Beck: God Killed Antonin Scalia In Order To Make Sure Ted Cruz Becomes President [VIDEO]

Kyle Mantyla reports at Right Wing Watch: Glenn Beck was on the road today and unable to host his radio program, but he did find time to call in and offer his theory about why God allowed Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia to die so close to the next presidential election. After Beck’s co-host Pat Gray wondered why God simply …

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Hate Group Leader Brian Brown Praises Antonin Scalia’s Attempts To Keep Homosexuality Criminalized

NOM president Brian Brown has penned a lengthy tribute to late Justice Antonin Scalia’s attempts to keep homosexuality criminalized in the United States. An excerpt: When the majority of his colleagues, led by Justice Anthony Kennedy, ruled in Romer v Evans that the voters of Colorado could not prohibit the granting of special rights to homosexuals, Scalia took them to …

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John Kasich: Obergefell Is Settled Law And That’s That

Ohio Gov. John Kasich was confronted today by a gay college student who demanded to know his positions on same-sex marriage and LGBT rights. What followed was interesting: “If I see discrimination in anything, like I said earlier, I’m willing to do what I can,” Kasich said. “Whether it’s executive order or legislation. That’s fine with me. As for marriage …

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