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  • News and Analysis
    Real People, Real Lives: The Harm Caused By Judge Gorsuch
    February 19, 2017 9:10 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Real People, Real Lives: The Harm Caused By Judge Gorsuch

    When Donald Trump was running for president, he outsourced his future selection of potential Supreme Court nominees to two right wing organizations, the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation. They provided him a list of 21 people who were acceptable…

  • News and Analysis
    Koch-Connected Group Targets Sen. Tester on the Supreme Court, But Montanans Support Tester’s Efforts to Protect Our Democracy
    February 17, 2017 2:57 pm | By Katie O’Connell

    Koch-Connected Group Targets Sen. Tester on the Supreme Court, But Montanans Support Tester’s Efforts to Protect Our Democracy

    The Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative organization that led opposition to former President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, launched a $10 million multi-state advertising campaign last month to support the confirmation of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.…

  • News and Analysis
    The Latest Decision Against Trump’s Travel Ban—And What It Shows About Why Neil Gorsuch Should Not Be on the Supreme Court
    February 17, 2017 1:50 pm | By Elliot Mincberg

    The Latest Decision Against Trump’s Travel Ban—And What It Shows About Why Neil Gorsuch Should Not Be on the Supreme Court

    Earlier this week, Judge Leonie Brinkema of the federal district court in Virginia joined the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in ruling against President Trump’s executive order imposing a dangerous travel ban targeting Muslims. In several respects, her decision was…

  • Op-Ed
    Black Communities Must Fight for the Supreme Court
    February 17, 2017 10:33 am | By Diallo Brooks

    Black Communities Must Fight for the Supreme Court

    This piece was originally published on Medium. “History teaches that grave threats to liberty often come in times of urgency, when constitutional rights seem too extravagant to endure.” –Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall Just a few weeks into Trump’s presidency,…

  • Federal Update
    President Trump: “We’re going to put out a new order next week”
    February 17, 2017 9:04 am | By Katie O’Connell

    President Trump: “We’re going to put out a new order next week”

    At a White House press conference today first billed as an announcement of the new labor secretary nominee, President Trump was questioned by the press on the roll out of the anti-Muslim travel ban. Trump insisted that the process was…

  • News and Analysis
    Alliance for Justice Report Finds Gorsuch ‘Not Qualified’ for Supreme Court
    February 16, 2017 3:03 pm | By Peter Montgomery

    Alliance for Justice Report Finds Gorsuch ‘Not Qualified’ for Supreme Court

    The Alliance for Justice, a longtime People For the American Way ally in advocating for a federal judiciary that protects all Americans’ constitutional and legal rights, has published a new in-depth examination of the record of Supreme Court nominee Neil…

  • Op-Ed
    Michigan Graduate Student Opposes Gorsuch, Urges Senator Stabenow to Join Her
    February 16, 2017 1:45 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Michigan Graduate Student Opposes Gorsuch, Urges Senator Stabenow to Join Her

    Michigan graduate student Cortney Sanders understands what freedom, justice, and opportunity look like. She also understands that our country is at a turning point where we need judges and justices who know what these concepts mean for everyday people. That's…

  • Op-Ed
    Trump and Voting: From Bad to Worse
    February 16, 2017 11:31 am | By Michael Keegan

    Trump and Voting: From Bad to Worse

    This piece originally appeared in the Huffington Post. What could be worse than the U.S. president spreading lies and conspiracy theories about voting fraud to make himself feel better about losing the popular vote by millions? Unfortunately, that’s no longer…

  • News and Analysis
    Mitch McConnell on Gorsuch: “We’ll have to get 60 votes.”
    February 16, 2017 10:54 am | By Marie Lindberg

    Mitch McConnell on Gorsuch: “We’ll have to get 60 votes.”

    President Trump is calling on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to “go nuclear” in order to confirm his Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch. And the far Right may think that they have found their dream candidate to fill his stolen…

  • Op-Ed
    Montana Couple Says Senator Tester Should Stop Danger to Democracy Gorsuch
    February 15, 2017 4:11 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Montana Couple Says Senator Tester Should Stop Danger to Democracy Gorsuch

    In a letter to the editor that appeared today in the Missoulian, attorney Katie Carlson and Missoula County clerk-treasurer Tyler Gernant express a lack of confidence in Judge Neil Gorsuch and his ability to dispense equal justice from the Supreme…

  • News and Analysis
    #StopGorsuch: Trump’s Nominee Would be a Nightmare for Women
    February 15, 2017 9:41 am | By Katie O’Connell

    #StopGorsuch: Trump’s Nominee Would be a Nightmare for Women

    Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court seat vacated by Antonin Scalia, has been referred to as “Scalia with a smile.” But his record shows that for women, his smile is more of a sneer. On a range…

  • News and Analysis
    Trump’s Labor Secretary Nominee Represents a Real Threat to Women Workers
    February 14, 2017 6:07 pm | By Layne Amerikaner

    Trump’s Labor Secretary Nominee Represents a Real Threat to Women Workers

    This Thursday the Senate is expected to hold a hearing on Andy Puzder’s nomination to lead the Department of Labor. In addition to his regressive views on workers’ rights in general, Puzder has demonstrated a blatant disregard for the rights,…

  • News and Analysis
    How Many Deceptions Can Chuck Grassley Fit in Just One Statement?
    February 13, 2017 5:36 pm | By Paul Gordon

    How Many Deceptions Can Chuck Grassley Fit in Just One Statement?

    With apologies to Burger King, Senator Chuck Grassley has once again shown that he may be the king of the whoppers. The chairman of the Judiciary Committee was on Fox News this morning discussing whether Neil Gorsuch will have the…

  • News and Analysis
    Like DeVos, Gorsuch Fails to Understand Laws Protecting Students with Disabilities
    February 13, 2017 4:02 pm | By Sarah Lobe

    Like DeVos, Gorsuch Fails to Understand Laws Protecting Students with Disabilities

    During her confirmation hearing for secretary of education, Betsy DeVos was utterly unprepared to answer questions about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which covers nearly 6.5 million students across the country. Although DeVos is unqualified for the position,…

  • News and Analysis
    Six Things You Can Do To Protect Fundamental Rights and #StopGorsuch
    February 13, 2017 3:43 pm | By Layne Amerikaner

    Six Things You Can Do To Protect Fundamental Rights and #StopGorsuch

    Last month President Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch, a judge who has dependably acted to protect the interests of big businesses at the expense of ordinary Americans, to serve as a Supreme Court justice. Judge Gorsuch’s record shows that his nomination…

  • Op-Ed
    Pennsylvania Faith Leader to Sen. Bob Casey: Moral Leadership Calls On You to #StopGorsuch
    February 13, 2017 12:20 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Pennsylvania Faith Leader to Sen. Bob Casey: Moral Leadership Calls On You to #StopGorsuch

    Citizens across the country have a range of reasons for opposing President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch. For Reverend Dr. Robert P. Shine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, it's a question of moral leadership. On Saturday, The Philadelphia Tribune published…

  • Op-Ed
    Fellow Missouri Elected Official Urges Senator McCaskill to #StopGorsuch
    February 13, 2017 12:19 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Fellow Missouri Elected Official Urges Senator McCaskill to #StopGorsuch

    We're continuing to hear from new voices across the country publicly urging their senators to oppose President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch. On Friday, a letter from Jermaine Reed, Third District councilman in Kansas City, appeared in The…

  • News and Analysis
    Team Trump’s Litmus Test for Judges: Blind Deference to the President
    February 12, 2017 5:47 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Team Trump’s Litmus Test for Judges: Blind Deference to the President

    Today, Stephen Miller, a senior policy adviser to President Trump, appeared on Sunday talk shows and made a series of statements that, together and separately, cast grave doubts on the Trump administration’s respect for the independent judiciary and their plans…

  • News and Analysis
    Judicial Independence ≠ Crumpling Under Trump’s Pressure
    February 10, 2017 11:20 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Judicial Independence ≠ Crumpling Under Trump’s Pressure

    Just in case anyone out there seriously thought Judge Neil Gorsuch would have the necessary independence to serve on the Supreme Court, events of the past two days surely have disabused them of that notion. Conservatives have excitedly pointed to…

  • News and Analysis
    Does Gorsuch Equate Judicial Independence with Conservative Rulings?
    February 10, 2017 2:56 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Does Gorsuch Equate Judicial Independence with Conservative Rulings?

    President Trump’s ongoing tirades blasting the federal courts for not obeying him has made people even more aware of the importance of an independent judiciary.  It also gave Judge Neil Gorsuch a chance to demonstrate whether he would act as…