Fair and Just Courts

Senate Confirms One Judicial Nominee, GOP Holds Up Many More

After relentless obstruction and dangerous politicking of the Senate GOP, the Senate today confirmed Jane Stranch to a seat on the Sixth Circuit Court of appeals.

Dozens of Congressional Candidates Pledge to Support a Constitutional Amendment Overturning Court Ruling Enabling Corporations to Swamp Elections

Dozens of candidates for Congress have pledged to support a constitutional amendment to overturn a controversial U.S. Supreme Court ruling and thereby help ensure that elections are not hijacked by corporations.

Radio Ad Highlights Grassley’s Criticism of Civil Rights Leader

People For the American Way today released a new radio ad calling out Sen. Charles Grassley for his criticism of civil rights hero Thurgood Marshall during Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan's recent confirmation hearings. The ad will air in Iowa starting tomorrow.

PFAW Memo: Robert Gibbs, the “Professional Left”, and the Opportunity We Can’t Miss

To: Progressive Allies
From: Michael B. Keegan, President, People For the American Way
Re: Robert Gibbs, the "Professional Left", and the Opportunity We Can't Miss
Date: August 17, 2010

GOP Obstruction Against Judges Reaches New Low

Last night, the Senate GOP refused to confirm numerous judicial nominees who have been waiting months for up-or-down votes, including several who were approved unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Elena Kagan Confirmed to the Supreme Court

In a historic step forward for all Americans, the Senate has approved the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court by a vote of 63 to 37.

PFAW Statement: Committee Approves Shareholder Protection Act

The House Financial Services Committee approved the Act, which would require corporations to receive permission from a majority of shareholders before setting aside a budget for campaign expenditures, and would require all large election-related expenditures to be disclosed to shareholders and the public.

Republican Opposition Derails DISCLOSE Act; Baucus Introduces Constitutional Amendment to Undo Citizens United

The Senate today failed to end a Republican filibuster of the DISCLOSE Act. After the vote, Sen. Max Baucus announced that he would introduce a Constitutional Amendment to reverse Citizens United.

Senate to Debate Crucial Campaign Finance Disclosure Bill

This afternoon, the Senate will begin debate on the DISCLOSE Act, a bill that would tighten campaign spending disclosure rules for corporations and unions, and limit which corporations are able to spend money to influence elections. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill tomorrow.

GOP Refuses to Vote on Jane Stranch Nomination, After Eight Months of Stalling

This afternoon, Sen. Patrick Leahy attempted to secure a floor vote on the nomination of Jane Branstetter Stranch of Tennessee to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked the vote, claiming that the GOP needed more time to consider her nomination.

President Obama nominated Stranch on August 6, 2009, with the support of both her home state senators. The Judiciary Committee approved her nomination with bipartisan support in November. She has been waiting for a confirmation vote since.

Kagan Nomination Approved By Judiciary Committee

The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Kagan received the support of all the Democrats on the committee, but was opposed by all but one Republican member. Her nomination will now go to the Senate floor and is soon expected to receive a vote.

People For the American Way, Public Citizen Launch Constitutional Amendment Pledge Campaign to Undo Citizens United

People For the American Way and Public Citizen today announced a campaign calling on candidates for Congress to pledge to support an amendment to the Constitution to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court’s dangerous decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

Senate GOP Throws Health Care Fit, Stalls Judges

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell today blocked confirmation votes on two nominees to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Judges James Wynn and Albert Diaz of North Carolina. North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan attempted to move the two nominations, both of which have received strong bipartisan support.

If confirmed, Diaz will be the first Latino to serve on the Fourth Circuit, and Wynn will be the fourth African American. 

PFAW Memo: Evaluating the Kagan Hearings

Despite everyone's predication that Elena Kagan's confirmation hearings would be boring, she offered real substance for anyone willing to listen and real evidence that our debate around the Supreme Court is starting to change for the better.

Top Ten Highlights from the Kagan Hearings

Despite predictions to the contrary, the Senate Confirmation Hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan presented the best public discussion of judging, the courts, and the Constitution in decades. We've selected some of the most interesting moments from four days of hearings.

PFAW Statement on the Appointment of Donald Berwick

President Obama today will appoint Dr. Donald Berwick to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

People For the American Way Endorses the Confirmation of Elena Kagan

Following her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, People For the American Way announced its support for the confirmation of Elena Kagan to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens.

Senator Sessions Equates Citizens United with Brown v. Board

Talking Points Memo has reported an exchange in which Sen. Jeff Sessions, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, defended the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC by comparing it to the decision to desegregate American schools in Brown v. Board of Education.

PFAW Statement on Day Two of the Kagan Hearings

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee began the first round of questions in the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

PFAW Statement on Day One of the Kagan Hearings

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee began the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. Senate Republicans are facing enormous pressure from their base to oppose Elena Kagan, but can’t find any credible reason to do so.
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