Fair and Just Courts

Changing How We Treat Judicial Nominees

In the last session of Congress, the Senate’s treatment of President Obama’s judicial nominees was deeply disappointing. When the 111th Congress drew to a close, no fewer than 19 nominees were left waiting for votes

GOP Senators Target Judicial Nominees of Color

To: Interested Parties
From: Marge Baker, People For the American Way
Re: GOP Senators Target Judicial Nominees of Color
Date: December 22, 2010

Republicans Stymie Progress on Judicial Nominations

According to media reports, Senate Republicans have agreed to confirm a total of 19 of the 38 judicial nominations pending on the Senate’s calendar at the beginning of the lame duck session in exchange for a commitment that Senate Democrats refrain from holding votes on four others.

Anti-Health Care Lawsuit Succeeds in Virginia

A federal judge in Virginia has declared portions of the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional in a decision in the case brought by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

Michael B. Keegan, President of People For the American Way, said:

Holding Judges Hostage

As the end of the 111th Congress approaches, 38 judicial nominees approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee are waiting for a vote on the Senate floor. Many of the nominees have been waiting for months, while a few have been waiting for almost a year.

PFAW Delivers 25,000 DISCLOSE Act Petitions to Senate

Today, People For the American Way delivered to Senate Rules Committee Chairman Charles Schumer more than 25,000 petitions urging the Senate to consider and pass meaningful campaign finance disclosure legislation.

Senate Judiciary Committee Moves Judges Forward, Full Senate Still Gripped by GOP Obstruction

The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved another 11 of President Obama’s judicial nominees, sending them to the full senate where they’ll join 23 others waiting for approval.

A Government That Works: Americans Want a Functioning Government

Pundits will spend months discussing and dissecting the results of our most recent elections. Whether the root cause of the results is the country’s economic situation, the flood of outside money or something else, one thing is clear: Americans are angry at gridlock and partisanship in Washington. They don’t want political squabbles and they don’t want more talking points: they want a government that works.

And a well functioning judicial branch is central to having such a government.

Citizens Blindsided: Updated PFAW Report Examines Role of Corporate Money in 2010 Elections

An updated and expanded report released by People For the American Way today analyzes the impact corporate money had on the 2010 elections, the first election cycle after the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC.

Letter to Senate Leadership from Progressive Organizations Calling for an End to the Backlog of Judicial Nominees

Letter from progressive organizations to Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader McConnell calling for an end to the troubling backlog of judicial nominees that exists to date in the 111th Congress

Citizens Blindsided: Secret Corporate Money in the 2010 Elections and America’s New Shadow Democracy

PFAW's new report analyzes the impact corporate money had on the 2010 elections, the first election cycle after the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC.

People For the American Way Supports the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 3772)

Especially in this unsteady economy, people who are struggling to pay their bills shouldn’t have to worry about whether they are being discriminated against in the workplace.

After Citizens United: A Look into the Pro-Corporate Players in American Politics

Our new report profiles some of the lavishly funded groups trying to buy the midterm elections to prevent Congress from enacting common sense legislation.

Bipartisan Group of Former Attorneys General and Law Professors Call on Congress to Examine Constitutional Amendment To Reverse Citizens United

As the Supreme Court returns today for its new term, a bipartisan group of law professors and prominent attorneys, including seven former state attorneys general, issued a letter criticizing the Court’s ruling in January in Citizens United v. FEC, which equated corporate spending in elections with free speech rights, and calling on Congress to consider a constitutional amendment to overturn the decision.

Senate GOP Blocks All Judicial Nominees as it Leaves for Recess

The Senate left for recess last night without confirming a single one of the 23 pending federal judicial nominees. 21 of these nominees have been waiting over five months for Senate votes, some for nearly a year. Seventeen were approved by the Judiciary Committee without opposition. Eleven have been nominated to fill vacancies designated “judicial emergencies.”

Marge Baker, Executive Vice President of People For the American Way, issued the following statement:

Report Profiles Pro-Corporate Players in Post-Citizens United Politics

A new report by People For the American Way profiles the work of nine organizations that are funneling money, in many cases from undisclosed donors, to help elect pro-corporate candidates in the 2010 elections.

PFAW Calls for GOP Senators to Show Responsibility, Confirm Stalled Judicial Nominees

  Republican Senators are looking to show that they have any interest in responsible governance before November’s election, this is the last week for them to show it.

Currently, 23 of President Obama’s judicial nominees are waiting for a vote by the full Senate.  Nineteen of those nominations have been pending for more than five months, some for nearly a year.  Eleven of those nominations are to fill vacancies designated “judicial emergencies.”

Senate GOP Blocks Corporate Campaign Disclosure Vote for the Second Time

Today, the Senate GOP succeeded for the second time in filibustering the DISCLOSE Act, a measure that would ensure the disclosure of corporate political spending in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC.

Judiciary Committee Approves Seven Nominees, Including Liu; All Have Been Waiting Months for Senate Votes

After months of delays, the Senate Judiciary Committee today approved the nominations of seven federal court nominees, including Goodwin Liu for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Rise of the Corporate Court: How the Supreme Court is Putting Businesses First

The Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United v. FEC is the logical expression of an activist pro-corporatist jurisprudence that has been bubbling up for many decades, but has gained tremendous momentum over the last generation.
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