Fair and Just Courts

Editorial Memorandum: Judicial Nominees and the State of the Union

To: Interested Parties
From: Marge Baker, People For the American Way
Re: Judicial Nominees and the State of the Union
Date: January 25, 2011

While it’s not clear exactly which Supreme Court Justices will attend President Obama’s State of the Union address tonight, it is clear that at least some of the Court’s conservative members agree with the President on one pressing issue: the need to hasten the confirmation of judges to the federal bench.

Americans Unite Against Corporate Influence in Elections on Anniversary of Supreme Court Decision

Today, the first anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC, activists around the country will gather to protest the decision that lifted restrictions on corporate influence in elections and to call for a constitutional amendment to reverse it.

Citizen Jane Explains the Impact of Citizens United

In our latest video, Citizen Jane explains how Citizens United v. FEC reversed more than 100 years of settled law.

Events to Mark One Year Anniversary of Citizens United Decision

A number of national and local groups will produce a series of events this week to mark the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC, which overturned limits on corporate influence in elections.  In addition to a wide range of local events planned across the nation, a series of events will take place in Washington, DC to show the broad based support for action—including amending the Constitution—to restore democratic power to citizens, not corporations.

Events include:

One Year After the Citizens United v. FEC Decision

On January 21, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned precedent and defied the principle of judicial restraint in an opinion that has become a lightning rod in Washington, D.C. and beyond. This Friday will be the one-year anniversary of that decision.

President Obama Sends Judicial Nominations Back to the Senate

President Obama today renominated 42 judicial nominees whose confirmations were blocked by Senate Republicans last year.

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.

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