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  • August 3, 2010 8:40 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Cornyn Twists Kagan Remark, Comes Out Against “Judgment”

    Sen. John Cornyn, in his boilerplate remarks about the “judicial activism” conservatives like to associate with Elena Kagan, attempted to throw the Solicitor General’s own words back at her. Kagan, Cornyn insisted, would not rely on the “Constitution ratified by…

  • August 3, 2010 8:05 pm | By Rhee-Soo

    Senator Cornyn Still Thinks “Judicial Activism” is a Liberal Phenomenon

    Senator Cornyn’s sound bite today: “A judge who presumes to be a lawmaker becomes a lawbreaker.” That is, a Justice who decides based on a desired policy outcome rather than a correct interpretation of the Constitution is a “judicial activist”…

  • August 3, 2010 7:30 pm | By Rhee-Soo

    Franken: Roberts Court is Activist

    Senator Al Franken was right on about the Roberts Court this afternoon. For years, he said, conservatives have complained that progressives engage in “judicial activism” from the highest court. Most conservatives on the judiciary committee seemed to agree with Elena…

  • August 3, 2010 4:21 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Kyl’s Hypocrisy on the Kagan Nomination

    Senator Jon Kyl just finished speaking against Elena Kagan's confirmation to the Supreme Court, but he seemed a bit confused. According to Kyl, he will vote against her because she believes that the role of the court is to solve society's problems.…

  • August 3, 2010 3:31 pm | By Rhee-Soo

    More GOP Hypocrisy

    Either Senate Republicans have no idea what their co-conservatives are saying and doing, or they are just comfortable with their party’s hypocrisy. In explaining why he didn’t plan to vote for Kagan, Senator Jeff Sessions said that she lacked judicial…

  • August 3, 2010 3:21 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Cardin Supports Kagan – and the American People

    In support of Elena Kagan's nomination, Sen. Ben Cardin just did an excellent job of listing a few of the examples of how the Roberts Court has gone out of its way to rule against ordinary Americans and in favor…

  • August 3, 2010 3:10 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Trading Judges

    As the Senate prepares to vote this week on the Supreme Court confirmation of Elena Kagan, there is also reportedly a deal in the works to finally confirm dozens of the executive branch and judicial nominees who have been waiting—many…

  • August 3, 2010 2:19 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Sessions Mistakes Kagan for Roberts

    GOP Senator Jeff Sessions has taken to the Senate floor to oppose the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. He's accused Kagan of believing that judges can simply ignore the Constitution and replace it with her personal vision…

  • August 3, 2010 2:16 pm | By Rhee-Soo

    The Wrong Way to Reform Immigration

    As President Obama made clear last month, some proponents of the Arizona law have distorted the truth to spread fear about undocumented immigrants. Governor Jan Brewer, for example, claimed that beheaded bodies had been discovered in the Arizona desert, but…

  • August 3, 2010 1:57 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Leahy Calls the Robert Court on its Pro-Business Excess

    Sen. Leahy just opened up the Senate debate on Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court with words that we all should pay attention to: "Law matters in people's lives." He referred to the Supreme Court’s attack against victims of…

  • August 2, 2010 7:37 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Ken Cuccinelli Will Not Be Outdone

    Virginia’s crusading attorney general Ken Cuccinelli has a new cause: ensuring that Virginia keeps up with Arizona in the race to become the most anti-immigrant state in the union. On Friday, prompted by an inquiry from Republican Governor Bob McDonnell,…

  • July 30, 2010 9:10 pm | By Rhee-Soo

    Republicans Waiting It Out On Judicial Nominations

    In the wake of Citizens United and other rulings that put corporate bank accounts ahead of individual rights, it has become increasingly clear where the priorities of the Supreme Court’s conservative majority lie. Republicans in Congress, unlike most Americans, like…

  • July 30, 2010 5:38 pm | By Brian

    GOP’s Citizens United Hypocrisy

    As we witness the growing influx of corporate spending in elections from Kentucky to Minnesota as a result of the Citizens United ruling, campaigns across the country are bracing for a barrage of corporate expenditures. Senate Republicans claim that by…

  • July 29, 2010 9:23 pm | By Miranda Blue

    GOP Blocks 20 Judicial Nominees, Rebuffs Goodwin Liu Again

    Nine Democratic senators went to the Senate floor today to call for up-or-down votes on the confirmation of 20 federal judicial nominees, many of whom have been waiting months to be confirmed and several of whom passed out of the…

  • July 29, 2010 8:32 pm | By Rhee-Soo

    Guess Who’s Against the DISCLOSE Act?

    Citizens United empowered corporate and special interest lobbyists to spend unlimited amounts influencing elections. Not surprisingly, lobbyists hired by powerful interests are now the most vocal opponents of campaign finance reform. Roll Call reports that these lobbyists outdid themselves fighting…

  • July 28, 2010 10:22 pm | By Rhee-Soo

    The Consequences of Citizens United

    Ever since the Supreme Court issued its ruling in the Citizens United case in January, we’ve been warning that the decision would empower corporations to funnel unlimited donations through shadow advocacy groups to directly influence elections.And guess what? It’s begun.Just…

  • July 27, 2010 9:59 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Senate GOP Blocks Election Transparency, Baucus Responds with Constitutional Amendment

    Republicans succeeded today in blocking Senate consideration of the DISCLOSE Act, a modest first attempt to start reigning in the money-in-politics free-for-all the Supreme Court set loose in January’s Citizens United decision.The successful filibuster of DISCLOSE is frustrating, but it…

  • July 27, 2010 7:39 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Join the call to support family immigration rights

    A few weeks ago, I attended a press conference to support LGBT equality and comprehensive immigration reform. Tomorrow you too have the chance to get involved.Immigration Equality Action Fund is hosting Grassroots Call: ACT NOW for Family Immigration Rights!Date: TOMORROW,…

  • July 27, 2010 7:35 pm | By Rhee-Soo

    The Supreme Court’s Conservative Ideology

    Some conservatives are still trying to argue that the Supreme Court is in danger of being overrun by “liberal activists.” But an article in Sunday’s New York Times, entitled “Court Under Roberts Is Most Conservative In Decades,” presented data from…

  • July 27, 2010 7:33 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Obama Increasing Pressure On GOP to Confirm Judges

    President Obama says he’s increasing the pressure on Republican Senators to stop stalling judicial nominees. After meeting with congressional leaders today, he told reporters:Finally, during our meeting today, I urged Senator McConnell and others in the Senate to work with…