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    Everything You Need to Know About the Senate’s Supreme Court Confirmation Process
    April 5, 2017 5:06 pm | By 43581

    Everything You Need to Know About the Senate’s Supreme Court Confirmation Process

    Lately we have been inundated with the news of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.  We have learned from his selection process, record, and testimony that he would not be the independent justice we need on our highest court.  But now other terms…

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    Chuck Grassley Gives a History Un-Lesson on Judges
    April 5, 2017 2:00 pm | By 28188

    Chuck Grassley Gives a History Un-Lesson on Judges

    Last night and today, Sen. Jeff Merkley spent an admirable (and exhausting) 15 hours on the Senate floor explaining why the Senate should not allow Neil Gorsuch onto the Supreme Court. Somewhat less inspiring was what came next, when Judiciary Committee…

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    Condemnations of the Nuclear Option, Even in Red States
    April 4, 2017 9:01 pm | By 28188

    Condemnations of the Nuclear Option, Even in Red States

    As Mitch McConnell decides whether to try to exercise the nuclear option, influential newspapers across the country—even in the reddest of red states—are urging Senate Republicans not to take that path. This includes newspapers that have endorsed Gorsuch but would…

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    McConnell’s Nuclear Choice
    April 4, 2017 4:12 pm | By 28188

    McConnell’s Nuclear Choice

    For those of us who grew up during the Cold War, the “nuclear option” was the ultimate nightmare, the worst-case scenario that would cause untold devastation. So it is apt to use that term for the weapon that Republican senators…

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    Gorsuch Can’t Be Independent While Connected to Conservative Supporters
    April 3, 2017 8:47 am | By 43581

    Gorsuch Can’t Be Independent While Connected to Conservative Supporters

    Regardless of how reluctant Gorsuch is to talk about his connection to right-wing, conservative groups, Gorsuch is connected to them because they chose him as the Supreme Court nominee through an outsourced selection process and because they launched a multi-million dollar campaign to support his…

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    Grassley’s 7 “Facts” on Gorsuch Don’t Hold Water
    March 31, 2017 2:09 pm | By 28188

    Grassley’s 7 “Facts” on Gorsuch Don’t Hold Water

    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has an op-ed out in The Daily Signal called 7 Facts Democrats Should Consider Before They Oppose Neil Gorsuch. Unfortunately for Grassley, all seven are easily shown to be either irrelevant or untrue. Grassley’s…

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    Gorsuch Still Won’t Say If He Spoke About Roe v. Wade
    March 30, 2017 6:17 pm | By 28188

    Gorsuch Still Won’t Say If He Spoke About Roe v. Wade

    As discussed in PFAW’s Gorsuch Post-Hearing Report, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee carefully avoided answering a critically important question asked by Senator Richard Blumenthal at his confirmation hearing: His dodging was particularly apparent when Sen. Blumenthal asked whether there was…

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    Gorsuch’s Ideology Has Harmed People With Disabilities
    March 30, 2017 4:42 pm | By 28188

    Gorsuch’s Ideology Has Harmed People With Disabilities

    During Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings, many Americans were shocked to learn just how insensitive President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee can be to people with disabilities—even children. A Standard of Care So Low it is Meaningless Perhaps the most prominent example…

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    Gorsuch and the Senate GOP’s Alternative Universe
    March 30, 2017 3:52 pm | By 28188

    Gorsuch and the Senate GOP’s Alternative Universe

    In their efforts to get the ultra-conservative Neil Gorsuch onto the Supreme Court, Senate Republicans have moved beyond creating “alternative facts.”  They’ve created an entire alternative universe. If Gorsuch has earned so little bipartisan support that he cannot get the…

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    Father Of Student With Autism Slams Neil Gorsuch For ‘Eviscerating’ Disability Rights Law
    March 23, 2017 3:47 pm | By 28192

    Father Of Student With Autism Slams Neil Gorsuch For ‘Eviscerating’ Disability Rights Law

    This post originally appeared on Right Wing Watch. Jeff Perkins testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee today regarding the case he brought against his local school district over its treatment of his son, Luke, who was diagnosed with autism when…

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    Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Gorsuch is “Corporate America’s Flunky”
    March 22, 2017 5:39 pm | By 53562

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Gorsuch is “Corporate America’s Flunky”

    Last night we hosted a member telebriefing with Senator Elizabeth Warren along with our own Vice President Marge Baker, Senior Fellow Elliot Mincberg, and Communications Director Drew Courtney to discuss the first day of Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Senate confirmation hearing.…

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    Gorsuch Evades Questions on Children with Disabilities
    March 22, 2017 4:58 pm | By 28188

    Gorsuch Evades Questions on Children with Disabilities

    This morning, a unanimous Supreme Court rejected Judge Neil Gorsuch’s formula that lowers the bar on what schools must do to educate children with disabilities.  Since this happened while senators were questioning him at his confirmation hearing, it provided an…

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    Unanimous Supreme Court Rejects Gorsuch Standard in Disability Rights Case
    March 22, 2017 11:37 am | By 28188

    Unanimous Supreme Court Rejects Gorsuch Standard in Disability Rights Case

    Courts affect real people, often profoundly. Judge Gorsuch wrote an opinion in 2008 (Thompson R2-J School District v. Luke P.) that had a devastating impact on a child with autism named Luke P. In that case, a child with autism…

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    Al Franken Quizzes Gorsuch’s Dissent In Frozen Trucker Case: ‘That’s Absurd’
    March 21, 2017 9:17 pm | By 28192

    Al Franken Quizzes Gorsuch’s Dissent In Frozen Trucker Case: ‘That’s Absurd’

    This post originally appeared on Right Wing Watch. Today Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., addressed Judge Neil Gorsuch’s opinion in the “frozen trucker case,” where a truck driver was fired over actions that saved his life but required him to briefly…

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    Is Neil Gorsuch Walking Out the Door on Overturning <em>Roe</em>? Nope!
    March 21, 2017 4:00 pm | By 28185

    Is Neil Gorsuch Walking Out the Door on Overturning Roe? Nope!

    Today Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch delivered a lovely talking point when he insisted he would have walked out the door if Donald Trump had asked him about overturning Roe v. Wade. But that shouldn’t put anyone’s mind at ease.…

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    Schumer Rightly Asks GOP: Why the Rush on Gorsuch?
    March 21, 2017 3:57 pm | By 28188

    Schumer Rightly Asks GOP: Why the Rush on Gorsuch?

    Senate Republicans are rushing to get President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch confirmed as soon as possible.  This approach is the height of irresponsibility—as Senate Minority Leader noted on the Senate floor earlier today. Even in ordinary times, it…

  • News and Analysis
    March 21, 2017 12:56 pm | By 28188

    Gorsuch’s Hollow Rationale For Evasion

    Throughout his confirmation hearing so far, Judge Gorsuch has bobbed and weaved around every attempt to get at the most important issue: his approach to judging.  He won’t give even a hint on how he would have ruled in cases…

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    Gorsuch’s Disturbing Cases: Where There’s Smoke …
    March 21, 2017 10:36 am | By 28188

    Gorsuch’s Disturbing Cases: Where There’s Smoke …

    In the first day of hearings on Judge Neil Gorsuch yesterday, Republicans trotted out a response to the persistent criticism that Gorsuch has routinely favored the interests of corporations and the powerful over the rights of individual Americans: sometimes the…

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    How Would Gorsuch the ‘Textualist’ Read Trump’s Muslim Ban?
    March 20, 2017 8:55 pm | By 41852

    How Would Gorsuch the ‘Textualist’ Read Trump’s Muslim Ban?

    The recent court decisions against Donald Trump’s “travel ban” Executive Orders – on the grounds that they violate the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause by intentionally disfavoring members of one religion, Islam – present a timely example of something that US senators…

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    Gorsuch: Companies Should Ask Women about Pregnancy Plans
    March 20, 2017 2:52 pm | By 53562

    Gorsuch: Companies Should Ask Women about Pregnancy Plans

    Three days before Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s hearings were scheduled to begin, a former student of his from the University of Colorado Law School sent a letter of concern to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The letter alleges that during…