Justice Anthony Kennedy Retires - Judge Brett Kavanaugh Nominated for SCOTUS

Justice Anthony Kennedy Retires - Judge Brett Kavanaugh Nominated for SCOTUS

Justice Anthony Kennedy Retires - Judge Brett Kavanaugh Nominated for SCOTUS

Baldwin's decision was not unexpected and came three days after she voiced concerns about Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, but did not say whether she would endorse him or not. A native of Washington, D.C., Kavanaugh attended Yale for both his undergraduate and law degrees, graduating law school cum laude in 1990.

The stakes are high.

A Republican strategist involved in Senate races said court appointments are hugely motivating factors for evangelical voters and some rank-and-file Republicans who weren't Trump supporters right away.

Democrats hope two Republicans who back abortion rights, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, will vote against the nominee.

Fallon, who is the executive director of Demand Justice, a new group that promotes progressive judicial nominees, said his organization has been working to persuade senators to oppose Kavanaugh's confirmation.

"That's a very potent message and I think you'll see a lot of it", the Republican said. His own writings make clear that he would rule against reproductive rights and freedoms, and that he would welcome challenges to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

Kavanaugh has been particularly skeptical of regulation that is only tenuously related to legislation passed by Congress, Shapiro said.

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Callahan Harrison said she recognized that the criminal prosecution is a "galvanizing issue" that could set Booker apart from possible rivals in the 2020 presidential race.

McCain said "Over the course of Judge Kavanaugh's impressive legal career, he has built a reputation as a fair, independent, and mainstream judge who has earned widespread respect from his peers".

Republicans hold a slight majority in the Senate and were able a year ago to confirm Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. Bash asked, referring to the possibility of Kavanaugh going rogue and not exploiting opportunities to reverse Roe, to which Pence replied that what the president was looking for in a Supreme Court pick was above all fidelity to the U.S. Constitution.

McConnell addressed recent protests he's encountered over immigration policies of the Trump administration.

Already, in Missouri, Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley, who is challenging Democratic Sen.

Cramer also praised Kavanaugh's commitment to "the rule of the law and the US constitution", along with Kavanaugh's academic background at Yale. Kavanaugh then clerked for appellate judges Walter Stapleton and Alex Kozinski before clerking for Justice Kennedy - whose seat Kavanaugh would take if confirmed.

Originalists may overturn Roe v. Wade (1973) or Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) - although Chief Justice John Roberts is a gradualist and so would likely restrain the Court from taking one huge action like that. Kennedy has been a key vote in decisions on abortion and gay marriage.

"As a point of comparison, look at Bob Casey who is also up for re-election in the Trump-won state of Pennsylvania". In contrast, 13 percent of Democrats and 51 percent of Republicans said the ruling should be reversed.

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