Brett Kavanaugh and the Midterm Effect

Kavanaugh moved on to Yale University and Yale Law School before clerking for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, whom he would replace if confirmed.

Kavanaugh, 53, a 12-year veteran of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, is expected to face a bruising confirmation battle.

Democrats are anxious that Kavanaugh will join with the court's other four conservative members to reverse legalized abortion in the United States.

Tucson lawyer Paul Gattone has practiced as a civil rights attorney for nearly 30 years in the Old Pueblo.

Both voted against Trump's effort to repeal the Obama-era Affordable Care Act, and they objected furiously to a measure that would have stripped funding from women's health organization Planned Parenthood. "But this is all they have left, honestly", Loesch said, calling the rhetoric coming from Democrats "embarrassing".

"Judge Kavanaugh has written some troubling things about environmental protections, consumer protections, commonsense gun safety laws - all of which should be carefully examined by this Senate and by the American people", Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said.

And, he argues, Kavanaugh also qualifies as a "great judge" for admitting and learning from past mistakes.

Democrats have had an advantage in enthusiasm over the past year, but a high court fight could offset that advantage, producing larger Republican Senate gains in November and possibly minimizing Democratic gains in the House.

If confirmed to the Supreme Court, he'll be paid $255,300 as an associate justice. Kavanaugh has served as a DC Circuit judge since 2006, and he has provided many writings in the form of court opinions for analysis and discussion on a variety of issues. Speaking to reporters, she said, "The healthcare issues are very important to me".

As soon as it was announced Kennedy would retire, Liberal groups were gearing up to protect Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case that upheld abortion rights, from being overturned.

Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called him a "candidate worthy of the Senate's consideration". "You're always going to have some Republicans and some Democrats who wish that the judge would meet every standard that they set, but that's not realistic".

Amar wrote that each Senate Democrat should pledge "either to vote yes for Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation - or, if voting no, to first publicly name at least two clearly better candidates whom a Republican president might realistically have nominated instead".

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski was re-elected in Alaska in 2016 with 45% of the vote for her third term in office. "He's going to have all he can handle to handle current cases that come before the court, so I doubt seriously that that's really a legitimate concern".

"So, all we're doing is following a long-standing tradition of not filling vacancies on the Supreme Court in the middle of a presidential election year".

  • Valerie Cook