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Sub News Item 3/28/2017 – McCaskill, still undecided on Gorsuch, does not rule out voting for filibuster
Sen. Claire McCaskill on Tuesday said she would not rule out voting to filibuster President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer and at least 20 other Senate Democrats have said they’ll stage a filibuster to block an up-or-down vote on Gorsuch. read full story

Sub News Item 3/27/2017 – Sen. Nelson already a ‘no’ on Gorsuch vote
Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson said on Monday he will vote against the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and he will support a filibuster. read full story

Sub News Item 3/26/2017 – ‘I Will Vote Against Him’: Sen. Franken On Gorsuch Nomination
Sen. Al Franken says he will vote against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. The Democratic senator announced his decision on WCCO Sunday Morning, telling Esme Murphy that he fears Gorsuch will rule in favor of corporations, not workers and consumers. read full story

Sub News Item 3/25/2017 – Democrats Concerned That The Supreme Court May Be Rigged For The Rich And Republicans
In recent years, the opposing party approached Supreme Court nomination hearings by honing in on the nominee’s character and temperament or on one particular case that could possibly derail the nominee. Nominees have, in turn, generally refused to answer any question directly, in an apparent fear of revealing any bias about a potential future case they may hear. read full story

Sub News Item 3/20/2017 – Trump to nominate federal Judge Amul Thapar to 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Read more here:
A federal judge who hears cases in Lexington will be nominated as a federal appeals judge, President Donald J. Trump announced Monday. Trump will nominate U.S. District Judge Amul R. Thapar to the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, the White House said in a news release. read full story

Sub News Item 3/20/2017 – DC’s Rep Makes A Plea To Trump To Consult Her About Federal Court Nominees
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia isn’t a US senator, but she’s hoping President Trump will still come to her for advice about nominees for the city’s federal courts and law enforcement agencies. read full story

Sub News Item 3/18/2017 – Gorsuch recommended to Justice Dept. that federal judges visit Gitmo
More than a decade ago as a lawyer in the George W. Bush Justice Department, Neil Gorsuch recommended that federal judges visit Guantanamo Bay as a way of becoming “more sympathetic” to the Bush administration’s defense of its detainee policies. read full story

Sub News Item 3/10/2017 – Bar association gives Gorsuch its best rating
The American Bar Association declared Judge Neil Gorsuch “well-qualified” to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, giving President Donald Trump’s pick to succeed the late Antonin Scalia the group’s highest rating. The bar association’s standing committee on the federal judiciary reached its decision unanimously, according to Nancy Scott Degan, the group’s chair. read full story

Sub News Item 3/17/2017 – Rulings offer glimpse into what kind of justice Gorsuch would be
Some liberals wary of Judge Neil Gorsuch’s fitness for the Supreme Court point to the Case of the Frozen Trucker. As an appeals court judge, Gorsuch ruled against a driver who claimed he’d been wrongly fired because he ignored his supervisor’s demands by unhitching his unheated truck from its malfunctioning trailer and driving away in subzero weather in search of safety. read full story

Sub News Item 3/17/2017 –  In E-mails, Neil Gorsuch Praised a Leading Republican Activist Behind Voter Suppression Efforts
Few people in the Republican Party have done more to limit voting rights than Hans von Spakovsky. He’s been instrumental in spreading the myth of widespread voter fraud and backing new restrictions to make it harder to vote. But it appears that von Spakovsky had an admirer in Neil Gorsuch, Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, according to e-mails released to the Senate Judiciary Committee covering Gorsuch’s time working in the George W. Bush Administration. read full story

Sub News Item 3/15/2017 – Gorsuch’s environment record not easy to define
By the time a lawsuit over pollution from a nuclear weapons plant had reached Judge Neil Gorsuch, it had crawled through the courts for more than two decades, outliving some of the landowners who said the contamination destroyed their property values. That pace didn’t sit well with Gorsuch, a judge for the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and now President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. read full story

Sub News Item 3/14/2017 – Feinstein seeking more info from Gorsuch
Sen. Dianne Feinstein is demanding more documents from Neil Gorsuch just days before the Supreme Court nominee’s high-profile confirmation hearings next week, saying he has omitted key information that may shed some light on his work on key national security issues during the George W. Bush administration. read full story

Sub News Item 3/14/2017 – Neil Gorsuch Has Web of Ties to Secretive Billionaire
The publicity-shy billionaire Philip F. Anschutz inherited an oil and gas firm and built it into an empire that has sprawled into telecommunications, railroads, real estate, resorts, sports teams, stadiums, movies and conservative publications like The Weekly Standard and The Washington Examiner. read full story

Sub News Item 3/14/2017 – NRA’s million dollar Supreme Court bet: Gun lobby to spend big on Neil Gorsuch
Nearly one year ago, then-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made a stunningly honest admission: No Supreme Court nominee would be confirmed without the approval of the National Rifle Association. The Kentucky Republican told Fox News last March that even if the Democratic nominee eventually won the presidential election, “I can’t imagine that a Republican majority in the United States Senate would want to confirm, in a lame duck session, a nominee opposed by the National Rifle Association.” read full story

Sub News Item 3/15/2017 – Neil Gorsuch Helped Defend Disputed Bush-Era Terror Policies
In December 2005, Congress handed President George W. Bush a significant defeat by tightening legal restrictions against torture in a law called the Detainee Treatment Act. Soon afterward, Neil M. Gorsuch — then a top Justice Department official — sent an email to a White House colleague in case he needed “cheering up” about the administration’s setback. read full story

Sub News Item 3/15/2017 – History shows Cochran will guide choice of Jolly’s successor
Longtime U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge E. Grady Jolly recently informed President Donald Trump of his intent to step down from the federal bench on Jolly’s 80th birthday in October – giving Trump his first judicial appointment in Mississippi. Jolly has certainly earned his retirement. The Winston County native has enjoyed an unblemished 35-year federal judicial career since succeeding the late Judge James Plemon Coleman on the 5th Circuit bench in 1982. read full story

Sub News Item 3/13/2017 – Democrats’ Line of Attack on Gorsuch: No Friend of the Little Guy
Corporate tool. Enemy of disabled people. Deferential to the privileged, including the man who chose him. One week before Judge Neil M. Gorsuch is to sit for his Supreme Court confirmation hearing, Democrats have zeroed in on their most prominent planned line of attack: Judge Gorsuch’s rulings have favored the powerful and well connected. read full story

Sub News Item 3/14/2017 – Gorsuch’s environment record: Neither a clear friend or foe
By the time a lawsuit over pollution from a nuclear weapons plant had reached Judge Neil Gorsuch, it had crawled through the courts for more than two decades, outliving some of the landowners who said the contamination destroyed their property values. That pace didn't sit well with Gorsuch, a judge for the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and now President Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. read full story

Sub News Item 3/14/2017 – SCOTUS makes it rain: Most of the big money behind the 2016 election directly resulted from Supreme Court decisions
Congressional hearings for President Donald Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court are less than a week away, and voters want to know what confirming Judge Neil Gorsuch could mean for their voices in our democracy. More than 90 percent of voters (including 91 percent of Trump voters) say that it is important for Trump to nominate a Supreme Court justice open to limiting big money in politics. Seventy percent of Trump voters believe that the Congress should reject nominees who would help the wealthy and privileged wield too much power in elections. read full story

Sub News Item 3/11/2017 – Senate Judiciary Committee receives trove of Gorsuch documents
The Senate Judiciary Committee has received more than 7,000 pages of documents connected to Neil Gorsuch from the George W. Bush Presidential Library — adding to the pile of paperwork obtained by the committee that may shed more light on the Supreme Court nominee’s background before his hearing begins later this month. read full story

Sub News Item 3/10/2017 – Senators to restart nomination process for Erie federal judge seat
Pennsylvania's U.S. senators will establish a panel to help select a nominee for Erie's long-vacant federal district judge seat, they announced Friday. The panel marks the beginning of the new nomination process for the seat that will take place under President Donald Trump. read full story

Sub News Item 3/13/2017 – The stealth Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch
Neil Gorsuch's journey began with a covert mission in January. He snuck over to his neighbor's house to meet two White House aides in a rental car. From there, the group dodged camera crews and took country roads to a military base to board a plane headed toward Washington. read full story

Sub News Item 3/9/2017 – Justice Sotomayor Laments Perception of Judges as Political
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said Thursday that she is saddened to see that many people have lost confidence in judges and believe they are political. Sotomayor made the comments while taking questions from law students at the University of California, Berkeley. The school's interim law school dean, Melissa Murray, served as Sotomayor's clerk when the justice was a federal appellate court judge. read full story

Sub News Item 3/9/2017 – Sen. Nelson remains undecided on Gorsuch
Sen. Bill Nelson met with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch for an hour on Tuesday but remains undecided on whether he can support him. read full story

Sub News Item 3/9/2017 – DOJ turns over documents pertaining to Gorsuch’s Bush tenure
The Department of Justice has given a Senate committee documents pertaining to significant cases handled by the department during Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's tenure as a senior government lawyer from 2005-2006. The Wednesday night release of the more than 144,000 pages of documents -- pursuant to a February 21 request from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking member Dianne Feinstein -- comes less than two weeks before Gorsuch's confirmation hearing and could shed light on his work during his relatively brief tenure serving in the George W. Bush administration. read full story

Sub News Item 2/23/2017 – Trump may get most federal judicial appointments since 1950s
Right now, the only force in American government that’s stopping Donald Trump’s excesses is the federal judiciary, as seen in decisions by a half-dozen different benches concluding his travel ban from Muslim countries was unconstitutional. But that line of defense could crumble, and is certainly poised to change under this White House, because Trump is positioned to fill more federal court vacancies than any past president since the late 1950s, according to legal analysts. read full story

Sub News Item 3/5/2017 – Gorsuch willing to limit environmental groups in land cases
Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch has shown a willingness to limit the participation of environmental groups in lawsuits involving public lands, writing in one case that allowing conservationists to intervene could complicate and slow down the judicial process, according to an Associated Press review of his rulings as a federal appeals court judge. read full story

Sub News Item 2/27/2017 – Gorsuch often sided with employers in workers’ rights cases
The case tugs at the heartstrings: A popular Kansas State University professor battles breast cancer, then leukemia. The school won’t extend her six-month sick leave, she loses her job and she cannot get rehired. She sues for discrimination based on disability. Grace Hwang’s lawsuit was one of many employee cases heard by federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court. The majority opinion he wrote siding with Kansas State is illustrative. His worker’s rights opinions are often sympathetic but coldly pragmatic, and they’re usually in the employer’s favor. read full story

Sub News Item 2/24/2017 – Group seeks records of Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch’s time at Justice
An organization that advocates for transparency at the Supreme Court filed a lawsuit Friday to hurry the Department of Justice into releasing records on President Trump’s high court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. Gabe Roth, executive director of the group Fix the Court, said he has been waiting months for records concerning Gorsuch’s service at the DOJ in 2005 and 2006. read full story

Sub News Item 2/22/2017 – Republicans Are Divided Over Changing the Rules to Confirm Neil Gorsuch
Conservatives are united behind Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court. But facing potential Democratic obstruction, they're divided over the best way to get him there. The question is what to do if Democrats decide to filibuster Gorsuch, a hard-line tactic that would normally require 60 votes to overcome. read full story

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