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Senate Democrats vastly outspent by right in Gorsuch fight

20 March, 2017, 06:15 | Author: Mae Harvey
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WASHINGTON ― Days before Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch gets his Senate confirmation hearing, a Democratic group is going up with national television ads calling him out for his record of siding with corporations over everyday Americans.

Progressive groups are sounding alarm.

Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, will preside over the hearing for Judge Gorsuch Monday.

"The American people are entitled to know more about Judge Gorsuch's views on these subjects, so that they can understand how his approach could potentially impact their rights and their daily interactions with employers, physicians, and other service providers".

"This is the genius of Trump's madness", said Craig Varoga, a Democratic operative who has directed spending at many of his party's top nonprofits over the years.

The "nuclear option", as it is called on Capitol Hill, would allow Gorsuch to be confirmed with 51 votes, instead of the 60 that have traditionally been required in the Senate to break a filibuster.

There are now 11 Republicans and nine Democrats on the committee, so there's no doubt Gorsuch will be approved. Then, of course, he stacked his Cabinet with hard-right, anti-government billionaires from places like Exxon Mobil and Goldman Sachs. "The base wants them to do something, but there really is nothing effective that they could do". They failed to applying pressure on those five Republicans.

On Monday, Gorsuch will have to sit through 10-minute statements from each of the 20 members of the committee, which will take several hours. A broad coalition of bipartisan lawyers and politicians, including many from Colorado, has unequivocally supported his nomination. "I don't see that".

In the cases argued by Mr. Cook and Ms. Lichter, Judge Gorsuch blocked immigration officials from changing the rules mid-game.

Whitehouse is regarded as the best questioner among Judiciary Committee Democrats, but even he found his time spent on other issues. "But we have a constitutional duty to do". The Center for Competitive Politics, which says it is America's "largest nonprofit defending First Amendment political speech rights", applauded Trump's selection of Gorsuch as a nominee for the Supreme Court.

Some court observers believe that Gorsuch can't do worse than Scalia, so his confirmation will simply put things back to the way they were. For many Democrats, as Professor Siegel observes, that standard will have a great deal to do with the GOP's refusal to consider President Obama's similarly well-qualified Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland.

At the same time, his extensive paper trail is largely devoid of significant decisions involving the hot-button social issues that can galvanize politicians and advocacy groups, including affirmative action and gun rights.

"The procedural path through confirmation may be a bit murky at the moment", he added, "but I think we are nonetheless talking about the next Supreme Court justice to be seated". For instance, they say, it is likely that Gorsuch would refuse to recognize the right to privacy, the right to autonomy and self-determination, the right to parent, the right to engage in private consensual adult relationships, and the right to marry.

The crown jewel of the latest effort is a seven-page endorsement letter that fills six pages with signatures from more than 200 Colorado legal eagles, from former Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justices Michael Bender and Rebecca Love Kourlis to Jack Finlaw, former chief legal counsel to Gov. John Hickenlooper.

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