Pryor Vote Postponed Over Questions About His Truthfulness
Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee postponed a vote yet again on the nomination of far-right extremist William Pryor to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Democrats called for a postponement in order to investigate new information that was brought to light after documents were given to them about Pryor's involvement in a Republican Attorneys General fundraising group, the New York Times reports. At issue, Democrats claim, is whether or not Pryor told the truth before the committee during his hearing on June 11. The Times went on to report that during the hearing, Pryor said that he was unaware that any of the companies he solicited personally did business in Alabama where he is Attorney General and would therefore be subject to regulation by his office. The documents obtained from the fundraising group seem to indicate otherwise, Democrats argue, and as a consequence warrant a postponement of a vote on Pryor's nomination so bipartisan committee staff can investigate further. Republicans have rescheduled the vote for next week.
The Feminist Majority joins a large coalition of women's rights, civil rights, environmental, church-state separation, disability, and lesbian and gay rights groups - including even the gay Republican Log Cabin group - in opposing Pryor. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that a total of 123 various groups have contacted the committee asking them to oppose confirmation of his nomination. Pryor opposes abortion rights to the point that he has called Roe v. Wade "the worst abomination of constitutional law in our history." Furthermore, Pryor is a leader in the states' rights movement, a movement that argues for the overturning of federal laws protecting women's rights, civil rights, abortion rights, gay rights, and the environment because they believe such laws are unconstitutional.
10/29/2014 North Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Restrictions - The North Dakota Supreme Court yesterday upheld a set of misguided restrictions on medication abortion, allowing what is effectively a ban on early, non-surgical abortions in the state to go into effect immediately.
The decision overturned a lower court order finding the law, known as HB 1297, unconstitutional and permanently blocking its enforcement. . . .
10/29/2014 Georgia Court Refuses to Recognize 40K Voter Registrations From Primarily People of Color and Young People - A state court judge on Tuesday refused to order the Georgia Secretary of State to add some 40,000 voters to the voter rolls, potentially disenfranchising thousands of African Americans and other people of color in the state.
Judge Christopher Brasher of the Fulton County Superior Court denied a petition from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCR), the New Georgia Project and the Georgia branch of the NAACP asking the court to force Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) to process an estimated 40,000 "missing" voter registrations.
More than 100,000 voters were registered by the three groups, but about a third of those registered never made the rolls. . . .