Senate Democrats Filibuster Pryor; Vote Today on Kuhl
In their continued effort to stop President Bush from stacking the nation's courts with right-wing ideologues, Senate Democrats blocked the nomination of far-right extremist William Pryor to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. With a vote of 53 to 44, Senate Republicans were unable to obtain the 60 votes needed to approve a cloture vote on Pryor's nomination.
"Mr. Pryor's litigation position, public statements and his writings leave little doubt that he is committed to using the law, not simply to advance a conservative agenda, but a narrow and extremely ideological agenda," said Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA), as reported by the Associated Press.
Senate Democrats also held strong on a filibuster against Miguel Estrada, Bush's stealth nominee to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. With a vote of 55-43, Republicans failed in their seventh attempt to gain cloture on Estrada's nomination.
A cloture vote is scheduled for today on Bush's nomination of right-wing ideologue Carolyn Kuhl to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Kuhl has a long history of opposing women's rights. As Deputy Solicitor General in the Reagan Administration's Justice Department, she advocated the overturn of Roe v. Wade and authored a brief opposing a victim of sexual harassment - siding with the employer in the landmark Meritor Savings Bank case. In 2001, as a judge on the LA Superior Court, Kuhl dismissed a lawsuit brought by a breast cancer survivor against a pharmaceutical company for invasion of privacy after a sales representative for the company stood in on a breast exam without her consent.
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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. . . .