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.
1/27/2016 Taiwan Elects First Woman President - In a landslide victory, the leader of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Tsai Ing-wen won the country's presidential election, becoming the first woman in Taiwan's history to hold the position.
Emphasizing her party's commitment to maintaining Taiwan's independence from China, Tsai won over young voters eager to usher in a political changing of the guard following some 70 years of dominance by the pro-Chinese unification party, the Kuomintang (KMT), chaired by presidential opponent Eric Chu. . . .