Trump's Supreme Court pick would solidify court's conservative bent, experts say

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks with protesters in front of the Supreme Court in Washington

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks with protesters in front of the Supreme Court in Washington

For one, a Republican-controlled Maine Legislature and governor could ban and criminalize abortion.

Richard Primus, the Theodore J. St. Antoine Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of MI, said absent an unexpected change in the composition of the Senate or a scandal, it's likely Kavanaugh will be confirmed despite any Democratic opposition.

Opposition figures wasted no time in assailing Kavanaugh, warning his confirmation would usher in the erosion of civil liberties and long-held rights, while conservatives were quick to drum up support for the nominee.

Colbert pointed out how Kavanaugh has been involved in many Republican legal battles - from Elian Gonzalez being returned to Cuba, to Bush v. Gore, which taught everyone what a hanging chad is - and said that's probably why some consider Kavanaugh the "Forrest Gump of Republican politics". But in a sign of unity with Trump, he accepted an invitation to Trump's Monday announcement of Kavanaugh. And it certainly couldn't hurt to bombard their offices with phone calls urging a "no" vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation. How Kavanaugh responds could be a significant determining factor for Collins.

"One thing we have in common with Senator Collins is her commitment and our commitment to our patients", said Nicole Clegg, the vice president of public policy at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.

In 2006, Kavanaugh said he would follow the decision "faithfully" - but the question remains whether that would include a robust interpretation of what "undue burden" means.

That same year, on the DC Circuit, Kavanaugh wrote that the "the government's metadata collection programme is entirely consistent with the Fourth Amendment". But the senator tweeted after the announcement that he looked forward to meeting Kavanaugh "with an open mind".

Trump on Monday announced Kavanaugh as his choice to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.




If confirmed, Kavanaugh would make the high court solidly conservative.

She said that with Kavanaugh's credentials, "it's very hard for anyone to tell me that he's not qualified for the job".

West Virginia's Manchin, a vulnerable Democrat who is up for reelection in the state that voted for Mr. Trump over Hillary Clinton by the greatest margin, has much at stake. About 10 key senators - two or three Republicans and a half dozen Democrats - are facing intense pressure over their votes. They view the uphill battle against Kavanaugh as similar to their successful fight last summer to preserve the health care law from a Republican repeal effort.

The Supreme Court has previously defined the scope of the Second Amendment in Heller v. District of Columbia and more recently McDonald v. City of Chicago, where the court ruled that the right to bear arms applies to state and local governments the same way it applies to the federal government. This decision will directly impact nearly 40 percent of my state, so I'm very interested in his position on protecting West Virginians with pre-existing conditions. That's political suicide. So Democrat Senate leader Schumer is asking members of his own party to give the Republicans a bigger Senate majority.

"Gun rights advocates had a friendly bench with Kennedy and have a friendly bench with Kavanaugh", he said. Jones has a large GOP base to keep content, if he hopes to remain in the Senate in the future. Bush a third time to the D.C. Court of Appeals and confirmed on a 57-36 vote.

If you're not sure how you feel about Kavanaugh and his record yet, that's okay! "I am hopeful that Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation process will be fair and timely". "I will be diligent in measuring the record and in undertaking an independent review". Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Sen. "He's the sort of guy who is going to aggressively move the constitution in that direction".

Manchin has to run as a Democrat in a state that Trump won by 42 points.

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