President Trump picks Judge Brett Kavanaugh

Brett Kavanaugh who serves on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit replaces retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

Kavanaugh, 53, was considered more of an establishment candidate. "Even before President Trump made the announcement, it was clear that this was going to be a partisan battle".

Still, Kavanaugh has a reputation as a stalwart conservative, bound to shift the political balance of the court. "A judge must interpret the Constitution as written".

Democrats in turn hope to peel off some Republicans including Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and/or Susan Collins of ME, two senators who support abortion rights and have split with their party before on whether to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Replacing Justice Kennedy's swing vote with a far-right jurist like Judge Kavanaugh could change the rules in America. If it prevailed, Trump would be relieved of testifying in one form or another in the Justice Department's special inquiry into the multiple indictments and guilty findings linked to him, his administration or his business enterprises.

Equality Florida policy director John Harris Maurer takes issue with Kavanaugh's record on LGBTQ rights. But his supporters have cited his experience and wide range of legal opinions.

Kavanaugh still needs Senate confirmation to join the Court.

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., who heads the Republican conference in the Senate, said he wasn't anxious about defections from Collins and Murkowski.

A large number of Senate Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., immediately announced that they plan to vote against Kavanaugh.

Some Republican senators had favored other options. "I look forward to meeting with him and discussing his record first-hand".

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Reproductive rights are an important part of politics, especially to Cynthia Nixon. A slate of progressive senators and 2020 White House hopefuls, including Sens. Democrats who were invited but declined included Sens. Four states - North Dakota, South Dakota, Mississippi, and Louisiana - would automatically ban abortions. Feinstein is the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. Baldwin, who is up for re-election in November, also opposed Trump's last pick for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch.

Democrats have turned their attention to pressuring two Republicans, Sens.

So what does this mean if the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling were to be overturned?

Kavanaugh has been particularly skeptical of regulation that is only tenuously related to legislation passed by Congress, Shapiro said. At the top of that list is abortion.

This recent news regarding Kennedy's retirement comes just after the 2017-2018 Supreme Court session. There were also pledges of open minds by key senators whose votes will most likely determine the outcome.

According to this system, the only judge more conservative than Kavanaugh is Justice Clarence Thomas.

As a Supreme Court justice, Kavanaugh would make about $255,300 per year. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - both considered swing votes in the Senate who could help Democrats with the majority against Kavanaugh. And I know that that's what President Trump was looking for.

"It is not an exaggeration to say that we would not be the professors, prosecutors, public officials, and appellate advocates we are today without his enthusiastic encouragement and unwavering support", they wrote.

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