Published: Sun, October 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

With deal on judges, Senate goes home for the elections

With deal on judges, Senate goes home for the elections

Chief Justice John Roberts has referred ethics complaints against his new Supreme Court colleague Brett Kavanaugh to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, stemming from the judge's forceful response to unsubstantiated claims of sexual assault.

It also suggests the tumultuous battle over his nomination could harm the court's reputation as the nonpartisan branch of government. Roughly a third said it would make no difference in their vote (22 percent) or had no opinion (10 percent).

According to CNN, this is the widest margin of support for Democrats in a midterm cycle since 2006.

"I was not appointed to serve one party or one interest, but to serve one nation", Kavanaugh said Monday night during his ceremonial swearing-in at the White House.

While numerous results in the poll fall along familiar partisan lines, it also found that political independents are more suspicious than supportive of the new justice. "Any violation of the Code does not disappear because he is now on another federal court", Gillers said in an email. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voted against the Democratic proposal, saying people in her high-cost state could benefit from the low-priced option. They both stem from a hearing during the confirmation process to address sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh.

At a White House ceremony Monday night, President Trump apologized to the new justice for "the awful pain and suffering" he and his family were "forced to endure".

"It's time to put this embarrassing spectacle behind us", McConnell said before Kavanaugh's confirmation. And even though Republicans may believe rushing Justice Kavanaugh's confirmation to be a win for their Party, they are dead wrong.

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Rather, the results show the political consequences may be more mixed. Partisan divisions are 33-26-35 percent, Democrats-Republicans-independents.

Senate Democrats up for reelection in red states feared they could be kept in Washington while their Republican challengers ran free in their respective states.

Hirono said she was not concerned about a backlash from Democratic voters if the deal appears favorable to Republicans. Doug Ericksen's district and the open seat in the 26th, where Democrat Emily Randall and Republican Marty McClendon are vying to replace Angel.

Kavanaugh accused Democrats on the Senate Committee on the Judiciary of using their unfair and unproven allegations against him as a means of striking back at President Donald Trump for defeating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee in the 2016 election. Among nonwhite registered voters, 72 percent are now certain to vote, up from 48 percent in Post-ABC polling in October 2014.

The justices privately made the decision not to hear the appeals by an environmental group and companies that supported the regulation before Kavanaugh's confirmation. Many of them, I assume, will be confirmed during the lame duck session.

Adrenne Kelley, a 37-year-old Republican in Phoenix, said that she's voted for him in the past and she was "kind of surprised" by his effort to slow the process down, but ultimately thought it was a good move.

Among the handful of senators who missed the day's votes were Democrats Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Bill Nelson of Florida, who face tough re-election races, and Florida Republican Marco Rubio.

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