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Sen. Ron Johnson Already Playing Calvinball With Judicial Confirmations

Posted by admin | Posted in The Capitol | Posted on 10-01-2011

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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) has been in office for less than a week, but he’s already contributing to the right’s unprecedented campaign of obstruction against President Obama’s judicial nominees:

Newly elected GOP Sen. Ron Johnson said Friday he should have been consulted before the White House resubmitted the nominations of Louis Butler and Victoria Nourse for federal judgeships and is at this time opposed to their confirmation.

“My understanding of the standard procedure in the judicial nomination process is that the Administration extends the courtesy of consulting the home state Senators before nominating an individual to the courts. It’s unfortunate in this case that the voters of Wisconsin who expressed their wishes on November 2nd were completely ignored,” said Johnson in a statement. . . .

The nominations of Butler and Nourse were part of a wholesale move this week by the president to resubmit more than 40 judicial nominees that were pending in the Senate when the last session of Congress ended. In not consulting Johnson or other new senators, the White House was in effect treating the nominations as old business, not new business.

Johnson’s protest is an amazing display of chutzpah, since the only reason these nominees weren’t confirmed last year is because his fellow conservatives raised roadblock after pointless roadblock to keep dozens of judicial vacancies open. Moreover, even if Johnson were right that these two nominees are somehow new business, he is exaggerating the role of home state senators in a post-George W. Bush Senate.

During the Clinton Administration, former Senate Judiciary Chair Orrin Hatch (R-UT) gave just one senator an effective veto over nominees from their state. The Hatch Rule, however, appears to have been invented out of thin air for the Clinton presidency and evaporated the minute President Bush took office:

When Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and then-Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) chaired the Judiciary Committee during the Reagan and Bush I Administrations, both allowed senators to block nominees from their home state–but only if both home state senators agreed to veto the nominee by failing to return a blue slip.  During the Clinton Administration, then-Chair Orrin Hatch (R-UT) changed the rules, allowing a single senator to unilaterally veto a nominee.  Segregationist Senator Jesse Helms (R-NC) used this authority to block every single one of Clinton’s nominees from North Carolina.

Yet when George W. Bush took office, Chairman Hatch decided to change the rules again.  During the Bush II era, nominees were moved forward despite objections from both of their home state senators.  So for our readers who are keeping track of this at home, the blue slip rules work something like this:

  • When Reagan and Bush I were in office, both home state senators had to agree to block a nominee.
  • When Clinton was in office, one senator could unilaterally veto a nominee.
  • When Bush II was in office, everyone gets confirmed!

Ultimately, however, it is not up to Johnson and the other members of the Senate minority to decide whether to reinstate the Hatch Rule now that one lone senator has decided to throw a tantrum. Senate Judiciary hearings are scheduled by the Chair of the Judiciary Committee, not by the junior senator from Wisconsin.

Of course, should Judiciary Chair Pat Leahy (D-VT) decide to schedule hearings for Butler and Nourse, it is likely that Johnson and his fellow conservatives will use that as an excuse for their continued obstruction of President Obama’s nominees. But the unfortunate truth is that the right has no credibility to make such excuses. Thanks to their unprecedented obstruction campaign, nearly one in nine federal judgeships are currently vacant and Obama has the lowest confirmation rate of any modern president. There is simply no reason to doubt that this campaign will continue anyway, regardless of what Obama and Leahy do.

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Jack Johnson Signs 7-Year Contract Extension With Kings - FanHouse

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Jack Johnson Signs 7-Year Contract Extension With Kings
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His three assist performance in the Kings victory over Columbus was only the second biggest piece of news involving Los Angeles defenseman Jack Johnson on Saturday. Along with helping his team snap a five-game losing streak with a 6-4 win
Jack Johnson signs seven-year, $ 30.5 million extension with Kingsmsnbc.com
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Kings ink Johnson for 7 years/$30.5 million - Rotoworld.com

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Kings ink Johnson for 7 years/$ 30.5 million
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The Los Angeles Kings have signed defenseman Jack Johnson to a seven-year/$ 30.5 million extension. A very good move by the Kings who sign their second best defenseman to a reasonable contract that will keep him in a Los Angeles uniform for another
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D Johnson signs 7-year extension with Kings - Washington Post

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AP LOS ANGELES — Defenseman Jack Johnson, one-half of the Los Angeles Kings' top defensive pairing with Drew Doughty, has signed a $ 30.5 million contract extension through the 2017-18 season. The deal was announced by general manager Dean Lombardi
Jack Johnson signs seven-year extension with Los Angeles KingsESPN
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Johnson, Smith rally Hawks past Clippers - USA Today

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Johnson, Smith rally Hawks past Clippers
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joe Johnson scored 11 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, Josh Smith added 22 and the Atlanta Hawks rallied to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 107-98 on Sunday. Atlanta trailed by as many as 16 points in the second quarter and was
Recap: LA Clippers vs. AtlantaMiamiHerald.com
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Texans WR Johnson to have ankle scoped next week - Houston Chronicle

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Andre Johnson's right ankle has been bothering him since the second game of the season against the Redskins. Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson disclosed today that he will have arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle next week.
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17 Years and Counting: ABC’s Tim Johnson Continues Spinning for Health Care Law

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For the last 17 years, ABC's medical editor, Dr. Tim Johnson, has hyped various forms of government-run health care. He continued that pattern on Tuesday's Good Morning America, promoting Barack Obama's 2010 law and ignoring the its unpopular aspects.

Talking to guest co-host Chris Cuomo, he enthused, "Many issues have already gone into effect and people like them." Johnson did allow that the bill was "controversial," However, he added, "But, there's many features in this bill, that if they go into effect, could help control costs and improve quality."

However, he didn't explain that the legislation as a whole remains unpopular. According to a new CNN poll, 54 percent oppose it. Also unmentioned was a Washington Post report that few Americans are signing up for a provision of the legislation allowing sick individuals to have their medical costs covered.

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Ailing ankle could keep Johnson out against Broncos - Houston Chronicle

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Ailing ankle could keep Johnson out against Broncos
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Although he is doing everything he can to play against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, there is a good chance Texans receiver Andre Johnson will miss his second game of the season because of an ankle injury.
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Jets owner Johnson stands by Rex Ryan - FOXSports.com

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Nancy Gay is Senior NFL Editor at FOXSports.com. She has been covering the NFL and other major sports for more than two decades. The first female member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee, Nancy also is an Associated Press All-Pro
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Johnson finds good fit with Hawks - Chicago Tribune

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Johnson finds good fit with Hawks
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Ryan Johnson's patience paid off when the veteran landed on a Blackhawks team in need of his skill set. The 34-year-old forward eschewed opportunities from other NHL teams during the offseason as he recovered from broken
Kane, Hossa both closer to returningChicago Sun-Times
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Reason.tv: What’s the Biggest Threat to Free Speech? – Gutfeld, Breitbart, Gov. Gary Johnson, Stagliano and More Sound Off

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What’s the biggest threat to free speech? Reason.tv asks a cavalcade of politicians, journalists, filmmakers and content creators ranging from former Gov. Gary Johnson (R-N.M.) to Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld to The Atlantic’s Megan McArdle to adult filmmaker John Stagliano to new media magnate Andrew Breitbart to call their shot.
Featured (in order of appearance):
Andy Levy, [...]
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What If Gary Johnson And Ron Paul Run?

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Paul tells the NYT there's a 50% chance he will run again in 2012. Larison is chuffed:

Instead of the usual 7 or 8-against-1 odds that prevailed during the Republican primary debates in 2007 and 2008, Johnson and Paul would be a ready-made pair of allies criticizing the other candidates and presenting their alternatives in turn. 

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Lucia Perillo and the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt Award at the Library of Congress

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(Kenneth Anderson)

I have just returned from a poetry reading at the Library of Congress, the awarding of the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt prize in poetry, hosted by Rebekah Bobbitt’s son, Columbia and UT law professor and my dear friend Philip Bobbitt.  It was great.  I was prepared for a (deadly) serious Encounter with the Arts, and Lucia Perillo turned out to have one of the most cheerfully witty sensibilities I’ve heard or read in a long time.  It took me completely out of my ordinary and somewhat tense and dreary space today — final exams, crazed students, rank and tenure faculty meetings, nothing life-threatening but still pressured.  I was charmed and provoked.  I also was pleased to buy a copy of the book, Inseminating the Elephant.

Confined to a wheelchair today with multiple sclerosis, Perillo trained originally in wildlife management — her first job was at a lab figuring out the doses for killing various varmints troubling farmers and ranchers, coyotes, vampire bats, lots of things.  Nothing pretentious, although a keen, keen intelligence lies beneath an apparently nonchalant exterior.  Her romp about her professor of Transcendentalism through to postmodernism was wonderful.  Great evening; my thanks to Philip for thinking to invite me.  And Philip gave a wonderful introduction, talking about how his parents had met in working in the Library of Congress in the 1930s.




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Newly-Elected Senator Ron Johnson Travels To The Chamber To Pay Homage For Helping Him Win

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Conservative Republican Ron Johnson defeated incumbent Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) in the Wisconsin senate content this year. Many of the ads attacking Feingold came not from Johnson, but from outside groups like Karl Rove’s American Crossroads and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the big business lobbying organization. The Chamber used outright falsehoods against Feingold, including one ad that falsely stated that he supported a “government takeover” of health care.

In response to the Chamber’s pivotal contributions to the race, the Los Angeles Times reports that last week Johnson visited the Chamber to personally thank Chamber CEO Tom Donohue:

When it comes to money in politics, the new normal is already on vivid display. It could be seen last week in posh restaurants and corporate townhouses on Capitol Hill, where politicians held fundraisers at a record pace. It was evident at Washington’s blue-chip law firms, where campaign finance lawyers began work setting up new political committees to collect unlimited donations. It was apparent in the halls of Congress, where lawmakers swapped strategies about how to contend with muscular interest groups looking to take them out. The unusually intense December bustle is the product of this year’s elections, where spending surged to $ 4 billion in sharp-edged campaigns across the country — a record for a midterm. [...] In a sign of the new order, a newly elected Republican senator, Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson, paid a personal visit last week to U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue to thank him for the chamber’s unsolicited support of his candidacy.

Earlier this year, ThinkProgress reported that, in addition to donations from health insurance companies and Wall Street banks, the Chamber had solicited donations from foreign businesses, including state-run oil companies in Bahrain and outsourcing firms in India. To his credit, Johnson was one of the few Republican candidates who called for the Chamber to disclose the funding of its ads. The Chamber so far has refused any voluntary disclosures — but will the newly elected senator from Wisconsin continue to press the Chamber for transparency? Historically, the Chamber fundraises for its political program by telling corporations that they may more effectively lobby by funneling donations through the Chamber. While its clear Johnson appreciates the help from the Chamber, what will he do in return?

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Gary Johnson Stands Alone

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He is the only GOP presidential contender to reply in the affirmative when asked by National Review if he would ratify START. Eventually the race may turn into the whole field arguing about whether to double, triple, quadruple or quintuple Gitmo as the former New Mexico governor wins the adult vote merely by failing to be a pandering, bellicose hawk.





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