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UI prof who worked with nominee: Kavanaugh 'a good guy, very smart'

12 July 2018

He also hopes Democrats will unite to "put pressure on the Republican moderates" and salvage the "future of the Supreme Court for the next 40 years".

He also took part in legal action over the vote recount in the state of Florida during the 2000 presidential election.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is conservative, and not everyone will like his opinions, but he's not the political operative some paint him to be, according to a former colleague from his Whitewater investigation days. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Sen.

But there's no need to worry about Kavanaugh's spending habits, because that debt of up to $200,000 was suddenly paid off, or fell below reporting requirements, last year.

Kavanaugh even name dropped Justice Elena Kagan in his remarks.

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Local politicians, activists and others participate in a protest in Union Square to support a woman's right to choose and to denounce President Donald Trump's selection of Brett Kavanaugh as his nomination to the Supreme Court on July 10, 2018, in New York City.

Each of those Democrats will have to decide what to do, and all of their choices involve risk. If he gets a "no" vote from all Democrats, he loses seats. They have included backing citizens' right to own semi-automatic rifles, delaying a teenager from getting an abortion by detaining her for being in the USA illegally and supporting a religious-liberty challenge to the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage mandate. The White House did not reply to HuffPost's request for comment.

They would once again have an enthusiasm edge over Republicans, who could no longer make the midterms a referendum on the Supreme Court and would tend to feel as if they had won the war, not just a single battle.

It's easier to motivate angry voters than those who are satisfied.

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate - but Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) isn't expected to vote due to medical issues that make it hard for him to travel to Capitol Hill. He is prepared, it seems, to vote to confirm Kavanaugh if the judge's rulings and writings are no more extreme than Gorsuch's. Democratic senators such as Elizabeth Warren joined Monday evening's protests.

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Democrats have had an advantage in enthusiasm over the past year, but a high court fight could offset that advantage, producing larger Republican Senate gains in November and possibly minimizing Democratic gains in the House.

When he dissented from a DC Circuit decision last October preventing the Trump administration from blocking a teenage migrant in Texas from obtaining an abortion, Kavanaugh laced his opinion with broader thoughts.

Bartholet, a former lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and founder of the Legal Action Center in NY, stressed that she was basing her comments on Kavanaugh's judicial record - not his time at Harvard.

Supreme Court justices earn more than double the $115,520 per year judges typically earn in the US, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Like the other Democrats on this list, Jones has not ruled out voting for Kavanaugh like many in his party have. But they are playing a very weak hand now, and there is little reason to believe that the next hand they are dealt will be any better.

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UI prof who worked with nominee: Kavanaugh 'a good guy, very smart'