Newscast Media WASHINGTON—Republicans own the courts in Texas. Barack Obama
understands this reality. Yet when he said he was determined to turn Texas from Red
to Blue it appears he wasn’t playing games. He has picked the initial battlefield—the
Texas courts. His goal is to populate them with as many Blue judges as possible to
neutralize the potency of the Red judges, most of whom started serving as far back
as the Reagan and Papa Bush eras.
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal is where he will run into a brick wall. The judges who
sit on these benches are die-hard Conservatives. They control the show. Yet that
doesn’t appear to worry Obama. CONTINUE TO FULL ARTICLE>>
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama delivered a statement in which he announced three nominees for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The three candidates, from left to right are: Robert Leon Wilkins, Cornelia “Nina” Pillard, and Patricia Ann Millett. The president also urged the Senate to promptly consider judicial nominees for confirmation.
“Throughout my first term as President, the Senate too often failed to do that,” Obama said. “Time and again, congressional Republicans cynically used Senate rules and procedures to delay and even block qualified nominees from coming to a full vote.
“As a result, my judicial nominees have waited three times longer to receive confirmation votes than those of my Republican predecessor.”
“The D.C. Circuit is known as the second highest court in the country, and there’s a good reason for that,” the President said. “The judges on the D.C. Circuit routinely have the final say on a broad range of cases involving everything from national security to environmental policy; from questions of campaign finance to workers’ rights. In other words, the court’s decisions impact almost every aspect of our lives.”
Obama said three individuals were highly qualified to serve on the D.C. Circuit, and that the nonpartisan American Bar Association had given them – each of them – its highest rating.