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UPDATED: MERRICK GARLAND: MORE THAN 525 EDITORIALS BY EDITORIAL BOARDS IN 49 STATES & DC URGE SENATE TO HOLD A HEARING AND VOTE ON NOMINEE TO FILL SUPREME COURT VACANCY – STATE BY STATE LINKS/EXCERPTS (as of May 4, 2016)
These 529 Editorials by 284 newspaper editorial boards in 49 states and DC represent well over 90 percent of the newspaper editorial board opinions revealed by comprehensive online research. Click on State names on first page for Editorial Board links/excerpts for each State.

Defenders of Wildlife & 42 other national groups letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Grassley on growing backlog of circuit and district court nominations (04/07/16)
"[W]e write to express our dismay with the failure of the Judiciary Committee to address a growing backlog of federal judicial nominations. With only 16 judges confirmed so far, the 114th Congress is on pace to have the lowest number of judges confirmed since the 82nd Congress in 1951-1952."

To fill the Supreme Court vacancy, President Obama nominated Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Merrick B. Garland on March 16, 2016


 FILLING SUPREME COURT VACANCY: LINKS/ EXCERPTS for

17 National Environmental Groups (including Defenders of Wildlife) CEOs' Letter to Sens. McConnell & Reid on Filling the Supreme Court Vacancy (03/08/16)
"President Obama has announced that he will nominate a replacement for the vacancy on the Supreme Court bench left by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, and we believe the President has a clearly prescribed constitutional responsibility to do so. On behalf of our millions of members and supporters, we call on the United States Senate to commit to doing its job by conducting fair confirmation hearings and holding a timely vote on that nominee.... There is ample precedent for a nominee to be confirmed in election years, even when the Senate and White House are controlled by opposite political parties. Willful obstructionism is simply a dereliction of duty, .... For the protection of our air, water, wildlife and lands, a strong and intact judiciary system is as important as ever."

Defenders of Wildlife and others signed letter from 82 Organizations Condemning GOP Judiciary Committee Members’ Unprecedented Obstruction on SCOTUS Vacancy and Urging Them to Uphold the Constitution (02/26/16)

UPDATED: Republican Senators from 14 States Urge Immediate Action to Fill Their Judicial Vacancies (CO, ID, IN, KS, NE, ND, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, WI) (May 4, 2016)
(Republican - Colorado, Utah, Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Idaho, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Oklahoma, Ohio, Kansas, North Dakota, Nebraska, Wisconsin) 05/04/16 

Senate delays unopposed judicial nominees, emergency vacancies soar and lack of judges means JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED

DELAYS OF THREE HISTORIC UNOPPOSED HISPANIC JUDICIAL NOMINEES

FINALLY CONFIRMED 82-6 L. Felipe Restrepo (3RD CIRCUIT) on JAN. 11, 2016, July 9, 2015 COMMITTEE VOICE VOTE to fill judicial emergency;

Kara Farnandez Stoll (Federal Circuit) CONFIRMED 95-0 ON BELATED JULY 7, 2015 FLOOR VOTE;

ARMANDO BONILLA SEN. COTTON BLOCKED VOTES ON 5 COURT OF FEDERAL CLAIMS NOMINEES COMMITTEE APPROVED IN 2014 AND 2015 INCLUDING FIRST HISPANIC

American Bar Association letter to Senate leaders: vote on 15 judicial nominees before recess for the year (12/02/15)


Editorial Boards in all 50 states and DC praise the ESA and Endangered & Threatened Species (more than 600 Editorials sortable by publication)

CONGRESS, PRESIDENT REAGAN, COURTS & EDITORIAL BOARDS AGREE: CITIZEN ACCESS TO COURT NEEDED TO ENFORCE ENVIRONMENTAL & OTHER SAFEGUARDS

Sort thousands of Senator Statements links/excerpts by STATE, and Editorials & Commentary by Publication, Nominee, or Issue
American Bar Association Judicial Vacancies

HEARING NEEDED: Mary Barzee Flores (S.D. of FL)

Judicial Conference March 19, 2015 submitted request for 73 new judgeships and conversion of 9 temporary into permanent judgeships.

TEXAS EDITORIAL BOARDS: FILL FEDERAL JUDICIAL VACANCIES DOZENS OF TEXAS EDITORIAL BOARD OPINIONS

IOWA EDITORIAL BOARDS: FILL FEDERAL JUDICIAL VACANCIES MORE THAN 30 IOWA EDITORIAL BOARD OPINIONS

UPDATED: 75 PENNSYLVANIA NEWSPAPER EDITORIALS: FILL FEDERAL JUDICIAL VACANCIES (, 04/28/16)

PHOTOS OF OBAMA NOMINEES BLOCKED BY GOP SENATORS (Huff Post, 11/13/13) Why Does The GOP Have A Problem With These People? (Huff Post, 11/13/13)

WHITE HOUSE STATEMENTS Infographic: This is the First Time Our Judicial Pool Has Been This Diverse; 12/17/2015

President Obama’s judicial nominees, including:

Srikanth ("Sri") Srinivasan D.C. Circuit NOMINATED 6/11/12 CONFIRMED 97-0 5/23/2013

Caitlin Halligan D.C. Circuit 54-45 and 51-41 votes (short of 60 needed to end filibuster) WITHDRAWN

Robert Bacharach Tenth Circuit: FILIBUSTERED 56-34 7/30/12 CONFIRMED 93-0 2/25/13

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