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David Stras

Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals
Nominated May 8, 2017

Sen. Franken to Oppose Nomination of Justice David Stras for Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals: Senator Says Nominee’s Deeply Conservative Judicial Philosophy Raises Concerns about How He Would Approach Civil Rights & Equality, Suggests He Would Favor Powerful Corporations over Working Families
(Democrat - Minnesota) 09/05/17 
"I had hoped that, in recognition of our different views, President Trump would work with me to identify a consensus candidate-a nominee whose experience demonstrates an ability to set aside rigid beliefs in favor of finding common ground. But rather than work together to select a nominee who is a judicial moderate, the White House had already settled on Justice Stras before first approaching me, and the president nominated him despite the concerns that I expressed. "Justice Stras's professional background and record strongly suggest that, if confirmed, he would embrace the legacy of his role models and reliably rule in favor of powerful corporate interests over working people, and that he would place a high bar before plaintiffs seeking justice at work, at school, and at the ballot box. The president should be seeking out judges who bridge the issues that divide us, but I fear that Justice Stras's views and philosophy would lead him to reinforce those divisions and steer the already conservative Eighth Circuit even further to the right. "It is for those reasons that, after careful consideration, I have decided to oppose his nomination and not to return a blue slip to the Committee."

Senator Feinstein, Judiciary Committee Ranking Member: Setting the record straight on judicial nominees and blue slip
(Democrat - California) 09/25/17 
Editorial memo on history of the blue slip and consultation with home-state Senators on judicial nominees

10 Things You Need To Know About Blue Slips: Republicans repeatedly used the tradition to block President Obama’s judicial nominees. (Huffington Post, 09/13/17) Christopher Kang, Former Deputy Counsel to President Obama

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