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Benched! Grassley’s Bad Confirmation Math (Justice Watch, 04/12/16)
"The Senate finally voted on Waverly Crenshaw, Jr.’s nomination ... He’s just the 17th judge confirmed since Republicans took over the Senate in January 2015, putting the 114th Congress on pace for the lowest number of judicial confirmations in more than 60 years, and way behind the 68 judges that George W. Bush appointed in his last two years.... Obama has had 20 more judges confirmed than did Bush did at this point in his presidency (324 vs. 304). The problem is that comparing the raw number of judges confirmed is meaningless—something we’ve pointed out here, here, here, and, in a detailed rebuttal of all the lame reasons Republicans use to justify their obstruction, here. Obama has had more judges confirmed because he’s had substantially more vacancies to fill. In fact he’s faced 53 more vacancies than did Bush at this point, a difference that far outpaces his greater number of confirmations.... During the final two years of recent presidencies, opposition-Senates have continued to do their job and confirm judicial nominees: a Democratic-led Senate confirmed 68 judges in Bush’s final two years; Bill Clinton had 73 judges confirmed by a Republican Senate in his final two years; and a Democratic Senate confirmed 85 judges in Ronald Reagan’s last two years. In that context, the 17 judges confirmed so far during Obama’s final two years—while 46 judicial nominees are pending—is a national embarrassment."

EDITORIAL: Garland's Credentials Bona Fide. We Reiterate: Grant a Hearing (New Jersey Law Journal, 04/12/16)
"Then-Judiciary Committee Chairman Hatch observed, of the 1997 Senate (76-23) confirmation of Garland's nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, that no one dared to come to the floor to speak against Garland.... the Senate leader's refusal to even consider the president's nominee is without precedent.... when judges are seen as politicians in robes, confidence in the judiciary suffers. Thus the refusal to hold hearings until after the presidential election will do damage to the courts if it is sustained.... In our view, Barack Obama has proposed an ideal "consensus" candidate. One who has garnered bipartisan support in the past.... Merrick Garland is a judge whose record tells us that he models the kind of search for broad agreement that serves the courts and the country well. If the Senate continues to stonewall his nomination, it will embroil the Supreme Court in partisan combat that threatens confidence in the judiciary, as recent remarks by Chief Justice Roberts suggest. We join many others in urging the Senate to offer its advice and consent to the nomination of Judge Garland."

496 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 April 12, 2016) (, 04/12/16)
These 496 Editorials by 277 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.

Senate approves Crenshaw's nomination: After delay of more than a year, Middle Tennessee gets new federal judge (Nashville Post [TN], 04/12/16)
J.R. Lind: "Since the retirement of Joe Haynes, the Middle District has been in a state of so-called judicial emergency, with the caseload straining the schedule of the three remaining judges. Nevertheless, Crenshaw's nomination - and dozens of others - was caught up in a partisan logjam over President Barack Obama's nominees. Crenshaw had the full-throated support of Tennessee's two Republican senators and was unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, yet it took 14 months for a full vote from the Senate."

EDITORIAL: Ayotte needs to break ranks on SUPCO nominee (Foster's Daily Democrat [NH], 04/12/16)
"Ayotte's "courtesy and respect" shtick rings more than a little hollow to our ears. Why bother with pleasantries if you have no intention of taking this nomination seriously?... What's also unclear is why Ayotte and other senators in lockstep over blocking Garland's nomination can't simply let this man go through the process .... We agree it's time to give Garland a hearing."

EDITORIAL: Building nation for everyone (Lompoc Record [CA], 04/12/16)
"There have been a few cracks in the partisan wall of resistance against President Obama’s nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy, but not enough to make a dent.... it’s not working for America.... Voter ID and similar restrictions foster less voting, which works in favor of a small portion of one party. How can that be good for true democracy? Perhaps that is what is really behind the GOP’s drawing a line in the sand on Obama’s Supreme Court nomination. The irony is that Judge Garland would likely be middle-of-the-road philosophically as a Supreme Court justice"

EDITORIAL: McConnell shoots his credibility (Pottsville Republican & Evening Herald [PA], 04/11/16)
"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has acted as little more than a partisan hack by refusing to allow a fair confirmation process for appellate Judge Merrick Garland,... McConnell has shot what remains of his credibility by asserting that he will not allow a confirmation process even after the presidential election in November unless a nominee is favored by two narrow interests — the National Rifle Association and the National Federation of Independent Businesses.... McConnell has solidified his record as an extreme obstructionist. Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey and other members of his caucus should convince him to become responsible."

EDITORIAL: Eight is enough, says Grassley (Berkshire Eagle [MA] , 04/11/16)
"The latest Republican rationalization for refusing to consider President Obama's Supreme Court nominee is that the Court doesn't need nine justices. And maybe baseball doesn't need nine players in the field. Responding to a Des Moines Register editorial describing the GOP's refusal to hold hearings for Judge Merrick Garland as "un-American," Iowa Senator Charles Grassley, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, noted in an oped piece in the paper that the US Supreme Court has had fewer than nine justices in the past.... Congress ended the nonsense in 1869 .... vacancies have been routinely filled since then."

Editorial: Moran's reversal a disappointment; Senator had opportunity to uphold state's long history of bipartisan statesmanship (Topeka Capital-Journal [KS] , 04/11/16)
"This editorial advisory board on March 17 encouraged both of our U.S. senators to hold hearings for President Barack Obama’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee. In the days that followed, Sen. Jerry Moran told a town hall in Cimarron that he was open to hearings for nominee Merrick Garland: “I have my job to do,” he said. Two weeks later, Moran decided that doing his job wasn’t so important after all.... Moran’s principled opposition to the GOP establishment quickly faded, and his political “criteria” superseded his responsibilities as a senator."

492 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 April 11, 2016) (, 04/11/16)
These 492 Editorials by 276 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.

EDITORIAL: OUR VIEW: Highest court at least works (Pharos-Tribune [IN], 04/11/16)
"President Obama did his constitutional duty and nominated Scalia’s replacement, Merrick Garland, chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In response, the Republican-controlled Senate made good on its promise not to consider any of Obama’s choices to fill the vacancy, no matter whom they might be. This calcified stance ensured Obama’s final year in office would remain fractious right to the end, leaving the possibility of a broken judicial branch until at least next January when the next president is sworn in. With all this gridlock and obstructionism, we can at least take solace in the Supreme Court’s 8-0 decision Monday in the case of Evenwel v. Abbott.... at least one branch of government can actually do something, much to the consternation of the do-nothing politicians on Capitol Hill."

EDITORIAL: Eight is enough says Grassley (Brattleboro Reformer [VT], 04/11/16)
"The simple truth is that if either John McCain or Mitt Romney was president now rather than Barack Obama, Republicans would be eager to approve the nominee — perhaps Judge Garland — of either president, not coming up with flimsy, cynical arguments for eight Court justices. The rule of law is of great importance to conservatives — except when it bumps into partisan politics."

Republicans Finally Confirmed A Judge. Is This Obama’s Last One? Even some GOP senators are hoping for more votes. (Huffington Post, 04/11/16)
Jennifer Bendery: "It’s been two months since Republicans confirmed a judge. If anybody should have been confirmed by now, it’s Crenshaw. Nobody opposed him — he was confirmed 92 to 0. Both of his GOP senators strongly supported him. The court seat he’s filling has become so overloaded with cases that it’s become a judicial emergency. Yet Crenshaw, who unanimously cleared the Judiciary Committee nine months ago, had to wait almost a year and a half for a vote. ... there are 31 other judicial nominees waiting for action in the Judiciary Committee and 14 more ready to be confirmed right now. None are scheduled for votes. Republicans are already confirming judges at the slowest pace in more than 50 years ... There are GOP senators with courts in their states that desperately need vacancies filled,"

EDITORIAL: Grassley v. Roberts (Baltimore Sun, 04/10/16)
"The reason justices are given a lifetime appointment to the bench is not to follow the guidance of a Charles Grassley but to make choices unfettered by politics. Shame on Senator Grassley for suggesting that Justice Roberts has somehow betrayed the institution when it is the judiciary chairman who seems to be bent on rewriting the Constitution — not only to limit President Barack Obama's authority to fill a court vacancy but now to imply that the chief justice has somehow sabotaged the court."

Editorial: Highest court at least works (Kokomo Tribune [IN] , 04/10/16)
"President Obama did his constitutional duty and nominated Scalia’s replacement, Merrick Garland, chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In response, the Republican-controlled Senate made good on its promise not to consider any of Obama’s choices to fill the vacancy, no matter whom they might be. This calcified stance ensured Obama’s final year in office would remain fractious right to the end, leaving the possibility of a broken judicial branch until at least next January when the next president is sworn in. With all this gridlock and obstructionism, we can at least take solace in the Supreme Court’s 8-to-0 decision Monday in the case of Evenwel v. Abbott."

EDITORIAL: OUR VIEW: 1 politician shows some good sense (Journal Gazette/Times-Courier [IL], 04/09/16)
"[I]t is refreshing to see Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois buck his party’s leadership over delaying hearings on President Barack Obama’s nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court.... Predictably, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has said there will be no hearings on Obama’s nomination anytime this year.... We believe the people expect elected officials to perform their duties in Washington and in Springfield. As Kirk has said: “I’m showing what a rational, responsible guy would do that really wants the constitutional process to go forward.” Exactly. It shouldn’t be asking too much to expect office holders to be rational and responsible."

House editorial: An example of class and bi-partisanship (Post Register [ID], 04/09/16)
"Idaho Republican Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch last week enjoyed what Crapo called in a news release, a “productive consultation process between the Idaho Senate delegation, the President and his team” on the nomination of David C. Nye of Pocatello to serve in the U.S. federal court for the District of Idaho.... Nye appears to be an excellent candidate ... Still, it’s difficult to overlook the charade of Risch and Crapo working merrily alongside President Barack Obama when both have made statements claiming they won’t support a hearing, meet with or consider a lame-duck action for Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland.... If the president and his team were tit-for-tat politicians, Idaho could have remained in what federal courts had deemed “a judicial emergency” through 2016.... Reading the Idaho senators’ gleeful statements about their success and cooperation with the president is like watching a toddler stop a tantrum just long enough to calmly accept some candy. The question is, are they willing to soften their opposition to an equally qualified candidate now that they have what they want?"

EDITORIAL: For a moment, Moran acted like the statesman he once was (Hutchinson News [KS], 04/08/16)
"Sen. Jerry Moran recently sounded like the pragmatic, independent Kansan who won years of support and admiration from voters and fellow lawmakers in Washington, D.C., when he said that the Senate should hold a hearing on Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland.... Then, with just a little pressure applied from the most conservative factions of the Republican party, Moran changed course and sounded more like the man we’ve come to know in recent years – a politician who has abandoned sense, statesmanship and dignity and replaced it with pandering, fear and political hyperbole.... The Jerry Moran who said it was more important for him to do his job by holding hearings for a Supreme Court nominee than to shirk his duty is the Jerry Moran this state had come to respect and trust during his years in public service."

It’s Not Just The Supreme Court. Republicans Are Screwing Lots Of Other Courts Too. GOP senators are barely confirming judicial nominees — even their own. (Huffington Post, 04/08/16)
Jennifer Bendery: "It’s worth noting there are 46 other Merrick Garlands. That is, 46 other judicial nominees are in the same boat. They’re not in line for the Supreme Court, but like Garland, they’re nominees to federal courts who aren’t getting votes (except one, who just got scheduled for a Monday vote). ... Not only are they screwing the judicial branch of government by dragging out confirmations — when vacancies pile up on district and circuit courts, people’s cases can get delayed for years and judges burn out — but they’re screwing themselves. Some GOP senators really need judicial nominees confirmed, but are being denied by their own party leaders."

EDITORIAL: Sen. Grassley needs a mirror (Hawk Eye [Burlington. IA], 04/07/16)
"Now it’s United States Supreme Court Chief Justice who has gone political as it relates to Republican obstruction on filling the vacancy on the court created by the death in February of Antonin Scalia, according to Sen. Chuck Grassley.... You’ve got to hand Grassley his due for his chutzpah. He’s the man doing the most to turn the Supreme Court vacancy into a political circus, but has the nerve to heap criticism on the judge — more than two months after Roberts spoke .... What Grassley is really saying is it’s a Democrat president’s nominee.... Grassley, in claiming he isn’t politicizing the vacancy when he is doing exactly that, said we should wait until after the election.... Grassley can’t point to a single poll supporting the position he was apparently told to take by the majority leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell. Americans, by large majority, want there to be hearings. The American people have spoken, Mr. Grassley. It’s you not listening. It’s you politicizing while, at the same time, you have the temerity to claim it’s everyone else. Look in the mirror, senator."

EDITORIAL: Heller stalls (Reno News & Review [NV], 04/07/16)
"His own party’s leaders went on strike when it came to doing their duty in processing the new U.S. Supreme court nomination of Merrick Garland. This is the same Merrick Garland who was approved by most Senate Republicans to become a U.S. Court of Appeals judge in 1997. Heller claims he supports the process: “I’ve been clear that I believe the American people deserve the opportunity to have their voice heard in selecting the next Supreme Court justice. When the people make that choice, I’m ready to proceed.” Well, the public chose the president twice, and he has now nominated a justice. When is Heller going to re-introduce his bill to include supreme court nominations among duties senators must perform to get paid? He says he believes the process should go forward, and he now has the chance to embarrass his own party’s leaders into doing their jobs."

Senate ignoring the people's voice (Iowa City Press-Citizen, 04/07/16)
Op-Ed by Nicholas Johnson: "The Republican Senate leadership’s response to Judge Garland is wrong, both constitutionally and in their "people's voice" rationale. It also further erodes public confidence in our unique and precious judicial institutions."

EDITORIAL: Raw Republican politics threaten legitimacy of Supreme Court (Chicago Sun Times, 04/07/16)
"Sadly, Senate Republicans seem to be perfectly willing to let the erosion go on. Most of them again this week — Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois being one of the rare exceptions — have refused to even chat up the nominee in their Capitol Hill offices. They are worried more about not offending their most rigid right-wing supporters than about doing their constitutional duty. With every new day this goes on, the Orwellian double-talk and intellectual dishonesty grow more offensive. In times past, as Obama said, presidents nominated candidates to the Supreme Court and Congress considered those nominees in short order, usually wrapping up the process in about three months.... But the confirmation process has become more politicized at every level of the federal judiciary. ... And now a candidate as over-qualified as Garland can’t even get a hearing.... Do your job, senators, so that the Supreme Court can do its job."

485 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 April 7, 2016) (, 04/07/16)
These 485 Editorials by 274 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.

EDITORIAL: The Record: Politics and courts (Record [NJ] , 04/06/16)
"U.S. Senate Republicans are refusing to give the president's nominee to fill a U.S. Supreme Court vacancy, Merrick Garland — a moderate, well-respected jurist by any measure — a hearing. They say they want the next president to fill that spot. ... There will always be a political aspect to the selection of the judiciary, but politics should not prevent qualified jurists from serving in our courts or influence their decisions once they are on the bench. That is true from the municipal level all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court."

World-Herald editorial: FURTHERMORE (Omaha World-Herald [NE] , 04/06/16)
"Not holding a hearing on the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court isn’t the only thing Congress isn’t doing. ... One answer might be in a resolution introduced by Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, who wants to officially recognize magic as a “rare and valuable art form and national treasure.” Ending the gridlock would, indeed, be wizardry."

EDITORIAL: Serious backlog of cases should prompt quick Senate action on judicial nominee  (Buffalo News [NY], 04/06/16)
"The Senate should act swiftly to confirm Kathleen M. Sweet as U.S. District Court judge, following the president’s recent nomination. Besides making her the first female federal judge based in Buffalo, Sweet’s confirmation would put an end to the long and arduous task of filling this key judicial vacancy.... U.S. District Court vacancies have been a major issue for the past few years. All three of Buffalo’s district judges, William M. Skretny, Richard J. Arcara and John T. Curtin, are senior judges who could have retired. ... It seems likely that election-year politics will delay consideration of Sweet’s nomination, but such delay will have serious consequences for the delivery of justice. The federal caseload here is enormous, with a backlog of civil and criminal cases that makes this area among the worst in the nation. It takes, on average, more than five years for civil cases to come to trial in Buffalo.... The federal bench in Buffalo is in dire need of help. The Senate needs to move diligently on this nomination."

Letter: A president's duty (Ledger [Lakeland, FL], 04/06/16)
Pastor Don Utzman (Ret.): "Cal Thomas['] ... recent column praising Sen. Mitch McConnell for refusing to bring President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland before the Senate for consideration takes the cake .... It is simply another example of obstructionism by McConnell since he became Senate majority leader. On scores of occasions, he has refused to allow the Senate to consider Obama's nominations of federal judges, to the detriment of our judicial system. His present argument to "let the people decide" flies in the face of the Constitution, .... The logic of McConnell is ludicrous. If a president is not allowed to function in his last year of office, neither should any senator."

EDITORIAL: Don't Let GOP Antics Downplay Importance of Supreme Court Justice Nominee (Washington Informer, 04/06/16)
"Seventeen national organizations, led by MoveOn, have pressed for the Senate to do their job and give Garland a fair hearing, fulfilling their job as senators while remembering the oath of service they took upon their election to office. ... We urge our readers to contact their senators and voice their opinion."

MORE THAN 480 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 April 6, 2016) (, 04/06/16)
These 481 Editorials by 272 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.