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Sen. Stabenow interview on blue slip for Joan Larsen Sixth Circuit nomination
(Democrat - Michigan) 08/04/17
Stabenow said she was very impressed by Larsen when she met with her last week. She said she'd spent a "tremendous amount of time" going through Larsen's record and past decisions over the last few months and believes the process should now move forward. "In my judgement, there's no reason for her not to proceed," Stabenow said.

Sen. Stabenow on blue slip for Joan Larsen Sixth Circuit nomination
(Democrat - Michigan) 08/04/17
Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters said Friday they have returned blue slips for Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen, allowing her nomination to the federal appellate bench to advance without saying whether they would vote for her.... “Federal judgeships are lifetime appointments,” Stabenow said in a statement. “As part of my constitutional duty, I have consulted with Michigan’s legal community, reviewed Justice Larson’s background and qualifications and, most recently, personally met with her. My meeting with Justice Larson was productive. I have returned the Senate’s procedural ‘blue slip,’ which will allow the nomination process to move forward with the Senate Judiciary Committee.” Stabenow of Lansing added that she looks forward to hearing more from Larsen during her confirmation hearing and that she would continue to evaluate her nomination.

Sen. Peters on blue slip for Joan Larsen Sixth Circuit nomination
(Democrat - Michigan) 08/04/17
Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters said Friday they have returned blue slips for Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen, allowing her nomination to the federal appellate bench to advance without saying whether they would vote for her. ... Peters said he also expects to learn more about Larsen during the upcoming confirmation process. “Federal judges make critical decisions that can directly impact the lives of Michiganders, and the Senate has an important constitutional responsibility to thoroughly review all nominees,” said Peters of Bloomfield Township. “I appreciated having the opportunity to meet with Justice Larsen in person recently, and I will continue to do my due diligence and evaluate her qualifications and judicial approach along with my Senate colleagues.”

Sen. Peters Returns Blue Slip for Justice Joan Larsen Nomination: Larsen Nominated to Serve on Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
(Democrat - Michigan) 08/04/17
Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he has returned the “blue slip” for the nomination of Justice Joan Larsen of Michigan to serve on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. It is Senate tradition for home state Senators to consent to the consideration of a nomination by the Judiciary Committee through the “blue slip” process. “Federal judges make critical decisions that can directly impact the lives of Michiganders, and the Senate has an important constitutional responsibility to thoroughly review all nominees,” said Senator Peters. “I have returned the Senate 'blue slip,' and I look forward to learning more about Justice Larsen and her record as she continues through the Senate’s confirmation process. I appreciated having the opportunity to meet with Justice Larsen in person recently, and I will continue to do my due diligence and evaluate her qualifications and judicial approach along with my Senate colleagues.”

Senator Stabenow Returns Blue Slip for Nomination of Justice Joan Larsen to Serve on Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
(Democrat - Michigan) 08/04/17
Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced that she has returned the blue slip for Justice Joan Larsen’s nomination to serve on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. “Federal judgeships are lifetime appointments,” said Senator Stabenow. “As part of my constitutional duty, I have consulted with Michigan’s legal community, reviewed Justice Larson’s background and qualifications and most recently, personally met with her. My meeting with Justice Larson was productive. I have returned the Senate’s procedural “blue slip” which will allow the nomination process to move forward with the Senate Judiciary Committee. I look forward to hearing more from Justice Larsen during her confirmation hearing in the Judiciary Committee and will continue to evaluate her nomination.”

Sens. Stabenow, Peters Accepting Applications from Candidates Interested in Nomination for Federal Judgeship and U.S. Attorney in Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
(Democrat - Michigan) 07/07/17
Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced they are accepting applications from qualified persons interested in nomination for federal judge or United States Attorney. There is currently one vacancy on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and one vacancy on the United States District Court for the Western District.... “As Senators representing the State of Michigan, it is our constitutional responsibility to evaluate a nominee’s qualifications, experience and judicial philosophy to ensure their nomination is in the best interest of the people of Michigan,” said Senator Stabenow. “I am confident that there are many qualified people in our state that are ready to serve as federal judge or U.S Attorney. I encourage those interested in serving to apply for these important positions.” “There is a long standing tradition of Senators evaluating and recommending highly qualified home state candidates for federal judgeship and U.S. Attorney roles,” said Senator Peters. “Federal judges and U.S. Attorneys make decisions that directly impact the people of Michigan as they work to administer justice fairly and compassionately, and I encourage qualified applicants who are interested in public service to apply.” It is the Senate’s tradition for both home state Senators to recommend judicial nominees to the President for consideration. After someone is nominated, it is Senate procedure for the home state senators to agree to consideration of a nominee before the Senate Judiciary Committee conducts hearings and votes. This is commonly called the “blue slip” process. Nominations approved by the Committee are then considered by the full Senate. President Trump has already nominated Justice Joan Larsen to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Both Senators received her completed application and background materials last week, which includes hundreds of pages of documents. They are in the process of thoroughly reviewing her record. Senators Stabenow and Peters will continue to listen to public input and consult with Michigan’s legal community to ensure that our state is served by highly qualified, fair and impartial judges that put the people of Michigan first.

Michigan Senators on Larsen judicial nomination
(Democrat - Michigan) 07/04/17
The Senate Judiciary Committee has not taken up the nomination of Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen …. The panel is waiting for the go-ahead from her home state senators, Democrats Debbie Stabenow of Lansing and Gary Peters of Bloomfield Township. They are still reviewing Larsen’s nomination, including a Michigan-specific questionnaire that she returned to the senators’ offices last week…. Stabenow said she and Peters are seeking additional input on Larsen’s nomination, including asking bar associations in Michigan for feedback. “We’ve said nothing at all that would politicize this process,” Stabenow said in an interview. “The wisest thing for her supporters would be to give us constructive input. We’re in the process of doing our due diligence. It’s a very, very important position, and it’s our responsibility to the people of Michigan to get all the information.”… The White House traditionally consults with senators before selecting judicial nominees, but Trump’s White House notified the senators’ offices without seeking input on Larsen.

Sen. Peters on Joan Larsen judicial nomination
(Democrat - Michigan) 07/02/17
A spokesperson for [Sen. Gary] Peters' office said the senator just received all of the requested paperwork from Larsen this week and will be reviewing that material before making a final blue slip decision.

Sen. Stabenow on home-state Senator blue slip review of Joan Larsen Circuit Court nomination
(Democrat - Michigan) 05/14/17
Stabenow hasn’t made a decision on her blue slip and plans to review Justice Larson’s record, as does her colleague Sen. Gary C. Peters, Michigan Democrat. “As we move forward in the process, I will continue to listen to public input and consult with Michigan’s legal community to ensure that our state is served by highly qualified, fair and impartial judges that put the people of Michigan first,”

Sen. Stabenow on Joan Larsen nomination to Michigan seat on U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
(Democrat - Michigan) 05/09/17
“They informed me that they would [nominate Larsen], and I indicated we’ll go through our process and review and get input,” Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) said in a brief interview on Monday.

Sen. Schumer Statement on President Trump’s 1st Slate of Lower Court Nominees
(Democrat - New York) 05/08/17
“Instead of allowing these groups to single-handedly pick judges that will tilt the lower courts to the hard right for a generation, the president should work with members of both parties to pick judges from within the judicial mainstream who will interpret the law rather than make it,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Monday.

Sen. Durbin on President Trump judicial selections
(Democrat - Illinois) 05/08/17
“We know that there is a prized list now from [conservative] special interest groups and one of them is now on the Supreme Court,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the second-ranking Senate Democrat, said Monday, referring to recently-confirmed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. “If that’s the way the president is going to choose the leaders of the judiciary, we need to ask some probing questions about why these special interest groups believe these particular judges are the best choices.” Of the blue-slip powers, Durbin added: “As long as we have the authority, we’ll use it if necessary.”