Trump's impact on courts likely to last long beyond his term
President Donald Trumps deep imprint on the federal courts is a rare point of agreement about the president across the political spectrum. The three Supreme Court picks could still be on the court at the 21st century’s midpoint, 30 years from now. In Trump’s first two years, they pushed through 30 appellate court judges and 53 district court nominees. “You know, when I got in, we had over 100 federal judges that weren’t appointed," he said. That nominee was Stephen Breyer, now a Supreme Court justice.
President Trump hosts rally in Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Air Force One and President Donald Trump will be on their way to Jacksonville on Thursday for a rally ahead of the November election. “On Feb. 18, 2017, President Trump pulled me out of the crowd and I ran up on stage and hugged our president and he gave me the microphone and I spoke to the world. This, this is who our president is,” said Gene Huber, referencing a shirt he was wearing showing Trump hugging him on stage during a rally. “This is the hug of the American people, because our president is the man of the people.”The president’s rally Thursday night is highly anticipated among Jacksonville supporters. Doors open to the venue at Cecil Airport at 4 p.m., and the president takes the stage around 7 p.m.
Sen. Mitt Romney OKs voting on Supreme Court nominee, all but assuring approval
Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, leaves the Senate Chamber following a vote, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. No court nominee in U.S. history has been considered so close to a presidential election. Elsewhere, as tributes poured in for Ginsburg with vigils and flowers at the court’s steps, Democrats led by presidential nominee Joe Biden vowed a tough fight. Romney, the GOP's 2012 presidential nominee, dismissed that argument, saying “it was not unfair” for Republicans to refuse to consider Obama’s choice of Merrick Garland. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska for opposing a Senate vote before elections.
Cuban-American judge Barbara Lagoa on Trump high court list
MIAMI – A daughter of Cuban exiles who has had a swift rise as a lawyer and judge is on President Donald Trump's short list to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court. So she’s got a lot of things — very smart,” Trump said in a call-in interview with “Fox and Friends.”Asked whether politics would play a role in the decision, Trump responded: “I try not to say so. At 52, Lagoa would become the youngest member of the U.S. Supreme Court if nominated and confirmed. Before that, for less than a year she was a justice on the Florida Supreme Court after more than a decade on a Miami-based state appeals court where she wrote some 360 opinions. She was the first woman of Hispanic heritage on the state Supreme Court.
Barrett emerges as court favorite; Trump to pick by weekend
Trump said he expects to announce his pick by week’s end, before the burial of Ginsburg, the court's liberal icon, at Arlington National Cemetery. Up until now, the race has been largely a referendum on how Trump has managed or mismanaged the COVID-19 pandemic. Conversations in the White House and McConnell’s office have been increasingly focused on Barrett and Lagoa, according to a person granted anonymity to discuss the private deliberations. Trump said he is planning to name his pick by Friday or Saturday, ahead of the first presidential election debate. He gave a nod to another election battleground state, Michigan, and White House officials confirmed he was referring to Joan Larsen, a federal appeals court judge there.
Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission Begins Work on Replacing 2 Justices
The Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission is expected to finalize a short-list of candidates for Gov. Meeting by telephone Monday morning, the nominating commission laid out a tentative schedule to begin accepting applications for the vacancies. Later Monday, Joe Jacquot, DeSantis general counsel, sent a letter to nominating commission Chairman Daniel Nordby to formally request convening the commission. Both Luck and Lagoa served on the 3rd District Court of Appeal before DeSantis appointed them to the Supreme Court early this year. The judicial nominating commission will have 60 days to submit a list of three to six candidates for each opening to DeSantis.flaglerlive.com