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Kavanaugh Updates: Senators Joe Manchin, Susan Collins Say They Will Vote to Confirm Kavanaugh a Supreme Court Justice
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Friday, 05 October 2018 14:00

Excerpt: "Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said Friday that they will vote to confirm Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, likely ensuring that President Trump’s nominee will ascend to the Supreme Court after a bitter partisan fight that has included allegations of decades-old sexual misconduct."

Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia is followed by Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia.  Manchin was the lone Democrat voting to advance the Kavanaugh nomination to a full Senate vote. (photo: AP)
Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia is followed by Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia. Manchin was the lone Democrat voting to advance the Kavanaugh nomination to a full Senate vote. (photo: AP)


Kavanaugh Updates: Senators Joe Manchin, Susan Collins Say They Will Vote to Confirm Kavanaugh a Supreme Court Justice

By Seung Min Kim and John Wagner, The Washington Post

05 October 18

 

10/05/18 - 04:15:PM:EST


en. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) said Friday that they will vote to confirm Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, likely ensuring that President Trump’s nominee will ascend to the Supreme Court after a bitter partisan fight that has included allegations of decades-old sexual misconduct.

In a speech on the Senate floor, Collins, a swing vote, said Kavanaugh had “received rave reviews” for his 12 years as a federal appeals court judge and that the misconduct allegations against him failed to meet a standard of “more likely than not.”

“I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh,” Collins said at the end of remarks lasting about 45 minutes, prompting appaluse in the chamber.

The final confirmation vote, scheduled for Saturday, needs support from at least 50 senators. Vice President Pence would cast the tie-breaking vote if necessary.

Collins’s announcement followed a 51-to-49 vote earlier Friday on a procedural motion to advance Kavanaugh's’s nomination.


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ALSO SEE: Senator Murkowski Voted Against Kavanaugh. Read Her Remarks Declaring Why.

Senator Murkowski Votes No on Kavanaugh: 'Not the Right Man for the Court at This Time'

By Jeremy Herb and Clare Foran, CNN

05 October 18

 

10/05/18 - 01:50:PM:EST


epublican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska described President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as "not the right man for the court at this time" and strongly signaled she will vote no in Kavanaugh's final confirmation vote on the US Senate floor.

After opposing a key procedural vote Friday morning on the nomination, Murkowski explained her vote to reporters, calling it "the most difficult evaluation" she has had to make.

"He's not the right man for the court at this time," the Alaska senator said. "So I have taken my vote here this morning. I'm going to go back to my office and write a floor statement that is more fulsome."

In a dramatic Friday morning vote, the Senate moved to end debate on the Kavanaugh nomination and advance to a final confirmation vote, which could take place as soon as Saturday.

Murkowski had been one of a handful of pivotal senators who remained publicly undecided on the nomination in the days leading up to Friday's vote.


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Senator Jeff Flake Says He Will Vote to Confirm Kavanaugh

By Seung Min Kim and John Wagner, The Washington Post

05 October 18

 

10/05/18 - 01:10:PM:EST


he Senate advanced Brett M. Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination in a key procedural vote Friday morning, putting him one step closer to confirmation and ending a deeply partisan and rancorous fight that has resonated well beyond Washington.

The chamber voted 51 to 49 to advance the nomination after Republican leaders secured the votes of two GOP senators and one Democrat who had not publicly announced their intentions before arriving to vote. A final confirmation vote could come Saturday.

The last of the undecided votes began falling into place after the senators reviewed a highly anticipated report from the FBI investigating allegations of decades-old sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.

Sens. Jeff Flake (Ariz.) and Susan Collins (Maine), two of the Republican holdouts, voted to advance President Trump’s nominee, while Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) was the only GOP senator to break with her party. Sen. Joe Manchin III (W.Va.), a red-state Democrat up for reelection next month, was the only Democrat to support Kavanaugh.

Flake also indicated that he plans to vote for Kavanaugh’s confirmation on Saturday “unless something big changes,” which he said he doesn’t expect — a move that further bolsters the judge’s prospects.


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+14 # Benign Observer 2018-10-05 14:52
Collins and Flake should be ashamed. So sick of their bullshit. Will they? Won't they? Fuck them if they can't see how K-dog will damage what's left of the Supreme Court.

Are they going to cancel Christmas next?

Apparently Americans don't deserve hope or justice, and women are still chattel. Just bleed us dry to finance the military you love and your cushy pensions and healthcare, but kick us non-elite and put us at the mercy of an alcoholic psychopath.

Manchin should be surgically removed from the Democratic Party. He really thinks conservative women in WV want a predator on the Court? He's 9 points ahead and very popular. This would have been the time to stand up for the people, Joe, you schmuck.

It's not like the Federalist Society doesn't have a hundred more in the wings, but no, for some reason they're desperate to get the worst possible creep on there.

Great weight should have been given to Stevens' remarks and the nearly 2000 law profs who said Kavanaugh is unfit. But what do they know?

Each of the four toss-up votes have passionate people on both sides, and Flake's not running for reelection. They COULD have done the right thing.

Fuck Manchin. Fuck the Democrats, who were ready to give up the day Kavanaugh was nominated, and Feinstein, who mishandled Ford, and the whole bunch of them.

We have GOT to have a third party. I wasn't sure before. I am now.
 
 
+2 # jon 2018-10-05 19:34
The only viable third party is Bernie Sanders. If we could only get the blind establishment wing of the DNCC to see the Light!
 
 
0 # Canada23 2018-10-06 09:55
Realism is important. You don't have a third party for the mid-terms. Get out and vote Democrat. Give the young wing a chance to gain power. US voters need to prevent even worse destruction by Trump and Republicans.
 
 
+7 # wilhelmscream 2018-10-05 16:12
In 2020, I’m voting against Collins!!
 
 
+3 # tsyganka 2018-10-05 22:03
The fund to defeat Collins when she runs for re-election has now reached over two million dollars. GOOD.

We still need to get in the streets before it's too late to stop this fascist takeover. Fascists don't allow dissent.

We don't need to do anything special except to Not buy anything and to Not show up for work, classes, etc. - just silently stand in business-stoppi ng places, town squares, corporate & govt headquarters, parks, sidewalks, shopping centers, streets, etc.

Stand in stone-cold silent anger.
Millions of us.
Before it's too late.
 
 
+3 # EternalTruth 2018-10-05 22:29
‘the misconduct allegations against him failed to meet a standard of “more likely than not.”’

Senator Susan Collins has failed to meet the standards of “more intelligent than my toenails”, and “more integrity than a snake-oil salesman.” My dogs know that BK is a lying piece of shit rapist, but Collins thinks he’s probably telling the truth. We need to make sure that Kavanaugh and Collins and everyone else who votes for him, are made to regret it for the rest of their lives.
The Blue wave is coming, but the Dems lack the ovaries to do anything to reverse this catastrophe (impeachment or court-packing). This seriously sucks.
 
 
+3 # lfeuille 2018-10-06 18:14
Schumer has to get tough. No more party money for Manchin.
 
 
0 # DongiC 2018-10-07 04:01
Totally agree!