by Caroline Cox
On Thursday, the White House announced two new United States District Court judge nominations. John Michael Vazquez is a nominee for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and Paula Xinis is a nominee for the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.
The Judicial Crisis Network may not be well known, but their money works to help elect the judicial, legal officers, and senators who will approve future nominees. The Daily Beast profiles the organization and how it is using dark money and advertising to impact the U.S. courts system.
As the Senate takes its time with judicial nominations, Senators continue to debate the future of the filibuster. Support for the filibuster has steadily eroded, and it looks likely that it will be “eliminated or seriously curtailed in the near future” according to Vox.
Senate delays on President Obama’s nominees are setting new records, reports The Washington Post. Loretta Lynch’s nomination is set to break records, and delays on judicial nominations are following a similar trajectory.
There are currently 55 vacancies, and 23 are now considered judicial emergencies. There are 16 pending nominees. For more information see judicialnominations.org.