Lisa Murkowski votes no on cloture as Democrats pledge to investigate Brett Kavanaugh for perjury if confirmed.

By |2018-10-05T07:56:27-08:00October 5th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |39 Comments

Well, that is some very good news!

Courtesy of ADN:

A deeply divided Senate pushed Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination past a key procedural hurdle Friday, setting up a likely final showdown this weekend in a spellbinding battle that’s seen claims of long-ago sexual assault by the nominee threaten President Donald Trump’s effort to tip the court rightward for decades.

The Senate voted 51-49 to limit debate, effectively defeating Democratic efforts to scuttle the nomination with endless delays and nearing the climax of a fight that has captivated the country since summer. With Republicans controlling the chamber 51-49, one Republican voted to stop the nomination, one Democrat to send it further.

Murkowski sat solemnly during the roll call and whispered “No” when it was her turn to vote. As the tally neared an end, she spoke with Collins, a friend. Both were surrounded by colleagues from both parties after the vote.

So with this passing, the final confirmation vote will go to the Senate floor. 

I personally think it would be political suicide for Murkowski to vote no here and yes for the final vote, but knowing her it could also be likely that the Republicans have worked out a way to get those votes without her, which I think means that they are counting on a red state Democrat or two to fill the gap. 

However, even if they are successful today that does not mean this whole thing is over. 

Courtesy of The Intercept

Dozens of members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus sent a letter Thursday to President Donald Trump committing to leverage subpoena power in an effort to investigate the full record of Kavanaugh’s time in the White House for evidence of perjury. House Democrats will have subpoena power if they retake the lower chamber in the midterm elections, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler, who will likely chair the House Judiciary Committee should that happen, has already promised to investigate any credible allegations of perjury if Kavanaugh is confirmed. Nadler did not sign the letter.

The CPC members raised not only Kavanaugh’s involvement in the Bush administration’s widespread, secret, and illegal surveillance of Americans following the events of September 11 2001, but also testimony he made before the Senate during his time in the Bush White House that has since been called into question.

So even if Kavanagh gets confirmed his troubles are far from finished. 

But that is if he gets confirmed and right now there are mostly women protesting all over Capitol Hill to see that it does not happen. 

Two of the more famous protesters arrested yesterday were Amy Schumer and Emily Ratajkowski.

Courtesy of CNN:

Comedian Amy Schumer and model-actress Emily Ratajkowski were among more than 300 people arrested Thursday in protests over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.‏

Hundreds of people turned up at a US Senate building in the nation’s capital to challenge Kavanaugh’s nomination after three women accused him of various forms of sexual misconduct. Schumer and Ratajkowski were among them.

Capitol Police said they arrested 302 people during the demonstrations. Video from the scene shows the two actresses being detained after an officer asks if they want to be arrested.

There are of course even more protests planned for this weekend, so I am sure we will see more high profile arrests and huge crowds protesting the Kavanaugh confirmation. 

One of the more unexpected voices to come out against Brett Kavanaugh was retired Supreme Court Justice, John Paul Stevens.

Yeah, it is HIGHLY unusual for a retired Justice to speak out about a current nominee. 

And now it is up to Murkowski, Collins, and Flake to decide if they want this as part of their legacy. 

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  1. VOTE NO October 5, 2018 at 8:01 am

    “There is no basis I can see for removing the sign,” said Southern Methodist University law professor and First Amendment expert Dale Carpenter. “It’s not obscene, and no court would find it to be. You can say it’s offensive or distasteful, but that’s protected under the Constitution.”

    • Blue Wave October 5, 2018 at 4:24 pm

      I try not to group people together and judge people as individuals. I would never echo the mantra that all Texans are nuts. Then I had a look at sid Miller’s fb page and I’m definitely convinced that while not all Texans are nuts, Texas is most certainly home to the nuttiest. Those screeching gits are like something out of the twilight zone.

  2. SuckDick October 5, 2018 at 8:02 am

    Rawstory>”Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) has confirmed he will vote yes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    The Arizona Republican told reporters Friday morning that he would vote in favor of President Donald Trump’s nominee, after he helped engineer a weeklong delay in the nomination process for an FBI investigation.”

  3. Beaglemom October 5, 2018 at 8:04 am

    I’m not at all surprised that Mudkowski and Collins voted with their pals in the GOP. They almost always do. Neither one of them has a bit of moral courage about them. Otherwise, they would have bolted from the GOP years ago. We liberals have got to stop hoping and praying for the day when a member of the modern GOP will show some gumption, some values, some courage.

    • Blue Wave October 5, 2018 at 9:08 am

      Mudkowski? Don’t know her. Murkowski voted no.

    • Anonymous October 5, 2018 at 9:16 am

      Let’s not forget Muchin from WV,probably going to vote yes because his career is more important than the supreme court.

    • Beaglemom October 5, 2018 at 2:10 pm

      Oops. I don’t see very well in the morning! So she voted “no” on cloture. I bet she’s going to vote for the cad. I still stand by my statement that no one in the modern GOP will ever show gumption or values or moral courage. Those qualities do not exist for them anymore.

      • Blue Wave October 5, 2018 at 4:29 pm

        I have my doubts that she will follow through but I have to give her credit for this, because I think it did display moral courage. Couldn’t have been easy to be the only hold out and she will (sadly) suffer consequences for going against them.

      • Blue Wave October 5, 2018 at 4:32 pm

        And I completely understand the morning thing I learned the hard way to stay away from the keyboard until after I’ve had allll the coffee!

  4. Anon October 5, 2018 at 8:04 am

    “Lockhart then brought up Starr’s tenure as president of Baylor University that ended with him leaving under a cloud over accusations he covered up a series of sexual assaults and rapes committed by members of the football team.” “I was struck this morning when you were talking to Ken Starr. Here we have a character witness for someone accused of sexual assault who was forced from his job because he chose to believe his football players at Baylor University who committed multiple and repeated sexual assaults, and he’s a character witness here.”

    “That’s how blind they are to this,” Lockhart concluded. “So this: they may win the battle, but they are going to lose the war. I have no doubt about that.”

  5. anonymous October 5, 2018 at 8:06 am

    “We had a campaign of distraction. A campaign of destruction,” Grassley said. He accused Democrats of promoting “mob rule.”

    “I hope we can say no to mob rule by voting to confirm Judge Kavanaugh,” Grassley said, before ceding the floor to Senator Dianne Feinstein.”

  6. op ed October 5, 2018 at 8:13 am

    When will murkowsku start moisturizing? Good god, her skin is crumbling off her skull almost.
    Thats almost as bad as quitting half term.

    • Eye Roll Troll October 5, 2018 at 9:39 am

      As someone who went through cancer the past 18 months, I take great offense to this. I look a good 10-15 years older and it’s hard enough to go out in public let alone to work and have people stare. Some of us are just happy to still be on the planet even through the bullshit we’re witnessing now.

    • Anonymous October 5, 2018 at 10:03 am

      I can’t wait until you get older, boy are you in for a big surprise, moisturizing isn’t going to stop mother nature !!!!

  7. Anonymous October 5, 2018 at 8:56 am

    I really have to call the person who keeps commenting on Murkowski’s skin. Knock it off. As us women get older, we can’t help what nature is doing to us. Gads. I know you dislike her for political reasons but stop with the downgrading of her skin. Send her something for it if you are so concerned. The woman got herself between a rock and a hard place at this time. Just get to her email and write a well worded letter and see what happens. There are ways to impress upon our politicians we are not please with them. Let’s do it that way instead of doing it personally. Thank you. I knew you could be reasonable.

    • Gryphen October 5, 2018 at 9:00 am

      Yeah, I concur.

      This woman did the right thing, for whatever reason, and she gets attacked because her skin does not have a youthful glow?

      That is some grade “A” bullshit right there.

      • Old Redneck October 5, 2018 at 12:44 pm

        Well, I’m a 74-yr-old male and my skin lost that youthful glow a LOOOOOONG time ago.

        I still have a huge chest, although it has sunk down to my waist.

      • Thanks for playing October 6, 2018 at 9:43 pm

        It’s probably Serror. Terror. Sarah.

    • anonymous October 5, 2018 at 12:02 pm

      The little prat ought to take a close look at his mommy, aunties and grandma and have the courage to suggest a tube or two of moisturizer for them. Imagine that would make them proud of their spawn. Hopefully the little dick will meet an early end and not have to ‘worry’ about his own wrinkles.

  8. In Alaska October 5, 2018 at 9:00 am

    ““A lot of [the calls] are related to people being triggered,” Brown says. “Our volunteer responders have done a lot of work with folks about self-care. But you almost can’t avoid the news. It’s everywhere.”

    Elizabeth Williams, an Anchorage-based social worker who is now mounting a campaign to get Alaskans to vote “no” on Judge Corey’s retention election in November, says recent news has motivated hundreds of supporters to endorse her effort online and donate money to unseat the judge. “We’ve got this backdrop of just the rage of women, that I think we’ve always had,” she says. “But we’re channeling it. We’re organizing the rage of women. This is just a local way of doing that.” “According to FBI statistics, 116.7 rapes per 100,000 residents are reported to authorities in Alaska—65 percent more than in the next highest state
    (actual numbers are almost certainly far higher, given the vast underreporting of sexual violence to police).

  9. Anonymous October 5, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Collins is suppose to announce her vote @ 3 pm,like we don’t aleady know,remember her Obamacare vote.

  10. Anonymous October 5, 2018 at 9:27 am

    OMG , Murkowski is voting NO on the confirmation !!!!!

  11. Anonymous October 5, 2018 at 10:07 am

    Gosh these republicans are such fine, christian people…NOT

    Murkowski Facebook page flooded with rape accusations and threats after she announces ‘no’ vote on Kavanaugh

    By becoming the first — and possibly the only Republican senator — to announce a “no” vote on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) opened herself up to a firehose of disgusting comments and attacks on her and her family on her Facebook page.

    Friday morning the independent-minded Alaskan senator announced she was unwilling to vote for the embattled Kavanaugh, saying “He’s not the right man for the court at this time.”……

  12. Old Redneck October 5, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Murkowski is the only Republican with courage . . . she has bigger balls than any Republican male!!! Murkowski is a NO.

    Doesn’t matter, though, Collins is a YES as is Manchin, turncoat cowardly Democrat from WestFuckingVirginia.

    Meanwhile, Sarah Failin’ is attacking Murkowski for her NO vote. I’m certain Murkowski is terrified at the thought of an attack from Sarah.

    I’m stocking up on ammo for my AR-15, waiting for Trump to declare martial law.

    My daughter in DC was arrested this morning for protesting — her brother from Northern Virginia paid her bail. She’s an attorney, her firm will defend her and the 30 others arrested with her.

    This is war.

    • Did you know? October 6, 2018 at 9:54 pm

      Her Pappas Daddy got reports of rapes in state facilities dating way back. Children. It could have cost Alaska HUGELY. Instead, Frank took action, reversing the Statute of Limitations on Rape in 2002. Shortly thereafter, a series of reports of the Alaska Natives being raped by Catholic priests happened.
      Then it was reported in the lower 48, and then it went global. Frank did that. Wink.

  13. Anonymous October 5, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Well we lost the battle, but the war is not over yet. Brett perjured himself on many issues, heck they still haven’t released 100,000 documents.

    this isn’t going to be the end of the story.

    I am not surprised at Collins, brett could tell her the sky was green and she would believe it.

  14. viv October 5, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    McConnell only lets Murkowski vote against him after he is sure he won’t need her vote. That’s why she never takes a principled stand on any issue, it’s why her vote is always a secret until the bitter end, and it’s why her voting record is so erratic. McConnell never forgets the write-in win but Lisa Murkowski would vote for every harmful candidate and bill if McConnell needed her to. Don’t imagine otherwise. She is a snake.

    That said, how hilarious is it that pathetic old has-been Sarah Palin has threatened to unseat Murkowski? And how hilarious is it that pathetic old racist with no advertisers Laura Ingraham has suggested she could win Murkowski’s seat? And how much would you love to see the two of them team up? Everything Sarah touches turns to shit, I can’t wait. 😛 😛 😛

  15. Old Redneck October 5, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    Of course, we could be fair about the whole thing.

    After all, we Democrats, Progressives, Liberals and Decent People have four representatives on the Supreme Court. It’s only fair that rapists, thugs, blackout drunks, liars and assholes have at least one seat.

    • Jon Smith October 5, 2018 at 5:11 pm

      You are definitely showing all of us your lack of cognitive abilities. You believe Roberts, Alito, Thomas are liberal? whew come back to reality in the near future.

  16. Anonymous October 5, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    Well ladies, we had better all vote in 2018, it maybe the last time before the republicans and supreme court eliminates the amendment from the Constitution.

    I heard the brett is already congratulating himself and they haven’t even voted yet. Wouldn’t it be great if he got a nice surprise tomorrow and a couple of senators defected.

  17. Anon October 5, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    “Professor Ford has not asked for anything of the sort. What she did was to come forward and testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee and agree to cooperate with any investigation by the FBI and that’s what she sought to do here,” “I don’t think she has any regrets. I think she feels like she did the right thing,”
    “Ford’s lawyer responded to President Donald Trump’s comments at a campaign rally earlier this week where he had appeared to mock her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
    Banks said Ford was “upset by ~IT~.”
    “~IT~ was very hurtful, as ~IT~ would be to any woman. Any survivor who had the courage to come forward only to be mocked and belittled by anyone really, but certainly by the President of the United States,
    ~IT~ was very upsetting. ~IT~ was very hurtful,”

    Dems MUST DO the RIGHT thing.

  18. anonymous October 5, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    “Don’t F****** TELL PEOPLE BRETT GOT IN TOUCH WITH ME!!!” the acquaintance — whose identity was not revealed, but was confirmed by, NBC — reportedly texted her. “I TOLD YOU AT THE TIME THAT WAS IN CONFIDENCE!!!”

  19. Anonymous October 5, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    A Crowdpac to fund Sen. Susan Collins’ 2020 opponent crashed under the weight of people trying to make donations after she announced her support for confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

    The Rage At Susan Collins Literally Broke A Piece Of The Internet

    What a shameful way for Susan Collins to flame out. A woman who was a deciding vote to confirm a suspected gang rapist to the Supreme Court.

    Shame shame shame shame shame “Republicans are GOING TO PAY FOR RAMMING Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination through the Senate for years to come.”

  20. anon October 5, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    “The American people deserve to know just how much damage the Trump-led Republican Party has done to their institutions and government.

    The American people should know how the FBI was limited and hamstrung by Senate Republicans and the White House so that they could get the result that was exactly what they wanted.

    In a little more than a month, if the American people take their anger to the polls, there will be investigations. There will be truth, and most importantly, there will be accountability.”

  21. Anonymous October 6, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    But she chickenshitted out at the vote and voted “present” instead “no” so piss on her for being the coward that wants her cake and yours too.

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