Nov 12, 2013, 7:33 pm EDT
Senate Republicans have successfully blocked the confirmation of another of President Barack Obama’s picks for a top appeals court today, sparking outrage and calls for Senate rules changes among the chamber’s Democrats.
Obama had tabbed Georgetown law professor Cornelia T. L. Pillard to fill a spot on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, seen by many as the second-most important United States court behind the Supreme Court. Republicans, however, initiated a filibuster to prevent voting on her confirmation, and a 56-41 vote to end debate fell short of the 60 votes needed.
While some Republicans are opposed to her record on issues like abortion, many said the issue wasn’t with her, but with the position itself. Two other Obama nominees for the court, Caitlin Halligan and Patricia Millett, have also been filibustered, with Republicans saying they simply don’t need any more judges on that court. Read
Nov 12, 2013, 1:55 pm EDT
A white Republican won an election after leading voters to believe he was black through his ads.
Khou.com reports that Dave Wilson beat 24-year incumbent Bruce Austin at a Houston district election by posting ads that implied he was black. The voters of the district are mostly black Democrats and most people thought that the Republican had no chance of winning but his misleading political campaign somehow worked as he beat Austin by the narrow margin of 26 votes.
Wilson’s fliers had photographs of smiling African-American faces that he downloaded from the Internet and used to promote his campaign. Austin was outraged by Wilson’s deception, saying he doesn’t think “it’s good for both democracy and the whole concept of fair play.” Austin is demanding a recount but chances are that the white Republican will serve the district for the next six years. Read
Nov 12, 2013, 12:41 pm EDT
Dr. Perry Inhofe, son of U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe, was killed in a plane crash on Sunday.
Perry, 52, died when a plane he was piloting crashed near a Tulsa suburb at around 4 p.m. He was an orthopedic surgeon who worked at Central States Orthopedics in Tulsa, Colorado. He learned to fly from his father and had recently taught his 16-year-old son, Cole, to fly. The plane that crashed was a 974 Mitsubishi MU-2B-25. This model of plane has been placed under increased observation by the FAA in recent years due it being involved in an increased number of accidents, reports the Times Union.
“Dr. Perry Inhofe was a man of great integrity, skilled as a surgeon, and an example for all of us,” Dewey Bartlett, the mayor of Tulsa, told The Chicago Tribune. Read
Nov 12, 2013, 9:53 am EDT
An initial estimate of the enrollment numbers for President Barack Obama’s new health insurance exchanges is out … and they aren’t good.
According to Avalere Health, 12 state-run insurance exchanges have managed to enroll just about 49,100 people between their launch on Oct. 1. and Nov. 10. That’s a fraction of the 800,000 nationwide enrollments the Obama administration had expected during the first two months after the exchanges launched, Bloomberg notes.
Avalere’s data doesn’t include enrollment numbers from the federal website covering 36 states, or the state-run exchanges in Massachusetts, California and Oregon. Read