Confirming Daniel Bress adds an anti-worker, anti-consumer voice to that bench — over the strong objections of both California senators, Sens. Feinstein and Harris, who note that this California seat is going to a DC-based lawyer with few ties to their state.
This case, in which tens of millions of lives literally hang in the balance, illustrates two critical points about what is going on in our justice system today. The first is that courts really, really matter to all of us more than at almost any other time we can think of. The second is that the Trump Administration is so clearly using the courts to achieve policy objectives it can’t achieve legislatively.
The fact that federal courts, including the Supreme Court, came up in tonight’s first presidential primary debate sends a very clear message about how important this issue has become to the American people.
The Shelby decision opened the floodgates for all the state-level voting rights restrictions we’ve seen in recent years, primarily targeting people of color. That was followed by the Trump Administration’s nominations of significant numbers of judges with records supporting voter suppression activities, which are turning the federal courts into arenas that are hostile to voting rights.
Matthew Kacsmaryk has devoted his legal career to undermining the rights of his fellow Americans, especially LGBTQ people and women. He has expressed attitudes toward the LGBTQ community that are deeply offensive and leave no doubt that any LGBTQ individual entering his courtroom would be in hostile territory.