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Sotomayor Confirmed: 68-31

by: Matt

Thu Aug 06, 2009 at 12:53:00 PM EDT


Update: It's all over. Congratulations Justice Sotomayor

We'll be tracking the projected vote count for the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the US Supreme Court. We will assume that all Democrats and virtual Democrats will be voting for confirmation, but will also assume that Senators Kennedy and Byrd will not be voting. We will not assume any GOP votes either way until the Senators announce their intentions. Let us know in the comments of any updates.

Latest update: 7/20: Thune-No; 7/21: Collins-Yes, Byrd: Yes. Wicker:No. 7/22: Kyl - No
7/23: Graham-Yes, Cochran-No; 7/24: Cornyn: No. 7/27: Sessions, Grassley, Crapo, Risch, Johanns: No. 7/28: Coburn, Vitter, Shelby, Hutchinson: No. 7/29: Burr, DeMint, Corker: No. 7/30: Alexander: Yes, Chambliss, Isakson No.  Moved Begich and Ben Nelson to Undecided. 7/31: Moved Baucus to Undecided, then back to Yes. 8/3: Ben Nelson to vote Yes, McCain No. 8/4: Ensign: No. 8/5; Bond, Gregg: Yes, Enzi, Barrasso, Murkowski: No. 8/6: Voinovich, Begich: Yes

YES - 68NO -31

Unannounced/Not Voting  -  1

    
Akaka (D) McConnell (R)

    
Begich (D) 
Bennett (R)

Kennedy (D) (supports
but did not vote) 

    
Bayh (D)
Bunning (R)
     
Baucus (D)
Roberts (R)
     
Bennet (D)
Inhofe (R)      
Bingaman (D)
Brownback (R)      
Boxer (D)
Thune (R)
     
Brown (D)
Wicker (R)
     
Burris (D)
Kyl (R)
 
    
Cantwell (D)
Cochran (R)
     
Cardin (D)
Cornyn (R)
    
Carper (D)
Hatch (R)      
Casey (D) Sessions (R)
     
Conrad (D)
Crapo (R) 
     
Dodd (D)
Risch (R)

    
Dorgan (D)
Johanns (R) 

    
Durbin (D)
Grassley (R) -
     
Feingold (D)
Coburn (R) 
 
    
Feinstein (D)Vitter (R)      
Franken (D)
Shelby (R)-     
Gillibrand (D)
Hutchison (R)
     
Hagan (D)
Burr (R)
     
Harkin (D)
DeMint (R)
     
Inouye (D)
Corker (R)
     
Johnson (D)
Chambliss (R)
     
Kaufman (D)
Isakson (R)
     
Kerry (D) McCain (R) -     
Klobuchar (D)
Ensign (R)  
     
Kohl (D)
Enzi (R) -
     
Landrieu (D)
Barrasso (R) 
     
Lautenberg (D)
Murkowski (R) 
     
Leahy (D)       
Levin (D)
      
Lincoln (D)
      
McCaskill (D)
      
Menendez (D)
      
Merkley (D)
      
Mikulski (D)
      
Murray (D)
      
Ben Nelson (D)
      
Bill Nelson (D)
      
Pryor (D)
      
Reed (D)
      
Reid (D)
      
Rockfeller (D)
      
Schumer (D)
      
Shaheen (D)
      
Specter (D)
      
Stabenow (D)
      
Tester (D)
      
M. Udall (D)      
T. Udall (D)
      
Warner (D)
      
Webb (D)
      
Whitehouse (D)
      
Wyden (D)
      
Sanders (I)
      
Lieberman (ID)
      
Lugar (R)
      
Martinez (R)
      
Snowe (R)
      
Collins (R)
      
Byrd (D)
      
Graham (R)
      
Alexander (R)
      
Bond (R)       
Gregg (R) +
      
Voinovich (R)
      
       
 

+ Voted for Sotomayor when she was confirmed to New York's 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in 1998.
- Voted against Stomayor in 1998

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Inhofe: No / Brownback: No (0.00 / 0)
Inhofe says he will vote against Sotomayor
Published: JUNE/17/2009
http://www.tulsaworld.com/news...

Brownback Will Vote Against Sotomayor
June 24, 2009
http://blogs.cqpolitics.com/le...



A side note / possibilities (0.00 / 0)
Just a few to KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR that 'could or could not' go Sotomayor's way:

Bennett, Lugar and Snowe are among the current GOP senators who voted for Sotomayor when she was confirmed to New York's 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in 1998. The others were Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Susan Collins of Maine, Judd Gregg of New Hampshire and Orrin Hatch of Utah.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/200...

... Graham hinted that he would vote to confirm Sotomayor, ...

http://news14.com/content/poli...

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[ Parent ]
Bennett is already a no. (0.00 / 0)
Graham's on the committee, so he has to make up his mind soon.

[ Parent ]
The ones in BOLD text (0.00 / 0)
I didn't highlight Bennett.
The ones in BOLD text are the ones that I was saying to keep an eye out for - Cochran, Collins, Gregg, Hatch (they are the ones that voted for her in 1998).

[ Parent ]
Don't have time now (0.00 / 0)
But I'll add the 1988 ayes and nays as footnotes tonight. Thanks for the info.

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Another side note of interest (0.00 / 0)
Before the senate committee hearings Sonia Sotomayor met with all the senators except for ELEVEN of them - for various reasons.

Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), who said he would not vote for her so he didn't need to meet with her.

Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA), battling cancer, was not in D.C.
Senator Robert Byrd (D-VA), was in the hospital

Others were Sens. Pat Roberts (R-KS), John McCain (R-AZ), Dick Lugar (R-IN), Rick Enzi (R-WY), Kit Bond (R-MO), John Barrasso (R-WY), Richard Burr (R-NC), and Senator John Ensign (R-NV).



[ Parent ]
And the Nays of 1998 (0.00 / 0)
Here's a little list of the senators that voted NO against Sotomayor's confirmation to the Second Circuit in 1998:
Pat Roberts, Sam Brownback, Michael Enzi, Charles Grassley, James Inhofe, Jon Kyl, John McCain, Mitch McConnell, Richard Shelby, and Jeff Sessions.

p.s.  This is going to be REALLY interesting.
Of the current republican senators that voted in 1998 back then 7 voted yes and 10 voted no.

p.s.s. Nothing will ever as exciting as last year's super-delegate tracking, but as Matt said earlier: This is Fun!



[ Parent ]
We need an election!!!!!! us junkies are getting restless:) (0.00 / 0)


[ Parent ]
UplandPoet (0.00 / 0)
Come and play the number game with me  :)
http://www.demconwatchblog.com...

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Inhofe and Brownback added (0.00 / 0)
This is fun! I have to wait 7 more years for the next superdelegate count.

[ Parent ]
Awww ............. (0.00 / 0)
This makes me MISS the super delegate counts of Last Season ...

Way to make me feel bummed out ... !

UNLESS, you guys offer such vote counts on a regular basis ( such as on BIG BILLS like Healthcare ... )


Regular vote counts (0.00 / 0)
Would probably require that more Senators announce in advance how they will be voting, and that it makes the news. There usually won't be this much coverage except on major bills, so somewhat hard to track.

That being said, Damn, this is fun!


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Hutchison & Conryn (0.00 / 0)

In different ways, these two Texas Senators represent how difficult a vote this will be for the Republicans.

For Hutchison, she has to balance next year's primary for Governor against next year's General Election.  The primary voter is going to want her to vote no, but that could cost her votes in the General Election.  Given the current candidates rumored to be running for the Democratic nomination for Governor, my bet is that she votes no.

For Conryn, he would personally vote no but, as Chair of the NRSCC, he has to consider his role in the caucus.  The donors are going to want him to vote no, but -- if a large majority of Republicans vote no -- it could cause problems in some close races next fall.  My hunch says that Conryn will find a convenient way to avoid taking a stand at the committee level and announce only once it is clear how the rest of the party is voting.  If 15 or more Republicans vote yes then Conryn will vote no.



Sunday: Gregg/Hatch/Sessions (0.00 / 0)
Three of the republican senators will be appearing on the Sunday morning shows so perhaps they will state publicly which way they are planning to vote.

Fox News Sunday: Senator Gregg
Face the Nation: Senator Hatch
State of the Union: Senator Sessions


No announcements (0.00 / 0)
from any of them

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Sotonayor vote count (0.00 / 0)
I count a total of 68 votes in favor of confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

Maine's Susan Collins to vote for Sotomayor (4.00 / 1)
Updated -- THANK YOU! (0.00 / 0)
Thanks for keeping an eye out!  

[ Parent ]
Sen. Collin's Statement Link (0.00 / 0)
Sen. Collin's Statement

"I have decided to vote in favor of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to serve as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court," Collins said in a statement. "The decision of whether to confirm a nominee to the Supreme Court is a solemn responsibility of the Senate and one that I approach with the utmost care... I know that I will not agree with every decision Justice Sotomayor reaches on the Court, just as I disagree with some of her previous decisions. However, upon reading these decisions, talking personally with her, and hearing her responses to probing questions, I have concluded that Judge Sotomayor understands the proper rule of a judge and is committed to applying the law impartially without bias or favoritism."

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com...

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Sen. Byrd is back in D.C. (0.00 / 0)
Senate President Pro Tem Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) returned to the Capitol on Tuesday to cast a vote on the Defense authorization bill after being sidelined by illness for nearly two months.

http://www.rollcall.com/news/3...

Sen. Nelson (D-NE) (0.00 / 0)
Published Tuesday July 21, 2009
Nelson lauds Sotomayor

WASHINGTON - Judge Sonia Sotomayor did well in her confirmation hearings last week, Sen. Ben Nelson said Tuesday.

The Nebraska Democrat had expressed initial concerns about past statements by the supreme court nominee, but he said Tuesday that those concerns have been laid to rest.

"She explained away what she meant and how it came out differently, perhaps, than she had anticipated and perhaps was also taken differently than she intended," Nelson said.

Nelson said he still wants to see what the Senate Judiciary Committee does with the nomination before deciding how he will vote.

http://www.omaha.com/article/2...

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Move to undecided (0.00 / 0)
While it makes sense to say Democrats are "yes" votes unless they indicate otherwise, Nelson has indicated otherwise. He should be moved to "undecided" in the tally.

[ Parent ]
Nelson moved to undecided (0.00 / 0)


[ Parent ]
Wicker Says No (0.00 / 0)
"The constitutional duty of 'advice and consent' given to the Senate is of great importance, particularly when considering a lifetime appointment to the nation's highest court," Wicker said. "After careful consideration of her record and judicial philosophy, I have concluded I will vote against her nomination."

http://www.sunherald.com/local...


Wicker added (0.00 / 0)
thanks!

[ Parent ]
Kyl added (0.00 / 0)
We're still debating what to do about Nelson. Personally, I don't believe he'll actually vote No. Does anybody here really think he might vote not to confirm?

Explicit (0.00 / 0)
I doubt he'll vote no, but when he's this showy about not having decided, I think we have to acknowledge that. After all, there are several Republicans who are almost certainly voting no but haven't declared yet (does anyone think DeMint is a yes?), but we don't put them in the no column.

[ Parent ]
Sen. Johnson (D-SD): yes (0.00 / 0)
Johnson's announcement:
http://www.argusleader.com/art...
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[ Parent ]
Other Dems... (0.00 / 0)
Other Dems that have publicly said 'yes' are:

Jul. 17, 2009
Sen. Cardin (D-MD),  I have confidence that she will follow the law to preserve the protections found in our Constitution. I urge my colleagues to allow for a swift vote confirming Judge Sonia Sotomayor as the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

Jul. 18, 2009
Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA), a Judiciary member and former Republican who had hinted strongly that he would support Sotomayor, made it official yesterday [Friday, July 17]  with a statement in which he said he would vote for her and urged colleagues to do the same.
http://www.philly.com/inquirer...

July 19, 2009
Senator Leahy(D),  On  CNN's State of the Union Sen. Leahy stated he would vote for Judge Sotomayor.


[ Parent ]
And.... (0.00 / 0)
Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC): yes
http://ninthjustice.nationaljo...

And although he doesn't get a vote Gov. Charlie Crist has said that he 'can NOT' support Judge Sotomayor.
http://ninthjustice.nationaljo...



[ Parent ]
poor charlie (0.00 / 0)
he has to win the racist redneck vote in the primary, then he has got to explain to the cubans and puerto ricans why he came out against sotomayor....

[ Parent ]
Sen. Warner (D-VA): yes (0.00 / 0)
Mark Warner, D-Va.:
"Judge Sotomayor's commitment to public service, extensive judicial experience, and fidelity to the law make her an excellent candidate to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States." (July 20)

http://ninthjustice.nationaljo...

p.s. It looks like those folks on/at that link are keeping a tracking list too,  it's the only one that I have come across besides here at DCW.


[ Parent ]
Graham (0.00 / 0)
He will make an announcement sonmetime between 12:30 and 1:30 about how he will vote

http://www.wspa.com/spa/news/p...


Graham is a yes (0.00 / 0)
updating shortly

[ Parent ]
VIDEO: Graham announcement (0.00 / 0)
The video below is from C-Span - it cut off a bit short, but I haven't found any other version.
http://www.realclearpolitics.c...

[ Parent ]
Grassley/Hatch side note (0.00 / 0)
.... and observers close to the Judiciary Committee believe that Sens. Charles Grassley of Iowa and Orrin Hatch of Utah could also end up voting in her favor at the committee's meeting July 28.

Neither Grassley nor Hatch has ever voted against a Supreme Court nominee chosen by a president from either party. Their offices said Wednesday that they remain undecided.


http://www.spokesman.com/stori...

Enslgn meets w/Sotomayor (0.00 / 0)
The Associated Press - July 23, 2009

WASHINGTON -- Sen. John Ensign is "impressed" after meeting for about 45 minutes with Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor (SOHN'-ya soh-toh-my-YOR').

Ensign spokesman Tory Mazzola says the Republican Nevada senator hasn't decided how he will vote when her confirmation comes to the Senate floor. Still, Mazzola had nothing but compliments for the nominee after Thursday's meeting.

Mazzola says, "Her qualifications are very impressive."

....



Sen. Cornyn: NO (0.00 / 0)
Cornyn to Oppose Sotomayor
July 24, 2009, 10:39 a.m.
Sen. John Cornyn (Texas) announced Friday that he will oppose the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, becoming the latest GOP leader and second Republican on the Judiciary Committee to do so.

http://www.rollcall.com/news/3...
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Link: Full VERY LONG statements (0.00 / 0)
Here's a link that has the VERY LONG statements of Cornyn and Hatch:

http://hotlineoncall.nationalj...

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[ Parent ]
Cornyn (0.00 / 0)
Cornyn:
I remain deeply frustrated by the treatment of Miguel Estrada for the DC Court of Appeals. He was filibustered seven times and refused an up-or-down vote - because many Senators shared my view that - had he been confirmed - he could have been the first Hispanic nominated to serve on our nation's highest Court.

Instead, that honor goes to the nominee we have before us - Judge Sonia Sotomayor. From the beginning, I was determined that Judge Sotomayor's hearings would be different from many of those in the past.

Wow. "You blocked our Hispanic so we're going to vote against yours?" That's breathtakingly petty and racist.


[ Parent ]
Hatch makes me sick (0.00 / 0)
As a resident of Utah I can tell you this is not the first time Hatch has made me want to gag. However, this is a new low for him. I would love to think that Sotomayor was the most liberal judge to be nominated to the supreme court in the last 30 years, but we know that ain't the case. Hatch has approved many more liberal judges than her, so what is the real reason to vote no on Sotomayor?

Please continue this conversation if you want by finding me on twitter @Lord_Chadeous

Sessions: keeping it a secret (0.00 / 0)
Ala. Sen. Jeff Sessions Reaches Decision On Sotomayor, But Not Ready To Make Choice Public
(AP)  
The senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee says he has made up his mind on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, but he's not ready to make his decision public.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories...
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Update: Sessions = NO (0.00 / 0)
WASHINGTON - Sen. Jeff Sessions, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, says he will vote against Judge Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation to the Supreme Court in the committee vote scheduled for Tuesday.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/w...


Also... (0.00 / 0)
Mark Halperin/The Page is quoting USA Today
regarding Sen. Sessions' NO on Sotomayor
http://thepage.time.com/2009/0...
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[ Parent ]
Risch & Crapo = NO (0.00 / 0)
Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, both Republicans, said today they will vote against confirming Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.

http://www.spokesman.com/stori...

Sen. Johanns = NO (0.00 / 0)
http://nebraskaradionetwork.co...

U-S Senator Mike Johanns released a statement today regarding his decision to oppose Judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court.Senator Johanns stated he reviewed her record and philosophy and carefully watched her testimony during the Judiciary Committee's hearing.


[ Parent ]
Coburn = NO (0.00 / 0)
WASHINGTON - Sen. Tom Coburn said Monday he plans to vote against Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court when the Judiciary Committee takes up the matter today.
http://newsok.com/u.s.-sen.-to...


Vitter = NO (0.00 / 0)
http://ninthjustice.nationaljo...

David Vitter, R-La.: "The Constitution is clear that Supreme Court justices must interpret the law and not legislate from the bench. I'm not certain that Judge Sotomayor can meet these mandates, and more important, I believe President Obama is counting on her to do so based on his own past statements in support of an activist judiciary." (July 28)


Link to Vitter's full statement (0.00 / 0)
Here's a link to Vitter's full statement
http://www.nola.com/news/index...
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[ Parent ]
Shelby is a NO (0.00 / 0)
http://www.wkrg.com/politics/a...

"After careful consideration, I will oppose Judge Sotomayor's confirmation to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. During her confirmation hearings and after meeting with her privately, she was unable to allay my concerns regarding two major issues she has considered -- Second Amendment rights and race-based preferences.


All updates added (0.00 / 0)
thanks!

[ Parent ]
Only 12 left now ;( (0.00 / 0)
If any more are going to cross the isle they better hurry up cause there's only 12 left now  ;(

I think that Gregg might come on over to our side and I have read some folks predict McCain and also Voinovich and Bond but I don't know anything about those last two.


[ Parent ]
Guesses (0.00 / 0)
Voinovich is retiring and has bucked his party before, albeit from the conservative side; for example, he opposed the Bush tax cuts. So it's hard to say what he'll do.

I'm doubtful on McCain. Too many people similar to him have already voted no.

I also doubt Gregg. The Commerce thing seems to have radicalized him a bit, like he feels as if he has to prove his GOP chops.


[ Parent ]
Not sure Gregg cares about that (0.00 / 0)
He's retirng next year anyway so he doesnt need to solidify his GOPness.

[ Parent ]
Kit Bond (0.00 / 0)
Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.) has said he will "probably" vote for Sotomayor.

http://thehill.com/leading-the...

I think with everyone now but Murkowski the thing is they are in states with large Latino or fast growing Latino populations and they maybe leaning towards a yes vote, but prefer not to deal with the headaches of phone calls and stuff prior to the vote.  I could see atleast 6 of the last 12 voting yes.


[ Parent ]
HA ! (0.00 / 0)
Your prediction is correct Sen. Reid   ;)

Reid Predicts Sotomayor Won't Match Roberts Vote Total
July 29, 2009 by senatus

"It appears today we're going to get a handful of Republicans," Reid told reporters during a press conference with the leaders of civil rights groups. "I hope that my prediction is wrong. I hope we get half the Republicans. It would be great to get 20 Republicans.

   "With very rare exception, Republicans in the United States Senate do not represent mainstream Republicans in this country," Reid added.


http://senatus.wordpress.com/

[ Parent ]
Burr, DeMint Added (0.00 / 0)
Thanks Travis. The table is updated. The side bar will be updated by either Matt or Oreo as soon as one of them can get to it - my tech skills don't extend that far!

[ Parent ]
Sen. Nelson(D) UNDECIDED! (0.00 / 0)
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 2:20 pm
Sen. Ben Nelson said Wednesday he has not decided whether he will vote to confirm Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Nelson said he'll delay his decision until next week's scheduled Senate vote.


http://journalstar.com/news/lo...
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Publicly undecided (0.00 / 0)
Ben Nelson is so public about his undecided-ness, he should not be counted as a yes vote in the totals. We're at 63-23.

[ Parent ]
Sen. Begich(D) UNDECIDED! (0.00 / 0)
July 29, 2009, 12:47 p.m.
Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), a staunch gun rights advocate, is undecided on how he will vote for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, but said Wednesday that he was satisfied with her stance on Second Amendment issues.

http://www.rollcall.com/news/3...

[ Parent ]
Begich and Nelson moved to Undecided (0.00 / 0)


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Maybes (0.00 / 0)

Looking at the list, the maybes are Alexander, Bond, Ensign, Gregg, McCain, Murkowski, and Voinovich.

I can't see any circumstance in which Chambliss or Isakkson vote yes and am not too optimistic about Barrasso, Corker, and Enzi.

I would note that McCain votes very similar to Graham who is one of the few Republicans voting yes.  The others in the maybe column represent the last of the mainstream conservative Republicans.  So far the only no votes from that grouping are Hatch and Grassley.  (The fact that mainstream conservative Republicans only have nine Senators and Moderate Republicans are down to two says something about the current state of the Republican Party).



Great job! (0.00 / 0)
I had a feeling that when I went to dinner you'd find another one!

[ Parent ]
Thanks for all your help! (0.00 / 0)
Corker added.

[ Parent ]
lol (0.00 / 0)
I have all the GOP senators on google alerts so I can find out when they make statements about it  :p

lol :) (0.00 / 0)
I have the remaining ones memorized and I've been doing manual searches and keeping an eye on a couple of sites that seem to find them pretty quick.  
I think your system is better, you win ;)

[ Parent ]
Alexander: Yes (0.00 / 0)
updated

His statement (0.00 / 0)
is quite refreshing to read considering what a lot of the other republican senators have said   ;)
Bravo to Sen. Alexander for thinking for himself!


[ Parent ]
Isakson also a No. (0.00 / 0)
updated

[ Parent ]
Only 16 Democrats (0.00 / 0)
Only 16 Democrats have came out publicly and stated their support for and their intention to vote for Judge Sotomayor.  I wonder what's up with that?   It seems like more of them would have given statements of support by now.
List of dems that have announced:  http://ninthjustice.nationaljo...

Btw,  Sen. Kennedy will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, August 12th.  I am hoping that he will be well enough to pop into D.C. for the Sotomayer Vote and to receive his award in person.



My guess (0.00 / 0)
My guess is that if all the Dems came out it would reduce the pressure on Republicans. We'd like them to have to publicly explain their "no" votes or assert their "yes" vote, and there will be less media interest once the 60 votes are "definite."

[ Parent ]
SLS (0.00 / 0)
That makes sense.
But it still seems strange to me that of the 16 dems that have announced -- actually only FOUR that have been pinned down for a statement were not Judiciary Committee members. Still to me it seems like quite a low number especially since there have been more republicans stating their opinions than democrats.



[ Parent ]
Ben Nelson? (0.00 / 0)
To me his comment sounds like he's a yes vote.  Not sure if he had said something since then or not.

The Nebraska Democrat had expressed initial concerns about past statements by the supreme court nominee, but he said Tuesday that those concerns have been laid to rest.


Further down the article (0.00 / 0)
Further down the article (linked to his name) it says:

Nelson said he still wants to see what the Senate Judiciary Committee does with the nomination before deciding how he will vote.
So, he has not yet decided as far as we know.

[ Parent ]
Here ya go... (0.00 / 0)
July 30, 2009
Sen. Ben Nelson said Wednesday he has not decided whether he will vote to confirm Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Nelson said he'll delay his decision until next week's scheduled Senate vote.

"I accept her judicial philosophy of fidelity to the law," Nelson said during a telephone conference call from Washington.

Nelson said he also believes Sotomayor is committed to supporting settled judicial precedent.

But, he said, he needs to "convince myself she won't be an activist" on the court.

"I need an opportunity to review a few things," the Democratic senator said.


http://www.journalstar.com/new...

[ Parent ]
I've had it with Ben Nelson (0.00 / 0)
OK, I'm often the defender of the moderates here. But I've had it with Ben Nelson. He voted to confirm Alito.

It's OK with me to have voted for Alito, because I understand the notion of feeling that Presidents should get to choose Supreme Court Justices, within reason. That's pretty clearly why Byrd voted for Alito, for instance.

But to vote for Alito and then have to "convince" himself that Sotomayor won't be an activist judge?

That's beyond the pale.

I wish he'd just go and declare himself an independent, or a Republican, or something. He's much more consistently anti-Democrat than Lieberman, and Lieberman isn't even a real Democrat any more!


[ Parent ]
I say we do a fly in (0.00 / 0)
I am willing to spend time campaigning in nebraska or wherever he is against him in a primary. I always wanted to see the country anyway.

Please continue this conversation if you want by finding me on twitter @Lord_Chadeous

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My guess is (0.00 / 0)
Much like I suspect with Gregg is that they are just keeping quiet until its time to or close to time to vote to limit the number of constituents who call and whine about voting yes.

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Likely GOPers to Flip (0.00 / 0)
Here are On Call's picks for the GOP senators most likely to flip [for Sotomayor]:
http://hotlineoncall.nationalj...


Baucus Undecided (0.00 / 0)
Moved in the table with link. Turns out he not only feeds at the teat of health care, but also the NRA.  

Baucus now a yes (0.00 / 0)
The man has come to his senses!

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Baucus (0.00 / 0)
Is the living proof that the seniority "rules" should be abolished once and for all. Well maybe he'll retire soon...

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i think we should take all the dems who are in the pocket of the NRA (4.00 / 1)
out and shoot them:)

McCain: UNDECIDED (0.00 / 0)
McCain: Sotomayor Vote Still Up In The Air
WASHINGTON - Sen. John McCain says he is still on the fence when it comes to voting for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. ....   -AP

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...
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McCain's statement must be (0.00 / 0)
the longest one so far!
Those republicans just won't let the Estrada issue drop it seems.  I think it was Sen. Feinstein during the hearings that reminded them that Estrada has nothing to do with Sotomayor's confirmation.


TomUdall KayHagen (0.00 / 0)
Democrats - Tom Udall and Kay Hagen gave speeches on the floor of the Senate today in support of Sotomayor.
http://senatus.wordpress.com/

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The question is?????????????????????? (0.00 / 0)
Do you really think he wrote it, actually read it and understood his statement??????????????
I DON'T THINK SO.

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What I find to be ridiculous is (0.00 / 0)
that the AP reported on Sunday that McCain said that he was still 'on the fence' and then the next day he comes out with a long speech like that.  I believe it took more than 24 hours to write that speech!


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Giggle (0.00 / 0)
My vote is he didn't write it, understand it, and it was just handed to him by SOMEONE??????SOMECORP?????????? I now have to say SOMETHING:)

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? (0.00 / 0)
What is the schedule for the debate and the vote on the nomination?

Link (0.00 / 0)
I haven't heard but you might want to check this link in the morning:  http://democrats.senate.gov/ca...

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Senate: Tuesday (0.00 / 0)
I read last week that they won't get to Sotomayor until all Senate business is finished.  
The Senate schedule is now showing this:
Convenes: 10:00am
Resume consideration of H.R.2997, Agriculture Appropriations, with the time until 10:30am equally divided between the Managers and Senator McCain, or their designees. The filing deadline for second degree amendments is 10:15am.

10:30am series of votes in relation to the following amendments:
McCain amendment #1912
McCain amendment #2030.

Following the votes, the Senate will recess until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus luncheons.


Hmmmm... does this mean that after 2:15pm for Sotomayor?  Wonder if they will even start the debate on Tuesday?  Also, I read that MANY Senators are going to give speeches regarding Sotomayor so I wonder when the 'actual vote' will be?  Friday?



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UPDATE: Debate soon (0.00 / 0)
C-Span 2  says that the Sotomayor debate will start right after the series of votes they are doing now are finished.


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Update #2 (0.00 / 0)
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has announced that at least three hours of debate on the Supreme Court nomination of Sonia Sotomayor will begin Tuesday afternoon  ....    Reid said up to 28 Republicans have requested time to speak on the Sotomayor nomination, as well as several Democrats.   ....    Both Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) urged their respective members to line up as soon as possible to speak on the nomination, to prevent any delays.

http://briefingroom.thehill.co...

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Ensign = NO (0.00 / 0)
Senator John Ensign (R-NV) issued a statement today indicating that he will oppose confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.
 
"While I believe Judge Sotomayor is an impressive role model for millions of Americans, I take my responsibility as Nevada's Senator very seriously, and feel I need to protect the sanctity of our Constitution.

   "Judge Sotomayor's record and testimony provide uncertainty and doubt that she will rule with a fair and impartial adherence to the rule of law.  I feel she has given no assurances that the Second Amendment is an individual, fundamental right - a right I believe is central to the Constitution. I believe she has demonstrated a propensity to rule with purpose-driven results and has indicated a particular interest in international standards or laws to decide U.S. constitutional questions.

   "Therefore, I respectfully oppose her nomination."


http://senatus.wordpress.com/2...
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Gregg = Maybe (0.00 / 0)
ABC News' David Chalian Reports:  As the Sotomayor nomination comes up for debate on the Senate floor, another Republican Senator has hinted that he is likely to cast his vote in favor of President Obama's pick for the Supreme Court.

Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH), stopped short of formally announcing his support for Sotomayor on ABC News' "Top Line," but provided plenty of clues to his position.

"I've met with her and I've also listened to her testimony, read her. . . read many of her decisions and she seems to be a very qualified individual, even though I don't agree with some of her politics," Gregg said.

Gregg was also asked if he had seen or heard anything that would change his mind on Judge Sotomayor from when he voted in favor of her nomination to the Court of Appeals.

"Uh, not so far," he replied.


http://blogs.abcnews.com/theno...
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C-Span says 15 uncommitted (0.00 / 0)
C-Span2 had a list of senators on the left side of their screen a bit ago that showed 15 uncommitted

Barrasso(R)
Begich
Bond (R)
Byrd
Casey
Conrad
Enzi (R)
Gregg (R)
Levin
Lincoln
Murkowski (R)
Pryor
Rockefeller
Stabenow
Voinovich (R)

They have KENNEDY as a YES (hope he shows up to vote)
They are showing the same 6 republicans as DCW is (Ensign became a NO today).
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Tues. Speakers / Weds. Schedule (0.00 / 0)
The Senator's that spoke regarding Judge Sotomayor Tuesday were, in order:

Leahy (D)
Sessions (R)
Feinstein (D)
Menendez (R)
Whitehouse (D)
Hatch (R)
Inhofe (R)
Sessions (R)
Brown (D)
Grassley (R)

note: Inhofe was a bit nasty when he stated that Sotomayor played the 'race card' throughout the hearings. The other R's brought their usual nastiness with them.  *Sessions spoke twice.
-----------------------------------

Wednesday
Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration [10am ET] of the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

The debate time for the nomination will be divided as follows:

10-11am Majority
11am-12 noon Republicans
12-1pm Majority
1-2pm Republicans
2-2:30pm Majority
2:30-3pm Republicans

The Senate will recess from 3:00pm until 5:00pm to allow for a special Democratic caucus.

5-6pm Republicans
6-7pm Majority
7-8pm Republicans
8-9pm Majority

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back and forth all gd night huh lol (0.00 / 0)


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waste of time. (0.00 / 0)
I watched intermittently on cspan.  no one is in the chamber to listen, and surely very few are watching.  They should all just speak at the same time, and get it over with.  I really don't understand why they must all speak at such length when the outcome is not in dispute.

Bond = YES (0.00 / 0)
He just announced it on the senate floor!!!

Enzi = NO (0.00 / 0)
C-Span just added to their list that they confirmed via telephone that Sen. Enzi is NOT supporting Sotomayor
http://www.c-span.org/Supreme-...

Barrasso = NO (0.00 / 0)
Senator Barrasso just said on the senate floor that he will NOT support Judge Sotomayor.

Murkowski = NO (0.00 / 0)
She said she will not support Sotomayor on the Senate floor.

all updates in except Murkowski (0.00 / 0)
will add later. Let me know if I missed something.

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VOTE Thurs. 3pm ET (0.00 / 0)
There will be more speeches Thurs. starting at 10am ET.
Then the VOTE will be at 3pm ET.

-----
The ones that have not publicly committed yet are:

Begich - D
Byrd - D
Conrad - D
Levin - D
Lincoln - D
Voinovich - R

The count so far is:

Support - 63
Oppose - 31
Uncommitted - 6
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p.s. Note on Begich (D-AK)

Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, has not indicated how he will vote on Sotomayor, but he is one of several uncommitted senators going into tomorrow's vote. He is unlikely to make his decision public until the actual vote, his office said. Like Murkowski, Begich said he also made it clear to Sotomayor how important Second Amendment freedoms are to the people they represent in Alaska.

http://community.adn.com/adn/n...

Murkowski updated (0.00 / 0)
I wonder if Byrd's actually going to vote, since his vote isn't needed.

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Dems Lincoln/Levin = yes (0.00 / 0)
Update:

The senators that have not publicly committed are:
Begich - D
Byrd - D
Conrad - D
Voinovich - R

The count so far is:
Support - 65
Oppose - 31
Uncommitted - 4

Full Senate Vote today at  3pm (ET)


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Conrad is a yes (0.00 / 0)
... handful of undeclared members announced their support Wednesday, including Sens. Chris Dodd (Conn.), Kent Conrad (N.D) and Bob Casey Jr. (Pa.).

Only THREE left now, Begich Byrd Voinovich

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Voinovich (R) is a YES!!! (0.00 / 0)
He just said so on the senate floor!

Byrd WILL VOTE (0.00 / 0)
Byrd Back to Vote on Sotomayor

Ailing Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) will return to the Capitol on Thursday to cast a vote on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday.
http://www.rollcall.com/news/3...

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68's a nice number. (0.00 / 0)
Once they get to 67, they can say 2/3rd of the Senate voted yes.  

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But (0.00 / 0)
I was really hoping that Sen. Kennedy was going to surprise us and show up   ;(
According to the link from the Washington Post I put up in the Quick Hits it is confirmed that he will not be there.

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Bad math, or ? (0.00 / 0)
Roll Call does either bad math, they left someone out, or they know something we don't!  Minus 1 for Kennedy but who is the other one?   ;)
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Sotomayor Expected to Clear on 67-31 Vote
Aug. 6, 2:22 p.m.
With the votes of Sens. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) now in hand, Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor this afternoon will easily gain confirmation as the next Supreme Court justice.


They fixed it ;) (0.00 / 0)
They fixed it  ;)
Roll Call changed the 67 to 68.

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FYI: Byrd to vote YES (0.00 / 0)
Byrd to vote YES
http://www.c-span.org/Supreme-...

Everyone has now publicly committed.


The Swearing in... (0.00 / 0)
The Swearing in Ceremony will be SATURDAY

There will be two swearing in events.
One private and one on TV.
The one on TV will take place in a conference room at the Supreme Court.

As heard on MSNBC.


PARTY UNITY (0.00 / 0)
For What it is worth the republicans who lined up against her can kiss my petute. I am just happy to finally the see the dems vote together on something.

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Party unity (0.00 / 0)
Actually, look at the Senate votes so far:

Ledbetter Act: Democrats were unanimous.
SCHIP: Democrats were unanimous.
Stimulus: Democrats were unanimous.
DC representation: Byrd and Baucus voted no.
Budget: Bayh, Byrd and Ben Nelson voted no.

That's actually remarkable party unity, when push comes to shove.

Which brings me to the horn I keep tooting: if it actually comes to a vote, I bet the Democrats can manage 50 votes for a strong public option in the Senate.

So that means two things have to happen:

--Democrats in support of a public option have to stick to their guns, and not let the bill get watered down before it comes to a vote.

--Pressure has to be put on Democrats who oppose a public option not to join a filibuster. If they do, shame them by making them actually bring the business of the Senate to a halt while they talk.


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