Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Dem senator: Kavanaugh would 'turn back the clock' on women's healthcare

Dem senator: Kavanaugh would 'turn back the clock' on women's healthcare

While one national political analyst said McCain, who has been in Arizona since late previous year battling brain cancer, may be willing to give up his seat if it would help Kavanaugh be confirmed, another Arizona lawmaker has different thoughts.

"After reviewing this nominee's record, I know why powerful special interests in Washington selected Judge Brett Kavanaugh to work on the Supreme Court for them, not the people of Wisconsin", she said in the statement. He said that Kavanaugh's opinion in Newdow v. Roberts, a case presenting a challenge to prayers at the presidential inauguration and the phrase "so help me God" in the presidential oath, offered "some glimmer of hope" for those supporting separation of church and state.

Kavanaugh incurred the debt by buying Nationals season tickets and postseason tickets for himself and his friends, White House spokesman Raj Shah told The Post.

Collins said Kavanaugh is qualified for the job, "but there are other issues involving judicial temperament and his political, or rather, his judicial philosophy that also will play into my decision".

Kavanaugh, 53, reported debt between $60,000 and $200,000 on three credit cards and a personal loan in 2016, but the debt either was paid off or fell below the required amount to be reported, according to The Post. Shah said the undisclosed number of unidentified friends paid Kavanaugh back for their share of the tickets. Kavanaugh, who is known to be a Nationals fan, declined to comment.

Trump announced Monday that he would nominate Kavanaugh, a US appeals court judge, to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. The value of residences is not subject to disclosure, and Shah added that Kavanaugh has a government retirement account worth almost half a million dollars that also was not required to be disclosed.

It appears that if confirmed, Kavanaugh would be the least wealthy justice. Seats a dozen rows behind the dugout in the lower area of the stadium can go for as much as $6,000 apiece for an 81-game season package.

Some Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, have vowed to fight Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court in the Senate. Kennedy reported assets valued between $380,000 and $1.1 million, according to the nonprofit investigative organization The Center for Public Integrity.

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, a Republican establishment favorite who has worked in the George W. Bush administration, has triggered reactions from Jewish groups ranging from furious to relieved. She began the job in 2015 and did not report any income for the prior four years.

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