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  •  Interesting summary fo the history of the thing (2+ / 0-)
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    CenPhx, freakofsociety
    Seems like the "rules"change at the discretion of the chair of the Judiciary Committee. And note it's not exactly a "rule", it's a "practice". Here's the dude who can change them if he's so minded.

    But there were still obstacles, and at least one of them was built by the Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy.

    Under his tenure, the Judiciary Committee has made unusual use of the blue-slip, a Senate tradition that, in Leahy’s words, allows the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman to “solicit views of home state senators when someone is nominated to be a judge in their state.” For Leahy, a negative blue-slip means the nominee is verboten, even if the other senator has given her consent to the nomination. And in that way, it’s become a wide backdoor for Republican obstruction.

    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Wed May 14, 2014 at 02:49:57 PM PDT

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