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The Senate judiciary Committee has voted along party lines to send Pryor's nomination to the full senate:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/05/12/AR2005051200829.html

I'd say it's time to gather all the dirt and closeted skeletons on this guy and get them into the public consciousness (if there is one).

Originally posted to OnStarboardTack on Thu May 12, 2005 at 10:55 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Damn they changed the link... (none)
    The article said that Pryor's nomination had been voted on a party-line basis.

    Did anyone else see this?

    Goddam liberal media!

  •  This does not "trigger" the nuke option. (none)
    The nuclear option is triggered when the Repugs appeal to Cheney over the rule change.
  •  Other sources for Pryor info (none)
    Articles on Pryor moving out of committee:

    ABC News

    CNN

    Excerpt on Pryor (article has good info on Owen and Rogers Brown as well):

    "As for Pryor, his critics have been troubled by positions he has expressed in speeches, letters and legal briefs that they say show hostility toward their issues.

    For instance, Pryor, 43, who believes the federal government too often encroaches on state authority, has criticized the part of the Voting Rights Act requiring Southern states to clear changes to voting laws with the federal government. He called it "an affront to federalism and an expensive burden that has far outlived its usefulness."

    Pryor also has criticized what he views as liberal courts.

    "For more than 30 years, the liberal agenda has been pushed through the courts, without a vote of either the people or their representatives," he once said in a speech. "The courts have imposed results on a wide range of issues, including racial quotas, school prayer, abortion, and homosexual rights."

    A deeply religious man, Pryor nevertheless sided, when he was state attorney general, with the federal court that ordered then-Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore to remove a 2-ton granite 10 Commandments monument from the state's Judicial Building.

    But he scandalized many Democrats and proponents of a centrist Supreme Court by calling the 1973 Roe decision legalizing abortions nationwide "the worst abomination of constitutional law in our history." He has also said that when the Supreme Court overturned state sodomy laws used against gays, it gave the green light to "necrophilia" and even "pedophilia" so long as the child was deemed "willing."

    His critics say such views have convinced them that Pryor is unfit for a seat on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals." [http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/politics/11538148.htm]

    Mother Jones article on Pryor:

    "Like many of President Bush's lower-court nominees, William H. Pryor Jr. has had a hand in just about every legal social theory that drives Senate Democrats to outrage. As the attorney general of Alabama, he pushed for the execution of the mentally retarded, compared homosexuality to bestiality, defended the posting of Bible quotes at the courthouse door, and advocated rescinding a portion of the Voting Rights Act. He called Roe v. Wade 'the worst abomination of constitutional law in our history.'"

    http://www.motherjones.com/news/feature/2003/11/ma_564_01.html

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