Caribbean American legislator arrested for protesting Trump Supreme Court nominee

J. Scott Applewhite  AP

J. Scott Applewhite AP

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY has already said of Kavanaugh that he'd "oppose him with everything I've got", and signaled Wednesday that Democrats would be vetting not only Kavanaugh's record on the bench but also his work as an official in the George W. Bush White House and for the special prosecutor during Bill Clinton's presidency.

"In the face of this federal assault, NY is going to protect itself because this state has always been the progressive capital of the nation".

"He's already on the second greatest court in the union and he has handled himself very, very well", Hatch said before the meeting, adding he expects Kavanaugh's confirmation to go well. In the New York Legislature, Democrats enjoy an overwhelming 104-41 Assembly majority, but a razor-thin 32-31 Senate majority (the Senate now has a Republican majority leader due to a power-sharing agreement between the Independent Democratic Conference and Senate Republicans).

Hatch also said Tuesday that Democrats' concern that Kavanaugh's appointment to the court would endanger abortion rights was overblown and labeled it "pathetic" as a rallying cry against him. "Roe v. Wade is settled law". Cuomo's scaremongering is an ironic reminder to blue-staters that not only would nothing change in their backyards if Roe were dumped, the new legal regime that replaces it in the state legislature might be more liberal than what Roe has provided them. When pressed for his opinion on that case, he responded, "The Supreme Court is held repeatedly Senator, and I don't think it would be appropriate for me to give a personal view on that case".


Robin Chappelle Golston, the head of Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts - the lobbying arm of Planned Parenthood in NY state - said her group is grateful for Cuomo's efforts, and she puts the blame back on the Republicans. "It is not enough that you may think the prior decision was wrongly decided". "It has been decided by the Supreme Court".

"One of the reasons they opposed it, they said, 'Well, we have Roe v. Wade in law". She said the breakaway Democrats helped Republicans remain in control of the Senate for the past eight legislative sessions.

Golston's group is nonpartisan, and she said they would back Republicans for election to the Senate if they supported the Reproductive Health Act, but so far, no GOP candidate has done so.

Supporters of women's rights protest outside the US Supreme Court as the court issues a ruling on a California law related to abortion issues on June 26, 2018 in Washington, DC.

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