Archive for May 26th, 2009

Today’s statement of candidacy by UMKC law professor, former Justice Department attorney Kris Kobach

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Today from Kobach’s campaign for Kansas Secretary of State:

Kansans for Kobach ● P.O.Box 180 ● Basehor, Kansas 66007

Contact: Ben Davis                                                                    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Phone: 316.210.2450

email: btdavis1@gmail.com

UMKC LAW PROFESSOR AND FORMER JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ATTORNEY KRIS KOBACH TO RUN FOR SECRETARY OF STATE

Kobach Vows to Put His Law Enforcement Experience, Knowledge of Election Law, and Enthusiasm to Work for Kansans (more…)

Looking back at why Democrats filibustered Hispanic Miguel Estrada in 2001 under George W. Bush: ‘He is Latino’

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

WSJ:

November 6, 2001/To: Senator Dick Durbin

“You are scheduled to meet with leaders of several civil rights organizations to discuss their serious concerns with the judicial nomination process. The leaders will likely include: Ralph Neas (People For the American Way), Kate Michelman (NARAL), Nan Aron (Alliance for Justice), Wade Henderson (Leadership Conference on Civil Rights), Leslie Proll (NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund), Nancy Zirkin (American Association of University Women), Marcia Greenberger (National Women’s Law Center), and Judy Lichtman (National Partnership). . . .

“. . . The primary focus will be on identifying the most controversial and/or vulnerable judicial nominees. The groups would like to postpone action on these nominees until next year, when (presumably) the public will be more tolerant of partisan dissent.”

November 7, 2001/To: Senator Durbin“The groups singled out three–Jeffrey Sutton (6th Circuit); Priscilla Owen (5th Circuit); and Caroline [sic] Kuhl (9th Circuit)–as a potential nominee for a contentious hearing early next year, with a [sic] eye to voting him or her down in Committee. They also identified Miguel Estrada (D.C. Circuit) as especially dangerous, because he has a minimal paper trail, he is Latino, and the White House seems to be grooming him for a Supreme Court appointment. They want to hold Estrada off as long as possible.”

NY Times quotes Sonia Sotomayor: ‘I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life’

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

NY Times:

Her remarks, at the annual Judge Mario G. Olmos Law and Cultural Diversity Lecture at the University of California, Berkeley, were not the only instance in which she has publicly described her view of judging in terms that could provoke sharp questioning in a confirmation hearing. (more…)

Research data: New CAFE standards, Obama’s fight against theory of man-made global warming will likely kill 2,000 Americans annually, due to lighter vehicles

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Mark Perry:

The Obama fuel efficiency plan may also contribute to a significant increase in highway deaths as vehicles are required to quickly meet the new CAFE standard and will likely become lighter in weight as a result. According to a study completed in 2001 by the National Research Council (NRC), the last major increase in CAFE standards, mandated by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, required about a 50% increase in fuel economy (to 27.5 mpg by model year 1985 from an average of 18 mpg in 1978). The NRC study concluded that the subsequent downsizing and down-weighting of vehicles, “while resulting in significant fuel savings, also resulted in a safety penalty.” Specifically, the NRC estimated that in 1993 there were between 1,300 and 2,600 motor vehicle crash deaths that would not have occurred if cars were as heavy as they were in 1976.

The president now proposes a fuel economy increase of similar magnitude in an even quicker time frame — to 39 mpg by model year 2016 from 27.5 mpg now. Given the time it takes for new technologies to be developed, tested and incorporated into new car models, it is likely that down-weighting of cars will be an important means of meeting the new standard. And one result again could be highway deaths that might otherwise not have occurred.

~Robert Grady in today’s WSJ