Chief Justice John Roberts requested the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals review more than a dozen ethics complaints related to Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing conduct.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Kavanaugh’s former court, received a number of complaints relating to his testimony before the Senate. Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson reviewed the complaints after former Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland recused himself. Henderson determined that some concerns were insubstantial, but more than a dozen warranted further investigation. She then sent them to Roberts.

In a letter sent on Wednesday, Roberts, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, noted he was transferring the complaints to the 10th Circuit Court’s chief judge, Timothy Tymkovich. The relocation to another circuit was motivated by “concern that local disposition may weaken public confidence in the process,” CNN reported.

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  1. From the article:

    Tymkovich, who was on President Donald Trump’s short list for the Supreme Court, can deal with the complaints himself, nullify them or appoint a special committee to further investigate, according to Forbes.
    “The situation is unique in that never before has a Supreme Court appointee joined the court at a time when a fellow judge has concluded that misconduct claims against that appointee warrant review and when a former Supreme Court Justice has concluded that the appointee’s behavior was disqualifying,” Forbes reported. “Technically, Supreme Court justices are not subject to the misconduct rules governing these claims.”

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  2. I am itching BAD to get to the voting booths next month! 🤩 I don’t hardly ever vote strictly party-lines, but this go around? HELL… anything is possible after November 2016! What are the Vegas odds for Dems retaking the House and many state congressional branches? 😁

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    • I don’t know what the betting odds might be, but the analysis I’ve seen so far suggests Dems have a better than 50% chance to win the House and a less than 50% chance to win the Senate. Regarding governorships and state legislatures, Dems will probably pick up some seats, but how many is still an open question.

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        • Mary, this past summer I moved back up to Dallas — from one county to another — and for me to get re-registered to vote it was like I was applying for NASA or JPL (Jet Propulsion Labs) to get my new current registration updated! And I am an 8th-generation Texan and white man!!! 😵 I can’t imagine (well, actually I can and I know!) what a Spanish-speaking Texan or poorly educated African-American goes thru when trying to register to vote! It is a hellish nightmare for them. 😦

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        • I truly don’t believe we live in a democracy anymore. The republicans have taken over with the help of the religious right and Koch brothers and other big big money groups.
          We are screwed and so are anyone who is not white and many whites too.
          Fla had its computer to register to vote conveniently go down for a few days right at the deadline and they would not extend it.

          Georgia is the most obvious registration fraud with deleting 53,000 voters that were registered (mostly black) and a black women was running against a republican man.
          And I can’t remember at the moment, some state wouldn’t let native Americans register if they used a P.O. box, which most have always done because mail doesn’t get delivered to a reservation.

          I think Indiana was another state.

          This goes on because no one can stop them. They have the power.
          I’m afraid the midterms will be rigged. We are losing our country.

          And the truly awful thing in the US anymore, are that 40% of the people who approve of trump and the republicans. I just can’t understand that people, people who once I considered decent, can think like this..such racism, hatred…reminds me so much of pre WWII Germany. It’s frightening.

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        • And should I even go into just how super easy it is to purchase a weapon here… like an AR-15, a 105mm howitzer, or a .50-cal machine gun? Those are easier to obtain here than a driver’s license! 😖

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        • LOL… that is a GREAT question OG. I do know this, Red-blooded Texans do NOT like anyone out of the state telling them what they can or cannot do. And they will always appeal to “state rights.” This is why the “legend” of the Texas Lone Star flag can fly at the same height (or higher) than the U.S. flag STILL exist today. The majority of red-neck Texans think it’s an honor to cheat and disrespect the federal government. 🙄 😒 Ahhh, the ignorance.

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        • Ahh, you know some factual REAL Texas (or Texians vs. Texans) history. Excellent OG. 😉

          Yes, most of the true Texians — the ones that were here WAY BEFORE any from the South and were in trouble with the law there in the South — are good, very compassionate, caring, open-minded people who respect the Federal govt and truly love and understand our Constitution and GLOBAL human rights for all. Sadly, we have some here that are “Texans”… who do not, much less understand the Secular neutrality of our govt, Constitution, and the REAL meaning of “liberty.” :/

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        • Voter suppression, gerrymandering, and other forms of election rigging are indeed big problems. However, it can be overcome if we fight back instead of give up. For example, Republican gerrymandering has been overturned in Pennsylvania and North Carolina, and GOP voter id laws have been struck down or weakened in states such as Kansas.

          Professor, this blog is not in the prediction business. I focus on hard analysis and well-reasoned assessment. I’m not interested in intuition and uninformed subjective opinion. My record covering politics can stand on its own merit, and I’d welcome comparison to any professional or amateur journalist.

          It was the polling which was wrong in 2016 because its methodologies had become outdated. If you recall, this blog correctly warned about the populist angst which both helped Trump and hurt Hillary in the key Rust Belt states of the Midwest. Before the election, I was criticized as a fearmonger by Democratic Party establishment supporters.

          For this year’s midterms, the political dynamics have changed. This isn’t the 2016 match-up between an aggressive populist and a weak establishment candidate. It will instead be a referendum on Trump. Women are energized, Independents have turned sharply against Trump, and voter registrations are way up nationally among the demographics which typically support Democrats. Still, voter turnout will determine the outcome. If the Left votes, the results will be positive.

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  3. The framers of the Constitution and our founding fathers did not want anyone to vote except rich, educated men. We should remember that when we think of how corrupted are now and how great things were in the past. They were never as good as people like to tell themselves they were. Politics had always been nasty, dirty and sometimes violent

    And that is my rant for the hour.

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    • The Framers of the Constitution, like most people with great responsibility, were conflicted over the desire to establish sound principles versus the need to deal with practical realities. If they were so committed to securing privilege for rich white men, then why didn’t they specify it in the Declaration of Independence and in the U.S. Constitution? Only the Three-Fifths Compromise was so specifically discriminatory, and it was repealed with the 13th and 14th Amendments. Legalized discrimination was the purview of state law, not federal law, such as the exclusion of women from voting rights (later made unconstitutional by the 19th Amendment).

      Let’s not throw a blanket of contempt onto those Enlightenment visionaries who did the best they could under extremely difficult circumstances. IMO, today’s leaders pale in comparison.

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