#1210 Brett Kavanaugh and the Imperial Presidency (Supreme Court) ​

Air Date: 9–14-2018
Today we take a look at the confirmation process of Brett Kavanaugh, his stance on several critical issues and his threat to democratic values and separation of powers in the federal government.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Brett Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings Prove It's Not About the Constitution, It's About Power - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date 9-9-18

Dahlia Lithwick, law correspondent at Slate, joins Ring of Fire’s Sam Seder, to talk about the illegitimacy of Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings.

Ch. 2: Garrett Epps on Kavanaugh's allegiance to executive power - Diane Rehm - On My Mind - Air Date 9-7-18

Constitutional law scholar Garrett Epps on protests, sparring over documents and questions about the limits of executive privilege during the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Ch. 3: Kavanaugh and the threat he poses to women’s healthcare rights - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 9-7-18

Salon.com political reporter Amanda Marcotte discusses what we’ve learned — and haven’t — about Kavanaugh and the threat he poses to women’s health care rights

Ch. 4: Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh To Deepen the 'Imperial Presidency' - @TheRealNews - Air Date 9-4-18

We discuss Judge Kavanaugh's nomination, the hearings and how they will affect executive power and international law with Marjorie Cohn

Ch. 5: Report Finds Judge Kavanaugh Ruled Against Public Interest in Almost All of His District Court Cases - Democracy Now! - Air Date 9-5-18

Robert Weissman of Public Citizen on their analysis of Kavanaugh’s opinions in split-decision cases in which he sided against the public interest 87% of the time in split-decision cases dealing with consumer, environmental and worker rights.

Ch. 6: Brett Kavanaugh is a threat to environmental standards and climate action - @GreenNewsReport - Air Date 9-6-18

Brett Kavanaugh on the U.S. Supreme Court spells big trouble for environmental standards and climate action

Ch. 7: Explaining how Brett Kavanaugh will perpetuate structural racism - Boom! Lawyered - Air Date 9-5-18

Imani and Jess explain how we know what kind of a Justice Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will be for people of color.

Ch. 8: Jesse Lee explains the dangers of unrestrained executive power - @offkiltershow - Air Date 9-6-18

Jesse Lee, Vice President for Communications at CAPAF, explains the dangers of unrestrained executive power.

Ch. 9: What You Can Do To Resist the Confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh - Thinking Cap - Air Date 9-6-18

Vanita Gupta on what listeners can do to say “no” to the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation.

Ch. 10: Dahlia Lithwick discusses the protests surrounding the Brett Kavanaugh hearings - Trumpcast from @Slate - Air Date 9-6-18

Virginia Heffernan is joined by Slate's Dahlia Lithwick to discuss the protests surrounding the Brett Kavanaugh hearings.

Ch. 11: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE- Pennsylvania’s Battleground Races! - Best of the Left Activism

Take action! Click the title and/or scroll down for quick links and resources from this segment.

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 12: Bernie Sanders helped me come back to politics - Sarah from Cool, CA

 

Ch. 13: Final comments asking for stories of getting inspired and engaged in politics

 

THE MIDTERMS MINUTE (Quick Links):

REGISTER TO VOTE: RocktheVote.org 

CONFIRM VOTER REGISTRATION: RocktheVote.org/voting-information 

VOTER ID INFO/HELP: VoteRiders & 866ourvote.org

Get Involved:

Swing Left (Help flip districts from anywhere) 

Red to Blue (DCCC program to flip seats) 

When We All Vote (Michelle Obama’s initiative) 

Voter Circle (friend-to-friend outreach tool) 

Volunteer for Democrats 

Abroad? Phone bank for Democrats  

Let America Vote (voting rights focus) 

Justice Democrats “Justice Dialer”

Brand New Congress GOTV Dialer 

National Democratic Redistricting Committee 

Easily donate to candidates with DownTicket.com on your mobile browser. 

“15 Ways to Help a Campaign Win Their Election” (Political Charge) 

PENNSYLVANIA BATTLEGROUNDS:

Pennsylvania Democratic Party

Important Dates: Must be registered to vote by October 9th. Absentee ballot requests made by October 30th and received by November 2nd. Early voting NOT available.

U.S. House: 

PA-01 - Scott Wallace 

Swing Left PA-01  |  Red to Blue PA-01

PA-05 - Mary Gay Scanlon 

(no Swing Left or Red to Blue page)

PA-06 - Chrissy Houlahan 

Swing Left PA-06  |  Red to Blue PA-06

PA-07 - Susan Wild 

Swing Left PA-07  |  Red to Blue PA-07

PA-17 - Connor Lamb 

Swing Left PA-17

PA-16 - Ron DiNicola 

Red to Blue PA-16

“SAFE” But Must Retain:

U.S. SENATE - Bob Casey (D - incumbent)

GOVERNOR - Tom Wolf (D - incumbent) 

FURTHER PA MIDTERMS READING:

What Pennsylvania’s new congressional map means for 2018 (Vox)

These 6 Pennsylvania Democratic nominees are key to the battle for House control (Vox)

5 States That Will Decide the House Majority (Roll Call)

Pennsylvania voters prefer Democrats for Congress after choosing Trump in 2016: NBC/Marist poll (CNBC)

Researched and written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

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