Kavanaugh Nomination Confirmed and Straw Poll in Houston

Photos of live coverage courtesy: CNN,  NBC News

Update Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018  5:47 p.m. CDT:  Judge Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in early tonight as the new justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.  Protestors lined outside the Supreme Court gates to wait for his departure after being sworn. Kavanaugh was officially confirmed by a final vote of the U.S. Senate this afternoon. The Senate confirmation vote today was 50 YES -48 NO.  Senator Murkowski (R-Alaska) voted “Present” this afternoon so that Senator Steve Daines (R-Montana) could attend and walk his daughter down the aisle for her wedding.  Vice President Mike Pence presided and several times asked for order. During the alphabetical roll call of senators for their votes, protests from the senate’s public gallery could be heard.  Kavanaugh, described as a conservative,  was President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.  Some protestors are in front of the Supreme Court building.

Updated Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, 1:59 p.m. CDT:  Amid protests in Washington, DC. and states, the U.S. Senate’s final vote on the Kavanaugh nomination to the Supreme Court is at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time, 2:30 p.m. CT, 12:30 PT today.  Video courtesy: NBC, FOX, CSPAN2 and CNN of the Senate debate after Friday’s preliminary vote.

On Friday morning, the senate voted 51 YES – 49 NO  in the cloture vote to move the Brett Kavanaugh nomination forward. After the cloture vote, the senate had 30 hours of debate available to either party before the final confirmation vote. On Friday afternoon, Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) said they are voting YES to confirm Kavanaugh.

On Friday morning Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), the only Republican, voted NO during the cloture vote. Senator Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) who asked for the up-to-1 week limit on the FBI Supplemental Investigation, voted YES as promised. It appears Kavanaugh has enough support for the confirmation vote late Saturday afternoon or early Saturday night.  If confirmed, Kavanaugh will likely join the Supreme Court this week after Columbus Day on Monday.

In a CNN interview Friday, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s attorneys responded on behalf of their client who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that she was 100% sure it was Kavanaugh who sexually assaulted her at a house party while they were teenagers.   Attorney Lisa Banks said Ford does not have any regrets in coming forward with her story and only wanted to inform the Senate Judicial Committee of the incident. Attorney Debra Katz said Ford does not want Kavanaugh impeached in Congress.  Ford is a California psychology professor at Palo Alto University and psychology researcher at Stanford University.

Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge in the District of Columbia, denied the allegations before the Senate Judicial Committee. He also explained his temperment in an Opinion Editorial published in the Wall Street Journal before the Senate vote on Friday.

One copy of the limited FBI Supplemental investigation was available to the senators. The Senate Judiciary Committee released a summary of the FBI report to news media.  The FBI Supplemental Investigation did not support Dr. Ford’s testimony.

Posted Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 –Straw Poll in Houston, Texas

Customers at Starbucks and Walmart on South Rice Avenue near Highway 59 and at the Meyerland Target and Target Starbucks in southwest Houston were asked “If you were a U.S. Senator, how would you vote?” on President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh.  They also were asked their gender.

The answers on their paper slip ballots were:

“YES  Kavanaugh” and “NO –Find another nominee.”

15 people voted “NO”   ( 7 males, 7 females, 1 no gender)

4 people voted “YES”    (2 males, 2 females)

1  No Opinion     (no gender)

During their lunch and afternoon coffee breaks today, 20 customers at the above businesses participated in the random, unscientific straw poll. No one was asked if they were registered Democrats or Republicans.

All who participated were of voting age and were familiar with the news coverage of the Kavanaugh nomination–men, women, “no gender,” students, Caucasians, African Americans, Hispanic and Latino Americans, 2 Asian Americans, working Millenials,  housewives, retired and middle to upper income Americans.  When approached, 2 Asian and Asian American customers at the above businesses declined to participate.

The participants in the random poll were 10 males, 8 females and 2 No Gender.

According to the Washington Post, the Senate is scheduled to do a procedural vote on the Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination on Friday.

—Carol Lim


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