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JCN’s Carrie Severino on SCOTUS’ Masterpiece Cakeshop Oral Arguments

By JCN | December 5th, 2017

“Supporters of religious freedom should be encouraged after today’s arguments. As Justice Kennedy himself pointed out, tolerance is essential in a civil society, but that tolerance must be mutual. His passion was evident when he pointed out how intolerant the state of Colorado had been of baker Jack Phillips’ beliefs. I hope the Supreme Court will continue to stand by our founding commitment to religious freedom and freedom of speech that celebrates diversity rather than allowing the government to compel agreement with its favored point of view.”

Carrie Severino: Masterpiece case ‘at its core’ is about compelled speech

By JCN | December 4th, 2017

Statement from Judicial Crisis Network Chief Counsel and Policy Director, Carrie Severino:

Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission is fundamentally about the First Amendment and whether the government can force an artist to promote a message he disagrees with.

“This is not about a generic cake someone picks up at Costco. After all, Jack Phillips was willing to sell an off-the-shelf cake to the couple. But the government wanted to unconstitutionally force him to design a custom wedding cake that would promote a message in direct conflict with his conscience and deeply held religious beliefs, even when there were plenty of other businesses with no such conflict who were happy to bake that cake. The left will try to frame this case as an LBGTQ case but, at its core, it’s about whether or not the government can force or compel an American citizen – protected by the First Amendment – to violate their religious convictions and their right to free speech.”

Background: Carrie Severino is a former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Sen. Kennedy says he’ll vote to confirm judicial nominee Kyle Duncan

By JCN | December 1st, 2017

Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) announced last night that he will vote in favor of Kyle Duncan, President Trump’s nominee for the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, when Duncan’s nomination comes to the Senate floor for a vote. Judicial Crisis Network’s Chief Counsel Carrie Severino thanked Sen. Kennedy for his support.

Lots of agreement in thanking Sen. Kennedy including from Erick Erickson, Heritage’s Rob Bluey, Ed Meese, SBA List, Tea Party Patriots and Jenny Beth Martin, American Commitment’s Phil Kerpen, Let Freedom Ring’s Colin Hanna, and Heritage Action’s Dan Holler.

Louisiana AG Landry also tweeted thanking Sen. Kennedy: https://twitter.com/AGJeffLandry/status/936402878905962496

Louisiana Judicial Coalition: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10155889378001119&id=115528516118

Family Research Council: https://twitter.com/FRCdc/status/936642863231881216

FRC’s Tony Perkins: https://twitter.com/tperkins/status/936632232617369600

Heritage’s John Malcolm: https://twitter.com/malcolm_john/status/936426082252795905

TPP’s Jenny Beth Martin: https://twitter.com/jennybethm/status/936643374844702720

Ken Blackwell: https://twitter.com/kenblackwell/status/936690693086633985

Background:

Judicial Nominee Kyle Duncan Receives Widespread Praise

By JCN | November 29th, 2017

 

  • 20+ Louisiana state senators and reps sent U.S. Sen Kennedy the attached letter urging him to support Duncan.

 

  • Louisiana AG Landry will be on FRC’s Tony Perkins’ radio show this evening talking about Duncan. Note: Perkins is a pastor in Louisiana and is well-regarded there

 

We were told, and we don’t believe it, that Duncan is supposedly “not Louisiana enough” to satisfy the Senator. That can’t be right – Duncan is from Baton Rouge and he bleeds purple and gold. How is he not Louisiana enough? What, is he supposed to be crooked and that would make him Louisiana enough? Not to mention this is a nomination for the Fifth Circuit which includes states other than Louisiana (Texas and Mississippi, specifically). “Louisiana enough” is not a meaningful requirement for that job.

This is worth watching, even though it has to be a tempest in a teapot. Has to be. If it isn’t then there will be lots of people questioning whether Kennedy is a conservative after all.

 

  • Statement from Judicial Crisis Network’s Chief Counsel and Policy Director, Carrie Severino:

“President Trump continues to nominate exceptionally well-qualified candidates to the courts. Throughout his legal career, Kyle Duncan has been a champion in defending the Constitution and adhering to the law. His career has been a showcase for the types of judges the people of Louisiana and across the country voted for when they voted overwhelmingly for President Trump on the judges issue.

“It is widely acknowledged that Trump’s nominees are extraordinary, and Duncan, in particular, has received widespread support from national conservative leaders and elected officials as well as from basically everyone in Louisiana except Senator Kennedy.  Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry today called Duncan ‘the Neil Gorsuch of Louisiana.’  The people of Louisiana are waiting to find out if Senator Kennedy stands with them and President Trump or liberal special interest groups in Washington.”

 

 

 

  • The court issue in general is very potent, esp. in Louisiana:

Exit polling from the 2016 presidential race showed nationally, 21 percent of voters call appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court “the most important factor” in their decision, preliminary exit polls indicate. (Though President Obama did put forth a nominee, the Supreme Court seat vacated when Justice Antonin Scalia passed away in February, remains open.) These voters overwhelmingly favor Trump, 57 to 40 percent.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/election-2016-national-exit-poll-results-analysis/story?id=43368675

Louisiana voters went overwhelmingly from Trump over Hillary Clinton, a 20 point margin: 58%-38%

https://www.nytimes.com/elections/results/louisiana-president-clinton-trump

 

Carrie Severino: Trump judicial nominee Kyle Duncan ‘has been a champion in defending the Constitution’

By JCN | November 29th, 2017

Statement from Judicial Crisis Network’s Chief Counsel and Policy Director, Carrie Severino:

“President Trump continues to nominate exceptionally well-qualified candidates to the courts. Throughout his legal career, Kyle Duncan has been a champion in defending the Constitution and adhering to the law. His career has been a showcase for the types of judges the people of Louisiana and across the country voted for when they voted overwhelmingly for President Trump on the judges issue.

“It is widely acknowledged that Trump’s nominees are extraordinary, and Duncan, in particular, has received widespread support from national conservative leaders and elected officials as well as from basically everyone in Louisiana except Senator Kennedy.  Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry today called Duncan ‘the Neil Gorsuch of Louisiana.’  The people of Louisiana are waiting to find out if Senator Kennedy stands with them and President Trump or liberal special interest groups in Washington.”

Background:

ABC poll: “Nationally, 21 percent of voters call appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court “the most important factor” in their decision, preliminary exit polls indicate. These voters overwhelmingly favor Trump, 57 to 40 percent.”

2016 Louisiana Election Results: Trump 58.1% over Clinton 38.4%

JCN’s support for Duncan:

Six-figure ad

NRO Bench Memos:

Who Is Kyle Duncan?

In Strong Support of Kyle Duncan

JCN’s Carrie Severino on President Trump’s Potential SCOTUS Nominee List

By JCN | November 17th, 2017

Statement from Judicial Crisis Network’s Chief Counsel and Policy Director, Carrie Severino on President Trump’s Potential Supreme Court Nominee List :

“Today President Trump has updated his list of potential Supreme Court nominees to add some of the best and brightest judges in the nation.”

“These men and women have spent years in the trenches of state and federal government fighting for the Constitution and the rule of law. They represent a diverse range of backgrounds, including both state and federal judges, three who were former state solicitors general with first-hand experience protecting our constitutional balance of powers.”

Judge Amy Coney Barrett

Judge Brett Kavanaugh

Judge Kevin Newsom

Justice Britt Grant

Justice Patrick Wyrick

Statements of Support:

Tea Party Patriots

SBA List

Concerned Women for America 

Heritage Foundation

 

 

Judicial Crisis Network Launches Ad in Support of Louisiana Fifth Circuit Nominee Kyle Duncan

By JCN | November 9th, 2017

A Louisiana native with Louisiana values, who will make Louisiana proud

WASHINGTON – Tomorrow,  Judicial Crisis Network is launching a six-figure TV, radio, and digital ad in support of Kyle Duncan, judicial nominee for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Louisiana. The ad will run for two weeks. In the ad, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry praises Duncan as another one of President Trump’s stellar judicial nominees. The Judicial Crisis Network has run ads in support of other judicial nominees including the recently confirmed Amy Coney Barrett and Justice Joan Larsen.

Statement from Judicial Crisis Network’s Chief Counsel and Policy Director, Carrie Severino:

“In Kyle Duncan, President Trump selected one of the best lawyers of his generation. He’s a Louisiana native who has served his state with distinction as its solicitor general, and he will make Louisiana proud as a federal judge. Kyle’s brilliance combined with his humility and integrity will serve him well on the Fifth Circuit. I’m proud to call Kyle a friend, and I look forward to a speedy confirmation.”

Script of the ad: 

Kyle Duncan Script

Kyle Duncan Script

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Review Bench Memos on Kyle Duncan:

Who is Kyle Duncan?

In Strong Support of Kyle Duncan 

 

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