Nichols: Ron Johnson wants to make federal courts a playground for extremism

Wisconsin has for decades maintained a sound system for taking at least some of the politics out of the federal judicial-selection process. Yet Sen. Ron Johnson voted to make Michael Brennan, a right-wing judicial activist, a federal appeals judge, even though Wisconsin’s bipartisan judicial nominating commission refused to recommend him. > Cap Times

Republicans fill court seat they denied Obama for 6 years

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The Senate voted along party lines Thursday to confirm Michael Brennan to a lifetime seat on Wisconsin’s U.S. Court of Appeals, despite Sen. Tammy Baldwin withholding her “blue slip”. The seat was the nation’s longest circuit court vacancy, and the reason it went unfilled for so long largely came down to Sen. Ron Johnson. > HuffPost

Baldwin’s withholding of ‘blue slip’ for nominated judge at center of raging judicial wars

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In a rare volley in the judicial wars, Democratic-aligned groups are pressuring their own party in a new ad campaign. The campaign demands that Democratic senators commit to voting en masse against any Donald Trump judicial nominees should Senate Republicans advance one without the formal sign-off of his or her home-state senator. > Daily Beast

US Senate could vote this week on controversial Wisconsin judicial nominee

The U.S. Senate could vote this week to fill a longstanding federal court vacancy for Wisconsin over the objection of U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin. The vote by GOP senators would clear the way for Milwaukee attorney Michael Brennan to fill a seat on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Red flags should sink judicial nomination of Michael Brennan for Wisconsin district

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The Senate set aside its own longstanding traditions and rules when it voted to approve Donald Trump’s nomination of Michael Brennan to fill the “Wisconsin seat” on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Though Brennan’s views have raised flags, Republicans are using a faulty process to put him on the bench. > Cap Times