This excerpt is from a piece that originally ran on January 3, 2023.
With confirming judges one of the primary things the Senate will be focused on, Rakim Brooks, president of the progressive group Alliance for Justice, said Democrats should determine what story they want to tell with the appointments.
“Why these people at this particular time?” he said. “What hope do they give us for protecting our democracy?”
Progressive groups like Alliance for Justice and Demand Justice are urging Democrats to seize the moment and remove one big remaining hurdle to nominating judges — requiring home-state senators to return so-called “blue slips” before district court nominees can be considered by the Judiciary Committee.