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To refresh our memories: Obama's short lists

Short list 2010: (Kagan appointment)
Before the announcement, the White House had been preparing for another possible Supreme Court vacancy, with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs responding to speculation about a possible Stevens retirement by saying "We'll be ready." After Stevens announced his retirement, an anonymous White House official said that about ten people were under consideration. The leading contenders to replace Stevens were said to include Seventh Circuit Judge Diane Pamela Wood and Solicitor General Elena Kagan, both of whom were interviewed for the David Souter vacancy, and D.C. Circuit Judge Merrick B. Garland, who was also considered for the Souter vacancy. Others mentioned include Ninth Circuit Judge Sidney Runyan Thomas, former Georgia Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Short list 2009: (Sotomayor appointment)
Obama began the process of identifying potential Supreme Court nominees shortly after his election in 2008, before a Supreme Court vacancy was actually known. White House Counsel Greg Craig helped assemble an early list of possible names. Once the White House had learned of Souter's plans to retire, two members of the Vice President's staff, Chief of Staff Ron Klain and Counsel Cynthia Hogan, ran the daily operations of the selection process.

Within a week of Souter's announcement the White House had formalized its short list of candidates to replace Souter, with Judge Sonia Sotomayor of the Second Circuit, Judge Diane Pamela Wood of the Seventh Circuit, and Solicitor General Elena Kagan reportedly leading contenders for the nomination. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno, and Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm were also reportedly on the short list of candidates under serious consideration by the White House. Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears of the Georgia Supreme Court, Judge Merrick B. Garland of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and Judge Ruben Castillo of the Federal District Court for the Northern District in Illinois were also on the final list of nine candidates.


I tried to run for delegate in 2004.

I'm pretty sure you have to get the 250 signatures, plus some extras just in case some of them are incorrect. I got help and advice from my union. Collecting signatures was actually fun and people were very friendly.

I didn't even get my name on the ballot because my candidate (Clark) dropped out before the filing deadline.

It seemed that party insiders (such as county officials) got the slots on the ballot. They were all Kerry delegates.

I think your local party headquarters should be able to help you or point you in the right direction. Good luck to your friend!

Today's Google Doodle: Happy Lunar New Year

For today, Doodler Alyssa Winans illustrated a family of monkeys in the traditional fiery red which matches the lucky envelopes families give and receive on Lunar New Year — and the explosions of the firecrackers.


I just feel that she is so damaged by all the legal charges...

and now losing her license, that she can no longer serve the people of the state. I had high hopes for her when she first came in, especially on the Sandusky matter and supporting same-sex marriage. That took courage to oppose Corbett. However, it seems to me that she cannot get herself out of this legal quagmire before the next election.

I only know what I read in the papers, though. There is always be more to the story. I believe there are powerful people lined up against her and probably "out to get her," and for that I admire her determination to clear her name. The legal process is going to take a very long time and in the interim, who is running the AG's office and are there important legal matters that are not being given enough attention? Don't know the answer.

Here is a long but detailed account about her rise to power and downfall: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/A_fighter_embattled.html

PA Supreme Court refuses to reinstate Kane's law license:

Story at link: http://www.pennlive.com/news/2016/02/kathleen_kane_supreme_court_1.html#incart_story_package

AND..... State senate will now "move forward" with removing her from office: http://www.pennlive.com/news/2016/02/senate_will_now_move_forward_w.html

A provision of the state Constitution, referred to as Senate or direct address, allows Gov. Tom Wolf to remove Kane after a two-thirds vote by the Senate.

It was last used — unsuccessfully — in 1891 against two state officials who had become mired in a bribery and embezzlement scandal involving Philadelphia's treasurer. Unlike Kane, neither man had been criminally charged and the Senate's then-Republican majority decided it lacked jurisdiction to oust them.

It is time to go, Ms. Kane!!

I hope he will try again.

He was very likable and ran a clean campaign. He was very gracious and had good ideas. I'm going to miss him in the debates to come, even if they never let him express his ideas.

My dad was a lifelong democrat. Mom was an occasional republican.

He loved JFK. Mom was a registered republican, but never voted. She hated all politicians equally. LOL

Today's Google Doodle: Honoring Frederick Douglass


Today's Google Doodle: Who invented television?


The Doodle marks the 90th anniversary of the first public demonstration of the mechanical television. On Jan. 26, 1926, Scottish inventor John Logie Baird transmitted a moving image of his business partner’s face onto a screen, according to the Telegraph.

The image was blurred and measured only 3.5 by 2 in. (8.8 by 5 cm) but made history as the first live public broadcast.

In a 1926 review of the “televisor,” as the device was known, TIME praised Baird’s devise for permitting “looking in as well as listening in.” Broadcasting for the receiver, which was priced at £30, was set “to begin at once.”


I remember coming home from school and seeing a new television in the living room! It was 1953 and the first thing I can remember watching was the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in very grainy black and white. It was so exciting!

Did you see "The Nightly Show" last night?

"Trump Hate Bingo" (skit starts at 1:22).

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