Supreme Court

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The Senate is taking a procedural vote on whether or not to move Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination forward. Watch the proceedings on the Senate floor live.

The Senate is expected to convene at 9:30 AM Eastern Time. Key Senators are expected to speak before voting begins. The vote is expected  to take place at approximately 10:30AM 

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The Senate Judiciary Committee is voting on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination. A full Senate vote on the nomination is expected as early next week. Watch the proceeding live.

The video stream goes live at 1:30pm.

Protesters gather in Syracuse to Oppose Kavanaugh as Hearings Take Place in Washington

Sep 27, 2018
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Nearly two dozen protesters gathered outside the Federal Building in Syracuse Thursday to protest the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and show their support for victims of sexual violence.

The protesters engaged in coordinated chats such as "Kava-NO!" and "Time's Up."


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Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in high school, Christine Blasey Ford, are testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Watch the proceeding live.

The stream will go live at 10am

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Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh continue Wednesday  The 53-year-old Federal Judge is President Trump’s pick to fill the spot left vacant by Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired in July. Democrats and Republicans are sharply divided over his nomination and the hearings will be a major political focal point leading up to the midterm elections.

Watch the first round of questions from Senators live.

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President Trump’s appointee to the Supreme Court is sparking conversation among political observers here in Syracuse, as well as among the state’s elected officials. 

Professor of Political Science at the Maxwell School, Thomas Keck, says Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment means issues that had partisan debate in recent history would now be taking a consistently conservative bend. 

Syracuse Congress Member, Challenger and Law Professor Weigh in on Supreme Court Vacancy

Feb 22, 2016
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Central New York is weighing in on the Supreme Court vacancy and sharing some opinions about what happens next.

The court opening that came after last week’s death of Justice Antonin Scalia has started a debate about whether the president should nominate a replacement or wait almost a year for the next president to take office. Syracuse-area congress member John Katko has no problem with Mr. Obama making a choice, but wonders how the confirmation process might go.

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The head of an LGBT support group says a Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage would be very meaningful for the older LGBT population they serve.  Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments Tuesday on two issues regarding same-sex marriages.    Executive Director of Sage Upstate Kim Dill  says older couples have waited for this their entire lives. 

map of the US with shading to show toxic pollution; NYS's Mid-Atlantic watershed is one of the worst
Environment New York Center

New York’s rivers and lakes are still a dumping ground for polluters…and some of the worst are here in Upstate New York.  That’s the assessment of the research group “Environment New York.”  Their new report “Wasting Our Waters” points at Anheuser-Busch in Baldwinsville for dumping 1.4  million pounds of toxic waste into the Oswego River in 2010. 

It also notes Eastman Kodak had the most discharges by toxicity with 12,000 pounds of toxic compounds released into the Genesee River. Environment New York Director Heather Leibowitz wants to see practices change.