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The key senators to watch for Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation

Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski matter most.

Susan Collins (left) and Lisa Murkowski (right) meeting with President Trump last year.
 Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty

President Trump has announced he’ll nominate Brett Kavanaugh to replace the Supreme Court’s swing justice, Anthony Kennedy — setting up an enormously consequential confirmation battle over his replacement in the narrowly divided Senate for later this year.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already announced that he’ll hold a confirmation vote for Kavanaugh before this fall’s midterm elections. And after McConnell’s rules change last year, only a simple majority is necessary to get a Supreme Court justice through the Senate.

Still, while Republicans do currently control a majority in the chamber, it’s quite a narrow one. They have 51 seats, meaning they could theoretically confirm a new justice without any Democratic help. But Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has been absent from Washington all year for health reasons. If McCain remains in his seat but unable to show up and vote, the Senate will effectively be composed of 50 Republicans and 49 Democrats — so, if any one Republican defects in a partisan vote, he or she can sink a nomination.

And with abortion-rights precedents that have existed for decades suddenly at stake, all eyes will be on two swing blocs: moderate Republicans and red-state Democrats.

Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski matter most for Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation chances

By far the two most important senators to watch, overall, for Kavanaugh’s confirmation chances are Susan Collins of Maine, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Both are pro-abortion rights. Both have also proven willing to buck their party — for instance, they sank Obamacare repeal last year.

Both also, however, voted in favor of confirming Neil Gorsuch. But the stakes were lower for that vote. Since he was filling Antonin Scalia’s seat, his confirmation meant only that the Supreme Court’s ideological makeup would be restored to approximately where it was in February 2016, before Scalia’s death. It was widely understood that, with Gorsuch, the court would still be short of the votes to overturn or badly weaken Roe v. Wade — because Kennedy, though a conservative, had sided with the liberal and moderate justices to uphold it.

Yet the replacement of Kennedy with a staunch conservative like Kavanaugh would mean the overturning of Roe is a strong possibility. This would mean a serious test for Collins and Murkowski — one they have not yet faced. Both seem to sincerely care about women’s reproductive rights. Collins in particular may be concerned about her own reelection in a purple state in 2020.

If Democrats unite against Trump’s nominee, and McCain remains in his seat but is unable to come to Washington and vote, then Kavanaugh will have to win both Collins and Murkowski’s votes. He can’t afford to lose either one of them.

As it happens, neither Collins nor Murkowski chose to attend Trump’s announcement tonight. And don’t expect them to announce their decisions anytime soon — historically, both have often tended to hold off announcing their decisions on controversial votes until close to the very end.

The other Republicans: Rand Paul, Dean Heller, Cory Gardner, Shelley Moore Capito, and John McCain (for his health)

Though Collins and Murkowski will likely be the decisive votes here, there are a few other Republicans who are worth watching — though at this point, all appear highly likely to vote yes.

  • Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada is facing a tough reelection in an increasingly blue state this fall and could feel the heat. However, he’s backed the Trump agenda so far and seems unlikely to defect on an issue of such importance to the conservative base. Indeed, back in March, Heller was recorded privately expressing his hope that Kennedy’s retirement would “get our base a little motivated” and help him in his general election contest against Rep. Jacky Rosen (D).
  • Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado also represents a state that’s lately leaned toward Democrats, so he might have his reelection in mind too. He’s not up until 2020 — but if he votes for Kavanaugh, and Kavanaugh goes on to be the swing vote in some controversial decisions, Gardner would have to explain his vote on the campaign trail. Still, he’s also a party guy (he chairs the NRSC, Republicans’ campaign committee arm) and probably won’t defect.
  • Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, the idiosyncratic libertarian who sometimes causes trouble for GOP leaders, may be hostile to a Kavanaugh nomination, according to reports. The Associated Press recently reported that Paul believes Kavanaugh is too obliging toward the power of the executive branch and has even privately said he’d vote no on his nomination. (He’ll face enormous pressure to vote yes, and has often caved in similar situations.)
  • Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia has called herself pro-choice, though she tends to vote with the pro-life movement. She said recently that Roe v. Wade has been “a precedent for a long time” and that she expects it to be upheld — however, she also says that Neil Gorsuch was a great pick and would support a nominee similar to him, which at first glance Kavanaugh appears to be.

Finally, another potentially very important question is what happens with Sen. John McCain’s seat. As mentioned, since he hasn’t been able to travel to Washington all year, it currently seems that he’ll be unable to vote on the nomination.

However, if McCain were to lose his battle with cancer, or if he were to simply decide to step down for health reasons, Arizona’s Republican governor would appoint his replacement — meaning Republicans would have an extra senator. Then, McConnell could still get Kavanaugh past unified Democratic opposition even if he lost one GOP vote.

The key Democrats to watch: Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly, Heidi Heitkamp

Finally, Kavanaugh’s confirmation battle will put an enormous amount of pressure on red state Democrats too. It’s likely no accident that McConnell wants to hold a vote in the fall, close to the midterms — he wants to put as much pressure on vulnerable Trump Country Democrats as possible.

The main Democrats to keep an eye on are Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND). All three face difficult reelections this fall in states President Trump won overwhelmingly. All three also voted for Gorsuch last year — though it should be noted that Gorsuch’s confirmation was assured anyway, due to unified Republican support, so the stakes were lower.

As for Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), who represent similarly deep-red states, they voted against Gorsuch last year and have generally been more likely to vote against the Trump agenda than the senators detailed above. Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL), in another very red state, will also face scrutiny in the first Supreme Court vote he’ll cast since being elected last year — though unlike the other Democrats mentioned here, he’s not up for reelection until 2020.

Overall, betting on partisanship is generally a good call for today’s polarized Senate. But this is an unusually momentous vote, with consequences that could last for a generation. Individual senators have enormous leverage here — and enormous responsibility, too.

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Call Senate Judiciary Committee Members NOW


Dianne Feinstein…..(202) 224-3841

Patrick Leahy…..(202) 224-4242

Dick Durbin….(202) 224-2152.

Sheldon Whitehouse,(202) 224-2921…..

Amy Klobuchar…..(202) 224-3244

Chris Coons,…(202) 224-5042.

Richard Blumenthal..(202) 224-2823..

Mazie Hirono…(202) 224-6361.

Kamala Harris..(202) 224-3553…

Cory Booker…..(202) 224-3224

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Sign Senator Harris’ Petition

Note from Kamala Harris
I believe Congress has a moral obligation to stand up and stop the federal government from ripping children from the arms of their parents. We should be in the business of keeping families together, not tearing them apart.

Many of these families are fleeing violence and instability in search of security and safety here in the United States. It’s wrong to traumatize these kids further. Congress must take action right now.

Add your name if you agree:
Sign my petition demanding the Trump Administration stop separating immigrant children from their parents and demand Congress pass our new legislation to solve this moral crisis.

My heart breaks for these kids being separated from their families at the border — many are just frightened toddlers. Congress has to make ending this immoral policy a priority right now.

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All Texters Needed!

Our Sister District team is working with Mi Familia Vota (MFV) and Open Progress (OP) on an exciting campaign using texting to provide information about voter registration to Latinx communities. We just completed Nevada and are moving on to Arizona in June and then to Florida.

Since these are bigger states, we now have a role for English-only texters! As a volunteer, you will receive training and ongoing support from OP. You need a computer for this work. If interested, please contact Penni at or Jude at

This effort organized by SDP-CA13.

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Volunteer opportunity with Napa Valley Moms Demand Action

Please join the Napa Valley chapter of Moms Demand Action as we volunteer at Rock the Ride in Yountville on Saturday, June 30th.

Location: Yountville Park and Yountville Community Center

Time: 7:30am – 1:00pm (volunteer for 1-2 hours or stay for the duration of the event!)

Volunteer with us to help make this inaugural benefit bike ride and walk for gun violence prevention a success. We’ll be helping kick off the bike rides and walk, cheering on participants as they cross the finish line, helping the event organizers, and hosting an informational table to acquaint folks with Moms Demand Action and grow our membership.

We hope to see you there!

To RSVP, please click here:

For more information on Rock the Ride, please click here:

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About June 5th Primary: Same-day Registration, Registration Status and Contact Info

You can register to vote AND vote on the day of the primary, June 5th!

To find out if you are registered, click here.

If you’ve got any questions, contact the Registrar of Voters:

Napa County Election Division
1127 1st St, Ste E, Napa, CA 94559
(707) 253-4321  ▪  Toll Free from Upvalley or American Canyon (888) 494-8356

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Drop Box Locations

drop box


4381 Broadway – by entrance to City Hall
4381 Broadway – Cerca de la entrada del City Hall
American Canyon, CA  94503


15 Angwin Ave – by entrance to College Market
15 Angwin Ave – Cerca de la entrada del College Market
Angwin, CA  94508


Fair Way – next to the bus stop (outside Cal Mart)
Fair Way – al lado dela estación de bus (afuera del Cal Mart)
Calistoga, CA 94515


1492 Library Ln – in front of Library
1492 Library Ln – Cerca de la entrada de la biblioteca
St. Helena, CA  94574


Soscol Ave at Lincoln—South of Soscol Plaza across from WalMart
Soscol Ave at Lincoln Ave – Sur de la Plaza Soscol al frente de Walmart
Napa, CA 94558

2nd Street Garage alley—between Carithers Building and 2nd Street Garage
Garaje de la calle 2da—entre el edificio Carithers y el garaje de la calle 2da eskinita ng 2nd Street Garage
Napa, CA  94559


Yountville Community Center—6516 Washington Street (near the library drop box)
Centro Comunitario de Yountville—6516 Washington Street (cerca del buzón de la librería)
Yountville, CA  94599

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Vote Center Locations

vote center


Open daily starting June 2nd • Abierto diariamente desde el 2 de junio
Weekends 8:30am-4:30pm, weekdays 8am-5pm, 7am-8pm on Election Day
Fines de semana 8:30am – 4:30pm, días de semana 8am – 5pm, 7am-8pm día de elección


American Canyon Library • Biblioteca de American Canyon
300 Crawford Way
American Canyon, CA 94503


Angwin Fire House • Estación de Bomberos de Angwin
275 College Ave
Angwin, CA  94508


Calistoga Fire Department • Estación de Bomberos de Calistoga
1113 Washington St.
Calistoga, CA  94515


Crosswalk Community Church • Iglesia Crosswalk Community
2590 1st St.
Napa, CA 94558


Yountville Veterans Home • Yountville Casa de Veteranos
260 California Dr
Yountville, CA 94599

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EVERYDAY until June 5th

Swing Left Sonoma County has a home-based phone bank project, coordinated by Janet Zagoria, who will support callers this week, provide accurate phone bank links and over-the-phone training. Your day or evening calls will give field organizers in at-risk districts new volunteers, and other information they need, to best Get Out The Vote for June 5.

Home-based phone bankers, RSVP via email to as soon as possible. Please provide your phone number, too!

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