The North Carolina Republican, locked in a tight race for reelection, quipped that as he walked into a gun shop “nothing made me feel better” than seeing a magazine about rifles “with a picture of Hillary Clinton on the front of it.”“I was a little bit shocked at that — it didn't have a bullseye on it,” he said Saturday to GOP volunteers, prompting laughter from the crowd in Mooresville, North Carolina. “But on the bottom right (of the magazine), it had everybody for federal office in this particular state that they should vote for. So let me assure you, there's an army of support out there right now for our candidates.” On the Supreme Court and being proud of blocking Obama's appointments to lower courts:
“If Hillary becomes president, I’m going to do everything I can do to make sure that four years from now, we’re still going to have an opening on the Supreme Court,” he said.On the media:
“This is not tough for me,” he said of blocking a judicial nominee. “I had the longest judicial vacancy in the history of the United States on the Eastern District of North Carolina. Not many people know that.”
Burr explains that during Obama’s first term, he’d made a deal with the president: He’d back a court appointment for “(then-Sen.) Kay Hagan’s best friend” if Obama would nominate Burr’s preferred candidate for the Eastern District. But after Obama was re-elected, Burr says the president told him the deal was only good during his first term. Obama instead nominated Patricia Timmons-Goodson, a former state Supreme Court justice.
“Let me make you a promise,” Burr recalled telling the president after hearing about the nomination. “This seat will be vacant on the day you go out of office. There’s no question that it was the right thing to do.”
On the possibility that Clinton may pardon herself once in office:
Burr said “the North Carolina media is disgusting,” and because of negative coverage, “I sort of felt like Donald Trump,” who frequently slams media organizations covering him.
Burr says he’s been avoiding news interviews. “They want me to go be in front of a TV camera or in front of a reporter,” he said, referring to his campaign staff. “That doesn’t work very well for me right now. That just comes up with a negative story.”
“Here’s the problem: Could she pardon herself? And the answer’s yes. That’s not disputed.”You get the idea. Basically, an ICBM hit Burr's campaign, and in one of the closest races in the Senate—one that could, ultimately, decide which party controls it.
And then there's Burr's flippant remark about Clinton, which was sharply denounced by former congresswoman Gabby Giffords, whose attempted assassination ended her career in Congress and kickstarted her career as a tireless gun control advocate. “Senator Burr’s comments cross the line from political speech to outright suggestions of violence. They are dangerous,” Giffords said in a statement. “Statements like these are a stain on our politics and an insult to responsible gun owners like us across our country.”
Ronald Porter filed a federal lawsuit in 2007 after the Navy eliminated his job. He still is waiting for his employment-discrimination case to be heard.
Civil suits such as Mr. Porter’s are piling up in some of the nation’s federal courts, leading to long delays in cases involving Social Security benefits, personal injury and civil rights, among others.
More than 330,000 such cases were pending as of last October—a record—up nearly 20% since 2004, according to the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. The number of cases awaiting resolution for three years or more exceeded 30,000 for the fifth time in the past decade.
“Over the years I’ve received several letters from people indicating, ‘Even if I win this case now, my business has failed because of the delay. How is this justice?’ ” said Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill in Fresno, Calif., who sits in the Eastern District. “And the simple answer, which I cannot give them, is this: It is not justice. We know it.”
Richard. Thank you for calling me back. It means a lot to me.In other words, Burr is the exact same kind of politician who was the reason for the backlash that caused Trump, and now he's campaigning like he's Greg Brannon. Why?
What I wanted to talk to you , Tom , and Mike about is Sylvia Matthews Burwell. I am going to copy them on this email . No one has asked me to contact you. I simply got concerned as I listened to some of the talk today on the TV and radio. As you may remember , I picked Sylvia to be my Deputy Chief of Staff in the Clinton White House. I chose her because she is brilliant ( Rhodes ), really nice , informed , and smart all rolled into one , but most importantly to me because she knows how to run a big , complex organization and run it effectively. Any large public or private organization I wanted managed and managed well , my first choice to do so would be Sylvia. All you have to do is look at the job she did at the NEC , Treasury , White House , OMB , Gates Foundation , and Walmart to judge her capability.
I know that you and Tom and Saxby and Mike have worked hard on the Senate floor to make our Country work more effectively and efficiently. To folks like us regardless of whether it's a republican or democrat president , we want them to pick leaders who are competent to head a complex cabinet department. What I want to assure you is that Sylvia is that kind of leader. I have the highest respect for her.
I hope you and Saxby have a good trip. I look forward to talking to you when you get back home. All my best - Erskine