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Chapter 7: Supreme Court Justices

[…]especially the chocolate (John) and empathy (Jane) characteristics.         Samuel Alito was appointed to the Court by Bush #2, serving since January, 2006. His confirmation vote was very unenthusiastic (58 to 42). He was born in 1950, making him 66 years old. His personable younger sister, Rose, is reported to be an excellent lawyer. He’s a Princeton alum and graduated from Yale Law School in 1975. His Princeton senior year was in Italy; he did a thesis on the Italian legal system. Alito is Italian-American and a Catholic. Although a conservative with a libertarian streak, he does not always agree with the Court’s conservative coalition.   He married Martha-Ann Bomgardner, a law librarian, in 1985. She is originally from Oklahoma. They have two children: Philip (29) and Laura (27). Philip went to the University of Virginia; Laura has been at Georgetown University and is a competitive swimmer.   The Times in 2006 said Mrs. Alito is a classic suburban mother. Friends say she has devoted the last 20 years to raising her children and supporting her husband and his career. She is, they say, an extremely intelligent and well-read woman who orders restaurant meals in fluent French […]

Chapter 6: Patient Priorities

[…]as of late 2015:     Supreme Court Justices – five:   Scalia, Antonin   Thomas, Clarence   Alito, Samuel   Roberts, John   Kennedy, Anthony   Presidential Candidates – four   Rubio, Marco   Cruz, Ted   Bush, Jeb!   Paul, Rand   Plutocrats and others – five   Koch, Charles   Koch, David   Norquist, Grover – President, Americans for Tax Reform (ATF)   LaPierre, Wayne – Executive Director, National Rifle Association (NRA)   Donohue, Thomas – President, US Chamber of Commerce   Congress – fifteen   McConnell, Mitch – Senate Majority Leader. Ryan, Paul – Speaker of the House. McCarthy, Kevin – House Majority Leader.   Barrasso, John – Wyoming Senator. Capito, Shelley – West Virginia Senator. Chaffetz, Jason – Utah District 3. Ernst, Joni – Iowa Senator; Koch support. Gardner, Cory – Colorado Senator, Koch support Goudy, Trey – South Carolina District 4, Benghazi Committee. Inhofe, Jim – Oklahoma Senator. Issa, Darrell – California District 49. Labrador, Raul – Idaho District 1; Freedom Caucus co-founder. Lee, Mike – Utah Senator. Rodgers, Cathy – Washington District 5. Smith, Lamar – Texas District 21; Chair, House Committee on Science.   These 29 and the additional ‘convenience’ patients, effectively […]

Chapter 9: Congress

[…]served as law clerk to Judge Dee Benson of the Utah U.S. District Court and with then Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He served as general counsel in Jon Huntsman’s governor’s office 2005 to mid-2006, when he returned to Washington to serve a one-year clerkship at the U.S. Supreme Court with Justice Alito.   In early and mid-2011 Lee, along with Rand Paul of Kentucky, voted against extending three provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act. The NSA’s new massive billion-dollar data facility recently opened in Bluffdale, Utah, South of Salt Lake City, close to Lee’s home.   Lee and Jason Chaffetz, Utah District 3, know each other well. It’s been reported that Lee’s son John, took Chaffetz’s daughter Eliza to a school prom.     “The kids should be old enough to be asking questions by now,” Jay said.   “And getting Libertarian-like answers,” Bill smiled “Lee and Chaffetz are on similar wavelengths – and their kids likely similarly brain-washed.”   “What about Sharon – anything about her?”   “Good Mormon wife, I suppose,” Jay said.     Rodgers, Cathy – Washington District 5 – Spokane and Eastern Washington.   […]

Chapter 12: Outcomes and Tomorrow

[…]warm and personable.”   I continued: “He took a sample for himself and several for Justice Alito – said he’d get them to him and would emphasize John Roberts’ interest in chocolates. Alito actually told a ‘joke’ in his discussions with one of the competitors: ‘There’s a lot of injustice in the decision-making process, so get used to it.’   “That’s no joke,” Jay said. “That’s today’s unjust Supreme Court.”   “That’s like what Scalia used to say about his Gore vs Bush vote – ‘just get over it’.”   “Alito’s ten year Court stint was recently reviewed in USA Today,” Bill said. “Richard Wolf, the reporter, wrote: … his vote may be the most reliably conservative — more pragmatic than Scalia and Thomas, more predictable than Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy….he sees eye to eye with Roberts…A fan of caffeine…”   “He’ll likely need another dose or two,” Bill smiled.     West Virginia    – Jay:              Capito + Mooney, Jenkins   “On to West Virginia,” Jay said. “Charleston is the state Capitol, but not very large. I got to Capito and Mooney, but not to Jenkins. I had to get in and out quickly.”   “I’ve been to […]

Chapter 11: Delivery and Treatment

[…]Rodgers Washington DC – Joe:              LaPierre, Norquist, Donahue; Justice Alito West Virginia    – Jay:              Capito Wisconsin        – Bill:               Ryan Wyoming          – Peter:            Barasso     California’s primary therapist is Bill, though I’ll get to Scalia in Santa Clara. Bill will get to Issa and perhaps again to McCarthy. Depending on timing and other variables, he might also access:   David Valadao,  District 21, elected 2012. Although the district is mainly North of Bakersfield, it includes SE Bakersfield, via a careful gerrymandering. District 21 nearly encircles the city, coming in from the south and east. He has an office in Bakersfield. He is slightly left of the GOP center with a below average leadership score.   Devin Nunes, District 22 includes Tulare, Clovis, and Visalia, and gets close to Fresno. He is slightly left of the GOP center ideologically and above average in leadership. His closest district office is in Visalia, about 80 miles north of Bakersfield. Nunes seems to be fairly reasonable, so he’s not a very high priority for harmless. He was first elected in 2002.   One trip to Fresno or Bakersfield will get us to McCarthy again, and to Valadeo and Nunes. […]

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