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Pete Buttigieg leads in pageviews for the first time since June, Williamson is seventh Democratic candidate to reach 100,000 pageviews

Each week, we report the number of pageviews received by 2020 presidential campaigns on Ballotpedia. These numbers show which candidates are getting our readers’ attention.
 
Pete Buttigieg’s campaign page on Ballotpedia received 4,382 views for the week of November 17-23. Buttigieg’s pageview figure represents 10.3% of the pageviews for the week. Tulsi Gabbard had 8.4% of the pageviews for the week, followed by Tom Steyer with 7.9%. None of the three were among the top three Democrats for pageviews the week before. This is Buttigieg’s first time leading in pageviews since the week of June 9-15.
 
Every Democratic candidate had at least 19% more pageviews last week than the week before. The three candidates with the largest increases in pageviews were Deval Patrick (293%), Tulsi Gabbard (194%), and Amy Klobuchar (121%).
 
Andrew Yang remains the leader in overall pageviews this year with 144,654. He is followed by Pete Buttigieg with 138,084 and Joe Biden with 129,749. Marianne Williamson had 1,786 pageviews last week, bringing her total for the year to 100,048. Williamson is the seventh Democratic candidate to reach 100,000 pageviews.
 
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North Carolina court delays U.S. House candidate filing period

On November 20, 2019, a three-judge panel of North Carolina’s state superior court issued an order delaying the congressional candidate filing period for the 2020 election cycle pending finalization of the state’s congressional district plan. The filing period had been set to open on December 2, 2019, and close on December 20, 2019.
 
On September 27, 2019, opponents of North Carolina’s congressional district plan filed suit in state superior court alleging that the district plan enacted by the state legislature in 2016 constituted a partisan gerrymander in violation of state law. The plaintiffs asked that the court bar the state from using the maps in the 2020 election cycle. On October 28, 2019, the court granted this request, enjoining further application of the 2016 maps. In its order, the court wrote, “The loss to Plaintiffs’ fundamental rights guaranteed by the North Carolina Constitution will undoubtedly be irreparable if congressional elections are allowed to proceed under the 2016 congressional districts.”
 
The court did not issue a full decision on the merits, stating that “disruptions to the election process need not occur, nor may an expedited schedule for summary judgment or trial even be needed, should the General Assembly, on its own initiative, act immediately and with all due haste to enact new congressional districts.” The same three-judge panel, comprising Judges Paul C. Ridgeway, Joseph N. Crosswhite, and Alma L. Hinton, struck down the state’s legislative district plan on similar grounds on September 3, 2019.
 
On November 14, 2019, the state House approved a remedial district plan (HB1029) by a vote of 55-46 .The vote split along party lines, with all Republicans voting in favor of the bill and all Democrats voting against it. The state Senate approved the bill on November 15, 2019, by a vote of 24-17, also along party lines. In its November 20 order, the court scheduled a hearing for December 2, 2019, to consider both the plaintiffs’ and defendants’ motions for summary judgment in the case.
 


Senate confirms two federal nominees to 11th Circuit Court of Appeals

The U.S. Senate has confirmed two nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. Overall, the Senate has confirmed 164 of President Trump’s Article III judicial nominees—two Supreme Court justices, 48 appellate court judges, 112 district court judges, and two U.S. Court of International Trade judges—since January 2017. At the end of the 115th Congress in January 2019, the Senate had confirmed 85 of the president’s judicial nominees.
 
The confirmed nominees were Robert J. Luck and Barbara Lagoa. Luck received commission the day of his confirmation. When Lagoa receives commission, she will replace Judge Stanley Marcus, who will assume senior status upon Lagoa’s swearing-in. At that time, the court will have no vacancies, seven Republican-appointed judges, and five Democrat-appointed judges.
 
The 11th Circuit is the third appellate court to change from a majority of Democrat-appointed judges to Republican-appointed judges since President Trump took office. The 2nd and 3rd Circuits also changed from majority Democrat- to majority Republican-appointed judges during the Trump administration.
 
There are 13 U.S. courts of appeal. They are the intermediate appellate courts of the United States federal court system.
 
Luck and Lagoa were both justices on the Florida Supreme Court. Their federal confirmation leaves two vacant seats on the seven-member state supreme court. In Florida, a judicial nominating commission screens potential supreme court candidates and submits a list of nominees to the governor. This will be Governor Ron DeSantis’ (R) fourth and fifth appointments to the court. Newly appointed judges serve for at least one year, after which they appear in a yes-no retention election held during the next general election. If retained, judges serve six-year terms.
 


Nardini receives commission for federal court of appeals

On November 14, 2019, Judge William Nardini received commission for the United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.
 
Nardini was nominated to the court by President Donald Trump (R) on September 19, 2019, to succeed Judge Christopher Droney, who assumed senior status on June 30, 2019. Nardini was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 7, 2019, by a vote of 86-2.
 
Following nomination by the president, a federal judge nominee completes a questionnaire that is reviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The committee then holds a hearing to question the nominee regarding their judicial philosophy and their previous rulings. The committee also sends the nominee’s home state senators a blue slip, permitting them to show their approval or disapproval of the nominee.
 
After the hearing, the committee votes to approve or return the nominee. If approved, the full Senate votes on the nominee. If returned, the president may renominate the person. If the Senate confirms the nomination, the individual receives commission to serve as a federal judge for a life term. If the individual is not confirmed, they do not become a judge.
 
The United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit has 13 active Article III judges, including Nardini. The remaining 12 current active judges are:
 
  • Chief judge Robert Katzmann – nominated by President Bill Clinton (D)
  • Jose Cabranes – nominated by President Bill Clinton (D)
  • Rosemary Pooler – nominated by President Bill Clinton (D)
  • Raymond Lohier – nominated by President Barack Obama (D)
  • Debra Livingston – nominated by President George W. Bush (R)
  • Peter Hall – nominated by President George W. Bush (R)
  • Susan L. Carney – nominated by President Barack Obama (D)
  • Denny Chin – nominated by President Barack Obama (D)
  • Richard Sullivan – nominated by President Donald Trump (R)
  • Joseph Bianco – nominated by President Donald Trump (R)
  • Michael H. Park – nominated by President Donald Trump (R)
  • Steven Menashi – nominated by President Donald Trump (R)
 
The court’s 14 judges on senior status are:
  • Dennis Jacobs – nominated by President George H.W. Bush (R)
  • Jon Newman – nominated by President Jimmy Carter (D)
  • Ralph Winter – nominated by President Ronald Reagan (R)
  • Amalya Kearse – nominated by President Jimmy Carter (D)
  • Pierre Leval – nominated by President Bill Clinton (D)
  • John Walker – nominated by President George H.W. Bush (R)
  • Chester Straub – nominated by President Bill Clinton (D)
  • Guido Calabresi – nominated by President Bill Clinton (D)
  • Robert Sack – nominated by President Bill Clinton (D)
  • Barrington Parker – nominated by President George W. Bush (R)
  • Christopher Droney – nominated by President Barack Obama (D)
  • Richard Wesley – nominated by President George W. Bush (R)
  • Gerard Lynch – nominated by President Barack Obama (D)
  • Reena Raggi – nominated by President George W. Bush (R)
 
The United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit is one of 13 U.S. courts of appeal. They are the intermediate appellate courts of the United States federal court system. Appeals are heard in the Thurgood Marshall Federal Courthouse in New York City.
 


171 noteworthy endorsements issued in the Democratic presidential primary

The 17 candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president have received a combined 171 noteworthy endorsements, according to review of a list of endorsements compiled by FiveThirtyEight through Nov. 20.
 
Noteworthy endorsers include current and former presidents and vice presidents, current and former party leaders, governors and other state executives, members of Congress, mayors of large cities, state legislative majority and minority leaders, and Democratic National Committee members.
 
Joe Biden (D) leads with 40 noteworthy endorsements, followed by Kamala Harris (D) with 33 and Bernie Sanders (I) with 23. Six noteworthy candidates (Tulsi Gabbard, Deval Patrick, Joe Sestak, Tom Steyer, Marianne Williamson, and Andrew Yang) have not received any noteworthy endorsements.
 
Out of 23 Democratic governors nationwide, six have endorsed a presidential candidate and one (Steve Bullock of Montana) is running for president. Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Amy Klobuchar have each been endorsed by their home state’s governors. Biden was also endorsed by Govs. Ned Lamont (D-Conn.) and Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.)
 
Of the 47 members of the U.S. Senate Democratic caucus, 10 have endorsed a presidential candidate and six are running for president. Five senators have endorsed Joe Biden, more than any other candidate. Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren were each endorsed by their fellow home-state senator. Kamala Harris’ fellow California senator Dianne Feinstein endorsed Joe Biden, while Michael Bennet’s colleague Cory Gardner is a Republican.
 
Out of the 233 Democratic members of the U.S. House, 69 have endorsed a presidential candidate and one (Tulsi Gabbard) is running for president. Joe Biden has the most U.S. House endorsements with 19, followed by Kamala Harris with 15 and Cory Booker with 11.
 
Three candidates have noteworthy endorsements from an early voting state. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller and Democratic National Committee member Jan Bauer endorsed Steve Bullock. Julián Castro was endorsed by Nevada Democratic National Committee member Allison Stephens. Elizabeth Warren was endorsed by Nevada state Controller Catherine Byrne, Nevada Democratic National Committee member Alex Goff, and Iowa state Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald.
 
 


U.S. Supreme Court hears oral argument in immigration case that could limit executive branch powers

On November 12, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California. In this case, the court will decide whether the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) lawfully ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The DACA program protected certain individuals residing in the United States without legal permission from deportation and allowed them to go to school and work.
 
DHS argues that it had the authority to end DACA and that the Obama administration violated Administrative Procedure Act (APA) procedures and U.S. immigration laws in creating the program. Those who oppose how DHS ended DACA argue that the agency did not follow proper APA procedures and violated the rights of DACA beneficiaries.
 
The U.S. Supreme Court will likely announce a decision in the case next summer.
 
 


Immigration case could limit judicial power to review agency decisions

On December 9, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Guerrero-Lasprilla v. Barr, a case that could determine whether courts may review how immigration judges rule on requests to reopen deportation cases.
 
In 1998, Pedro Pablo Guerrero-Lasprilla, a Colombian national living in the United States, was deported after being convicted of aggravated felonies. In 2016, he asked to reopen his removal proceedings. An immigration judge denied Guerrero-Lasprilla’s petition on the grounds that it was untimely. Later, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the petition, saying that it lacked jurisdiction to decide the case.
 
A U.S. Supreme Court decision to restrict when courts can review requests to reopen deportation cases would leave those who have been deported to accept the final decision of the relevant administrative agencies.
 


U.S. Senate confirms Menashi for the U.S. Court of Appeals

The U.S. Senate confirmed nominee Steven Menashi to the United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. Overall, the Senate has confirmed 162 of President Trump’s Article III judicial nominees—two Supreme Court justices, 46 appellate court judges, 112 district court judges, and two U.S. Court of International Trade judges—since January 2017. At the end of the 115th Congress in January 2019, the Senate had confirmed 85 of the president’s judicial nominees.
 
The Senate confirmed Menashi on a vote of 51-41, with only Republican senators voting to confirm. Thirty-nine Democratic senators, Republican Sen. Susan Collins, and independent Sen. Angus King of Maine voted against Menashi’s nomination. Eight senators did not vote.
 
The American Bar Association (ABA) rated Menashi well qualified by a majority and qualified by a minority for the position. The ABA’s Committee on the Federal Judiciary conducts a background check of potential federal judicial nominees and provides a not qualified, qualified, or well qualified rating. Traditionally, the president has consulted with the ABA on judicial nominee prospects.
 
The United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit is one of 13 U.S. courts of appeal. They are the intermediate appellate courts of the United States federal court system. After Menashi receives his judicial commission and takes his oath, the court will have no vacancies, seven Republican-appointed judges, and six Democrat-appointed judges.
 


Deval Patrick joins the 2020 presidential race, brings Democratic primary back up to 18 candidates

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) announced he was entering the presidential race on Thursday. While he filed for the New Hampshire state primary ahead of its Friday deadline, Patrick missed earlier filing deadlines in Alabama and Arkansas.
 
Patrick joins 17 other notable candidates in the Democratic primary. That number could soon grow as former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D) continues to file for several state primaries without formally announcing his candidacy.
 
These late entries reflect a field more in flux than the 2016 Democratic primary, where the last notable entrant was law professor Larry Lessig in September 2015.
 
At this point in the 2016 election cycle, there were just three Democratic candidates: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and former Gov. Martin O’Malley.
 
On the Republican side, former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford departed the race on Tuesday. Four notable candidates remain in the running: incumbent President Donald Trump and challengers businessman Roque De La Fuente, former Rep. Joe Walsh, and former Gov. Bill Weld.
 
Fifteen Republicans were still candidates on this day four years ago. Lousiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was the next candidate to withdraw on Nov. 17, 2015.
 


Ten candidates qualify for November Democratic presidential debate

Ten candidates have qualified for the fifth Democratic presidential primary debate: former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Cory Booker, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Bernie Sanders, investor Tom Steyer, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.
 
Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, who appeared in the record-setting October debate with 12 candidates on one stage, failed to meet the polling threshold. The other missing October debate participant, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, dropped out of the race on Nov. 1.
 
Candidates needed to reach 3 percent in four national or early state polls or 5 percent in two single state polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and/or Nevada.
 
They also needed 165,000 unique donors and a minimum of 600 donors per state in at least 20 states.
 
The debate will take place at the newly opened Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. MSNBC and The Washington Post are hosting the event with Andrea Mitchell, Rachel Maddow, Kristen Welker, and Ashley Parker moderating.
 
Looking ahead to December, the qualifying threshold has been raised and the debate field further narrowed. Candidates need to reach 4 percent in four national or early state polls or 6 percent in two early state polls. They also need 200,000 unique donors.
 
So far, six candidates have crossed those bars: Biden, Buttigieg, Harris, Klobuchar, Sanders, and Warren. Candidates have until Dec. 12 to qualify.
 
The sixth primary debate will take place on Dec. 19 in Los Angeles at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.