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President Barack Obama's victory is good news for two judicial nominees in Oklahoma

After months of Republican stalling, nominations of Robert E. Bacharach and John E. Dowdell should “fly through,'' Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn says.
by Chris Casteel Published: November 8, 2012
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The Senate is scheduled to reconvene next week.

Coburn, R-Muskogee, supports Bacharach and Dowdell, though he essentially abstained from voting when Senate Democrats tried to advance Bacharach's nomination past a Republican filibuster in July.

Coburn said Wednesday that he would ask Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, to schedule another vote on Bacharach's nomination. Ultimately, he said, it would be up to Reid and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, to determine when votes will be held.

If the judges don't make it through the Senate before the next Congress begins in January, the president would have to nominate them again, Coburn said.

In a news conference on Wednesday, Reid expressed frustration that he had to try to break Republican filibusters on 17 different judicial nominations. He said he would seek to reform the process by which the minority can block action in the Senate.

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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