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Capitol Notes: Johnson Expects To Confirm, Baldwin Vows To Reject Trump's Supreme Court Nominee

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(From left) U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to introduce 7th U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden at the White House Sept. 26 in Washington, D.C.

President Trump has announced his Supreme Court pick to replace liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away earlier this month. Trump has chosen conservative federal appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett and confirmation hearings are scheduled to begin Oct. 12.

The announcement of Barrett drew immediate response from Wisconsin’s two U.S. senators. Republican Sen. Ron Johnson says he helped confirm Barrett in 2017 to the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and he expects to support her confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. Meanwhile, Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin called Barrett an activist judge who would help overturn President Obama's Affordable Care Act — and vowed to vote against the nominee.

In this week's Capitol Notes conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com if he thinks the nomination process will go smoothly.

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Marti, a Waukesha native, joined the WUWM news team in February of 1999. She is also host of WUWM's weekly political podcast, Capitol Notes.