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Stabenow, Peters allow Larsen court nomination to move


Michigan's two Democratic United States senators have given their OK for the nomination of Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen to a federal appeals court to go forward.

President Trump nominated Joan Larsen to the Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals in May.

There were complaints Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters were holding up the process by invoking a Senate privilege. The privilege allows home state senators to give the OK before a judicial appointment can go forward.

Peters and Stabenow said the holdup was because the White House didn’t consult with them beforehand.

But now the senators have turned in “blue slips” that will allow Larsen’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to go ahead.

Larsen’s appointment has received bipartisan support in Michigan. During the campaign, Larsen was on Trump’s list of potential US Supreme Court nominees.

I’m Rick Pluta in Lansing