President renominates three Nevadans for federal judgeships

President Barack Obama renominated three people Thursday for federal judgeships in Nevada.

Among them was Clark County District Judge Elissa Cadish, who was blocked from consideration last year because of questions about her views on gun rights.

The names of unconfirmed nominees are returned to the White House at the end of each session to be renominated in the new Congress.

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., has said Cadish is at “the top of the list” for a federal judgeship in Nevada.

Carl Tobias, a former UNLV law professor, said the president’s decision to renominate Cadish “shows that the White House feels the same way.”

“The question is: What’s Senator (Dean) Heller going to do? And so far, he hasn’t relented,” said Tobias, who teaches law at the University of Richmond in Virginia.

During a background check, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee found a 2008 election survey Cadish filled out that raised questions about her stance on the Second Amendment.

A county judge since 2007, Cadish attempted to clarify her comments, but Heller, R-Nev., blocked her confirmation by declining to hand in “blue slip” paperwork that the Judiciary Committee requires from home state senators to move a nominee forward.

Heller’s position on Cadish remains unchanged, according to an email Thursday from spokeswoman Chandler Smith.

Obama renominated 33 people Thursday for federal judgeships across the country.

In addition to Cadish, he renominated Las Vegas lawyers Andrew Gordon and Jennifer Dorsey.

Contact reporter Carri Geer Thevenot at or 702-384-8710.

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