The judicial conference is recommending 3 more district judges in the SDFLA. But there's a real question of whether any judges will be confirmed right now, with the JNC not being supported by Rubio or Scott. Rubio apparently has his own JNC. Scott wants nothing to do with that either. So will any judges get blue slips going forward? There's a real concern with people I'm speaking with that no judges will be confirmed unless President Biden and the Democratic Senate get rid of the blue slip process in Florida. We shall see.
Here's a recent TBT article about the back and forth on the JNC:
Florida’s two Republican senators, Rick Scott and Marco Rubio, are refusing to participate in a longstanding, bipartisan system for nominating federal judges that Florida legal insiders say has produced non-political, competent judicial nominees for decades.
Both Scott and Rubio have said they won’t participate with Florida House Democrats who are setting up Florida’s federal Judicial Nominating Commissions — even though bipartisan cooperation has long been typical.
Scott and Rubio called it an infringement on the Senate’s exclusive right to confirm judges.
Instead, the two senators say they’ll rely on their own sources for recommending judicial nominees, as well as on senators’ traditional prerogative to single-handedly block nominees in their home states.