Supreme Court Shakes Up as Session Nears End
Justice Kennedy's departure means many partisan issues will be put to the test.
As the end of this year's Supreme Court session approaches, a flurry of high–profile decisions are making their way across the highest court's bench.
In one week the High Court has ruled on issues affecting immigration, abortion, unions and tax law.
With Wednesday's announcement of Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement effective July 31st, conservatives are poised to strengthen their hold on the bench, as Kennedy was generally seen as the court's swing vote on partisan issues.
President Trump will now nominate a second justice in this term, which has conservatives optimistic.
"Partner with President Trump to keep moving the country in the right direction, to make sure we keep America safe, keep America prosperous, protect our God–given rights and sustain agriculture in our rural way of life." said Jim Hagedorn, Republican candidate for Minnesota's 1st Congressional District seat.
In the 2016 election, Supreme Court appointments were a major talking point, as justices serve on the bench for life or until they choose to retire.
Democrats say there is now precedent to wait until the next presidential election to appoint another justice because of the GOP's refusal to act on the confirmation of President Obama's nominee Merrick Garland.
"Certainly it's the president's right to put someone up in the Senate to confirm them," said Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN). "But I think it's one that maybe will help us get away from the polarization of these issues and gets more back to not the judicial interference and intent and simply rules on merits of the law."
President Trump said Wednesday that he wants to appoint someone who will preside on the Supreme Court bench for the next 40–45 years.
----KEYC News 12