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This country... can't even mourn an American Icon without fighting over her body and her seat. We are pathetic.

The ACA is the Republican health bill from the 90s. It's Mitt Romney's Republican law from Massachusetts in the early 00s.    Yet when Obama brought up the same law, suddenly it became a "go

I actually think it could be a good idea. The life time appointments were supposed to depolitize the Judiciary assuming both parties would use the powers of congress to vet potential judges and ensure

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4 minutes ago, tgo said:

Oh come on! I don’t believe that. 

And if one were to get elected, it would be one with his exact profile and temperament.



Oh, if he weren’t gay I’d say he would have a pretty good chance of being president some day.

But he is gay and the fact is that even among Democrats that makes him a very risky proposition. 

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TUCSON, Ariz. — Arizona’s Supreme Court had five judges for 56 years. But on December 19, 2016, thanks to a GOP-authored bill that was opposed by every Democrat in the state Legislature, Republican Governor Doug Ducey held a ceremony in the Old Capitol building to swear in a sixth justice, and then a seventh.


In all, Ducey has appointed five of the seven justices on the state court, taking a personal interest in vetting candidates with questions designed to ferret out a fidelity to textualism and an inclination to uphold, rather than overturn or tinker with, the law. His appointments, including the addition of the two new justices, have eliminated the court’s progressive caucus and swung it from a more moderate conservative tilt to one that emphasizes libertarianism, populism, and law and order, in line with Ducey’s own views. And the ages of its younger members mean the court likely will stay that way for years.


As Democrats in Washington debate expanding the nation’s Supreme Court beyond nine justices if they win the November election—and many political observers react with horror, either real or feigned, at such a violation of American norms—much less understood is that these changes are not uncommon at the state level. According to Duke University law professor Marin K. Levy, at least 10 states have attempted to change the size of their courts over the past decade, with Arizona and one other state—Georgia—succeeding. And most of these efforts were spearheaded by Republicans.


How has it gone? As the debate over court-packing grows more contentious in the presidential election, Arizona offers something of a window into how these expansions can happen and the long-term impact they can have.


The addition of two new state Supreme Court seats in Arizona, the result of a funding bargain struck between the Legislature and the courts, didn’t generate anywhere near the same political rancor as the U.S. Supreme Court-packing debate. For one thing, the state court didn’t tip from liberal to conservative—it just became marginally more conservative. For another, the idea had been floating around Arizona politics for years: When architects set out to design the current Supreme Court headquarters in 1989, they constructed it to accommodate seven justices, seemingly assuming that a day would come when lawmakers would add justices, as allowed under a state constitutional amendment.


GOP lawmakers pitched the idea of expanding the Arizona Supreme Court by arguing that businesses needed clarity on the law more quickly than five justices could provide, and that the growing state needed more voices on the bench to represent its diverse citizenry. While Ducey consistently has said he was not packing the court for political purposes, Republicans acknowledge they wouldn’t have proposed the change if it would have meant handing over two seats for a Democratic governor to fill.


“I admit it that if there were a different governor, I would have different feelings,” says J.D. Mesnard, the GOP state lawmaker who sponsored the 2016 expansion legislation.


In the aftermath, even some Democrats say the impact on the court’s rulings has been limited. But the expansion—an early priority for Ducey’s office—helped to cement a lasting legacy: Ducey holds the record for the most judicial appointments in Arizona history, having moved quickly since he took office in 2015 to fill seats at all levels of the judicial system. (His five conservative male Supreme Court appointments notwithstanding, Ducey has a record of appointing women and members of other political parties to lower courts.)


And in the long term, some observers have another worry: As demographic trends shift Arizona from a red state to purple, potentially even toward Democratic control, that won’t be reflected in its highest court. Thanks to the Republican-led expansion, the conservative makeup of Arizona’s Supreme Court likely will stay in place for more than a decade....

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8 minutes ago, oldschool said:

Its crazy how the Republicans keep trying to insinuate the Democrats are going after Barrett's faith. The only ones using her faith as a prop so far are Republicans.

I was listening to NPR over lunch and they reported that the Kavanaugh hearings and Diane Fienstein's line of questioning is the origins of this angle.  Apparently the dems learned their lesson as Finestein's approach was not well received. Now the repubs are ready for it, and looking for campaign soundbite opportunities.

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