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June 28, 2018

Supreme Court

On Wednesday, June 27, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he would retire on July 31 after serving for 30 years. Justice Kennedy was a swing vote and it is likely that President Trump and Senate Republicans will try to get a conservative replacement confirmed in Justice Kennedy’s place in short order. Because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) eliminated the requirement for 60 votes for a Supreme Court nominee last year (after Senate Democrats had previously eliminated the requirement for executive branch and non-Supreme Court judicial nominees), Republicans can now install a conservative justice without any Democratic support. That said, the hearings and committee and floor votes will undoubtedly be extremely contentious. Leader McConnell said he expects to have the new justice confirmed “before fall.”

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