Bernie Sanders and Election Season at the Supreme Court


Rob Hager | Truthout | January 21, 2016

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaking of Vermont at a town meeting at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona on July 18, 2015. (Photo: Gage Skidmore)US Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont speaks at a town meeting at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, on July 18, 2015. (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

 

The Supreme Court has completed its 2015-16 calendar of cases ending in June, when it normally issues its most political decisions. After a fairly quiescent 2014-15 term, cases pending decision on the court’s docket will affect the important Democratic constituencies of women, labor and communities of color; possibly weaken majoritarian policies on health care and voting rights; and even rule on a significant immigration issue for good measure.

Politico sums up: “With at least five core Obama policies on the line … Democratic insiders are bracing for the Supreme Court to dismantle huge chunks of core issues for the president and other Democrats.” One experienced Supreme Court litigator finds it “hard to imagine a set of issues that could have as great impact and are as politically salient in an election year.”

The bulk of this politically charged agenda will likely go public about the time that the primary season is ending in June, a month before the Democratic National Convention in July.

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