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Supreme Court Cases in Spotlight: Citizenship, Gerrymandering, DACA

With Brett Kavanaugh's seating, has SCOTUS swung to the Right — and will John Roberts compensate by shifting Left?

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Well, are they or aren’t they?

Has the Supreme Court of the United States swung to the Right with the seating of Justice Brett Kavanaugh — and will Chief Justice John Roberts compensate by shifting Left to restore what he considers balance?

Ruth Bader Ginsberg recently hinted at a lot of 5-4 decisions favoring conservatives — though both Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch have recently gone rogue on occasion. With 24 rulings on deck for decision over the next few weeks, some aspects of those questions will be answered.

A big SCOTUS vote will be whether the Trump administration can put a citizenship question on the 2020 census.

The consequences are big indeed.

Political maps are redrawn and districts are changed over this data with every 10-year census. If the citizenship query goes on, fewer illegals would be counted — thus they would have less political impact and the Dems less power.

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Keep it off, and more illegals would be counted as part of the population. Dems then would gain more power and possible seats.

Gerrymandering, a practice that both parties abuse with abandon, is also on the agenda.

Specifically, cases in Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia will be affected before next year. The justices could set new rules or let party majorities in state legislatures continue to carve up voting districts like Christmas hams to isolate their foes and protect their own.

LGBT, or whatever acronym is faddish this week, and discrimination in the workplace is also on tap, as is whether the administration can end the DACA program that lets kids who illegally get across the border stay here.

All of these cases and more will have a profound political impact in 2020.

One side, or maybe both on different issues, will claim martyrdom and attempt to rile up the base for revenge. Another may use victories as a reason to stay the course.

That next primary or even general election you don’t vote in for whatever lame reason? Think again.

No matter who wins or loses, it reminds us what serious power the unelected SCOTUS has over our national and individual lives. It further showcases that U.S. Senate and state legislative elections matter, as they respectively confirm White House SCOTUS picks and draw political district lines.

So that next primary or even general election you don’t vote in for whatever lame reason? Think again.

By ignoring your duty there, it makes you a bystander of your own fate, not to mention to the fate of America.

David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence, having served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. After that, he worked as a political consultant for over 15 years and ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia for four years. Today he’s a public relations consultant in Washington, D.C., and lives in Annapolis, Maryland. This OpsLens piece is used by permission.

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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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