Summer Arrives as SCOTUS Rules

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court

Another sign summer has arrived is the release of opinions by the United States Supreme Court as they end the current session. Yesterday they ruled on King v. Burwell, and on Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., two significant cases on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and on housing discrimination respectively. Earlier in the week SCOTUS issued rulings in City of Los Angeles v. Patel, and Kimble v. Marvel Entertainment LLC.

The supremes are just getting started and my view is to hunker down in the bunker until all of the opinions are out there.

Most of my friends are interested in the imminent ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges, which has the potential to clear the way for marriage equality in all 50 states.

Glossip v. Gross will opine as to whether lethal injection of midazolam causes cruel and unusual punishment banned by the Constitution; Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission in which Republicans want redistricting (a.k.a. gerrymandering) done by the legislature rather than by an independent commission; Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA et. al. in which coal companies and power plants challenge new EPA rules regarding mercury, nickel and arsenic; and Johnson v. U.S., in which white supremacist Samuel Johnson complains about his sentence being increased from 10 to 15 years in compliance with U.S. law. There are others.

Once all of these rulings have been released, there is a lot to consider.

Here’s the brief point of this post. The members of the Supreme Court will change over the next ten years. By birth year, the four oldest justices are Ginsburg (1933), Scalia (1936), Kennedy (1936) and Breyer (1938), and as many as all of them might retire or die during the next president’s term in office. Whoever is elected president will have a chance to remake the supreme court in a way that will have lasting implications.

That’s why the 2016 presidential election matters, and is reason to engage not only in first in the nation Iowa, but all over. This decision is a lot more important than what beverage to take to the beach or which sandals to buy as summer begins.

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