‘This is not a race’ as Republicans and Dems fight to control Supreme Court
The Supreme Court has confirmed that President Barack Obama can nominate a new judge to the court, as Democrats and Republicans have been working toward a compromise on what the court should look like.
But the justices, as expected, did not strike down a key part of the 2010 landmark ruling in Citizens United v.
Federal Election Commission.
And a handful of conservative justices joined the liberal bloc in overturning an earlier decision that struck down a ban on corporate spending in elections.
In addition to the vote, the court announced that it would begin the process of certifying the 2016 election.
The decision could be made within days.
The case is the latest in a series of Supreme Court decisions that have brought the nation closer to the sort of Supreme Judicial Court, where conservative justices are deciding issues that go beyond the narrow definition of a “jury.”
The justices in Citizens USA ruled that corporations have the right to spend unlimited amounts of money on elections, including directly buying candidates, buying advertisements, and influencing the political process.
It said the Supreme Court should not interfere with the right of corporations to use corporate money for electioneering.
Justice Samuel Alito, the swing vote on Citizens USA, sided with the ruling and joined the majority in upholding the ban on spending.
But Alito’s liberal colleagues on the court went further.
In an opinion that came out a day before the vote in which the court voted 5-4 to uphold the ban, they wrote that the Supreme Judicial Courts should be made up of justices who share the views of the Court’s liberal justices.
“The Court’s Citizens United decision should not be construed to allow corporations to engage in the sort a free society depends on: unlimited expenditures for elections, free speech, and freedom of association,” wrote Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a liberal who also serves on the Court.
Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the dissent in the Citizens USA case.
Thomas was a conservative, and his opinion was more critical of the Citizens United ruling.
He said that the Court has long held that corporations can spend unlimited sums to influence elections.
But Democrats have long been arguing that corporations don’t need to spend money to influence political outcomes.
In fact, many of the biggest corporations in the United States are small businesses.
And there is little evidence that they are making decisions to directly support candidates.
Instead, corporations have used their clout in politics to shape policies that favor their bottom line, like paying lower taxes or limiting the power of unions, as they did in recent years.
The justices have a long history of leaning toward the left on important political issues.
For example, Justice Antonin Scalia was a liberal but was often in the majority on some of the court’s most important cases.