The united states supreme court is the highest federal court of the united statesestablished pursuant to article three of the united states constitution in 1789 it has ultimate and largely discretionary appellate jurisdiction over all federal courts and state court cases involving issues of federal law plus original jurisdiction over a small range of cases. To vizualize the ideological implications of kavanaughs addition to the supreme court data for progress used a political science methodology called judicial common space for comparison purposes we show a hypothetical court in which merrick garland was added to the supreme court. That polarization is now seemingly baked into the supreme court nomination process with nominees since roberts essentially fighting to earn a handful of votes from members of the party opposing . The retirement of supreme court justice anthony m kennedy is all but certain to shift the ideology of the court to the right as the courts swing vote kennedy is what political scientists call . How does one capture the partisan outlook of state supreme court justices in october 2012 political science professors adam bonica and michael woodruff attempted to answer that question with their paper state supreme court ideology and new style judicial campaigns campaign finance scores cfscores were assigned to state supreme court justices based on campaign contributions and the
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