Saturday, February 20, 2016

Stirring the Political Stew

by Mickey Forgione

The recent passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died this past February 13, has caused quite a stir. By law, President Barack Obama appoints the justice who will take Scalia's place. However, the Republican party is demanding that the next justice not be appointed until after the presidential election is complete. The reasoning behind this motion is that Scalia was the Supreme Court's most conservative justice, and the GOP does not want President Obama to appoint a liberal justice in Scalia's position. Currently, the President has rebuffed and refused all demands that the appointment of a new justice be delayed. On the other side of things, the Democratic party is urging the President to appoint a new liberal justice as soon as possible. These two conflicting motions are sure to be reflected in questions during the upcoming republican debate on February 25th. All in all, the death of Justice Scalia has sparked more vigor into the stirring of the concoction that is the 2016 election race.

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