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Supreme Court ruling reaffirms the power of voters, not politicians

Supreme Court ruling reaffirms the power of voters, not politicians

That was a nice Fourth of July gift from the Supreme Court, reaffirming that "We the People" get to decide how our elected representatives are chosen. The politicians are not endowed with an inalienable right — not even a constitutional one — to choose their own voters. Thank you, especially Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, a Californian who grew up in the shadow of the state Capitol, the son of an influential lobbyist and political pal of Gov. Earl Warren. Kennedy again cast the swing vote in a landmark 5-4 decision. Nifty timing, coming just before we celebrate the nation's 239th birthday. Although admittedly it would have been entertaining to watch the...

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