What Might Obama’s Supreme Court Nomination Mean for Local Government?

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Two factors could give us a better sense of how Judge Merrick Garland may view the interests of state and local government in cases: his state and local government experience, and his previous decisions.

As promised, President Barack Obama has nominated someone to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. (photo: Getty Images) As promised, President Barack Obama has nominated someone to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court: D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Merrick Garland. (photo: Getty Images)

If this were not an election year, Merrick Garland would be a surprising choice. He is known as a moderate, he is older (63), he is a white male, and he has been a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals for almost 20 years. If this were not an election year, Senate Republicans would probably be racing to confirm him.

His nomination remains an interesting choice, though, and may leave many city leaders wondering how this might affect cities. If Judge Garland becomes Justice Garland, how might…

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