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Reynolds appointments send Iowa Supreme Court to the right

Reynolds appointments send Iowa Supreme Court to the right

July 03, 2019 09:18 AM

AP-US--Conservative Court-Iowa
Iowa Supreme Court takes a right turn under Gov. Reynolds
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By DAVID PITT
Associated Press
    
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Kim Reynolds is transforming the Iowa Supreme Court from one that leaned left to a solidly conservative body, prompting concerns that it could erode past rulings on social issues.
    
Reynolds already has made two appointments to the seven-member court, which now has a 5-2 Republican majority, and will get a third before here term ends in 2022 because of a mandatory retirement age of 72 for judges. If she runs and wins a second term, she will complete the conservative transformation.
    
It marks a stark contrast from the recent past, when an Iowa Supreme Court ruling in 2009 made it the third state in the nation to pave the way for same-sex marriage. As recently as 2018, the court established a fundamental right to abortion under the Iowa constitution.

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