Gavin Newsom Opposes Expanding Supreme Court

The San Francisco Chronicle reports:

On Thursday, Newsom separated himself from the more progressive faction of his party when he said he didn’t support expanding the U.S. Supreme Court from nine justices to 13, a position that’s become more talked about since the court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade last month. Newsom told a reporter from The Hill that he doesn’t support court expansion because “my kids are going to live with a Supreme Court that’s larger than Congress.”

Here, Newsom is predicting that, if Democrats expand the number of justices to 13, that number will increase every time one of the two parties retakes power because both want to maintain an ideological majority on the court. In that same interview with The Hill, however, Newsom did say he supported abolishing the filibuster — a position that’s become increasingly important to mainstream Democrats and progressives alike since Biden took power in 2021.

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Newsom is widely expected to run for president in 2024 or 2028.