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Decisions, decisions: Analyzing who could fill an open seat in California’s Supreme Court

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A section of the California seal hangs on the front of the State of California Earl Warren building January 22, 2007 in San Francisco, California.

California Supreme Court Justice Kathryn Werdegar announced Wednesday that she will retire this summer.

California Supreme Court Justice Kathryn Werdegar announced Wednesday that she will retire this summer.

As reported by the Los Angeles Times, Werdegar is the longest-serving member of the state Supreme Court. She began her tenure in 1994 under then Gov. Pete Wilson’s appointment, and has decided cases such as a 1996 ruling that prevents landlords from renting to unmarried couples. In 2008, she also voted to outlaw same-sex marriage bans, the case that let to Proposition 8. Werdegar will turn 81 in April.

So who will fill Werdegar’s seat? That’s up to Gov. Jerry Brown. But the question looms: Who is the best justice to step in, as California’s pushback with the Trump Administration moves forward?

Guest:

David Siders, senior reporter for POLITICO, and co-author of POLITICO’S California Playbook; he’s been following the story

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