Demonstrators gather at the Supreme Court as the justices finish the term with key decisions on gerrymandering and a census case involving an attempt by the Trump administration to ask everyone about their citizenship status in the 2020 census, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 27, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

New ruling puts high court overhaul back on 2020 Dems' radar

June 27, 2019 - 4:14 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thursday's Supreme Court decision on partisan gerrymandering is reigniting calls from progressives for overhauling the high court, putting new pressure on Democratic presidential hopefuls during their first nationwide debates.

The high court's 5-4 ruling could clear the way for partisan state legislatures to redraw more districts after the 2020 census. Democratic White House candidates were united in their outrage over the decision, but some liberal activists pressed them to go further, calling for changes to the court's structure that they say would help eliminate partisan decisions.

Once a fringe issue, Supreme Court reform has gained traction among progressives. But the issue remains divisive for Democrats. Most 2020 candidates have stopped short of fully embracing measures such as increasing the size of the court or imposing term limits on the justices.