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The Supreme Court Could Transfer A Lot Of Political Power Away From Cities

FILE -In this Oct. 8, 2010 file photo justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather for a group portrait at the Supreme Court in
FILE -In this Oct. 8, 2010 file photo justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather for a group portrait at the Supreme Court in Washington. Seated from left are Associate Justices Clarence Thomas, and Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Standing, from left are Associate Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito Jr., and Elena Kagan. The nine justices of the Supreme Court, who serve without seeking election, soon will have to decide whether to insert themselves into the center of the nation’s presidential campaign next year. The high court begins its new term Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, and President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, which affects almost every American, is squarely in its sights. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

This week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a lawsuit filed by conservative activists in Texas that could redefine the principle of “one person, one vote” as we know it. And if the Court sides with the plaintiffs, Republicans could stretch their already-historic majorities in the House and state legislatures even wider — the GOP would be helped just slightly in presidential elections.

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