Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's announcement Wednesday that he would retire jolted American politics, handing Republicans a high-profile issue to energize their base for the midterm elections and infuriating Democrats who fear a Trump-packed court.
The stakes are high: the GOP controls the legislature, and a Republican governor would likely try to move the commonwealth in a conservative direction on everything from tax policy to public education to Medicaid eligibility and abortion rights. Democrats see Gov. Wolf's reelection as a key check on those efforts, even as the legislature has thwarted much of his agenda.
Andrew Seidman covers politics in the Philadelphia region, focusing on power brokers. Previously, he covered New Jersey state government and politics.