How Trump's SCOTUS pick could affect the Tri-States

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Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a name you're going to be hearing a lot in the coming weeks.

"He is a Yale University graduate. He clerked for Justice Kennedy, who is actually the person who is retiring from the bench," said Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Kimberly Rice with Western Illinois University.

Dr. Rice says this appointment will shift who will be the "tie-breaker" vote in many decisions.

"That is not necessarily going to change, however, the median of the court could change. Justice Kennedy, who's retiring, is the median of the court, was the median of the court, now it looks as though Chief Justice John Roberts become that median," said Dr. Rice.

Abortion and gay marriage are hot button issues that Dr. Rice says may be affected by the Kavanaugh's nomination, many of which stem from cases from here in the Tri-States.

"Iowa has the new heartbeat law, there's something moving through Missouri, Illinois has tried to enable protections even if Roe V. Wade gets overturned," Dr. Rice said. "That could be a place where test-cases even from this area that would really impact the policy and the politics of this area as we get into midterms."

Iowa U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley offered praise for Kavanaugh on the Senate floor on Tuesday.

"Judge Kavanaugh's opinion's demostrate profound respect for the constituion's seperation of powers," said Sen. Grassley.

Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, echoed a majority of Democratic opinions opposing the nomination.

“Brett Kavanaugh is a judge who consistently favors big business and undermines protections for consumers, workers, women, and the environment. Replacing Justice Kennedy’s swing vote with a far-right jurist like Judge Kavanaugh could change the rules in America," said Sen. Durbin.

The nomination is just the first step in the process.

Judge Kavanaugh will be vetted by the Senate Judiciary committee and then put to a vote by the entire senate where a simply majority will confirm his appointment.

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