In this June 15, 2020, file photo, the columns of the Supreme Court are seen with the Capitol at right, in Washington. The Senate is ready to move quickly on Supreme Court nominee Amey Coney Barrett. | J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press

Amid the tension surrounding Amy Coney Barrett’s likely replacement of Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, the idea of expanding the court has gained traction.

SALT LAKE CITY — The confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, continue Tuesday and promise to be contentious for a number of reasons: their nearness to a hotly contested presidential election; the backdrop of Senate Republicans refusing to consider President Obama’s nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, in 2016; a national rising tide of tension related to racial justice, religious liberty, debates over abortion, and LGBTQ rights.

In recent weeks, another controversial topic has joined the fray. Politicians and observers have floated court packing — the expansion of the Supreme Court to include more justices — as a possible next move in the political battles surrounding the country’s high court.

Those advocating for expanding the court say doing so could alleviate the impact of what …read more

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