The Democrats won three races to turn the court over in 2015. This paved the way for a number of voting rights protection decisions, including a key decision in 2018 that crushed the state’s congressional map drawn by the GOP as an illegal partisan gerrymander. However, these decisions sparked the infinite anger of Republicans, who abandoned the pact at the heart of any democracy and no longer saw the court as legitimate.
To fight back, they have proposed an amendment to the state constitution that would effectively rule the Supreme Court, as well as the Supreme and Commonwealth courts, by elected judges by districts – which they would draw – rather than nationwide. There’s a good chance Republicans will put the measure on the ballot this year, even if voters passed it it wouldn’t affect this fall’s elections.