2019's Supreme Court cases to watch

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The Supreme Court, now with a solid conservative majority after Justice Brett Kavanaugh's appointment, is hearing cases that could have significant ramifications for generations to come on issues like immigration, LGBTQ employment protections and abortion access.

The big picture: The high court — with 5 conservatives and 4 liberals — kept a relatively low profile in its first term this year. But it could hand major wins to Republicans in 2020's second term, emboldened by Kavanaugh's appointment and sharpening their focus as a slew of hot-button disputes work their way up from lower courts.

North Carolina court strikes down state legislature maps

In this image, people in coats hold up signs that read "End Gerrymandering now" and "power to the people" while standing in front of the Supreme Court.
A Fair Maps Rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, March 26. Photo: Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images

North Carolina lawmakers have until Sept. 18 to redistrict the state, after 3 North Carolina judges ruled on Tuesday that its political maps for the state legislature — redrawn in 2017 — were gerrymandered to the point of being unconstitutional.

What they're saying: "[T]he 2017 Enacted House and Senate Maps are significantly tainted in that they unconstitutionally deprive every citizen of the right to elections for members of the General Assembly conducted freely and honestly to ascertain, fairly and truthfully, the will of the People."