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While Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mandela Barnes supports U.S. Supreme Court “reforms,” he has not yet taken a stance on adding more justices to the court. 

Barnes reiterated that position in September during an interview with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

In June, a spokesperson for Barnes said the lieutenant governor was “open to the conversation” regarding Supreme Court expansion, which some Democrats have proposed in the wake of the court’s decision overturning abortion rights. 

Barnes has staked his position on other changes on the high court, including creating a code of ethics and term limits for Supreme Court justices. 

However, Barnes’ “Plan for Democracy” outlined on his campaign website does not include any numerical changes to the Supreme Court.


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Hope Karnopp joined Wisconsin Watch as a reporting intern in May 2022. She is a journalism major and is pursuing certificates in public policy and environmental studies at UW-Madison. Hope previously covered state politics as an intern for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She also works with the Daily Cardinal and hosts a radio segment about campus news for WORT-FM, which has been recognized by the Milwaukee Press Club.