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Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye of California discusses threats to judicial independence during a panel titled “Undermining the Courts and the Media: The Consequences for American Democracy,” organized by The National Judicial College, at the Press Club building in Washington, D.C., Thursday, Dec. 13. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM)

California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye dropped her longtime Republican party affiliation this fall, choosing to re-register as a no-party-preference voter in the wake of the controversial confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Cantil-Sakauye told California news outlet CALmatters, which first reported her affiliation switch Thursday, that she had become increasingly uncomfortable with the Republican Party’s direction in the state and at the national level.

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Cheryl Miller

Cheryl Miller, based in Sacramento, covers the state legislature and emerging industries, including autonomous vehicles and marijuana. She authors the weekly cannabis newsletter Higher Law. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @CapitalAccounts

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