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Episode 6 of the Constitutional podcast: ‘Senate and states’

In 1912, the U.S. Congress decided to approve a fundamental change to the Constitution by passing the 17th Amendment, which ushered in the direct election of senators. Until that time, state legislatures rather than voters had been responsible for choosing these representatives. “The 17th Amendment has changed things enormously,” former Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia once remarked.
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