SAN DIEGO -- Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the longest active judge on the nation's highest court, died Saturday morning at age 79.
He leaves behind a court with four justices appointed by Democrats, and four appointed by Republicans.
His death will likely spark a fierce battle by President Barack Obama and the Republican-held U.S. Senate to appoint a justice before the president's term expires in January.
And the sparks are already flying. California Gov. Jerry Brown is among those who took to social media on Saturday -- firing off at Senate Majority Leader Mitch O'Connell on Facebook.
Couldn't Mitch McConnell have the decency to at least wait until the funeral before playing cynical politics with this...
Posted by Jerry Brown on Saturday, February 13, 2016