Archive for December, 2008

Dec 31 2008

Out in the Open in Ohio

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Yesterday, the Ohio Supreme Court changed one of the rules governing its judicial elections.  According to an Associated Press report on Ohio.com, judicial candidates may now make public their political party affiliations.  The rule change is part of a new Code of Judicial Conduct going into effect March 1, 2009.  There had been a ban […]

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Dec 30 2008

Joining the Merit Selection Bandwagon in Wisconsin

In its year-end story round-up, The Daily Page in Wisconsin discusses the Wisconsin State Journal’s call for Merit Selection, calling it the year’s “Best Crusade:” [The issue is] reform of the state’s system of selecting Supreme Court justices. Instead of letting governors pick most of them, interspersed with ugly contests bankrolled by special interests, the […]

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Dec 29 2008

Praise for Merit Selection in Iowa

An editorial in the Des Moines Register praises the Merit Selection system Iowa uses to select its judges:  “Iowa’s system is far better than electing judges, which introduces politics and the taint of campaign cash into the judiciary.” We, of course, agree, and hope that Pennsylvanians soon get the opportunity to decide if we should […]

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Dec 26 2008

Upping the Ante in Ohio

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Thanks to Gavel Grab for alerting us to this news from Ohio: now folks can contribute more to judicial campaigns in Ohio.  According to the DispatchPolitics, “Candidates for judicial posts in Ohio will be able to collect 15 percent more from virtually all types of contributors next year under new limits approved this week by […]

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Dec 23 2008

Worrying About Money in Alabama

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In the wake of another expensive Supreme Court race, Alabama is looking for a way to deal with the problem of money in judicial elections. The Press Register reports that a bill has been introduced into the legislature to cap contributions to judicial campaigns at $500; currently there are no limits: Critics have said the […]

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Dec 22 2008

Alabama to Investigate Recent Judicial Elections

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The Montgomery Adverstiser reports that the Alabama Attorney General will be investigating the conduct of certain outside groups that ran ads and made phone calls to voters during the recent judicial elections. The issue surrounds allegations that false information was spread in these calls about one candidate. The state Bar Association criticized the misinformation and […]

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Dec 17 2008

And the Money Keeps Rolling In

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There’s an old saying that in an election, someone wins and someone loses, but no one takes down the signs. Well, in addition to those signs hanging around, we have the spectre of campaigns raising funds to retire their debts. Winners and losers alike share this need, but special issues are raised when winning judicial […]

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Dec 16 2008

Judicial Selection Is A Hot Topic

According to an Associated Press report, judicial selection reform is on a lot of people’s minds.  “More than a half dozen states have either put questions relating to judicial selection to voters this year, or have legislatures planning to discuss the topic in 2009.”  This shows that people care about this issue and realize how […]

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Dec 15 2008

Looking Ahead to the 2009 Judicial Elections

2009 is a judicial election year in Pennsylvania.  It will be a busy one here, as Pennsylvanians will be electing a Supreme Court Justice, three Superior Court judges, two Commonwealth Court judges, and many more trial level judges. We’ll be watching and keeping track of the money, and waiting to see if the United States […]

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Dec 12 2008

The Trouble with Money

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Stories out of Texas and New York reveal new twists on the old problem of contributions to judicial election campaigns.  We’ve written repeatedly about the inherent disconnect between the independence of the judiciary and using a judicial selection system that requires campaigns to raise huge sums of money.  Here are two reports of judges getting […]

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