Archive for June, 2010

Jun 29 2010

"Feel Like They're Getting a Fair Shake in Court"

Lynn Marks, PMC’s executive director, joined the moderator of Pennsylvania Newsmakers, Terry Madonna, on Sunday to discuss Merit Selection and the need for judicial selection reform in Pa. Marks outlined some of the problems inherent in judicial elections: Just think of yourself in court and then you start wondering, ‘Gee I wonder if Terry made […]

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Jun 25 2010

PMC on Newsmakers to Discuss Merit Selection

PMC’s Lynn Marks appears on this week’s Newsmakers with Terry Madonna to discuss Merit Selection of appellate court judges. The show follows PMC’s recent release of a public opinion poll demonstrating widespread support for Merit Selection and an overwhelming desire to have the issue put to a public referendum. buy cheap cialis online Here is […]

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Jun 25 2010

Something's Rotten in the State of Ohio

This is a big judicial election year for Ohio, and trouble is brewing already. Like Pennsylvania, Ohio limits the political and fundraising activities of judicial candidates.  But the Columbus Dispatch reports that the candidates for  Chief Justice are trading allegations of unethical campaign conduct. The Republican Party alleges that Chief Justice Eric Brown improperly solicited […]

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Jun 23 2010

"Exactly what are we waiting for?"

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“Exactly what are we waiting for?” the Reading Eagle asks of a switch from elections of appellate judges to merit selection in Pennsylvania. The recent opinion piece champions the many reasons why merit selection makes sense: Last year’s appellate court elections provided all the evidence anyone should need to realize that merit selection would be […]

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Jun 21 2010

Minnesota PAC looks to elect conservative Christians to state Supreme Court

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Two Minnesota Republicans have formed a new political action committee called “Justice in Minnesota” aimed at getting a slate of conservative Christians elected to the state bench, Gavel Grab reported. The PAC’s mission is “to elect Constitutionally Conservative Judges who will interpret the law and remember the separation of powers in every court decision by […]

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Jun 16 2010

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pennsylvanians have right to vote on merit

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An editorial in today’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette calls for State Rep. Thomas R. Caltagirone, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, to allow a vote on a bill that would move Pennsylvania one step closer to choosing appellate judges on merit rather than through elections. The editorial poses a straightforward question with a seemingly simple answer: […]

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Jun 15 2010

"God awful" & "gosh-awful" – either way, merit makes more sense

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In what sounds strikingly familiar to Governor Ed Rendell’s recent admonition that electing appellate judges is a “god awful system” that “ought to be changed,” an editorial in The Birmingham (Alabama) Daily News calls electing judges “gosh-awful,” Gavel Grab reported Friday. The editorial urges Alabama to reject their current method of selecting judges in favor […]

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Jun 11 2010

Diverse coalition helps PMC roll out merit poll

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With the help of Governor Ed Rendell, three former governors and an array of people representing a broad diversity of interests, Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts and PMCAction announced the results of a poll Wednesday that shows 93 percent of Pennsylvanians want to vote on the issue of merit selection. online cigarettes The poll, conducted for […]

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Jun 09 2010

Press conference: Pennsylvania ready for Merit Selection

Governor Ed Rendell, former governors Tom Ridge, Richard Thornburgh and Mark Schweiker, Senator Jane Earll, and Representative Matt Smith were joined in Harrisburg today by PMC, PMCAction, Justice At Stake and the Committee for Economic Development to unveil a poll that shows an overwhelming majority of Pennsylvanians – 93 percent – want the opportunity to […]

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Jun 08 2010

Press conference to bring support from three branches, both sides of the aisle

In today’s political climate one may be hard-pressed to name many issues that truly unite both sides of the aisle. Merit selection is one of these rare birds. PMC has long been part of a coalition of diverse business, legal, community, civic, and religious groups, as well as individuals, that support changing the way Pennsylvanians […]

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