Archive for February, 2012

Feb 28 2012

Merit Selection Hearing on Thursday March 1

A Public Hearing on Merit Selection  (HB 1815 and 1816) will be held by the PA House order propecia online Judiciary Committee on Thursday, March 1st from 1:30-3:30 pm, at the National Constitution Center, Kirby Auditorium, 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia.  We know from public polling that Pennsylvanians want the chance to weigh in on the […]

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Feb 27 2012

Kansas Senate Votes to Maintain Merit Selection

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The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Kansas’ state Senate has defeated legislation that would have changed the state’s system for selecting appellate judges from a merit selection system with a nominating commission to a system of direct appointment by the governor and senate confirmation. By a vote of 22-17, a bipartisan coalition of senators defeated Senate […]

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Feb 23 2012

Minnesota Radio Forum Backs Merit Selection

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The call for judicial reform took to the airwaves this week when former Minnesota Governor Al Quie joined a panel of guests on KFAI-FM Twin Cities Radio to endorse merit selection, retention elections, and performance evaluation panels for Minnesota’s judges. Quie confirmed merit selection’s compatibility with democratic principles by drawing a stark distinction: professional writing […]

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Feb 22 2012

"No Money from Nobody"

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That’s buy adobe photoshop cs6 the tag line for one of the candidates in Ohio’s Democratic primary for the chance to challenge incumbent Supreme Court Justice Robert Cupp.  According to the CantonRep.com, both Democrats believe the Ohio Supreme Court has  “a trust problem.”  Candidate William O’Neill, a former appeals court judge, says “‘Money and judges […]

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Feb 16 2012

Wisconsin State Supreme Court Justices Call for Merit Selection

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Two sitting justices of the Wisconsin State Supreme Court have called on their state to consider ending direct judicial elections and enact some form of Merit Selection.  Justice Patrick Crooks, previously a defender of electing judges, stated that the sheer amount of money being spent on judicial elections has changed his mind on Merit Selection.  […]

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Feb 15 2012

PA House Judiciary Committee to Hold Merit Selection Hearing

A Public Hearing on Merit Selection bills HB 1815 and 1816 will be held by the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, March 1st, at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.  We have long advocated for Merit Selection and we applaud the Committee for taking this vital first step in providing Pennsylvanians with the opportunity […]

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Feb 14 2012

Tennessee Paper Endorses Merit Selection

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The Memphis Commercial Appeal has endorsed Merit Selection for Tennessee’s judges.  As the paper states, “[h]aving “Democrat” or “Republican” after a judicial candidate’s name should not be a measure of whether he or she is qualified to dispense unbiased rulings.” leadership essays Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has called for an amendment of his state’s constitution […]

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Feb 08 2012

Merit Selection Advocated in Alabama

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The chief U.S. magistrate judge for the Northern District of Alabama will retire in October of this year but we are happy to see the use of a Merit Selection Panel to fill his position. Last week an order was issued by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn appointing 13 people to the […]

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Feb 07 2012

Oregon State Supreme Court Chief Justice Fears Future “Arms Race” in State Judicial Elections

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Oregon State Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul De Muniz will soon be leaving the bench.  In a recent interview, he discussed the many difficulties he has experienced while administering his state’s judicial system.  While most of his recollections focused on keeping the courts running during the economic downturn and updating the judiciary’s aging information technology […]

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Feb 01 2012

Philadelphia Daily News Endorses Merit Selection

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A Daily News editorial strongly endorsed Merit Selection of Pennsylvania’s judges.  The paper argued that no litigant can be confident in the fairness and impartiality of the courts when our system of selecting judges requires massive fundraising efforts during judicial campaigns.  Much of this money comes from attorneys, law firms, interested parties likely to appear […]

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