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Apr 17 2015

Representatives Cutler and Dean Announce Merit Selection Amendment

On Monday, April 13, Pennsylvania Representatives Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) and Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery), announced to their House colleagues that they plan to introduce a constitutional amendment in the near-term that would replace partisan judicial elections for Pennsylvania’s appellate court judges with merit selection. An article in the Allentown Morning Call detailed the announcement. Merit selection […]

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Feb 24 2015

John Oliver Explains Why Judicial Elections are Harmful for American Democracy

On this week’s episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver took on the topic of judicial elections, referring to them as a “horrible spectacle.” John Oliver began his segment with a discussion of Alabama’s Chief Justice Roy Moore, who has ordered state judges to ignore a federal ruling that would allow same-sex couples to marry. Justice Moore […]

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Mar 17 2014

One Step Forward for Minnesota and Merit Selection

This week, Minnesota has gotten one step closer to moving to a merit selection system.  In doing so, the state has progressed towards finally putting to bed the partisan-politics-laced, big-money­-fueled judicial election system in their state.  The very same election system which in recent years has plagued judiciaries across the the country and eroded the […]

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Feb 25 2014

Upcoming Illinois Retention Election Reminds Us Why Merit Selection Is Needed Now More Than Ever

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier, whose 2004 campaign race to unseat Appellate Court Justice Gordon Maag raised more than $9 million between the two campaigns, is up for retention election in November.  As the retention election approaches it conjures up memories of just how much of a game changer his Illinois judicial election was […]

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Nov 21 2013

Bipartisan Duo Introduces Merit Selection Legislation

The two major political parties are sharply divided on many issues. Some issues are “Republican.” Others are “Democratic” But merit selection is neither. As stated by Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster), “merit selection transcends political ideology. It’s Republican. It’s Democrat. It’s bipartisan.” At a news conference announcing legislation to institute merit selection at the appellate court […]

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Nov 19 2013

Let’s Stop Playing “Pin the Tail on the Donkey (or Elephant)”

According to a recent editorial in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the judicial elections that just took place were “another game of pin the tail on the donkey (or the elephant).” Due to limited information about the candidates, many voters were forced to rely on “vague name recognition, ethnicity of names or political affiliation- all of which […]

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Oct 11 2013

State Legislators: No More Excuses. Support this Bill

The Philadelphia Daily News editorial board summed it up perfectly:   “[Judicial elections are an] unseemly process whereby judges now grovel for the ever-escalating fortunes necessary to campaign for office, arriving on the bench indebted to donors, including lawyers who may appear before them on legal matters.”   Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) and Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) […]

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Apr 17 2013

"Judges must be free to follow the law, not popular opinion."

Former Hawaiian Governor Linda Lingle declared her support for merit selection and former Pennsylvania Governors Edward G. Rendell, Thomas J. Ridge, Dick Thornburgh, and George Leader in a letter to the Wall Street Journal. Governor Lingle writes in response to the Journal’s editorial “Judges, Politics, and George Soros,” which criticized merit selection and efforts in […]

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Mar 19 2013

Governors unite over merit selection of judges in Pennsylvania

Yesterday, I had the fortune of hearing three ex-governors of Pennsylvania get together on a single phone call with the media to discuss merit selection in Pennsylvania. These are three people from across the political spectrum who sometimes have difficulty agreeing upon which end of a dog barks; but on the subject of how we […]

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Feb 12 2013

Legislation in Indiana, South Dakota would refine Merit Selection systems

South Dakota and Indiana may change the composition of their Merit Selection commissions in coming days, buy viagra canadian pharmacy if legislation introduced in both states continues to move forward. Currently, Indiana’s nominating commission comprised of the Chief Justice, 3 nonattorneys (one from each Court of Appeals district) picked by the governor, and 3 attorneys […]

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