Archive for the tag 'campaign finance'

Jun 28 2011

Stricter Recusal Standards Offer Only Part of the Answer

A recent editorial in West Virgina’s The Charleston Gazette implores the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates to consider model recusal standards at its session in August. West Virginia has been at the center of conversations about recusal reform since 2009’s Caperton v. Massey. After a trial decision in favor of Caperton, Massey contributed $3 […]

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Mar 23 2011

Public Financing Challenge at The Supreme Court

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On Monday, 3/28, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in McComish v. Bennett, a case that challenges a portion of Arizona’s Citizens Clean Elections Act. The ruling could have serious consequences for states that use public financing to allow elected judges to run for the bench without having to raise campaign funds. The challenged […]

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Mar 14 2011

Uncertain Future for Nevada Judicial Ethics Commission

If a recent hearing is any indication, the Nevada Supreme Court is about to allow the state’s judges and judicial candidates to “take the gloves off” when campaigning for a seat on the bench. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “[j]ustices seemed to favor lifting the restrictions, which prohibit judicial candidates both in what they […]

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Feb 23 2011

North Carolina Voters Wary of Courtroom Cash

A new public opinion poll in North Carolina show just how corrosive judicial elections are to public confidence in a fair and impartial judiciary. The poll, which was conducted by the North Carolina Center for Voter Education, and our friends at the Justice at Stake Campaign, ” finds that 94 percent of North Carolina voters […]

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Feb 08 2011

Alabama Judicial Campaign Disclosures Reveals Unusual Giving

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Campaign finance disclosure documents from last year’s Alabama Supreme Court race support the old adage about politics making strange bedfellows. The Birmingham News reports that funding for two Republican candidates for the state’s highest court came from plaintiff trial lawyers, who’ve traditionally supported Democrats in state appeals court races. Through a complex series of contributions […]

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Jan 06 2011

A Guide to State Rules on Disqualification

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The American Judicature Society Center for Judicial Ethics has announced the creation of a resource that promises to be a useful tool for court watchers. The Society’s new document, called “Judicial Disqualification Based on Commitments and Campaign Contributions,” tracks the adoption of state rules that require disqualification of judges based on relationships with, or campaign donations […]

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Jan 21 2010

Historic U.S. Supreme Court Decision Will Let the Money Roll In to PA Judicial Elections

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PMC and PMCAction released this press release today in response to the United States Supreme Court’s latest decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Shira Goodman/Lynn Marks Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts and PMCAction (o) 215-569-1150; (m) 215-680-1163 goodman@pmconline.org U.S. Supreme Court Lets the Money Roll In to Judicial Elections Pennsylvanians […]

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Nov 18 2009

Breaking: Rendell announces support of Merit Selection at press conference

Reports are coming in from the press conference held by Governor Ed Rendell. From the Harrisburg Patriot-News: The governor, speaking on the heels of last week’s fresh wave of corruption charges lodged against former legislative leaders, bemoaned the fact a “broken system” has undermined some of his policy goals and caused other accomplishments to be […]

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Nov 09 2009

"There Must be a Better Way to Choose Appellate Judges"

The editorial board of the Reading Eagle makes a strong case to move to Merit Selection of judges in an editorial published today. The paper cites the record amount raised to date by Judge Jack Panella ($2.35 million), and that the total raised by both campaigns is expected to total over $4 million by the […]

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Oct 30 2009

Partisan Judges?

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Wait, did we say partisan judges? Isn’t the very term antithetical to the core principle of independent judges and an independent judiciary? Of course it is. But partisan judges are the necessary outcome of our current judicial election system because they are nominated by parties and run on party labels. A column by Eric Heyl […]

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