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Jun 15 2012

Shouldnt We Have the Right to Decide Whether to Change Our Constitution?

Published by under Merit Selection

An article in the Philadelphia Inquirer examines the efforts to implement a Merit Selection system in Pennsylvania.  The article highlights Justice Orie Melvin’s indictment for allegedly using her state funded staff and resources for her election campaigns and notes that this is not the first time that one of Pennsylvania’s state judges has been in […]

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Jun 11 2012

It is Time to Let the Voters Decide

An editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer highlights the fact that special interest groups that oppose Merit Selection legislation have betrayed the voters whose rights they claim to protect: [T]he trial lawyers, unions, gun-rights advocates, and abortion foes who continue to oppose reforms that would take appellate-court judges out of partisan elections achieved their victory by […]

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Apr 16 2012

Pennsylvanians Deserve the Facts

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The Sunday Currents Section of the Philadelphia Inquirer cheap viagra online features a letter to the editor (scroll to the bottom) from PMC. The letter responds to last week’s op-ed by Professor Chris Bonneau, which purported to be a critique of Merit Selection but which really only raised questions about retention elections. PMC pointed out […]

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Mar 05 2012

Philadelphia Papers Call for Merit Selection

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In the wake of Thursday’s House Judiciary Committee hearings on Merit Selection for the appellate courts, the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News have each published editorials calling for Merit Selection. Following a recap of the hearing and a brief discourse on local genericcialisfast.com and state-wide judges whose conduct has been the subject of news […]

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Mar 03 2012

Inquirer On-line Poll Asks If It’s Time to Change to Merit Selection

Following today’s Philadelphia Inquirer pro-Merit Selection editorial, is an on-line SAy What Poll asking whether it’s time to change to Merit Selection. (You have to scroll to the bottom of the page). There are four options: two for yes and two for no: Time to end the election of appellate judges in Pennsylvania? Yes, civic, […]

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Jan 18 2012

Philadelphia Inquirer Calls for Merit Selection

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In an editorial today, the Philadelphia Inquirer urges the legislature to act on pending Merit Selection legislation.  Although the paper has supported Merit Selection for a long time, the impetus for the call today was the pending investigation of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin for improper use of her judicial staff for her […]

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Jan 13 2012

PMC in the News

Published by under Guest Post,Judges,News

There has been extensive news coverage of the revelation that Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin is the target of an on-going grand jury investigation about the use of government staff for election activities.  In the wake of those revelations, PMC called on the Justice to temporarily step aside from her judicial duties; PMC also […]

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Dec 29 2011

Judicial Elections Are Not the Way

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An editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer uses the case of a Philadelphia Traffic Court as evidence of the problems inherent in electing judges.  Traffic Court Judge Willie Singletary is in trouble, and as the editorial points out, it’s not the first time. Judge Singletary, who was already sentenced to a reprimand and probation by the […]

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Nov 04 2011

Inquirer Poll: How Do you Decide Who to Vote for in Judicial Elections?

Published by under Judicial Elections

The Philadelphia Inquirer wants to know how you decide who to vote for in judicial elections.  So, they’ve created an on-line poll.  They offer four options: home remedy for genital herpes I just look at their political party. I look at bar association ratings. I pick the familiar-sounding name. No clue as to any of […]

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Nov 04 2011

Inquirer: Merit Selection is the Answer

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An editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer reviews the finding of the New Politics of Judicial Elections 2009-2010 and concludes that it is time for Pennsylvania to change to Merit Selection.  Reviewing the very expensive 2009 Pennsylvania Supreme Court race and looking at the biggest sources of the campaign funding, the editorial notes, “Seeing that cascade […]

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