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The New Politics of Judicial Elections 2011-12

New Report: Outside Spending Floods Judicial Elections at Record Levels

Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice are pleased to announce that the latest edition in our series The New Politics of Judicial Elections is now released. The new volume is entitled The New Politics of Judicial Elections 2011-12: How New Waves of Special Interest Spending Raised the Stakes for Fair Courts.  The full report can be viewed at www.newpoliticsreport.org along with judicial campaign ads.

In the report, we look at the first full election cycle since the Citizens United decision, and how special interest groups took increasing advantage of an ability to spend freely in state judicial races. Some observers now fear that harsh TV attack ads, multimillion-dollar judicial campaigns and an all-out race to politicize the bench have become the "new normal."

To read previous editions of The New Politics of Judicial Elections, click here

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Honorary JAS Chair: Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is Justice at Stake's first Honorary Chair. Justice O’Connor, America’s first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court, was nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, and retired in 2006. She is one of the nation's most outspoken advocates for fair and impartial courts. 


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