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From 2000-2009, fundraising by state Supreme Court candidates soared to $206.9 million, more than doubling the $83.3 million raised in the 1990s.
 

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February 10, 2016

Justice at Stake submitted testimony on Wednesday urging the Hawaii Senate to preserve merit selection of judges. Find out more from Gavel Grab. 

February 10, 2016

TV advertising in Wisconsin's high court primary continues to be dominated by the Wisconsin Alliance for Reform, which has booked contracts worth at least $399,060, JAS and the Brennan Center for Justice reported. Gavel Grab has details.  

February 8, 2016

The Judicial Crisis Network has purchased more TV ad contracts in the race for Arkansas Chief Justice, bringing its total ad buys to date to $336,245, JAS and the Brennan Center for Justice said. See Gavel Grab for more.  

February 8, 2016

The New Yorker magazine depicts a struggle by elected officials in Kansas to politicize the state Supreme Court, and its article cites Justice at Stake. For more, check out Gavel Grab.  

February 7, 2016

There are increasing signs of TV ad wars in two states holding elections for state supreme court seats early this year, according to tracking data gathered by Justice at Stake. For details visit Gavel Grab

February 4, 2016

The Kansas House rejected a proposal to dump merit selection of state Supreme Court justices. Justice at Stake applauded a "resounding victory for fair and impartial courts."  Gavel Grab has more.  

February 3, 2016

Justice at Stake submitted testimony on Thursday in support of a Maryland bill to end the election of Circuit Court judges, while urging several steps to strengthen the measure. See Gavel Grab for details.  

February 3, 2016

Is an advertising air war ahead in the March 1 Arkansas Supreme Court election? JAS and the Brennan Center for Justice reported one candidate’s booking of TV ad contracts nearing $68,000. For more, visit Gavel Grab

February 3, 2016

Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice turned a spotlight on the so-called social welfare group buying TV ads in the Wisconsin Supreme Court primary. See Gavel Grab for details.  

February 3, 2016

A race for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals is spilling over with so many personal and political attacks that it seems transparently politicized, The Houston Chronicle reports. Gavel Grab has more. 

January 28, 2016

The full Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld Arizona’s rules limiting political activity by judges and judicial candidates. Justice at Stake applauded the ruling. Gavel Grab has details.  

January 28, 2016

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, says he sees “a growing interest” in looking at reforms for appointing, rather than electing, state Supreme Court justices. Learn more from Gavel Grab.  

January 27, 2016

A well-designed merit selection system would be the best approach for choosing fair and impartial judges in Indiana’s largest county, Justice at Stake said in a letter to the state Senate Judiciary Committee. Find out more from Gavel Grab

January 27, 2016

In the Wisconsin State Journal, JAS Senior Policy Counsel Scott Greytak takes on the hit Netflix series “Making a Murderer” and its scathing commentary on the criminal justice system. Details at Gavel Grab

January 25, 2016

Gov. Mark Dayton's appointment of Judge Margaret Chutich to the Minnesota Supreme Court will give the court its first openly gay member. Gavel Grab has more. 

January 22, 2016

After a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback voiced support again  for a constitutional amendment to change the way Kansas high court justices are chosen. Read Gavel Grab for more. 

January 22, 2016

In Arkansas, a committee of judges and attorneys has asked judicial candidates to disavow false advertising aired by third-party groups about other candidates. For details, visit Gavel Grab

January 21, 2016

A Louisiana judge’s lawsuit against four fellow jurists “represents a new battlefront in an ongoing war over judicial elections, political free speech and campaign money,” Law360 reports. Its article quotes Justice at Stake. Gavel Grab has more. 

January 20, 2016

A Lincoln Journal-Star editorial condemned a proposal for judicial elections and said, “Nebraska currently has an excellent [merit] system for creating and preserving an independent judiciary.” Visit Gavel Grab for details. 

January 19, 2016

The Senate voted 58-36 to confirm Wilhelmina Wright, a Minnesota Supreme Court justice, to the federal district court. She will make history as Minnesota's first black woman federal judge. Learn details from Gavel Grab

January 19, 2016

An Omaha World-Herald editorial calls the Nebraska Supreme Court “widely respected for its capable performance and … organized in a sensible, efficient manner.” Gavel Grab has more. 

January 19, 2016

A new bill would would shrink the Washington Supreme Court from nine members to five and would have justices elected from five geographic districts to be drawn in the state. For more, check out Gavel Grab

January 13, 2016

Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas has made an inaccurate statement about the way qualified judges are chosen for the Kansas Supreme Court, JAS said on Wednesday. For more, visit Gavel Grab

January 11, 2016

When Wisconsin elects a new state Supreme Court justice this year, expect to see continuation of a trend for big “dark money” spending on issue advertising, said a Racine Journal Times article, quoting JAS. Learn more from Gavel Grab

January 11, 2016

When the Indiana legislature considers adopting a new method of judicial selection for Marion County, the state’s largest county, merit selection will be one of the proposals. See Gavel Grab for background. 

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