Reformers are raising concerns about big fundraising in races for three Pennsylvania Supreme Court openings, including an individual's donation of $500,000 to one candidate. Read Gavel Grab for more.
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The Montana legislature has passed a bill to require disclosure of any donor who gives money to any independent group spending on state-level elections. Gavel Grab has more.
In one of the cases about marriage for same-sex couples to be argued before the Supreme Court soon, a federal judge became the target of an impeachment call over his controversial ruling. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas said he believes it is time to rethink the popular election of appellate judges, adding, “I am willing to give that some gubernatorial support.” Gavel Grab has more.
Cynicism is bred by the millions of dollars flowing into Illinois judicial elections and reform ought to be considered, a Chicago Sun-Times editorial said. Gavel Grab has details.
A day after voter passage of a referendum to change the way the Wisconsin Chief Justice is selected, sitting Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to hold on to her post. Read Gavel Grab for more.
“No matter what party you’re from, as a Supreme Court justice, you’re feeling more pressure, and you have to look over your shoulder more and more," JAS told The New York Times after voters cast ballots in Wisconsin. See Gavel Grab for more.
After Wisconsin voters approved a proposed constitutional amendment to change the way the Chief Justice is selected, Justice at Stake warned that the insulation intended to shield judges from political bullying is wearing thin. See Gavel Grab for more.
There are too few judges, and backlogs of civil suits involving such issues as civil rights, personal injury and Social Security benefits are piling up in some federal courts, the Wall Street Journal says. Gavel Grab has more.
A bill advancing in the Kansas legislature provides more funding for the state courts, on the condition that the courts do not find a law adopted last year unconstitutional. Read Gavel Grab for details.
A lopsided, late-hour ad race has emerged over a ballot initiative that would likely demote Wisconsin Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson if it is passed on April 7th, Justice at Stake reported. For more, visit Gavel Grab.
Wisconsin residents will soon see TV ads supporting a ballot measure, Question 1, paid for with the help of a pro-big business group well-known for high spending in judicial elections. Gavel Grab has details.
With less than a week to go, spending on TV ad contracts in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race has reached more than $612,000, JAS and the Brennan Center for Justice reported. Visit Gavel Grab for more.
A bill expanding the grounds for impeaching Kansas Supreme Court justices “stands out for its blatant disregard for the Kansas Constitution and the system of checks and balances in our democracy," JAS said. See Gavel Grab for more.
It’s “tawdry” for judges to have to ask for campaign money from lawyers or businesses that may appear before them in court, former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb said on the Fresh Air show. Gavel Grab has more.
A proposed constitutional amendment to change the way the Wisconsin Chief Justice is selected will be the target of advertising for and against it, according to news reports. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
A recusal motion before the Wisconsin Supreme Court shows how “a rising tide of money in state judicial races is creating potential conflicts for judges who sit on cases involving donors,” the New York Times reported. Gavel Grab has details.
Several groups declared their opposition to a referendum to change how the Wisconsin Chief Justice is selected, and JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg condemned the proposal as "pure political hardball." For more, visit Gavel Grab.
The Judicial Crisis Network has evolved into a “dark money juggernaut” spending millions of dollars to influence state judicial and attorneys general races, the The Daily Beast reports. See Gavel Grab for more.
Will tensions between the legislative and judicial branches over public education funding in Kansas lead to a constitutional clash? A New York Times article examines the question. Gavel Grab has more.
The Idaho House voted 44-25 for a non-binding resolution urging Congress to impeach federal judges who don’t follow the Constitution’s original intent. Read Gavel Grab for details.
Historic big spenders in Wisconsin Supreme Court elections have yet to open their checkbooks for TV ads in this year's contest, JAS said on Thursday, while reporting TV ad contracts totaling over $145,000 so far. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
Justice at Stake urged the Maryland legislature to advance measures that would end contested elections of Circuit Court judges, and to ultimately consider their merit-based selection. For more, visit Gavel Grab.
Idaho’s House State Affairs Committee voted for a non-binding resolution urging Congress to support the impeachment of federal judges who rule in favor of marriage for same-sex couples. Gavel Grab has more.
An opinion column in the Kansas City Star says “Kansans are wisely opposed to abandoning merit selection,” and it cites a recent poll commissioned by Justice at Stake to make its case. Gavel Grab has details.