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Recent Fair-Courts Articles

March 17, 2015

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. 

March 17, 2015

An editorial in the Philadelphia Daily News called for Pennsylvania to move away from partisan judicial elections. Visit Gavel Grab for more. 

March 13, 2015

In California, a state that saw dramatic cuts to court funding during the recession, the impact on residents’ access to justice still is being felt — especially in the civil courts. Learn more from Gavel Grab

March 12, 2015

In a commentary for Governing, JAS Deputy Executive Director Liz Seaton and Board of Directors member Admiral Jamie Barnett note an alarming rise in legislative attacks on state courts, tied to the issue of marriage for same-sex couples. Gavel Grab has more. 

March 10, 2015

A “fiasco” playing out in the Wisconsin Supreme Court leaves no doubt as to the “toxic effects of outsize spending in judicial elections,” the New York Times declared in an editorial. Gavel Grab has details. 

March 5, 2015

 Justice at Stake released new polling data today that shows the majority of Kansans favor the current merit-based system for choosing state Supreme Court justices. See Gavel Grab for more.

March 5, 2015

A former Alabama Chief Justice, Sue Bell Cobb, provides a striking first-person account of judicial election campaigning in a Politico piece headlined “When big money met the courts.”  Gavel Grab has more.

March 4, 2015

The Alabama Supreme Court issued a controversial defense of the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage this week. See Gavel Grab for more.

February 26, 2015

With scathing criticism of Citizens United’s “destructive fallout” for elected state courts, retired Montana Supreme Court Justice James Nelson is calling for a switch to merit selection of his state’s judges. Find out more from Gavel Grab

February 23, 2015

State judicial elections have moved from getting scathing criticism on editorial pages to skewering on late-night TV. To view the video, visit Gavel Grab. 

February 20, 2015

A special prosecutor's request for recusal by one or more Wisconsin Supreme Court justices shows the "bitter harvest" of electing judges, JAS said in a letter to the editor of a Wisconsin newspaper. For more, see Gavel Grab.  

February 20, 2015

Dan Glickman, a former U.S. House representative from Kansas, extolled in an op-ed the democratic virtues of choosing Kansas Supreme Court justices by merit selection. Gavel Grab has more.  

February 18, 2015

An Idaho legislator, unhappy about federal judges striking down state bans on marriage for same-sex couples, has proposed a resolution to impeach certain judges. Find out more from Gavel Grab

February 17, 2015
The special prosecutor leading a state campaign finance investigation has asked one or more Wisconsin Supreme Court justices to step aside from hearing challenges to the probe. For more, visit Gavel Grab
February 14, 2015

In an Orlando Sentinel op-ed, JAS spelled out its support for Florida's ban on judges soliciting campaign donations, now challenged in a case before the Supreme Court. Learn more from Gavel Grab.  

February 12, 2015

After Arizona’s House Judiciary Committee voted to expand the state Supreme Court from five to seven members, Justice at Stake issued a statement that warned about court-packing. Gavel Grab has details. 

February 11, 2015

A state legislator has proposed a constitutional amendment to switch from nonpartisan election of Arkansas Supreme Court justices to a merit-based selection system. Find out more from Gavel Grab.

February 10, 2015

How did Alabama's chief justice land in the national spotlight this week? A Bloomberg article turned for an explanation to an electoral analysis by Justice at Stake. Gavel Grab has more. 

February 9, 2015

As Kansas legislators prepare to debate changing the way state Supreme Court justices are selected, a news article examined a lack of diversity in the state judiciary and quoted Justice at Stake.  Gavel Grab has more. 

February 9, 2015

It is high time to shift gears and switch from judicial election to the merit-based selection of appellate judges in Pennsylvania, a group of retired judges declared in an op-ed. Find details at Gavel Grab.

February 5, 2015

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said on Wednesday that “when it costs millions of dollars to fund a campaign for a state supreme court, something is terribly wrong.” Gavel Grab has details. 

February 5, 2015

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner of Illinois announced his support for moving toward a merit-based judicial selection system in the state. For more, see Gavel Grab

February 5, 2015

When a minister delivered the opening prayer in the Tennessee state Senate on Tuesday, she slammed what she called “wicked courts.” Read Gavel Grab for more. 

February 3, 2015

Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar, a recently argued Supreme Court case about judicial candidates directly soliciting campaign money, is bringing more bad publicity for judicial elections. Check out Gavel Grab for more. 

February 2, 2015

A Lawrence Journal-World editorial slammed the "completely closed process" that Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback used to nominate a new Court of Appeals judge. Find out more from Gavel Grab.  



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