Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s recent signing into law of a measure that exempts “issue ads” from disclosure has the effect of making it easier for special interests to influence government and making it harder “for the rest of us,” an election law expert says.
Michigan’s legislature has sent to Gov. Rick Snyder controversial campaign finance legislation that would exempt disclosure of spending for “issue ads” and would double individual campaign contribution limits.
An Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) County Court of Common Pleas judge-elect is asking area attorneys to donate money so she can reduce or eliminate her campaign debt. To a court reform group, this practice doesn’t pass the smell test.
As Pennsylvania considers a proposal to dump its system for picking top judges in partisan elections and replace it with merit selection, “Pennsylvania is sort of in everybody’s sights,” says a former Colorado Supreme Court justice.
Vacancies on the nation’s federal trial courts have surged from 65 in July to 75 now, or 11 percent of the courts’ authorized seats, according to a new study by the Brennan Center for Justice. It is a JAS partner group.
At a 25th anniversary celebration for Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor urged a shift away from partisan judicial elections in the state.
Pennsylvania’s use of partisan elections to pick judges has come under criticism from another newspaper editorial board, this time the Elizabethtown Advocate. Its editorial cites “mudslinging” in a recent Superior Court election as evidence of need for a change.
Newly introduced bipartisan legislation for the merit selection of judges in Pennsylvania continues to capture editorial page backing.
A news outlet in still another state included in the “New Politics of Judicial Elections 2011-12” report has featured its findings and quoted two of its principal authors, Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice.
A proposed constitutional amendment to raise the mandatory retirement age to 80 for judges on the New York Court of Appeals and Supreme Court was rejected by voters on Election Day.
Two Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices were retained by voters on Election Day. Although unopposed, they raised a combined total of hundreds of thousands of dollars amidst uncertainty over a possible anti-incumbent vote following the recent U.S. government shutdown.
Judge Russell Carparelli of the Colorado Court of Appeals was selected to become the next executive director of the American Judicature Society, it was announced on Thursday.
As a statewide contest for the Pennsylvania Superior Court looms, a (Harrisburg) Patriot-Ledger editorial looks at special interest money flowing to the competing candidates, and it judges the “money-grubbing” required of judicial candidates to be an “abomination.”
Former Chief Justice Randall Shepard of the Indiana Supreme Court (photo) will participate in a panel discussion in Washington, D.C. next week about big spending in state high court elections during the 2011-12 election cycle.
A report on “The New Politics of Judicial Elections, 2011-12” by JAS and two JAS partner groups was posted online on Thursday, and it was featured in The Daily Beast. See Gavel Grab for more.
Pennsylvania’s Senate has approved 44-6 a House-passed bill to revise the state Constitution and raise from 70 to 75 the mandatory age at which judges and justices must retire.
A Philadelphia Daily News editorial applauded a proposal for merit selection of Pennsylvania judges and a JAS partner group that has pushed for this reform. Gavel Grab has more.
A strikingly bipartisan pair of legislators is co-sponsoring legislation to switch from judicial elections of appellate judges to a merit selection system in Pennsylvania.
A new, required course in judicial ethics for candidates for the bench in California went online this week, the California Judicial Branch announced.
The Supreme Court’s scheduled oral arguments next week in a major campaign finance regulation case, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, are continuing to generate extensive commentary and coverage. The case involves a challenge to aggregate federal limits on an individual’s campaign donations to candidates and committees.
Voters in New York state will be asked to decide on Election Day whether to raise from 70 to 80 the retirement mandate for judges on the state Supreme Court and on the Court of Appeals.
The District of Columbia Bar’s Washington Lawyer report, an online feature, gave a shout-out to a new website launched by a coalition of groups in order to track litigation that may have an impact on fair and impartial courts.
The Michigan State Bar’s recent request for a ruling that would bring greater disclosure of judicial election spending is making waves.
California’s legislature has sent to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk a bill that would allow juries to include noncitizens living in the state legally. In the New York Times, columnist Bill Keller, who just spent two days in a jury pool, tells about the idea’s origins and why he likes it.
Kansas state Rep. Lance Kinzer, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is proposing legislation to lower the mandated retirement age of appellate judges from 75 to 65. That would be the lowest retirement age in the nation.