Blog Stroll # 1: Judiciary Isn’t Fit for Muck & Mire of Politics
Check out this interesting blog on Supreme Dicta, on the trouble with and politics of judicial elections.
The Washington Post had a front page story on Sunday about the dumbest aspect of our American democratic system: judicial elections. Don't get me wrong, I believe going to the polls on Election Day is an almost spiritual experience. But it is possible to have too much of a good thing, especially when it comes to democracy.
Twenty-one states have direct elections for state judges. Some are partisan, some aren't. But all of them are getting out of control. So far the candidates for Supreme Court in PA have collected over $5 million. In 2006, the race for Illinois Supreme Court cost more money than 18 of the nation's 34 Senate races that year. And in 2004, the race for Chief Justice on the Alabama Supreme Court cost $8.2 million.
Who is footing the bill for these extravagant campaigns? Yep, you guessed it: big business interests. The National Association of Manufacturers and the Chamber of Commerce raised millions of dollars in its quest for tort reform. (Read More)