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Kia Franklin

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)

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Posted at 10:24 AM, Nov 01, 2007 in Judicial Elections
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Not to mention big businesses such as ATLA and other trial-lawyer backed "consumer" groups

Posted by: Paul W Dennis | November 2, 2007 6:48 AM

What an unreasonable comparison.

ATLA and consumer groups don't make a dent in campaign contributions compared to the contributions of the Chamber of Commerce, NAM, Big Tobacco, etc.

For example in the 2002 House elections, lawyer groups (not just ATLA, but the sum combo of plaintiff-friendly lawyers groups) gave $21.3 million while business groups as a whole gave $276.7 million.

Posted by: Kia | November 8, 2007 10:23 AM

I could comment on your 11/8 comment, Kia, but frankly, I think you'd censor the obsenity that is warranted here

Posted by: Paul W Dennis | November 10, 2007 6:44 AM