The September 9 New York Times has an editorial on judicial elections. Inspired by the recently published Brennan Center report, it begins:
The nature of state judicial elections has changed dramatically in recent years, and not for the better.
Expanding their influence-peddling efforts beyond executive offices, like president and governor, and legislative offices, like Congress and state legislatures, well-heeled special interests have become a dominant force in crucial state judicial races.
Read the rest. The Times’s diagnosis is spot-on, but the remedies the Times recommends regrettably do not include clean elections.