Category Archives: Judicial election campaigns

Ask Senate State Affairs Committee to Consider Judicial Selection Methods

The Texas Senate State Affairs Committee has an interim charge to  “examine the effect of eliminating straight-party voting for candidates for judicial office and make recommendations to ensure candidates are given individual consideration by voters.”  It is unusual for an … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Affirms Florida Rule on Judicial Elections

The Supreme Court has delivered a small victory to those working to keep our elections free from corrupting influences. In the case of Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar, at issue was whether states can prohibit judicial candidates from making personal … Continue reading

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Money in Judicial Elections

The NPR program On the Media, broadcast by KUT on Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM and available as a podcast here, included two segments on October 26 of particular interest to CG4TX followers. The first segment, “Grabbing the Gavel” (available as … Continue reading

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Money & Justice Forum Report & Policy Paper

On November 21, 2013 community activists joined together for a Money & Justice Forum: Is Texas Ripe for Judicial Reform? A 2013 Public Policy Evaluation in anticipation of the Legislative Interim Special Committee on Judicial Reform.  After hearing from several … Continue reading

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Money and Justice Forum: Follow-ups

Two of the speakers at the recent Money and Justice Forum—David Lyle and Bert Brandenburg— were interviewed by Ross Ramsey of the Texas Tribune. The interview focused on the forum’s ostensible subject, namely, the extent to which judges’ decisions are … Continue reading

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Money & Justice Forum: Is Texas Ripe For Judicial Reform?

Judicial reforms will be considered by a special committee of the Texas Legislature in public hearings in 2014.  In preparation for these  hearings, The Texas Fair Courts Network invited committee leaders to come together on 21 November 2013 to discuss … Continue reading

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Reform by the light of Sunset

Watchdogs or just pets? A couple of agencies that are supposed to protect average Texans may be more about protecting unaverage Texans… In this American-Statesman article, the State Commission on Judicial Conduct‘s, uh, conduct is called into question because of … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Judges’ Impartiality in Doubt

Shades of Caperton v. Massey! A recent NY Times editorial relates a sordid tale of Wisconsin Supreme Court justices failing to recuse themselves from cases involving parties from whom they had received massive campaign contributions. As the editorial put it, … … Continue reading

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Supreme Court strikes another blow against fair elections

Today the US Supreme  Court struck down an Arizona law that provided matching funds to publicly financed candidates outspent by privately financed opponents: The majority’s rationale was that the law violated the First Amendment rights of candidates who raise private … Continue reading

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NY Times editorial: “Arizona’s Boon to Free Speech”

Public funding in Arizona state elections comes before the Supreme Court on Monday. In a March 25 editorial, the Times reports that the Court will hear argument about an Arizona law that levels the playing field in state elections, by … Continue reading

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