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November 6, 2020
“Law and Order” Still Reigns in State Supreme Court Elections
A Nevada state supreme court candidate was one of very few nationwide to run on a message of reform. Most campaigns leaned on “tough on crime” strategy yet again.
April 4, 2018
Why Are Joe Biden and the NRA Endorsing State Judges?
Wisconsin shows off the new normal in judicial elections: political, expensive and often about something else.
November 15, 2016
Outside Groups Set Spending Record in Judicial Races
More than $19 million spent on campaigns for top court seats in 27 states.
June 16, 2016
Could Removing Brock Turner’s Judge Hurt Poor and Minority Defendants?
A group of public defenders says yes.
November 3, 2015
Will Pennsylvania Do Away With Elections for Supreme Court?
An expensive, tough-on-crime race tests the current system.
April 6, 2015
A Battle for the Bench
Who is the toughest judge in all of Wisconsin?
December 11, 2014
Trial By Cash
Judicial elections have gotten ugly. That’s bad news for defendants.