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The Supreme Court Needs to get Smarter About Politics

Via The Washington Post At one point during the oral argument Tuesday in the case of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, Justice Antonin Scalia remarked that he didn’t understand the legislation in question. “This campaign finance law is so intricate…

When it Comes to Money, Sen. Pot, Meet Judge Kettle

Via The Washington Post THE SUPREME Court has rightly upheld a Florida ethics rule that prohibits judges from personally soliciting campaign contributions. The case involves a lawyer, Lanell Williams-Yulee, who in 2009 sent out a letter announcing her candidacy for a county…

Supreme Court: Judges Are Not for Sale

Via Newsweek After years of striking down campaign finance laws, the U.S. Supreme Court on April 29 upheld a Florida rule that bars judicial candidates from personally asking for campaign contributions. Chief Justice John Roberts’s opinion drew a distinction between…

State Supreme Court justice could be grilled about own election

VIA Better Government Association (Chicago Sun-Times) Better Government Association Justice Lloyd Karmeier has been on the Illinois Supreme Court for a decade. But now he finds himself on the other side of the bench — drawn into a federal racketeering…

Look beyond the political ads

By Frank Samuelson A local retired judge, John Donald O’Shea, has argued that the 2010 Citizens United decision by the U.S. Supreme Court did not “open big money floodgates” in campaign financing but simply upheld the constitutional right of free…

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