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Posted by: Brittany Sims on May 22, 2014

In a recent editorial, the New York Times writes that judicial elections have always been “a bad idea” and that special-interest money has made it worse by greatly increasing the influence of corporations, unions and other interests with issues before the courts. The publication cites examples in North Carolina and Arkansas, where out-of-state money is being used to influence Supreme Court elections. “It would be nice to report that states are responding to rising special-interest spending by devising rules for judicial recusal to take campaign contributions into account,” the publication states. “But a new report on state recusal rules by the Center for American Progress suggests otherwise. It seems the best that can be hoped for is that voters will ignore untruthful attack ads when they go to the polls.”