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NRA Working to Elect Pro-Gun Judges and Prosecutors

David KeeneUsing a front group, the NRA has spent millions of dollars to influence the elections of state supreme court judges and attorneys general nationwide.

By Billy Corriher | Thursday, February 14, 2013

Constitutionality of Proposed Firearms Legislation

Gun store article icon Issue Brief The firearm regulation measures endorsed by President Obama and proposed by Congress are safely within constitutional confines and reflect the sort of reasonable regulation that the Supreme Court has already endorsed in previous cases.

By Winnie Stachelberg, Arkadi Gerney, and Robyn Thomas | Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Campaign Finance Laws Fail as Corporate Money Floods Judicial Races

Gavel and money book_alt2 icon Report This compilation of recent reports describes the distorting influence of campaign cash and suggests policy solutions to mitigate these problems.

By Billy Corriher | Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Million Dollar Judges of 2012

Justice Don Willett article icon Issue Brief Billy Corriher looks at the judges who won elections in 2012 while raising roughly $1 million or more, as well as those who had more than $1 million spent on their behalf by independent groups.

By Billy Corriher | Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Preventing Gun Violence in Our Nation

Sandy Hook bus article icon Issue Brief Through better background checks; taking military-grade weapons off the streets and out of criminals’ hands; and improved data, coordination, and enforcement, we can reduce the gun violence that plagues our communities, our children, and our families.

By Neera Tanden, Winnie Stachelberg, Arkadi Gerney, and Danielle Baussan | Saturday, January 12, 2013

Strengthening Our Democracy by Expanding Voting Rights

Early voting article icon Issue Brief With voting rights under attack in state legislatures across the country and voters in many states enduring long lines and other hurdles before they can cast a ballot, voting-rights advocates must help ensure that every American can exercise his or her right to vote.

By Scott Keyes | Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Public Financing of Judicial Races Can Give Small Donors a Decisive Role

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts article icon Issue Brief Public financing programs can drastically limit the opportunity for lawyers, corporations, or others to influence the law through campaign contributions, and can make smaller donors more important to the process.

By Billy Corriher | Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Strong Recusal Rules Are Crucial to Judicial Integrity

West Virginia Supreme Court article icon Issue Brief Mandatory recusal rules would go a long way toward ensuring citizens that judges and by extension, justices, can be bought.

By Billy Corriher | Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Same-Sex Couples and the Supreme Court: What to Expect in the Coming Weeks

U.S. Supreme Court buildingThe Court’s potential decision to review the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 will impact thousands of same-sex couples nationwide.

By Crosby Burns and Andrew Blotky | Thursday, November 15, 2012

Federal Judicial Emergencies

article icon Issue Brief Andrew Blotky and Sandhya Bathija on the state of judicial emergencies in the nation.

By Andrew Blotky and Sandhya Bathija | Thursday, November 8, 2012

Infographic: An Easy Guide to Federal Judicial Nominations

Most Americans don't know how or why a federal judge is chosen. This infographic outlines the federal judicial nomination process step by step.

By Sandhya Bathija and April Carson | Thursday, November 8, 2012

Merit Selection and Retention Elections Keep Judges Out of Politics

A CAP Action report explains why merit-selection systems and retention elections are a good way to keep judges free from politicization of elections.

By Billy Corriher | Thursday, November 1, 2012

Partisan Judicial Elections and the Distorting Influence of Campaign Cash

Michigian Supreme Court Justices article icon Issue Brief Reasonable minds can differ over whether to elect judges, but it is clear that electing judges in partisan elections leads to a myriad of problems.

By Billy Corriher | Thursday, October 25, 2012

Disclosure Laws Needed to Ensure Transparency in Judicial Elections

Supreme Court building in Washington article icon Issue Brief Disclosure laws for corporation and individual donations to judicial elections allow voters to know who's spending money on electing certain judges—and whose side those judges will be on in trial.

By Billy Corriher | Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Why Courts Matter: Reproductive Rights

Planned Parenthood rally article icon Issue Brief When it comes to issues of women’s rights and health, the federal judiciary will continue to play an instrumental role, and we must actively engage in shaping its composition.

By April Carson and Liz Chen | Friday, October 5, 2012