State and Federal Courts: The Last Stand in Voting Rights
Issue Brief The Supreme Court’s ruling in Shelby County v. Holder means that courts will play an even more important role in protecting the right to vote.
Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action shows diversity still matters
Andrew Blotky writes about today's Supreme Court ruling on the admissions program at the University of Texas.
Voters Overwhelmingly Support Judicial Election Reforms
Recent polling results indicate that the vast majority of voters want to eliminate the influence of campaign cash in judicial elections.
No Justice for the Injured
Report An analysis of state supreme court rulings shows that an influx of corporate campaign cash is influencing judges to rule against those injured while on the job or by business entities such as hospitals.
5 Reasons Why Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act Enhances Our Democracy
Issue Brief Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act has protected our right to vote and is needed to continue building a diverse electorate that includes all Americans.
NRA Working to Elect Pro-Gun Judges and Prosecutors
Using a front group, the NRA has spent millions of dollars to influence the elections of state supreme court judges and attorneys general nationwide.
Campaign Finance Laws Fail as Corporate Money Floods Judicial Races
Report This compilation of recent reports describes the distorting influence of campaign cash and suggests policy solutions to mitigate these problems.
The Million Dollar Judges of 2012
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.
Public Financing of Judicial Races Can Give Small Donors a Decisive Role
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.
Strong Recusal Rules Are Crucial to Judicial Integrity
Issue Brief Mandatory recusal rules would go a long way toward ensuring citizens that judges and by extension, justices, can be bought.
Same-Sex Couples and the Supreme Court: What to Expect in the Coming Weeks
The 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.
Federal Judicial Emergencies
Issue Brief Andrew Blotky and Sandhya Bathija on the state of judicial emergencies in the nation.
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.
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.