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.
Partisan Judicial Elections and the Distorting Influence of Campaign Cash
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.
Disclosure Laws Needed to Ensure Transparency in Judicial Elections
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.
The Conservative Takeover of State Judiciaries
Todd Phillips and Andrew Blotky summarize the history behind legislative pushes that would enable governors to replace competent state judges, a power that would, in practice, result in more conservative replacements in states across the country.
Why Courts Matter
Issue Brief Andrew Blotky and Kimberly Barton look at recent and ongoing court cases that demonstrate how much is at stake for the LGBT community.
Progressives Must Take Back Courts
Regardless of where you live, or what issues you care about, all Americans deserve a judiciary that works, writes Andrew Blotky.
Federal Courts in Crisis
On April 17, the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the Committee for a Fair Judiciary discussed the process and politics of judicial confirmations, the impact of the judicial vacancies crisis, and solutions for 2012 and beyond.
Texas’s Judicial Emergencies and the Need for Senate Action
The Center for American Progress co-hosted an event last week on the judicial vacancies in Texas and the nation.
Voter Suppression 101
Issue Brief Scott Keyes, Ian Millhiser, Tobin Van Ostern, and Abraham White expose the voter suppression efforts underway across the country.
Americans Agree: Corporations Aren’t People
Recent Legal Progress surveys on constitutional rights have found that concern over corporate favoritism continues to be a consistent concern among American voters across the political spectrum.
Who Will Republicans Choose When It Comes to the Nation’s Courts?
It is time for Senate Republicans to take up the business of the nation's courts and address the nearly 200 million Americans living in jurisdictions with courts unable to function as designed.
Making the Court a Priority for Progressives
Andrew Blotky argues in The Huffington Post that it's time for progressives to unite and support getting more progressive judges on the federal bench.