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An easy first step

This isn’t 1976, or even 2006

This article was published April 1, 2016 at 2:19 a.m.

This year's campaigns for the state's top court are behind us now. (Applause light on.) Not to fear, there'll be plenty more campaigns to come. That is unless the state decides to change the way judges are selected for the bench, at least the appellate benches. There is talk of going to a system of merit selection, as many other states have done, and getting rid of campaigns for the state's judicial seats--at least at the highest levels. Even without a crystal ball, we can see a lot of argument in the future.

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Nodmcm says... April 1, 2016 at 6:26 a.m.

Why not just require total reporting on campaign contributions over $100 dollars? Why is it good to let people support candidates secretly, with big bucks? If money is simply "free speech," as the conservative Supreme Court has seen fit to deign, why not make that speech always public, so we can all "hear" it, and so we know exactly who is "speaking?" Rich folks love to work in the dark, to hide, like termites. Let's tear off the rot, and expose our entire political contribution system, not just that for judges, to the light of day.

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