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Michigan, once again a national laughingstock

by: Eric B.

Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 09:53:38 AM EST


State Supreme Court races, again.

Of the $15 million or so spent for TV ads in Michigan, 75 percent cannot be attributed to identifiable donors, notes Rich Robinson, executive director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, which advocates changing Michigan law to bar undisclosed independent spending. That exceeds even the 2010 record, when half the total spending on Michigan Supreme Court races came from secret sources.

No transparency in the election, and candidates picked based on how they perform in generic name polls (the Irish woman effect). I'm sorry, and it pains me to say this, but at what point does the entire thing lose its legitimacy

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The whole process (0.00 / 0)
of electing judges never had any legitimacy to me, since I grew up in a state (NJ) where judges are appointed.

Here in Oakland County, there were a couple of wingers (Carley and Rollstin - 100% Pro-Life! - now what on earth does that have to do with being a Circuit Court judge in OC?) running for Circuit Court, and I'm sure at the least the majority of their campaign literature was paid for by some group (I forget the name) in Arlington, VA.

Same deal as the Supreme Court races - undisclosed spending from groups with who knows what interest in the OC courts. At least Carley and Rollstin lost, and lost big.


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If these process had any legitimacy to begin with, is when someone finally sues and gets this process up to the national Supremes to rule on.  I doubt the process is reformed regardless of which party heads up government in this state, but it will surely not get done under a Republican administration and legislature where unlimited money is held a "free speech", and where any kind of reform - even simple transparency legislation - is given lip-service and far from top priority.


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