"The arms race for money that drives our campaigns threatens the concept of one person, one vote."
N.C. should fight to keep publicly funding judicial campaigns
David Earley at the Brennan Center for Justice published this great op-ed in the Charolotte N&O on why North Carolina needs to preserve it's judicial public financing program:
Like North Carolina, 38 other states elect their judges. In many of those states, judicial candidates raise millions of dollars to finance their campaigns - often from the parties and lawyers who appear in court before them. One Texas lawyer summed up perfectly the danger of high spending judicial races: "In Texas, we've got 'jukebox justice.' You put your quarter in the jukebox, and your judge sings your tune."