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Judicial elections back in court

April 2, 2012
The Journal

This past week the continuing question of how judges get elected in Minnesota took another turn. For years, critics of the judicial election system - mostly lawyers who want to get elected themselves - have complained that the campaign rules imposed by the Minnesota judicial system inhibit free elections. Judges, according to the rules, could not seek endorsements from political parties, could not endorse others, and could not state their positions on issues that may come before them. Basically, they run on their qualifications and experience, and incumbent judges have been traditionally hard to unseat.



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