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All Eyes on Kansas

In late February, the Kansas House of Representatives, with the strong support of Gov. Sam Brownback, approved legislation that would abolish the state’s Missouri Plan for selecting court-of-appeals judges and ...

Halligan and the Second Amendment

Later today the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on Caitlin Halligan’s nomination to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. My colleague Carrie Severino summarized the case against Halligan in this ...

Kudos to Governors Brownback and Branstad

There is good news in the world of state judicial-selection reform. Kansas: Last week I reported that the Kansas House Judiciary Committee had approved legislation that would abolish the state’s Missouri ...

Branstad Should Follow Brownback’s Lead

According to the Topeka Capital-Journal, the Kansas House Judiciary Committee has approved legislation that would abolish the state’s Missouri Plan for selecting court of appeals judges. In short, the new plan ...

A Recusal Red Herring

In yesterday’s Politico, we discovered that 74 House Democrats have asked Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to recuse himself from any Obamacare cases, citing reports that his wife financially benefited ...

Mike Lee’s Strong Start

Check out this video of freshman senator Mike Lee in action for one of his first Judiciary Committee meetings. He is a former clerk to Justice Samuel Alito and the ...

Iowa’s Crazy Judges, Part II

In Part I of this post, I brought attention to Iowa Chief Justice Mark Cady’s statement that Iowa’s version of the Missouri Plan is “the best method in the nation ...