Abbott to appoint Bland to state Supreme Court
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday he'll a appoint Houston appellate judge who lost her most recent election to fill a vacancy on the state Supreme Court.
Lawsuit challenges judicial elections in NC’s largest county
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A lawsuit challenging the new way of electing District Court judges in North Carolina's largest county says the law divides the county into two predominant racial groups and...
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Candidates have begun lining up for Supreme Court races next year in West Virginia.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A proposal to require outside groups to disclose their donors if they get involved in races for Arkansas' top courts has advanced to the House floor for a vote.
Black lawmakers protest judicial elections in South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A number of black lawmakers in South Carolina briefly walked out of judicial elections Wednesday after the Legislature elected a white attorney who has never been a judge to the state Court of Appeals over an African-American woman who has been on the bench 20 years.
Only one other race among the 44 judgeships was contested, and in that race a white woman defeated an African-American woman for a Family Court seat.
Arkansas court dismisses appeal over ad attacking justice
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas court declined to weigh in Wednesday on whether several television stations should have been prohibited from airing a conservative group's attack ad against a state Supreme Court justice during her re-election bid.
Lawsuit challenges Alabama’s method of electing judges
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has finished hearing evidence in a trial challenging Alabama's practice of electing appellate judges by statewide vote.
Chief District Judge Keith Watkins said Monday that he will issue instructions in the next week for final briefs and oral arguments.
Lawsuit challenges Alabama’s method of electing judges
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A trial has begun in a lawsuit challenging Alabama's practice of electing appellate judges by statewide vote, a method that plaintiffs say results in all-white courts in a state where one in four people is African-American.
The trial began this week in federal court in Montgomery and is expected to last several more days.
Appeals judges recuse from case over ads against justice
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Nine of the 12 judges on the Arkansas Court of Appeals are removing themselves from hearing the challenge to a decision that temporarily blocked a group's TV ad attacking a Supreme Court justice.
Jenkins, Armstead win Supreme Court races in West Virginia
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Ex-Congressman Evan Jenkins and former House of Delegates speaker Tim Armstead were elected Tuesday to keep their seats on the West Virginia Supreme Court, where they will complete the unexpired terms of former justices caught up in a scandal over court spending.
Group asks court to reject Arkansas justice’s ad lawsuit
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Washington-based conservative group is asking a federal court to reject an Arkansas Supreme Court justice's attempt to halt its attack ads and mailers against her.
Attorneys for the Republican State Leadership Committee's Judicial Fairness Initiative on Monday asked the court to reject Justice Courtney Goodson's request for a preliminary injunction against the ads and mailers.
Monday is voter registration deadline for Nov. 27 runoffs
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi residents are facing a voter registration deadline for next month's runoff elections.
People have until 5 p.m. Monday to register. That will allow them to vote Nov. 27 if there are runoffs for a special U.S. Senate election, judicial races and two special elections for Mississippi House seats.
There was an earlier registration deadline for the Nov. 6 general election.
CO official: All registered voters will get ballot guides
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's nonpartisan Legislative Council is assuring thousands of voters that they'll receive — if they haven't already — a November ballot guide that initially was mailed to wrong addresses.
About 90,000 so-called "Blue Books" with information on state ballot measures and judicial elections were mailed Oct. 6 to the correct addresses of registered voters in 36 counties in eastern and western Colorado. County clerks also received extra books.
Comcast dropping appeal over blocked political ad
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A cable provider in Arkansas said Thursday it will no longer appeal a ruling that prevented it from airing a conservative group's attack ad against a state Supreme Court justice seeking re-election.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Judicial elections in North Carolina are all but set for November with the candidate filing period over for trial and appeals courts.
Candidates had until noon Friday to turn in paperwork to the state elections board in Raleigh.
2 more Cooper vetoes overridden by General Assembly
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two more vetoes by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper of bills addressing judicial election districts and insurance have been overridden by the North Carolina legislature.
The Senate completed the overrides Thursday with majorities above the required threshold. The House voted to enact those bills over Cooper's objections Wednesday.
Republicans complete veto overrides on 2 election-bills
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two election-related bills became North Carolina law Wednesday, despite Gov. Roy Cooper's formal objections, as lawmakers completed overriding his vetoes.
The House voted by nearly identical party-line margins to override Cooper's vetoes and enact the Republican-authored bills, essentially copying what the Senate did Tuesday.
The Latest: Senate votes to override 2 Cooper vetoes
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the North Carolina legislature considering override vetoes of two election-related bills by Gov. Roy Cooper (all times local):
Republican overrides of two vetoes of election-related bills by North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper are partially complete.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The first day candidates can file to run for North Carolina judgeships attracted more than 120 people seeking seats on the bench this November.
Filing began at noon Monday for over 150 District Court or Superior Court seats, along with one spot on the Supreme Court and three on the Court of Appeals. Filing ends at noon June 29.
Gov. Cooper vetoes judicial district, election bills
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's vetoes of two bills adds more uncertainty to already unusual state elections this fall for judges and in races where new political parties want to field candidates.
Cooper announced late Friday - less than three hours before a 10-day state constitutional deadline - his decision to block a pair of measures.
Fight over redistricting, judicial elections shifts to House
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The fight over trying to take politics out of drawing Pennsylvania's legislative and congressional districts shifted Wednesday to the state House of Representatives, where majority Republicans may be mostly interested in overhauling how state appeals judges are elected.
GOP muscles judicial election change into redistricting bill
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans in the Pennsylvania Senate on Tuesday moved to capitalize on the political momentum behind adopting a less partisan redistricting system to overhaul how state appeals judges are elected, drawing howls of protest from Democrats.
Without statewide consensus, partial judicial remaps advance
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican lawmakers are advancing fragments of a statewide remapping of North Carolina's judicial election districts in hopes of passing them before candidate filing for judges begins in just over two weeks.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators have taken another step toward redrawing judicial election districts, although the changes would only apply in the state's most-populated county.
A Senate elections committee voted Tuesday to remap boundaries for Superior Court districts in Mecklenburg County and to create identical boundaries for District Court boundaries in the county.
Bitter, expensive fight for Arkansas court seat to drag on
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A bitter and expensive fight for an Arkansas Supreme Court seat that drew more than $1 million in outside spending and a flurry of attack ads will drag on for another six months, with an incumbent justice heading into a runoff in November against an attorney backed by an out-of-state Republican group.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge has postponed a hearing on a state Supreme Court justice's third lawsuit aimed at halting a conservative group's TV ad attacking her during her re-election bid.
Heated court fight, US House race dominate Arkansas election
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A race for an Arkansas Supreme Court seat that has drawn heavy spending from outside groups and a four-person race for the Democratic nomination to run for a Little Rock-area U.S. House seat headline the ballot in the state's primary and non-partisan judicial election this week.
Arkansas judge who blocked TV ads removing himself from case
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Facing questions about a potential conflict of interest, an Arkansas judge removed himself Wednesday from a case over a conservative group's attack ad against a state Supreme Court justice two days after he ordered some TV stations to temporarily stop airing the spots.
Judge halts ad bashing Arkansas justice seeking re-election
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A northwest Arkansas judge temporarily blocked some TV stations from running a conservative group's ad targeting a state Supreme Court justice seeking re-election.
Arkansas justice sues to block group’s ads in court race
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas Supreme Court justice filed a lawsuit Monday to block a conservative group's television ads targeting her re-election bid, while one of her challengers was criticized by the group in a new spot calling him soft on crime.
Early voting begins for primary election in Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Thousands of Arkansas residents cast ballots Monday on the first day of early voting for the state's May 22 primary and non-partisan judicial election, days after the state Supreme Court said officials can enforce a voter ID law that a judge declared unconstitutional.
The Latest: Another redistricting case slows judicial remap
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on North Carolina legislators debating possible changes to judicial election districts (all times local):
Movement by the General Assembly on redrawing North Carolina's judicial election map is slowing down because of pending redistricting litigation on the legislature's own districts.
House and Senate negotiators had been hopeful they could reach an agreement on boundaries for trial court judgeships and local prosecutors sometimes this week.
Republicans picking up pace on judicial redistricting deal
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly are picking up the pace on creating new judicial election districts, with some leaders hopeful Friday that an agreement could come next week.
House Speaker Tim Moore and the chamber's top judicial mapmaker expressed optimism in interviews that a deal would be reached very soon on redrawn election lines for Superior Court and District Court seats and for local prosecutors.
Republicans uncertain on judge selection, district direction
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Members of a newly formed House and Senate committee dived back into the politically charged issues of judicial redistricting and judicial elections on Thursday, with several questioning details of a proposal to eliminate head-to-head elections in place for 150 years.
Moore predicts deal on judicial maps by end of January
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina House leader predicts redrawn election districts for trial court judges can be finalized with Senate Republicans by the end of January. But he's unsure what his colleagues think about a Senate proposal eliminating head-to-head judicial elections.
House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger appointed Thursday members of a special bipartisan joint committee tasked with recommending judicial changes to the General Assembly.
Four vie in Columbia County judicial election
There are four people who want the Columbia County Circuit Court judge’s bench formerly held by Alan White, and the field will be narrowed to two with a February primary.
The candidate slate is not the same as the list of those seeking an appointment to fill the remainder of White’s term after his September retirement.
Columbia County Assistant Corporation Counsel Krista Miller is not a candidate for judge, and Portage attorney Steve Sarbacker is.
Senator: Judicial changes won’t be considered next week
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republicans are trying to agree on new judicial district lines and whether to propose replacing head-to-head elections for judgeships. But it'll be difficult to get Gov. Roy Cooper and most fellow Democrats to embrace anything that emerges from the Legislative Building on those topics in 2018.
The Latest: Judicial changes won’t be acted on next week
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the North Carolina General Assembly considering changes to judicial election districts and how judges are selected (all times local):
A North Carolina Senate committee wants debate to continue over replacing judicial election districts and altering how judges are selected in the state.
The debate would continue under a new panel comprised of both House and Senate members.
House leader: Judicial deal may not be ready in January
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Chances may be fading for approving dramatic changes to how and from where judges are selected in North Carolina when the General Assembly reconvenes briefly in a few weeks, a key state legislator said Friday.
In October, House Republicans approved redrawn election districts for trial court judges and local prosecutors and sent them to the Senate for consideration, with the hope senators would pass them during a special session beginning Jan. 10.
Democrats sue to try to restore 2018 judicial primaries
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Democrats have gone to court to try to prevent the enforcement of a Republican-approved state law that would eliminate primaries for judicial elections next spring.
The state Democratic Party and several county parties filed a lawsuit this week in Greensboro federal court seeking to have the law, which was approved in October, declared unconstitutional.
The Latest: Democrats walk out after gov’s rep turned away
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on North Carolina politicians fighting in court and in the General Assembly over changes to judicial elections (all times local):
Democrats on a North Carolina legislative committee looking at potential changes to judicial election districts and the selection of judges have walked out of the meeting after a Republican committee leader declined to hear from a retired judge that Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper sent to speak on his behalf.
Senators weigh alternates to head-to-head judicial elections
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A national judicial reform group and a North Carolina law school leader on Wednesday backed altering the state's current method of selecting judges, offering options to legislators focusing more on appointments and confirmations and less on current head-to-head elections.
Nevada Supreme Court justices Douglas, Cherry to retire
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two veteran Nevada Supreme Court justices said Monday they will retire at the end of their current terms, setting up an election in November 2018 that will put two new members on the seven-member bench for the first time in 14 years.
Justices Michael Douglas and Michael Cherry said in brief comments before an appellate hearing in Las Vegas that they'll retire in January 2019.
Civil rights attorney running for North Carolina high court
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A longtime civil rights attorney who successfully sued in striking down North Carolina legislative district boundaries for excessive racial bias announced Wednesday she's running for the state Supreme Court next year.
The Latest: Committee leader promises careful review
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a North Carolina Senate committee meeting for the first to consider changes to the state's judicial election districts (all times local):
Republicans on a new Senate committee examining changes regarding North Carolina's judicial election districts and the selection of judges say they're committed to a careful review of all possible options.
Here’s help voting in Pa.’s hapless judicial elections
On Nov. 7, Pennsylvanians elect seven new statewide judges and retain (or not; though don’t count on not) three incumbent statewide judges.
Voters about to select or retain mostly have no idea whom they’re voting for; likely, they’ll decide based on party, geography, gender, or ballot position.
Chief justice opposes legislation for 2-year judicial terms
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The head of North Carolina's court system is against a proposal by some GOP legislators to reduce elected judges' terms to two years, saying it "would disrupt the administration of justice."
Berger: New judicial panel part of dialogue on options
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Senate's top leader says he wants a "thoughtful dialogue" from many perspectives in the coming months about potentially dramatic changes to the state judiciary.
Republican Sen. Phil Berger on Tuesday announced the creation of the Senate Select Committee on Judicial Reform and Redistricting.
Berger says the panel of 10 Republican senators and five Democrats will consider carefully proposed redrawn judicial election districts the House approved this month.