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Sun Feb 17, 2019, 01:38 PM

Tradition of nonpartisan selection of judges may end in Iowa

Source: Associated Press

Tradition of nonpartisan selection of judges may end in Iowa

By DAVID PITT and SCOTT McFETRIDGE
February 17, 2019

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa was in the forefront of a national effort to reduce partisanship in the courts nearly 50 years ago when it decided to stop electing judges and instead rely on nominations by a panel of citizens and lawyers. In all, about three dozen states adopted similar systems aimed at emphasizing legal expertise over politics.

But now Republicans who control the governor’s office and the Legislature say it’s time to give politicians greater control. House and Senate leaders are moving to change how judges are chosen after being repeatedly frustrated by court rulings on topics like gay marriage and abortion.

“Over the last 20 years there’s been more and more judicial activism where the Supreme Court justices are trying to legislate from the bench,” Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver said days before the legislative session began.

The Iowa proposal appears to be part of a national effort in conservative states to bring the courts into sync with the other branches of GOP-led government.

Iowa is among at least four states where Republican lawmakers are trying to lessen the role of attorneys on judicial nominating panels, a move that some critics say could lessen public faith in the judiciary.

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Read more: https://apnews.com/01cc5d4d608342e38c62015f5f417458

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Sun Feb 17, 2019, 01:40 PM

1. More GOP/Fox Poison. Vote these people out.

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Sun Feb 17, 2019, 01:45 PM

2. Even More Evidence Republicans Truly Don't Believe in Democracy-Partisanship Over Competence

They continue to work overtime to turn the U. S. into a Russian-style oligarchy.

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Sun Feb 17, 2019, 11:09 PM

3. As an Iowa girl, this breaks my heart.

Is the non-partisan districting next? I've always been proud of that.

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