Judicial elections, democratic appointment (e.g., senate confirmation), and the Missouri Plan (a/k/a "merit selection")

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Alaska Judicial Selection - Similar Debate to Kansas and Other "Missouri Plan" States

Alaska is one of 9 states that violates basic democratic equality in selecting its supreme court. As in the other 8 states, the insiders with disproportionate power in Alaska judicial selection defend their special powers by arguing they help ensure judges are selected on the basis of merit rather than politics. Sen. Pete Kelly, a Republican from Fairbanks, introduced a bill to reduce the extent to which Alaska Supreme Court selection violates basic democratic equality by giving special powers to the bar.