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

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Judicial Selection is Senate GOP Leader's "Most Significant, Long-Term Contribution"

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called judge confirmations “the most significant, long-term contribution we are making to the country”.

The NY Times writes that while some nominations are controversial in "other cases, the nominees have carried vaunted résumés and commendations from their home-state senators, and in the spirit of bipartisanship, several of the district court nominees were first selected by President Barack Obama. For the most part, those nominees have passed through the Senate (though often along party-line votes) with the ministerial ease once expected for judicial confirmations."