The U.S. Supreme Court appears headed from this account to a familiar liberal-conservative split on the question of whether states that elect judges, including Arkansas, may prohibit judicial candidates from directly soliciting campaign contributions.

Liberals think it’s a good rule to preserve impartiality. Conservatives seem to like the free speech argument. Justice Anthony Kennedy said little. He may again be a swing vote.

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Money influences elections for judge regardless. We’d better off with an appointive system.