The partisan election of judges is one of the more negative facets of state government, and for decades there have been attempts to change Texas’ judicial election system. We long have supported efforts to take party politics out of judicial elections and to reduce the effect of campaign money on the state’s courts.
But like the occasional struggle to revise or rewrite the clunky and heavily amended Texas Constitution, attempts to change the state’s judicial selection process always have proved futile. The reform effort flares then fades away in defeat — only to reemerge a few years later because the need for reform is so obvious. It can’t help but reassert itself.
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