Wednesday, February 03, 2010

From the "Since you asked…" file.

Niki Reading at The Capitol Record wonders...
Should Supreme Court races be publicly funded?
Since you asked, absolutely, if Justices have to be elected at all. The funding question's easy. The election question I'm not so sure about.

Hard to imagine the voters voting to take away their right to vote, though, so we're probably stuck with the elections.

So, sure, public funding. Absolutely.

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Blogger Martin Langeland said...

Since the major cost of campaigns seems to be broadcast media buys; and the air waves used by broadcasters are owned by the people (and licensed by their representatives in the Federal Government); why not make free political time & ads (with production services from the station) for all candidates a condition of broadcast licenses? Explicit formulas for parceling the time can satisfy first amendment needs while lessening the impact of money on the process.
'course, that would be rational. That scares a lot of folks.

10:46 AM  
Blogger Demeur said...

That was my idea that I had a while back but you know the corporations and the rethugs will have nothing to do with it.

10:26 PM  
Blogger Martin Langeland said...

Yep. It is an old idea I first encountered thirty or so years ago. But it's like so much of our pirate culture: the common wealth is perverted into the common theft.

11:07 AM  
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