Ethics Watch in the News
October 30, 2014

Bench bias

In the onslaught of campaign ads, one thing Coloradans don’t see are campaigns for judges; however, voters do see judges who are standing for retention on the ballot.

While judges do campaign in some states, Colorado attempts to minimize the political influence that occurs through campaigning by appointing judges via a merit system. Judges then stand in yes/no retention elections after sitting on the bench for a period of time. Colorado’s Commissions on Judicial Performance provide voters with, as the State Ballot Information Booklet says, “fair, responsible and constructive evaluations of judges and justices seeking retention.” Colorado has one state commission that evaluates judges on the state Supreme Court and Colorado Court of Appeals, and 22 district commissions that evaluate trial judges. State and district commissions publish their evaluations in Colorado’s ballot information book, providing a recommendation on retention, a vote count, biographical information about the judge, survey results from those who have interacted with the judge and descriptions of a judge’s performance strengths and weaknesses.

Citizens United: Who Are These Guys?

The Huffington Post Denver (Luis Toro) Citizens United has been in Colorado news a lot lately. Read More ›

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners files lawsuit in campaign donor dispute

The Greeley Tribune (James Redmond) Windsor-based Second Amendment lobby Rocky Mountain Gun Owners has filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court in Denver in an attempt keep private donor records related to a mailer sent out before this year’s primary election. Read More ›

Pro-Gun, Anti-Abortion Groups Sue Colorado

Courthousenews.com (Megan Gallegos) A gun rights group and an anti-abortion group have sued Colorado, claiming its law requiring them groups to disclose donors to their mailing campaigns is unconstitutional. Read More ›

Democrats accuse Conti of legal violations

The Villager (Peter Jones) State rep erred on campaign-finance reports Read More ›

Gun group sues Colorado Secretary of State, watchdog group

The Coloradoan (Adrian D. Garcia) Rocky Mountain Gun Owners is suing the Colorado Secretary of State after the agency requested donor records from the Windsor-based pro-gun lobbying group. Read More ›

Citizens United given go-ahead to run ads for “Rocky Mountain Heist”

The Denver Post (Joey Bunch) Citizens United, the conservative group behind the new film "Rocky Mountain Heist," can run ads promoting the movie, but still risk answering for it in court, the Colorado Secretary of State's Office said. Read More ›

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