Judicial Independence, Elections and Provocative Rulings

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Different states select their judges in different ways, including appointment and a variety of election systems. When three Supreme Court justices were rejected last week, the decision of Iowa voters was celebrated as a rebuke of judicial overreach and decried as a threat to judicial independence. We hear about same-sex marriage and judicial selection. Also, ahead of its IPO, GM posts largest quarterly profit in 11 years, and America’s top math students are no better than average when compared to the rest of the world.

Banner image: Justices of the Iowa State Supreme Court. Chief Justice Marsha K. Ternus (C), Justice Michael J. Streit (5th R) and
Justice David L. Baker (far R) were rejected in last week's retention election.