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North Carolina's Supreme Court has a long and colorful history, with both parties engaging in politically-motivated machinations at various times. Politics NC has a great article on the history of the court and the context of this year's especially crucial Supreme Court election (Politics NC is a subscription service, you can read four articles/month for free). There are seven justices who serve staggered eight-year terms, with at least one facing election in every two-year election cycle. Four of the current justices are Democrats. Justices who leave office before their terms end (eg, resignation, reaching retirement age) are replaced by the governor and face election in the next cycle. The NC Supreme Court hears cases such as redistricting challenges and separation of powers disputes, as well as those concerning the state constitution and NC law as written by the legislature. Learn more about the NC Supreme Court.
Democrats have had a majority on the NC Supreme Court since 2016, and Republicans want to change that. Barbara Jackson, the Republican incumbent whose seat is up for election this year, won by a very narrow margin in 2016. Here's a taste of how Republicans have been maneuvering to win control of the NC judicial system:
- Republicans made judicial elections partisan (noting the candidate's party on the ballot) in 2016.
- In 2017, they passed legislation eliminating judicial primaries, hoping to dilute Democratic votes with multiple candidates - many registered Democrat attorneys received mailers this spring encouraging them to run for the Supreme Court seat.
- They passed a law this year that results in the name of the Democratic candidate, Anita Earls, appearing at the bottom of the candidate list on the ballot, a proven disadvantage.
- Republicans have a constitutional amendment on the ballot to transfer the vacancy appointment power from the governor to the legislature; this amendment is opposed by every living retired NC Supreme Court Chief Justice and every living former governor. Its passage would mean that the legislature would eventually control the court that is intended to control the legislature.
- Read more about the ongoing Republican efforts to take control of the NC judiciary and especially the NC Supreme Court at NC Wins.
In light of all this plus the recent US Supreme Court charade thrown in for good measure, Stamp NC Blue PAC enthusiastically supports Anita Earls for the NC Supreme Court. Earls has worked for decades to protect civil rights, fight for families, and advocate for fair political processes; she's the founder of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. She was a leader in the recent successful challenges to NC's monster voter suppression law ("voter ID") and unfair redistricting plans. She has an outstanding legal background, and she's running for one simple reason: "so that our judicial system lives up to the basic promise of equal justice under the law to protect the rights of every North Carolinian." Learn more about Anita Earls and how you can support her campaign here.
In contrast, her main opponent, Barbara Jackson, has consistently put politics and party before impartial justice:
- she actively campaigned for a Republican Chief Justice who was accused of abusing public funds
- she ruled in favor of Republican legislators who wanted to change the rules to keep voters from seeing their official emails
- after receiving political donations from people connected to NC redistricting efforts, she ruled in favor of their gerrymandered maps, which were later found to be unconstitutional.
Chris Anglin also is running as a Republican. Anglin is a formerly registered Democrat who filed to run as a Republican to give moderate Republicans a choice. The leadership in Raleigh used a special session to change a law they had previously passed in order to keep Anglin from running on their ticket. The law eventually was overturned by the NC Court of Appeals, and Anglin will appear on the ballot as a Republican. Here's a brief account of that saga from Slate.
Read bios and candidate statements in the NC Board of Ethics and Elections Enforcement 2018 Judicial Voter Guide, pages 6-8.
Read each candidate's responses to questions posed by NC Policy Watch.
There's clear choice for North Carolina voters who believe in fair, impartial justice: VOTE FOR ANITA EARLS!