On Tuesday, Wisconsin voters will decide whether Judge Rebecca Dallet or Judge Michael Screnock will be the next justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The race has seen millions of dollars in spending, much of it from outside groups unencumbered by campaign finance regulations.
Pennsylvania Republicans' effort to impeach five of their state's supreme court justices is only the latest vivid example of a concerted attack by state legislatures on courts' authority and independence.
The manual focuses on simple changes that can strengthen the applicant pool and candidates selected for judgeships. Recognizing the already-heavy workload of federal courts, it outlines best practices recommended by an advisory committee.
Amid the Trump administration's continued attacks on the federal judiciary, there has been a quieter political push targeting state courts. This roundup looks at laws from state legislatures that pose the biggest threat.