This is a link to my op-ed from Creative Loafing Charlotte on the North Carolina Supreme Court race between Justice Paul Newby and Judge Sam Ervin of the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Here are some excerpts:
The potential for high-stakes issues, such as redistricting maps, to go before the court in the next couple years has scared conservatives like Fetzer into shattering all the barriers that have protected judicial races from corruption in the past.
Welcome to a brave new world of North Carolina politics, where judicial races will become free-for-alls, the winner will have the richest friends, and the loser will be an average citizen whose voice will be drowned out by an onslaught of money.
Democracy is based on the belief that we all should have an equal say in the political process - that your vote counts as much as mine and that your opinion matters. It’s the idea that we all have value and that our value is not judged by our wealth.