Over the past decade, elections for state high court seats have gone
from sleepy, mildly partisan affairs to major political battles with
huge campaign spending, millions in independent special interest
advertising, and misleading and negative attacks in the forefront.TV advertising is now apart of virtually all (91%) contested state supreme court elections, up from about one in five elections in 2000.And in 2006 business groups were the source of more than 90% of those ads.Business groups are also the source of almost half of all campaign contributions in these races.
In one more example of lax federal agencies being empowered to block
tougher state protection of consumers, the Supreme Court ruled
yesterday that states are barred from protecting consumers from faulty
medical devices, such as breast implants, if the Federal Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) has already approved those devices.