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55 Drake L. Rev. 671 (2006-2007)
Online Campaigning in 2006 State Supreme Court Elections

handle is hein.journals/drklr55 and id is 679 raw text is: ONLINE CAMPAIGNING IN 2006
STATE SUPREME COURT ELECTIONS
C. Scott Peters*
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I.  Introduction  ....................................................................................... 671
II. White, Canons of Ethics, and Issue-Based Campaigning ............. 672
III. Online Campaigning and Discussion of Issues .............................. 676
IV. Online Campaigning for State Supreme Courts in 2006 .............. 679
A .  M ethodology  ................................................................................ 679
B. Candidate Utilization  of W ebsites ............................................ 681
C. Information Provided on Candidate Websites ........................ 682
V .  Conclusions &  Im plications ............................................................. 686
I. INTRODUCTION
Since the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Republican Party of
Minnesota v. White struck down Minnesota's announce clause, which
prevented judicial candidates from discussing potential disputed issues,
many observers, commentators, and scholars have feared that overtly
political campaigns for state judicial office will become the norm.1 Indeed,
there is no lack of anecdotal evidence that we are in the midst of such a
transformation. As the Justice at Stake campaign has demonstrated,
judicial campaigns are becoming more expensive and increasingly reliant
on television advertising -including negative attack ads.2  It remains
*     Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of
Northern Iowa. B.A., Truman State University, 1993; M.A., University of Kentucky,
1996; Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 1998. Special thanks to Holly Ross, who provided
valuable assistance in tracking down candidate websites and aided in reviewing the
literature on candidate use of websites.
1.    Republican Party of Minn. v. White, 536 U.S. 765 (2002).
2.    DEBORAH GOLDBERG ET AL., JUSTICE AT STAKE CAMPAIGN, THE NEW
POLITICS OF JUDICIAL ELECTIONS 2004, at 1 (2005), http://www.justiceatstake.org/files/

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