Issue: Judicial Independence

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Press Release Julie Archer June 21, 2021
Virtual Town Hall on Protecting Our Courts and the Freedom to Vote
The West Virginia Citizens for Clean Elections coalition will host a statewide virtual town hall with representatives from the West Virginia AFL-CIO, Brennan Center for Justice TONIGHT, Monday, June 21, at 7 p.m. to highlight how state-level attacks on judicial independence are interconnected with the fight to protect the freedom to vote. More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsJudicial IndependenceVoting Rights
Alerts and Updates Julie Archer June 18, 2021
You’re Invited to a Democracy and State Courts Town Hall
Join us for a conversation about fair courts and the For the People Act featuring state and national experts. This virtual town hall will highlight how state-level attacks on judicial independence are interconnected with the fight to protect the freedom to vote. We’ll also discuss how these attacks impact the rights of West Virginia workers and families.  More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsJudicial IndependenceVoting Rights
Alerts and Updates Julie Archer June 16, 2021
Join Us for WV for the People Days of Action!
It's important for everyday West Virginians to be engaged in the fight to strengthen our democracy and pass the For The People Act. This week is West Virginians for Democracy's For the People Days of Action! We aim to show the widespread,  bipartisan support across the state for the For the People Act through a series of online and in person events. Please join us!  More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsJudicial IndependenceVoting Rights
Press Release WVCCE June 3, 2021
West Virginians Need to Know Their Judges Are Being Picked for the Right Reasons
Precious little information has been released to the public about the West Virginia Intermediate Court of Appeals, which is set to begin operations in July 2022. Among the omissions is a clear criteria for how members of the court will be selected. West Virginians deserve to know when and why judges are being picked for their jobs. A public set of criteria will help prevent any direct or indirect political favoritism, safeguard the integrity of the court and preserve public confidence in our judiciary. More
Issues: Fair CourtsJudicial IndependenceTransparency
Press Release WVCCE May 27, 2021
West Virginians Deserve Full Transparency on Intermediate Court
Courts can only be considered fair and impartial if they are created and staffed in a fair and impartial manner. To ensure the public’s trust and confidence in the West Virginia Intermediate Court of Appeals, it’s imperative that the governor’s office provide a public calendar or schedule outlining the appointment process along with clear criteria for potential appointments. More
Issues: Fair CourtsJudicial IndependenceTransparency
WVCCE Blog Julie Archer April 20, 2021
Threats to Fair and Impartial Courts
Two measures we oppose related to West Virginia courts were passed by the WV Legislature. One was signed into law by the Governor last week. The other will go before voters in November of 2022 in the form of a proposed amendment to the state Constitution.  More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsJudicial Independence
Alerts and Updates WVCCE April 19, 2021
Moving Forward
West Virginians banded together during the legislative session to help defeat a few bad bills, including threats to voting rights. However, two measures we opposed related to West Virginia courts were passed by the WV Legislature. We need your help. Donate now to help us build a campaign to stop the impeachment amendment at the ballot and monitor the creation of the intermediate court. More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsJudicial IndependenceVoting Rights
Alerts and Updates Julie Archer March 29, 2021
Take Action to Stop Power Grabs, Protect Voting Rights
Click here for an update and actions you can take to stop legislative power grabs and attempts to politicize the judiciary. With 43 states, including West Virginia, trying to make it harder to vote, we must take action to fight suppression efforts. At the WV Legislature that means opposing SB 565, which would limit access to early voting, gut automatic voter registration, and make it easier to remove voters from the registration rolls. Please take action today. More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsJudicial IndependenceVoting Rights
Newsletter article Julie Archer March 29, 2021
Courts and the Constitution
After quickly passing their house of origin and then clearing their first committee assignment in the other, two measures we oppose related to West Virginia courts slowed down. Now one has cleared another legislative hurdle, and the other is likely to be on the move again soon as we enter the final two weeks of the legislative session. Here’s a quick update and actions you can take to stop these power grabs and attempts to politicize the judiciary.  More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsJudicial IndependenceTransparencyWV Supreme Court
Alerts and Updates Julie Archer March 1, 2021
Update: Still Time to Contact Delegates on HJR 2
It’s obvious that at least some members of the Legislature are under the mistaken impression that the acting Supreme Court that intervened in the impeachment of former Justice Margaret Workman stripped them of their power to impeach. This is completely false. There’s still time to contact your delegate(s) and tell them to vote NO on this dangerous, unnecessary amendment to our constitution. More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsJudicial IndependenceWV Supreme Court
Alerts and Updates Julie Archer February 27, 2021
Tell Delegates to Vote NO on HJR 2
On Monday March 1, the House will be voting on HJR 2, a dangerous, unnecessary amendment to our state consitution. This bill would cut loose future impeachment proceedings of the WV Legislature from all constitutional restraint. Tell delegates to vote NO on HJR 2. More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsJudicial Independence
Alerts and Updates Julie Archer February 22, 2021
Power Grabs and a Gift to Special Interests
We're less than two weeks into the 2021 session and the WV Legislature is moving quickly to undermine the ability of West Virginia courts to defend our democracy and guard against abuses of power. And after three consecutive years of not gettting their way, some legislative leaders still want to waste millions of dollars on an unnecessary intermediate court of appeals because big-money, out-of-state, powerful special interests are demanding it. More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsJudicial IndependenceVoting Rights
Alerts and Updates Julie Archer January 20, 2021
Demand Democracy: Help Pass the For the People Act
As we begin a new year with a new president, WV Citizens for Clean Elections remains committed to the work to hold our government accountable to ensure we create a country where everyone can thrive. That's why we are joining with the Declaration for American Democracy coalition to support the For The People Act (HR 1) and the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act (HR 4) to protect and strengthen the sacred right to vote and return the power of our democracy to the people. Will you join us to demand that the Biden-Harris administration and our members of Congress champion democracy reform as a first priority?  More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDemocracyFair CourtsJudicial IndependenceVoting Rights
Alerts and Updates WVCCE October 8, 2020
Welcome: Re-Introducing WV Citizens for Clean Elections
Our systems are hanging by a thread. Together we can fight back. WV Citizens for Clean Elections is working to remove the influence of money from politics, and are fighting for a court system that works for everyone. We believe in a fair and impartial judiciary, and that starts with ensuring clean elections. More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDemocracyFair CourtsJudicial Independence
WVCCE Blog Julie Archer June 5, 2020
Supreme Court Elections Provide Opportunity to Increase Trust, Accountability, and Transparency in the Judiciary
This moment is an opportunity to bring greater trust, accountability, and transparency to the judiciary, but rebuilding trust in the judiciary cannot end with a single individual. As voters, it’s incumbent upon us to seek out unbiased information about the candidates rather than relying on misleading, inaccurate attack ads. The court and legislators must also seize this opportunity to begin to rebuild trust in the West Virginia judiciary by strengthening disclosure of political spending and the adoption of a strong, objective recusal standard. More
Issues: Fair CourtsJudicial IndependenceTransparencyWV Supreme Court
WVCCE Blog WVCCE May 29, 2020
Election Day: The Countdown is On and You Can Help Move Others to Action!
In the 2020 primary election, West Virginians across the state will be able to exercise their right to vote for an unprecedented 3 out of 5 justices on the WV Supreme Court. We need your help getting the word out about www.wvcourtelections.org/ and we only have 10 days left to do so. Don't be fooled, be informed, educate others, and be certain to cast your vote on or before June 9. More
Issues: Citizens UnitedClean ElectionsDark MoneyDemocracyJudicial IndependenceWV Supreme Court
Press Release WVCCE April 28, 2020
WVCCE Launches Website for 2020 WV Supreme Court Elections
The West Virginia Supreme Court races are among the most important on our June 9 ballot. Our courts are powerful, and they matter. Our rights as voters, workers, parents and community members depend on the decisions of our elected judges. It is imperative that we are better informed about our courts and the judicial candidates so that we can use our right to vote effectively, More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsJudicial IndependenceVoting RightsWV Supreme Court
Alerts and Updates WVCCE April 27, 2020
Our Court, Our Vote – Judges Are on the Ballot: Know Your Judicial Candidates
West Virginia voters will elect three justices to the West Virginia Supreme Court in the upcoming primary election.  That's why we're excited to launch a new website, wvcourtelections.org, to help voters learn more about these elections and the judicial candidates. Our rights as voters, workers, parents, and community members depend on the decisions of our elected judges. It is imperative that we are better informed about our courts and the judicial candidates so that we can use our right to vote effectively. More
Issues: Fair CourtsJudicial IndependenceVoting RightsWV Supreme Court
Newsletter WVCCE April 4, 2020
Reaching Out, Checking In (Plus Action for Voting, Legislative Update)
We hope you are finding meaningful ways to connect with and check-in with one another in these times of physical distancing. (While we need to be physically distanced right now, we need to build more social connection!) Oft-repeated tips on how to stay healthy in both body and spirit while trying to navigate stay-at-home orders, work layoffs, and fears for the health of our families and communities include checking up on others by phone and digital means, setting daily goals, and deepening the sense of purpose you create for your life by your actions and activities. To that end we wanted to share some easy actions you can take, and also share a bit of good news in the form of a legislative update. More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsHealthJudicial IndependenceTransparencyVoting RightsWV Supreme Court
WVCCE Blog Julie Archer April 3, 2020
WV House Rejects New Court Sought by Powerful Special Interests
If you were one of the people who responded to calls to action from WV Citizens for Clean Elections Coalition and our partners and allies during the 2020 WV Legislative Session, thank you! You helped defeat a bad bill sought by powerful special interests. Besides the intermediate court of appeals, there were also multiple constitutional amendments proposed that would have undermined the independence of the courts. We must continue to fight these attacks and push for increased transparency in our elections and the adoption of strong recusal standards to remove political pressure and conflicts of interest from our courts. More
Issues: Dark MoneyDisclosureFair CourtsJudicial IndependenceTransparency
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