Michael W. Bowers, “Public Financing of Judicial Campaigns: Practices and Prospects,” Nevada Law Journal, Vol. 4, No. 1 (Fall 2003).
Over one hundred fifty years ago, the French writer and observer Alexis de Tocqueville noted that "there is hardly a political question in the United States which does not sooner or later turn into a judicial one."' It is clear to even the most casual observer of the American political system that the transformation phenomenon about which de Tocqueville wrote has grown exponentially since the time he first observed it. The first years of the twenty-first century find judges embroiled in a host of highly important and controversial issues such as abortion, prison reform, religious liberty, education reform, and even determining the eventual victor in the 2000 presidential election. In addition, these judges regularly decide all sorts of more pedestrian issues, such as divorce, child custody, and guilt or innocence in criminal cases, that may ultimately be far more important to citizens' lives than the landmark decisions taught in universities and law schools.