Isn’t that the way it’s supposed to work?

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What does one say to that lack of self-awareness?

On Wednesday, a 5-4 Supreme Court held in Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar that states may “prohibit judges and judicial candidates from personally soliciting funds for their campaigns.” It was a small but symbolically important victory for supporters of campaign finance laws, as it showed that there was actually some limit on the Roberts Court’s willingness to strike down laws limiting the influence of money in politics.

Chief Justice John Roberts’s opinion for the Court in Williams-Yulee is certainly better for campaign finance regulation than a decision striking down this limit on judicial candidates — had the case gone the other way, judges could have been given the right to solicit money from the very lawyers who practice before them. Yet Roberts also describes judges as if they are special snowflakes who must behave in a neutral and unbiased way that would simply be inappropriate for legislators, governors and presidents:

States may regulate judicial elections differently than they regulate political elections, because the role of judges differs from the role of politicians. Politicians are expected to be appropriately responsive to the preferences of their supporters. Indeed, such “responsiveness is key to the very concept of self-governance through elected officials.” The same is not true of judges. In deciding cases, a judge is not to follow the preferences of his supporters, or provide any special consideration to his campaign donors. A judge instead must “observe the utmost fairness,” striving to be “perfectly and completely independent, with nothing to influence or controul {sic} him but God and his conscience.” As in White, therefore, our precedents applying the First Amendment to political elections have little bearing on the issues here.

Here’s your tip, pal

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Hah! Way to go, Chloe!

The governor of Kansas was taken to school by a waitress who objected to his controversial school funding program – and her tip to Gov. Sam Brownback went viral.

Chloe Hough was working her last shift at Boss Hawg’s Barbeque in Topeka when she sent out an urgent message to her friends on Facebook : “You guys 911 emergency. It’s my last shift and I am waiting on our governor. What should I say to him. This is not a test. Go.”

When Brown finished his dinner Saturday night, Hough presented him with his credit card slip for $52.16 – with the tip line marked with a large “X” and handwritten instructions for the governor: “Tip the schools,” reported KSNT, the NBC affiliate in Topeka.

“It was my last shift at the restaurant as I had quit so it worked out nicely,” Hough told KSNT.

Hough posted a picture of the slip on her Facebook page with the caption “Mic Drop.”

In March, Brownback instituted a change in funding Kansas public schools, switching to block grants for two years instead of relying on complicated formulas to determine each district’s share. The grant program also freezes funding for two years.

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