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Minnesota judicial campaign rules still under challenge

St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: A new round begins Wednesday in the lengthy legal battle over how Minnesota's judicial candidates campaign for office.

Golden Valley lawyer Greg Wersal and his co-appellants, including the Republican Party of Minnesota, seek to convince a panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that judicial candidates should be allowed to personally solicit campaign funds and seek political party endorsements.

If the appellate judges side with Wersal and his co-appellants, it could open judicial elections to partisan politics.

"The way things are now it makes running for office almost impossible," said Wersal, a former candidate for the Minnesota Supreme Court.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2002 that judicial candidates can speak out about controversial topics but did not consider the details of running for election and returned the case to the appeals court for further review. -- Judicial politics up for review (St. Paul Pioneer Press)