Spotlight on State Supreme Courts

When the U.S. Supreme Court issues a ruling, or has a vacancy to be filled, the politics of the Court face close scrutiny. What judicial philosophies and interpretive approaches are Justices following? How do their views impact judicial decisions? What is the policy impact of the partisan balance of power? These questions are neglected, though, when it comes to state Supreme Courts.
This Appeal: Political Report series covers state-level Supreme Court appointments and elections, and their consequences, through the lens their power deserves.