Earlier this week North Carolina’s governor signed into law the formal repeal of the state’s public financing system for appellate judicial races (Part 38 of HB 589). The end was already sealed earlier in the year when all appropriations for the program were cut out of the state’s budget (see this post for coverage of that).
Interestingly, at roughly the same time this session North Carolina was seeking to end its public financing, two states were going the opposite direction. West Virginia moved to make its temporary public financing program for its supreme court races permanent (HB 2805) and Kentucky’s House was voting to create such as program for its supreme court races starting in 2014, when 4 of the 7 seats on the state’s highest court are on the ballot.
The video below is from the Kentucky House proceedings on HB 31, the 2013 iteration of the public financing bill. This was the third year in a row a version of the bill was introduced and the first time it passed one chamber.