MADISON (AP) -- Gov. Jim Doyle says he supports a bill expected to pass the Legislature next week that would make public money available for state Supreme Court races.
The so-called "impartial justice" proposal would make public money available to Supreme Court candidates for the general election matching what opponents or outside interests may spend.
Doyle said Friday that he thinks there is a real difference between a judicial race and a partisan political race.
He says people expect attack ads and name calling in a partisan race, but when it's done in a nonpartisan judicial contest it "really demeans the judiciary and gives people a sense that justice is not evenhanded."
Doyle calls the bill a good step forward.
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