Great article by Binker on the 2014 court campaigns

Mark Binker writes about NC Courts Races, 2014

By Mark Binker Read more at WRAL,com

GREENSBORO, N.C. — It's not every campaign-season crowd that can pepper candidates for state Supreme Court with informed questions about precedence, important cases and judicial philosophy.

"We spend a fair amount of time at gatherings at which frequently the first questions (are), 'Who are you? Why are you here? And why are we doing this?'" Sam Ervin IV told the students and faculty gathered in Elon Law School's library earlier this week.

North Carolina voters will choose four of the state's seven Supreme Court justices this fall, along with four judges for the 15-member state Court of Appeals and dozens of District Court and Superior Court seats across the state...