Story Detailing North Carolina Judicial Races in '06

There is a good story detailing the coming judicial elections in North Carolina by the AP, here. The story includes a bit on the farce of calling North Carolina Judicial elections "Non-Partisan":

Appellate court candidates in North Carolina ran without party labels and under a public financing program for the first time in 2004, but politics hardly melted away from these "nonpartisan" races.

The late-season retirement of Justice Bob Orr from the Supreme Court left eight candidates scrambling for his job, one captured by Paul Newby after he won the endorsement of the state GOP over three other Republicans. But Democrats managed to push back historical trends and win three of the four remaining seats on the high court and the Court of Appeals.

There will certainly be more news once Easley names an appointment for the retiring Chief Justice Lake. But for those of you that want to start gearing up for the judicial elections in November, this is a good primer.