image(Davenport, IA) – Iowa Judicial Watch is a new 501(c)(4) organization dedicated to ensuring that our courts follow the  law as it was originally publicly understood by (a) reforming the judicial selection process; (b) until such reforms are made, to work within the current system to make it more open and transparent; and (c) to confirm constitutionalists to the bench.

IJW lobbies the Iowa Statehouse to reform the current judicial selection process which is heavily stacked in favor of liberals who believe in a living constitution.  Iowa voters should be allowed to elect those who serve on the nominating commissions, and the entire commission process must be made more open and transparent.

We also provide the public with valuable information, such as copies of the official applications that all judicial applicants must complete, essential background information on applicants for judgeships and vacancies on the commissions, information on the judges who are up for retention votes, including conducting our own broader survey of judicial performance.

Finally, IJW lobbies for or against the selection of applicants to judgeships and judicial nominating commissions based on their past writings, lectures, associations, response to our questionnaires, etc.  Additionally, we work to recruit constitutionalists attorneys to apply for judgeships and to serve on the commissions.

You can learn more about Iowa Judicial Watch by visiting their website.  You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter as well.

2 comments
  1. I noticed Shane Vander Hart is on the board of directors for this new 501(c)4. I have two questions: will Iowa Judicial Watch disclose its donors, and does the group have a volunteer or paid board of directors?

    1. I’ll answer you here even though you and I discussed this via Twitter… just for the benefit of those who read your question and wonder.

      We are a volunteer board of directors. We do hope to employ an executive director which will likely be Nathan Tucker. As far as disclosure… we haven’t really had a serious discussion on that yet. I’m not speaking on behalf of the board, but since one of our stated goals is transparency it wouldn’t make much sense not to disclose. Since we are just getting started though we don’t have a donors’ list. Can I count on you for a contribution? 🙂

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