Focusing on efforts underway in Tennessee to switch from a merit-based selection process for appellate court judges to an elective system, a recent Reuters article explores what has motivated some groups to call for such changes in their states. Apparently, the concern in Tennessee is on “the political orientation of its judges,” many of whom are “vestiges of the days of Democratic control, when a Democratic governor, working with the liberal bar association, picked judges,” according to a Vanderbilt University Law School professor. When these judges issue unpopular opinions that, for example, overturn legislative initiatives favorable to business, the debate over how judges are selected intensifies. Still, in those states where judges are elected and judicial campaigning requires millions of dollars in contributions, some are calling for the adoption of merit-based selection. See Reuters, September 26, 2011.