Jessica Miller | November 23, 2011
Some people object to smoking prevention and cessation ads that have been airing on television stations across North Dakota and Minnesota. They seem to think the ads, which range from humorous to disturbingly dark, are ineffective and unfair. They object to what they perceive as “demonization” of smokers. They are missing the point.
Jessica Miller | May 18, 2010
The Senate Judiciary Committee today will consider Jack McConnell’s nomination to be a federal district judge in Rhode Island. Given his underwhelming qualifications for that job, including an unimpressive ABA evaluation and his role in some of the more abusive litigation of the last 20 years, there are good reasons to question McConnell’s qualifications for a lifetime job as a federal judge. Rhode Island’s senators, Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, say McConnell has “a brilliant legal mind” and the “experience, intellect, and temperament” to be a good judge, but the ABA isn’t so sure. In fact, nobody on the ABA committee that evaluated McConnell’s qualifications saw him as “well qualified,” a substantial majority rated him merely “qualified,” and a minority considered him “unqualified.”