Fight the Democratic machines: Insurgents are democratizing the party; New Yorkers should join them

In addition to filling vacancies, the county organizations act as gatekeepers, sending lawyers to file challenges that result in insurgent candidates getting thrown off the ballot. And the parties exercise close control over the nomination and election of state judges, who earn six-figure salaries, serve for 10- or 14-year terms, and wield enormous power over civil and criminal cases of all kinds.

World – New York Daily News