From MICHAEL LAYBOURN
I have always ignored the judge voting until I realized how the right wing has gotten control of America’’s judicial system, especially during the Bush II years. So this year I decided to go online and try to find out about some California judicial recommendations for this reason: On the state Courts of Appeal, you vote “yes” or “no.” If a majority says “no,” they are out of the office and the Governor must select a new judge. So I googled…
First of all, Google’s first page are 2 Christian recommendations, Tea party and other politically right recommendations for the top five. The next was the League of Women voters as follows:
HOW CAN VOTERS GET INFORMATION ON JUDICIAL CANDIDATES?
Read the local newspaper for coverage of the campaign. Check editorials for their endorsements and reasons for their choices in the week before the election.
Check the sample ballot that all counties mail voters. It will list only the judicial candidates that you will be able to vote on at your polling place. Then turn to the section that prints statements submitted by nonpartisan candidates. Judicial candidates can, for a fee, put a 200 word statement in the sample ballot, and many of them do.
Call the county or State Bar Association. us counties do not usually evaluate judicial candidates.
Read the candidate’s own campaign literature.
Evaluate the campaign literature that is mailed to you from groups who are either endorsing or opposing certain judges.
Call the League of Women Voters to find out whether they have included judges in a public meeting or printed candidate’s guide.
Well that wasn’t much help.
The next site was the California Republican lawyers, then a site called Smart Girl Politics, which uses the Christian recommendations, meaning all right wing.
Then a site called California Voter Guide, which is all Republican.
The second page was 9 out of 10 right wing voter recommendation sites. What the hell is this? I didn’t have time to go to another page of sites, but it looks like the right wing has control over the voter recommendations on Google. All I wanted to do was get some information on judges.
Then I found some better information: Who appointed these judges.
_ Chief Supreme Court – Cantil-Sakauyb
A moderate Republican. Appointed by
_ Assoc. Supreme Court – Chin
A moderate Republican appointed by Pete
_ Assoc. Supreme Court – Moreno
Appointed by Gray Davis.
_ Presiding Appellate – Hill
Appointed by Schwarzenegger.
_ Assoc. Appellate – Detjen
Appointed by Schwarzenegger. Republican.
_ Assoc. Appellate – Poochigian
Appointed by Schwarzenegger. Conservative
_ Assoc. Appellate – Levy
Appointed by Pete Wilson. Republican.
My thinking: You will be wise to vote “No” on all judges unless you know something about them. Or, vote the opposite of right wing voting guides. The reason we have so many bad judges and they stay on the bench for their entire lives, is people go into the voting booth knowing nothing about them and vote “yes.” To do that is not wise. These people control too much of our lives.