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Voters will learn about judges rulings online

Come election time in 2012, voters will have online access to more information about state appellate judges when they decide whether to retain them, thanks to two new laws.... Read more»

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Oct 21, 2011, 8:28 am
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I think this is a wonderful idea and a wonderful law…it’s just unfortunate that very few, especially in this town, will take advantage.

Sen. Steve Gallardo, D–Phoenix, says Gould’s effort to require more information is really a thinly veiled effort to oust liberals.

“The ultraconservatives, they want to inject partisan politics,” he said. “That’s not the system we want, and I don’t think the mass majority of people in Arizona want that type of system.”

Gallardo said he doesn’t think voters should focus on whether a judge rules liberally or conservatively on issues.

“It should be based on competency,” he said. “It should be based on integrity, on character.”

Wow, just wow…so many things wrong with this. Paranoid much? Anything that gives voters more information is a conspiracy against liberals? What, are you kidding me? I submit that he shouldn’t worry about it, because—in my experience—the more liberal someone is, the less they bother to put effort into researching candidates and issues. Giffords, Grijalva, and the City Council are indisputable evidence of this fact. If voters around here bothered to pay attention all of those spots would currently be held by different people.

I would like Senator Gallardo to explain to all of us how I can judge someone’s competency and/or character if I don’t know that person’s track record concerning how well they’ve been doing their job.

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Sen. Ron Gould, R-Lake Havasu City, said laws he authored will help voters make more informed decisions about retaining those serving on the Arizona Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. An opponent says the laws, which require lists of judges’ decisions to be posted online, are a thinly veiled attempt by conservatives to oust liberals.

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