SharksWithLasers -- Seth Cooper

A CUTTING-EDGE BLOG FOR THE WORLD OF THE 21st CENTURY, Currently operated by Seth L. Cooper, a 27 year-old attorney in Seattle (sethlcooper at comcast dot net)

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

SAVE OUR STATE’S JUDICIAL ELECTIONS! Justice Richard Sanders of the Washington State Supreme Court has a truly important op-ed in Tuesday’s Seattle Times—urging Washingtonians to preserve the current judicial election system—including judicial elections. (HT: Sound Politics.) Not only is the current system of no campaign limits with full disclosure at issue, so is the very right of citizens to elect their judges!

The power of the people to elect their judges is an essential, precious right of the people of the state. We must NOT surrender it. They system we have works and there is no sufficient reason to abolish it.

I particularly like this little insight from Justice Sanders:
…perhaps those who are pushing these "reforms" think that subjective "ratings" by groups they control or mightily influence will maximize their influence on the electorate. After all, didn't this recent effort get started exactly because the elites were frustrated that the people weren't taking their advice?

Elites always claim there is a crisis when the people don’t do what they would like them to. Funny how that works, isn’t it?

The people of this state were the ones that RATIFIED our state constitution and the people should hold on to their right to elect judges to interpret that constitution.

(North Seattle--Green Lake, WA)

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