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Re: “Behind the Curve

At the risk of sounding like a crazy Internet person, I feel like you've mischaracterized Amendment 2. Under Amendment 2, the governor would appoint appellate judges and they would be confirmed by the legislature (much like federal judges). That is actually the way we already do things in Tennessee, but because of unclear wording in the current state constitution, the amendment is necessary. If Amendment 2 fails, the "bunch of loons" in Nashville can force appellate judges to run in contested partisan elections. Obviously, partisan political elections is at odds with the idea of an independent judiciary, but without even getting into that, it's at odds with the premise of your article in that it actually would give state legislators more power. If appellate judges run in contested elections, the state legislators will be out campaigning for judges, and judges will be beholden to them and other major donors. The only group I know of actively telling people to vote no on Amendment 2 is the tea party. If you want to take power away from that "bunch of loons" you should tell people to vote yes on Amendment 2.

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Posted by m22 on 10/09/2014 at 11:24 AM


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