How to Vote on Arizona Judges

 

Andrew HurwitzRuth McGregorDuring every election cycle I am always asked which judges to vote for on the ballot. This is always the biggest mystery since almost every judge refuses to answer candidate surveys.

Below is what we know on the judges and how you should consider voting. All of these judges will be retained. In fact, no judge has been turned out of office in over 30 years! However, judges do like to review their numbers the day after the election to see how they compare to their cohorts.

Here is the list:

ARIZONA SUPREME COURT:
Andrew Hurwitz – VOTE NO – Liberal Democrat
Ruth McGregor – VOTE NO – Liberal Democrat
 
AZ COURT OF APPEALS:
Division One – Including Maricopa County
Donn Kessler – VOTE NO – Liberal Democrat
Patricia Norris – VOTE NO – Liberal Democrat
Maurice Portley – VOTE YES – Democrat, but a good judge
 
Division Two – Southern Arizona
William Brammer – VOTE NO – Liberal Democrat
Paul Eckerstrom – VOTE NO – Liberal Democrat
Philip Espinoza – VOTE YES – Solid Conservative
Joseph Howard – VOTE YES – Solid Conservative
 
SUPERIOR COURT JUDGES, MARICOPA COUNTY:
Barbara Rodriguez Mundell, Presiding Judge – VOTE NO!!!!!!!
Be advised that many of the judges who are listed as Republicans switched parties when Hull was in office. They are actually Democrats.
Edward Burke – VOTE YES
Alfred Fenzel – VOTE YES
Jeffrey Hotham – VOTE YES
Brian Ishikawa -VOTE YES
Michael Jones – VOTE YES
All are fine judges
NO on all others, especially Barbara Rodriguez Mundell

Thank You John Kerry!

John Kerry

With Republicans appearing to sag in the polls as Election day draws near, who can we expect to lend us a bump other than John Kerry?

Yesteday in the midst of a military-hating crowd of indoctrinated college students at Pasadena City College, John Kerry made the following statement:

“You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

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Today, Kerry is trying to brush it off as saying it was a joke or that he was actually referring to President Bush. But there is a more profound revelation here. John Kerry, has manifested his real dislike of our military men and women. Kinda brings back the statement that ended up clobbering him in the 2004 election cycle: “I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.”

Expect Kerry’s recent display of affection to be all over the news the next few cycles as Republicans take advantage of Kerry’s words to improve their election outcomes across the country.

With enemies like John Kerry, who needs friends?

Small business woman.

sweet deal.jpg     Gabby touts herself as having successfully run a small business. From what I understand it was more like putting lipstick on the pig before it was sent to the slaughterhouse.

     It does look like she is at least a smart, if disingenuous, businesswoman. She somehow managed to have the City of Tucson take control of an environmentally polluted site so someone else could pay for the clean up. She failed to mention that on her resume of business accomplishments.

Tuesday 10-31-06, 1:30 pm

Wingnuts unite.

blast.jpg     Our site has been noticed over at AZNetroots.com. Tim found our post on embryonic stem cell Frankenscience and wrote the following comment (#8):

     Did you know that in the normal course of Sexual intercourse, thousands of blastocysts are flushed from the uterus. Maybe you can get some volunteers to rescue these poor souls.

     I am no specialist in biology but this is a very interesting take on intercourse and blastocysts. If there are any “wingnuts” out there with a background in biology who would like to comment please do so.

Monday 10-30-06, 11:30 pm

Munsil gains a bit, Kyl improves slightly.

Senator Jon Kyl has widened his lead over Jim Pederson in the latest edition of the Zogby / WSJ Battleground States Poll. Kyl is not showing a 7.4% edge compared to 6.2% on October 19th. Still a close race but the trend is decidedly not good for Pederson. May another few million will seal the deal.

They are also tracking the race for governor. Munsil will like the trend but I am not sure what will happen on November 7th. The current numbers show Len within 8.6% of Janet. A slight improvement from last months 9.5%.

I will try to link to the numbers tomorrow but it is late and I cannot seem to get the page to open.

Monday 10-30-06, 10:50 pm

Engaged indeed.

Saturn1.jpg     There is a new blog out there covering Gabby’s love life. Somehow I do not think this is part of her authorized biography.

Napolitano’s office threatens private sector.

warriors.jpg     Janet Napolitan’s office has been charged with threatening member companies on the Arizona Chamber of Commerce that did not vote her way, according to an article at Hot AZ It Gets.

Color Blind or just Blind.

brock1.jpgford.png     Liberals are crying foul and claiming that an attack ad against Harold Ford Jr. has a not so subtle message that a black man is after white women.

     The benchmark American film dealing with this issue is To Kill A Mockingbird. The film showcases true racism and has a powerful message. Brock Peters played the falsely accused Tom Robinson.

     Mark Shields on NewsHour with Jim Lehrer describes the political ad as playing to our “atavistic, base fears of the Mandingo black man is after our white daughters.” What?

     I am confused. What is it about Harold Ford Jr. that would possible trigger an atavistic fear in anyone? Even if that fear still existed in the Tennessee, wouldn’t the man need to look black in order to trigger it?

Friday 10-27-06, 8:40 pm

Michael Steele responds to Cardin’s attacks.

steele.jpg     The Democrat wedge issue this year is stem cell research. As discussed before Michael J. Fox is doing ads all over the country in a coordinated distortion of the position of many Republican candidates.

     Michael Steele has an excellent response on the air.

Friday 10-27-06, 5:00 pm

By The Company They Keep

I always like to look at endorsements by different organizations to see who they are supporting. Its usually a real good indicator as to what legislative agenda candidates will pursue once elected.

Here’s a handful of links by different organizations regarding the General Election. Of particular interest are the liberal organizations and which Republicans they endorsed.

Human Rights Fund (Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian and Transexual Advocacy Organization): AHRFEndorsements

Planned Parenthood Action Fund (Largest Abortion Provider in Arizona): http://www.ppcnaction.org/images/PPAAOnlineVotersGuide.pdf

Sierra Club Proposition Endorsements: http://arizona.sierraclub.org/political_action/pa_2006/2006_props.asp
2006 Legislative Report Card: http://arizona.sierraclub.org/political_action/pa_2006/report/2006EnvironmentalReportCard.pdf

Center for Arizona Policy Voter Guide: http://www.azpolicy.org/pdf/cscans/2006GeneralVotersGuide.pdf 

Arizona Right to Life Political Action Committee Endorsements: http://azrtl.org/endorsements3.htm

National Rifle Association Endorsments: http://www.nrapvf.org/Elections/State.aspx?State=AZ

National Federation of Independent Business: http://capwiz.com/nfib/e4/rlist/?state=az

Also, look for all major Arizona Newspapers to release their editorial board endorsements in the week ahead.