Torkelson: Voters asked to retain Supreme Court Justice Clint Bolick

On his first day at the Arizona Supreme Court, Justice Clint Bolick posted a sign in his office. It had two simple rules he expected staff to follow.

Rule One: Call me Clint; Rule Two: There are no other rules.  Although the first rule was never followed, I can think of no better example of the humility with which Justice Bolick has approached his job as the 44th justice of the Arizona Supreme Court—always taking his work, but never himself, seriously.

I had the honor and privilege of serving as Justice Bolick’s law clerk for almost two years. From the moment he took the bench, he demonstrated a passion to execute his civic duty and fiercely protect both the federal and state constitutions. He did this every day with a smile, a venti Starbucks hot chocolate, and respect for his colleagues and attorneys who argued before him.

Of the attorneys who argued before him, those surveyed gave him a 100 percent score on legal ability, integrity, and administrative performance.  The high marks extended to those that worked behind the scenes, as well.  Court staff joked he needed a Supreme Court greeter vest because he always stopped to say hello to everyone.

In November, voters will be faced with a survey of their own.  On the back of the ballot Arizonans will determine whether to retain Justice Bolick on the high court.  This vote is based upon whether he has the judicial temperament, ability, and skill to remain on the bench.  I know Justice Bolick exhibits these characteristics because I saw it every day without waiver.

Since his time on the court, Justice Bolick has written 32 opinions. Of the 15 times he wrote for the majority, 14 of them were unanimous opinions. This amounts to hundreds, if not thousands, of pages where Justice Bolick outlines exactly how he came to his decision.  Importantly, in not one of those decisions will you find “the party’s identity” a deciding factor.

And there is no reason you would.  Justice Bolick is the only Independent to ever serve on the Arizona Supreme Court.  Indeed, independence is the cornerstone of his jurisprudence. The only common denominator throughout his writings is the plain language of the law.  What it says is what it means.  If you don’t like what it says, look to the Legislature.

Some say true bravery comes in dissent.  Justice Bolick has never shied from writing in opposition.  In fact, he began his first dissent praising our freedom-loving state, while noting the very words on the Supreme Court building, “Where law ends, tyranny begins,” informing readers of a “draconian” Arizona law affecting a homeless man.

Beyond judicial temperament, ability, and skill, Justice Bolick also has an unparalleled dedication to our great state.  I remember two times where Justice Bolick was overcome with excitement. The first was when the Pokémon Go craze was at its height and some of the clerks found a Pokémon on his desk.  The second was when he found out he would once again be teaching, this time Constitutional Law at ASU.  Teaching, in any form, has always been a source of pride for Justice Bolick.  It is why he insists on hiring an intern to work alongside his clerks every semester in chambers. There are countless mentees, just like me, who are forever grateful to learn from him.

Before November, I hope you read his opinions (azjustice44.com) and watch the oral arguments (azcourts.gov). There you will see a justice whose impartiality and independence allows him to look beyond party and political favor to address each case anew.  When you reach the back of your ballot consider what Arizona needs in the black robe.  Then, grab a hot chocolate and join me in voting to retain Justice Bolick.

Ashley Torkelson is currently an attorney serving in the United States Air Force. The views expressed are those of Ms. Torkelson only and not those of the United States Air Force or Department of Defense.

ICYMI: The Hugh Hewitt – Doug Ducey Ice Cream Social Interviews!

Ducey

Monday’s live broadcast with Hugh Hewitt and ice cream social with local elected officials was a huge success! I’m grateful to everyone who attended or tuned-in during the three-hour show to learn more about what I want to accomplish as Arizona’s next governor.

If you missed it, click the play button or bolded “click here” text below to listen to individual segments from your favorite elected officials.

CLICK HERE to listen to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker • CLICK HERE to listen to former Senator John Kyl • CLICK HERE to listen to Congressman Trent Franks • CLICK HERE to listen to former Congressman John Shadegg • CLICK HERE to listen to Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery • CLICK HERE to listen to Arizona State Representative Paul Boyer • CLICK HERE to listen to City of Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio • CLICK HERE to listen to The Goldwater Institute’s Clint Bolick

I’d especially like to thank Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Congressman Trent Franks, former Senator Jon Kyl, former Congressman John Shadegg, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Arizona State Representative Paul Boyer, City of Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCicco and The Goldwater Institute’s Clint Bolick for joining me and Hugh on-air to discuss Arizona’s future and why they’re supporting my campaign.

There was no denying the enthusiasm at this event, for both Arizona’s future and my campaign. I’m confident that with your help, we will see success in August and beyond.

See you on the campaign trail,

Doug

Clint Bolick discusses upcoming book on Immigration Reform on AZPBS’ Horizon

ICYMI: Goldwater Institute extraordinaire appeared on Arizona KAET’s Horizon Wednesday night discussing his upcoming book on  immigration reform. Clint will be co-authoring this work with former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush. The book is scheduled for release next May.

Clint Bolick on Freedom Watch

Goldwater Institute litigation director Clint Bolick joined Judge Andrew Napolitano on Fox Business Network’s Freedom Watch to discuss his new book Death Grip, about the need for more economic liberty.

FYI – Tea Party at the Capitol on Vets’ Day

United We Stand Tea Party (www.unitedwestandteaparty.org) is taking place right at the Arizona Capital from 12:30 – 2:30 PM. It is located at 1700 W. Washington in Phoenix.  It is on Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2009.

Because it is NON-PARTISAN, the organizers have invited Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. Sadly, they have not received any response from any Democrats.

Please, bring canned food for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.  Please, help others by bringing food for the needy. We need to help our neighbors.

All speakers will be addressing the Constitution and Bill Of Rights.

Current Speakers:

12:30-12:50 – Paul Porter – www.PaulPorterShow.com
12:50-1:00 – State Rep. Debbie Lesko (LD 9) – www.DebbieLesko.org
1:00-1:10 – Debbie Lee – America’s Mighty Warriors – www.americasmightywarriors.org
1:10-1:20 – John Paul Mitchell, Indep. gubernatorial candidate – www.aznextgov.org
1:20-1:30 – TBD
1:30-1:40 – Clint Bolick – www.goldwaterinstitute.org
1:40-1:50 – Tom Horne – Arizona State Superintendent of Public Instruction, exploring a run for AG – www.TomHorneExploratory.com
2:00-2:10 – Bradley Beauchamp, candidate in CD -1, running against incumbent Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D) – www.beauchampforcongress.com
2:10-2:15 – TBD
2:15-2:30 – Dean Martin – Arizona State Treasurer – www.votedeanmartin.com