Midweek Update – continuing coverage of Clear The Bench Colorado, judicial retention elections in state and national news
Clear The Bench Colorado continues to gain coverage in both statewide and national news – since last weekend’s dozen-and-a-half articles (including a New York Times lead editorial and AP/UPI wire stories picked up nationwide) and additional articles earlier last week (including another New York Times editorial and a Wall Street Journal entry), this last weekend has seen another boost in coverage (including several radio and television interviews).
Our weekend started early on Thursday morning with a radio interview on 850 KOA at 6:30AM which was excerpted in news clips throughout the day (as CTBC was on the road to Grand Junction).
Along the way, I also called in to the Mike Rosen Show discussing the attempt by the George Soros-funded “Justice At Stake Campaign” to extend their influence over state Supreme Courts (including Colorado) – spending MILLIONS (reportedly, $45 Million) to advance their cause. (Our on-air discussion starts at the 21:30 minute mark)
Arriving in Grand Junction, I was interviewed by the local ABC affiliate (KJCT-8, Grand Junction) which aired the story in that evening’s (Thursday, 30 September) broadcast (which can also be viewed online).
Following the television interview, I sat down for an extended (and interestingly wide-ranging) interview with Grand Junction Sentinel reporter Charles Ashby – which may have been one of the most enjoyable (and entertaining) to date (it’s fun to engage in banter with an interested, intelligent, and knowledgeable reporter – a real rarity). The Grand Junction Sentinel ran an article the next day (lead story inside, Friday 1 October) based on the interview (“Group wants voters to kick out three judges“).
On Sunday, even the Denver Post finally broke radio silence with an article on the subject of opposition to the incumbent Colorado Supreme Court justices seeking another 10-year term in the upcoming retention elections (“Three Colorado high court justices face stiff retention opposition“).
On Sunday evening, Clear The Bench Colorado was featured on a Brushfire TV television broadcast (available for viewing online). Interestingly enough, the Brushfire TV broadcast was picked up and featured by Law Week Colorado locally, and the Huffington Post nationally.
Nationally, the issue of judicial retention elections – and organized opposition to incumbent justices seeking an additional term in several states – is gaining attention. A hotly contested (and, in sad contract to Clear The Bench Colorado, extremely well-funded) campaign to remove three incumbent state Supreme Court justices in Iowa has drawn references to the constitutionally-based Colorado judicial accountability movement. A recent Des Moines Register article (Monday) noted that a recent poll shows “Retention of justices a tossup” in that state, and mentions the Clear The Bench Colorado effort as an example of the growing trend to challenge judicial incumbents perceived as acting outside the role of referees, fairly and impartially applying the law as written.
(As a side note – it would be interesting to see if our August polling results, showing that Colorado voters would overwhelmingly reject another term for the three incumbent Colorado Supreme Court justices on the ballot if aware of the issues were validated by another independent statewide poll).
On Tuesday, the Fort Collins Coloradoan also discussed the Clear The Bench Colorado effort in the context of an article on judicial retention elections (“Group possibly violates campaign laws“), focusing on the confusion created in campaign finance law created by Administrative Law Judge Robert Spencer’s surprise decision to side with “Colorado Ethics Watch” (CEW, pronounced “sue” – it’s what they do) in throwing out documentary evidence and the office of Secretary of State testimony in ruling to change the year-and-a-half-plus status of Clear The Bench Colorado at the same time that ballots are mailed.
Also on Tuesday, USA Today covered Clear The Bench Colorado and the issue of judicial retention elections (largely focusing on the larger-profile Iowa campaign to oust three state supreme court justices there). The issue of judicial retention elections – YOUR right to hold unelected, appointed judges accountable by the simple act of casting a “NO” vote if, as a citizen, you believe that they have NOT properly honored their oath to “support the Constitution” and uphold the rule of law – is increasingly prominent; Colorado is at the forefront of the judicial accountability movement now gaining traction nationwide.
Be a citizen, not a subject – get informed, then exercise your right to vote “NO” this November on the four (er, three remaining) ‘unjust justices’ of the Colorado Supreme Court’s “Mullarkey Majority”- (Justices Michael Bender, Alex Martinez, Nancy Rice, soon minus Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey, who’s retiring rather than face the voters ) who need YOUR approval to continue taking away your constitutional rights: your right to vote on tax increases, your right to defend your home or business against seizure via eminent domain abuse, your right to be fairly represented in the legislature and Congress, and your right to enjoy the benefits of the rule of law, instead of suffering under rule by activist, agenda-driven “justices.” Continue to support Clear The Bench Colorado with your comments (Sound Off!) and contributions – and vote “NO” on giving these unjust justices another 10-year term!