Clear The Bench Colorado Director Matt Arnold discusses judicial retention elections on TV – Devil’s Advocate with Jon Caldara
Clear The Bench Colorado Director Matt Arnold appeared on the Devil’s Advocate TV program (with host Jon Caldara) this past Friday, 22 October 2010 at 8:30 and again (rebroadcast) on Monday, 25 October at 1:30 PM, to discuss judicial retention elections and the drive to hold 3 incumbent Colorado Supreme Court justices (Michael Bender, Alex Martinez, and Nancy Rice) who are seeking another 10-year term in office accountable to the voters in this year’s elections.
Despite the intent to have a debate on the issue, the other side failed to show up (despite numerous invitations, to all the usual suspects). Apparently after CTBC’s Matt Arnold had the better of former Colorado Supreme Court justice (and current full-time activist) Jean Dubofsky, representing the “Colorado Judiciary Project” (a legal-establishment special-interest group formed by Democrat state party attorney Mark Grueskin) in their debate on Adam Schrager’s Your Show the previous Sunday (which was NOT originally scheduled as a debate; Dubofsky showed up with no advance notice to CTBC) they didn’t feel confident in their ability to win a fair fight.
Or perhaps they realized that the more information the voters have, the more they are likely to vote NO on the incumbent justices on the ballot (a fact validated in CTBC’s August survey). These special-interest groups are counting on (and promoting) voter ignorance – pushing the rubber-stamp “reviews” (which again kept up their historical record of 100% “retain” recommendations for Colorado Supreme Court justices this year) of the performance review commissions. That’s right; Colorado Supreme Court justices “reviewed” by the commissions have received a “retain” vote 100% of the time.
Fortunately, Colorado voters now have a more complete and substantive source of information about the performance of the incumbent Colorado Supreme Court justices appearing on this year’s ballot: CTBC’s Evaluations of Judicial Performance scorecard, which breaks down the votes of each justice in key constitutional cases (along with complete references, analysis, and commentary on each case).
The discussion covered the voting records of the incumbent justices, the established selection and “review” process (along with the weaknesses in the current process & need for greater transparency and accountability reforms) and the massively funded electioneering effort by a consortium of legal-establishment special-interest groups to promote a “yes” vote for the judicial incumbents.
The video is broken into 3 10-minute segments, as follows:
For what may be the first time in Colorado history, voters have the opportunity to review substantive information on judicial performance and have the ability to make an informed decision about whether or not to hold incumbent justices (and judges) accountable for that performance as they seek an additional term of office (for the Colorado Supreme Court justices, they are asking the voters for another 10 YEARS on the bench).
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 resigning 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!