Sunday, April 25, 2004

Judge Races Nonpartisan?
I noticed an article in The Oregonian called Three Appellate Judges Challenged this morning. The article mentioned that Oregon Judge races are nonpartisan. I want to know why. Here in Texas, elections for all levels of bench positions are far from nonpartisan. While incumbent justices must refrain from discussing specific rulings that they participated in, they go out of their way to talk about their views on topics such as abortion, gun control, capitol punishment, and tough sentencing. They also love to talk about their opponent's rulings and prior history. My question is that, since it really is impossible for someone to have gotten to the point in their career that they could actually be a good judge while avoiding partisanship, why do we allow their elections to be so nonspecific and nonconfrontational?

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