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  •  Got to vote them the hell off the bench. (18+ / 0-)

    It still amazes me that Harris County still has too many people on the bench that do not belong there but run unopposed. I want to scream when the only choice I am presented with is between a Republican and a Libertarian for a judgeship.

    "There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.".. Buddha

    by sebastianguy99 on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 08:22:57 PM PST

    •  My experiences with judges have been mixed (21+ / 0-)

      There are some excellent judges like Marc Carter, who are reasonable and treat defendants with dignity. Carter might have an (R) beside his name, but he judges with the reasonableness of a progressive. (He's a nice guy, but he might take issue with my characterization!)

      Others are woeful, making jokes at the defendant's expense and generally making life difficult on everyone. It's clear when a person is there to stroke his own ego and play the role of moral grandstander.

      Guerrero is one of the worst judges on the bench. Harris Co. should be able to sweep some of these guys out, but they ALL win with 56% or so percent of the vote. This tells me people are just pulling the (R) lever on judges when they don't know better (or perhaps just going with the incumbent).

      "I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil." ~Bobby Kennedy

      by Grizzard on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 08:27:13 PM PST

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    •  This is not true (2+ / 0-)
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      Lujane, scott5js

      The judge elections are very contested at this point and very close.  Dems had a great year in 2008, but that also took good judges off the bench and put some bad ones on. Straight ticket voting has nothing to do with the results (off the kuff wrote about the numbers a while ago), both dems and republicans can each win. Money does matter though, especially in civil court.

      in Houston, being as asshole on the bench is not strictly a republican trait.

      What would Bulworth do?

      by Progrocks on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 06:35:37 AM PST

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      •  I have to disagree a little (5+ / 0-)

        If straight ticket voting is not the problem, then why do Texas district court elections (in Harris Co., at least) all break down 56-44 in a given year (2010)? I mean, look at these results:

        Texas District 180     (R): Marc Brown, Danny Dexter and Emily Munoz (D): Lori Gooch and Darrell Jordan     Marc Brown and Danny Dexter competed in the run-off election April 13, 2010.     Marc Brown won with 57% of the vote. [4]
        Texas District 181     (R): John B. Board     John B. Board was up for re-election.     John B. Board
        Texas District 182     (R): Jeannine Barr (D): Brandon Dudley     Jeannine Barr was up for re-election.     Jeannine Barr won with 56% of the vote. [4]
        Texas District 183     (R): Vanessa Velasquez (D): Michael Gomez (Texas)     Vanessa Velasquez was up for re-election.     Vanessa Velasquez won with 57% of the vote. [4]
        Texas District 184     (R): Jan Krocker (D): Jay W. Burnett     Jan Krocker was up for re-election.     Jan Krocker won with 56.4% of the vote. [4]
        Texas District 185     (R): Susan Brown (Texas) (D): Vivian King     Susan Brown (Texas) was up for re-election.     Susan Brown won with 56.2% of the vote. [4]
        Texas District 186     (D): Maria Teresa Herr     Maria Teresa Herr was up for re-election.     Maria Teresa Herr
        Texas District 187     (R): Raymond Angelini (D): Dinorah Diaz     Raymond Angelini was up for re-election.     Raymond Angelini won with 56.62% of the vote. [5]
        Texas District 188     (R): David Brabham     David Brabham was up for re-election.     David Brabham
        Texas District 189     (R): Bill Burke (D): Ursula A. Hall, Larry Hinojosa and Andy Pereira     Bill Burke and Ursula A. Hall competed in the general election.     Bill Burke won with 56.9% of the vote.

        Texas District 228     (R): Marc Carter (D): Harris Wood     Marc Carter was up for re-election.     Marc Carter won with 56.9% of the vote. [4]
        Texas District 230     (R): Belinda Hill (D): Garland McInnis     Belinda Hill was up for re-election.     Belinda Hill won with 57.2% of the vote. [4]
        Texas District 231     (R): Randy Catterton     Randy Catterton was up for re-election.     Randy Catterton
        Texas District 232     (R): Mary Lou Keel (D): Greg Glass     Mary Lou Keel was up for re-election.     Mary Lou Keel won with 56.8% of the vote. [4]

        Texas District 263     (R): Jim Wallace (D): Alvin Nunnery     Jim Wallace was up for re-election.     Jim Wallace won with 56% of the vote. [4]

        I just don't see how that can be consequence.

        *Full disclosure: Judge Bill Burke, though an (R), is a good person. He's a civil court judge who also presides over the drug court docket, and I have written about him here before.

        "I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil." ~Bobby Kennedy

        by Grizzard on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 06:44:41 AM PST

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