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Who Is Running For The Texas Supreme Court? How Should One Vote?

Who is running for the Texas Supreme Court? Who is currently on the court?

There are three Democrats running for the Texas Supreme Court in 2008. The current Court consists of nine Republicans and zero Democrats. Three of the nine seats are up for election this year.

(Above is Lady Justice holding the Scales of Justice in what is quite a scene. The painting was completed in 1686 by Luca Giordano.) 

Even if you are not a liberal such as myself, do you think a court of nine Texas Republicans will rule in a way that helps average people in Texas? I think only a hard right partisan would hold such a view.

Electing the three Democrats on the ballot in 2008 would simply restore a measure of balance to the Texas Supreme Court.  

The three Democrats are Jim Jordan for Chief Justice.

Sam Houston for Place 7. 

And Linda Yanez for for Place 8.

Texas Watch discusses here the bias on the current court in favor of insurance companies and polluters.

Here is an overview of the Texas Supreme Court races from the Houston Chronicle.

Here is the web home of the Texas Supreme Court.

How can nine justices of one party, and zero justices of the other party, be good for our democracy and for our State of Texas?

October 28, 2008 Posted by | Art, Campaign 2008, Politics, Texas | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Yanez Or Criss For Texas Supreme Court?—Make Your Own Call

 

(The painting is The Triumph of Justice by Hans Von Aachen. It is from 1598.)  

Update—Linda Yanez won this primary race and is the Democratic nominee for Supreme Court position #8. Please vote for Ms. Yanez and the slate of Democratic nominees for the Texas Supreme Court. At current the entire court is Republican. Even if you are a more moderate voter than myself, do you imagine that such a super majority is good for the average Texan? Thank you.

I think it has been 18 years since I voted for a winning candidate for state office. That would be whatever group of hacks I voted for in Ohio in 1990. Beginning with the Republican takeover in 1994 —Thanks Bill and Hillary!—I’ve been on a long losing streak in Ohio and in Texas. I moved to Texas in 1998.

It is a novel experience to have contested state and county Democratic primaries. 

A notable contested race in Texas is between Susan Criss and Linda Yanez for Texas Supreme Court position # 8. 

It’s important to elect at least one dissenting voice to combat the far right-wing super-majority that sits currently on the court.         

Susan Criss is from Galveston County where she serves on 212th District Court. She was elected in 1998.

Linda Yanez is a judge at the Thirteenth Court of Appeals which sits in Corpus Christi. She was appointed by Governor Ann Richards in 1993.

In the end, like the Texas AFL-CIO, I have to go with a dual endorsement.

Ms. Yanez had trouble securing ballot access for this election. This bothers me very much. Ballot access is a matter of bottom line competence.       

Judge Criss ordered that jurors in a settled court case not talk to the press. This unfair ruling was overturned.

Both judges have strengths and weaknesses. Both would be a big improvement over the incumbent.   

Here is the home page for Judge Criss. 

Here is the home page for Judge Yanez.

I will note that former Texas Attorney General candidate David Van Os, a true progressive, has endorsed Judge Criss.

I started this post with a measure of enthusiasm that did not hold up as I dug deeper. Maybe it is was the two candidates to a degree. Maybe it was my own unrealistic expectations.

Maybe it’s that judicial races are so remote from the public, that what you get are candidates funded by narrow interests to such an extent that you feel what is taking place is not fully real.       

Yet, of course, the Texas Supreme Court does matter. Whoever wins this race will have my support in November.

Please click here for other Texas Liberal posts on the Texas Primary.

February 21, 2008 Posted by | Campaign 2008, Galveston, Politics, Texas, Texas Primary '08 | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments