Vote Fair Judges

 

Win the Courts, win the war.

courts.PNGJudicial races may be at the end of the ballot, but they are as important as the races at the top. Recent court rulings are illustrative: the decision overturning the Judicial Retention Election Law, the Fourth Circuit decision overturning the voter ID law, and the decisions on gerrymandering enacted by our current state legislature. Or the refusal by Congress to consider President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court.

Justices like to say that party labels don’t matter when they are deciding cases, and in many instances that’s true. Most opinions handed down by the court are unanimous. But in matters steeped in partisan or philosophical ideology, justices align with their like-minded colleagues, and opinions issued in recent years reflect that divide. In decisions that split along party lines, conservative justices have upheld redistricting maps, turned North Carolina’s consumer protection law on its head, weakened Fourth Amendment search and seizure protections, and sustained the private-school voucher program.

If party labels don't matter why did things change in 2013?

On August 12, 2013, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed a bill that created a voter ID requirement, cut early voting, eliminated the state's innovative and popular public financing program for judicial candidates, and raised the judicial campaign contribution limit. The public financing program was popular with voters, and the vast majority of candidates participated.

As a result, that year for the first time in a decade North Carolina Supreme Court candidates were able to raise campaign cash—much of it from attorneys and corporations with a financial interest in the court's rulings. The May 5, 2013 primary election saw an unprecedented $1.3 million in spending for the only contested seat.

Nearly half of this money came from the Republican State Leadership Committee, or RSLC, a group in Washington, D.C., that helps elect Republican legislators across the United States. One of the biggest donors to the RSLC in North Carolina is Duke Energy, the country’s largest electric utility. Duke Energy’s power plants produced $24 billion in revenue in 2013. One wonders why they put so much money into Judicial races.

This election when you vote by mail, early or on November 3rd, remember to vote the complete ballot and send fair and impartial judges back to serve the people of North Carolina.

We ignore the judicial races at our peril. Vote for these experienced, fair judicial candidates.

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NC Supreme Court Seat 1,
Chief Justice Cheri Beasley https://www.chiefjusticebeasley.com/

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NC Supreme Court Associate Justice
Seat 2,
Lucy Inman https://www.lucyinmanforjustice.com/

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NC Supreme Court Associate Justice Seat 4, Mark Davis
https://justicemarkdavis.com/

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Tricia Shields
https://www.shieldsforjudge.com/
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Lora Christine Cubbage https://www.cubbageforjudge.com/
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NC Court of Appeals Justice Seat 6,
Gray Styers
https://styersforjudge.com/

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NC Court of Appeals Justice Seat 7,
Reuben Young https://www.keepjudgeyoung.com/

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NC Court of Appeals Justice Seat 13,
Christopher Brook https://www.keepjudgechrisbrook.com/

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NC District Court Judge District 15B Seat 2, Samantha Cabe https://www.facebook.com/samantha4judge/

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NC District Court Judge District 15B Seat 4, Sherri Murrell https://www.facebook.com/sherriforjudge/

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NC District Court Judge District 15B Seat 3, Hathaway Pendergrass https://hathawaypendergrass.com/

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NC District Court Judge District 15B Seat 5, Beverly Scarlett

 

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