Monday, October 20, 2008

Video of Texas Supreme Court Candidate Debate Now Online

Houston PBS has put a recording of its recent Supreme Court candidate forum, in which all six candidates (3 Republican incumbents and three Democratic challengers) participated, on its
Great Debate Series 2008 webpage. (click link)

It offers a vivid argument why election of judges (minus votebuying with campaign contributions) may not be such a bad idea after all, though opposed by several participants. As lamented by one of the incumbents, if we did not have to run for election, we would not (have to) be here today. Nor would there be any opponents to debate were the Chief to have his way with Missouri Plan and retention elections. Alas, on the bench, having voters decide on judicial personnel is seen as an "encroachment" on "judicial independence," rather than a mechanism that may provide some accountability within a system of checks and balances, may potentially curb excesses, and allow for the removal of underperformers. Could initial partisan appointment by the Governor to a vacancy have anything to do with disapproval of the involvement of the voters and with calls for a constitutional amendment to end the judicial elections system as we know it in Texas?

Red, White and Blue: The Great Debate Series 2008

Houston PBS and the Houston Area League of Women Voters team up to bring you an unprecedented round of political debates to help create a more informed and educated electorate.
Texas Supreme Court Candidate Forum
(Chief Justice Jefferson & Judge Jim Jordan; Justice Dale Wainwright & Mr. Sam Houston; Justice Phil Johnson & Justice Linda Yanez)
Moderated by Ernie Manouse
Aired October 12, 2008 at 6 pm
See video part 1 part 2 part 3

1 comment:

Will said...

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