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Merit Retention: The Biggest 2012 Ballot Decision You Might Not Have Heard Of (FL)
The Capitol Vanguard ^ | September 20th 2012 | Will Patrick

Posted on 09/21/2012 3:00:05 PM PDT by Jacquerie

TALLAHASSEE – With only seven weeks left until what is arguably the most influential presidential election in a generation, one particular down-ballot issue in Florida is gaining visibility: the merit retention vote on three justices of the Florida Supreme Court.

As outlined in the state Constitution, merit retention is a process whereby the state’s appeals court judges, who are initially appointed by the Governor, are periodically evaluated by voters during general elections.

On November 6, voters will decide whether to retain or dismiss three of Florida’s seven Supreme Court justices, as well as 15 appellate judges. No Florida judge subjected to the process has ever failed to be retained. However, because of an increase in public awareness, this election cycle could be different.

This year, Supreme Court Justices Peggy Quince, Fred Lewis, and Barbara Pariente will appear on the ballot with a simple “yes” or “no” beside their names. Only a simple majority vote is required for their retention. Each justice is subjected to a retention vote during the first election cycle after being appointed to the court, then every six years thereafter.

Quince, Lewis, and Pariente have been branded liberal, activist judges by many Floridians upset with certain rulings. One such ruling blocked a 2010 ballot initiative that would have challenged ObamaCare’s individual mandate. Another ruling derailed the Opportunity Scholarship Program, which provided vouchers enabling the parents of students trapped in chronically failing schools to choose another school, public or private.

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Boot the Tallahassee Blackrobed Taliban!
1 posted on 09/21/2012 3:00:15 PM PDT by Jacquerie
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OMG... I still remember those Bolsheviks from Bush v. Gore. How did Florida end up with such hard-core socialists in the first place? Wait .... lemme guess....They were appointed by Jeb????


2 posted on 09/21/2012 3:27:41 PM PDT by rhinohunter (DraftWalkerNow)
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To: Jacquerie

OMG... I still remember those Bolsheviks from Bush v. Gore. How did Florida end up with such hard-core socialists in the first place? Wait .... lemme guess....They were appointed by Jeb????


3 posted on 09/21/2012 3:28:21 PM PDT by rhinohunter (DraftWalkerNow)
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All three, Peggy Quince, Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente were appointed by the despicable Lawton Chiles (rat).


4 posted on 09/21/2012 3:34:33 PM PDT by Jacquerie (Exterminate rats.)
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All three, Peggy Quince, Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente were appointed by the despicable Lawton Chiles (rat).

If I am not mistaken, was not Barbara Pariente the execrable ringleader of the "keep counting until we get the result we want" wing of SCOFlaw?

In the end, even the Chief Justice marveled at her unabashed partisanship.

It would please me no end if she were thrown out on her arrogant ass.

5 posted on 09/21/2012 3:46:14 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA; Ignorance on parade.)
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You are probably right, though I do not recall precisely.

Our election returns do not belong in the courts, state or Scotus, ever.


6 posted on 09/21/2012 3:52:13 PM PDT by Jacquerie (Exterminate rats.)
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Why wasn’t the SCOFLAw’s impeached. The GOP had big majorities. We’ve got to start impeaching these out of control judges. They don’t want to end their careers as impeached losers. For decades, they’ve had to fear nothing. Use the law and your authority elected Cowards, oh scratch that, Republicans.


7 posted on 09/22/2012 12:30:42 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (.Are they stupid, malicious or evil?)
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