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Sweep revives debate on election of judges Straight-ticket ballots contributed to multiple defeats
Houston Chronicle ^ | 11.8.08 | MIKE TOLSON

Posted on 11/09/2008 10:45:17 AM PST by trumandogz

A bit like the weather, partisan judicial races seem to be something many people complain about but few do anything to change. But unlike the weather, change is a possibility.

That fact again gained a toehold in political discussions after last week's near-sweep of district court seats in Harris County by Democratic candidates. It was, in the words of American cultural guru Yogi Berra, deja vu all over again.

In 1994, Republicans swept through the local courthouse like a West Texas windstorm, knocking out 19 judges and leaving a single civil court seat in the hands of its Democratic occupant.

Democrats might now say that the resurgence led by Sen. Barack Obama, in which 22 of 26 Republican judicial incumbents lost, was an overdue payback. The Democrats enjoyed a similar resurgence in Dallas County two years ago.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: houston; tx2008

1 posted on 11/09/2008 10:45:17 AM PST by trumandogz
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To: trumandogz

This is only an “issue” in Houston and Austin: the rest of the state is perfectly OK with the election of Conservative, strict-constructionist jurists.

The Dims around here are just going to have to tough it out - like the rest of the country will for the next 4 years!

2 posted on 11/09/2008 4:29:50 PM PST by Redbob (McCain was Bob Dole with a decent running mate)
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