Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Chief Justice Holder Under Attack from Christian Right

Posted By on Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 3:16 PM

click to enlarge The chief justice teaches karate. We think she can handle Fowler.
  • The chief justice teaches karate. We think she can handle Fowler.
The Christian Right is gearing up for battle over the state's judicial system. Exhibit A: David Fowler, Tennessee's Pat Robertson wannabe, goes after Supreme Court Chief Justice Janice Holder in his latest message to supporters. "Here's hoping that someone gets to run against her in 2014 (not me, by the way)," Fowler writes.
[I]t's interesting to note that Justice Holder thinks that those who want real, contested elections are "ridiculous." What an insult to the people in over 30 sister states who are "ridiculous" for having such elections! And it's quite an insult to a whole lot of Tennesseans who want to actually have a real election, the very ones who she wants to let her pass judgment over them.
Fowler's also full of praise for Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey for casting the tie-breaking votes for his judicial selection plan in the Senate Government Operations Committee this morning. "Ramsey Stands Strong for the State Constitution," Fowler crows.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will take up the bill next week, and that Committee's vote will determine whether the bill gets to the Senate Floor. But the real battle will be in the House, where even some Republicans are cool to the idea of allowing contest elections for our Supreme Court Judges. In fact, in the House Government Operations Committee today, a bill that would not allow contested elections was recommended to the House Budget Subcommittee with only Republicans Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville) and Mike Bell (R-Riceville) voting against the bill. Under the House Rules, all other members of the committee who were present are deemed to have voted in favor of denying us the right to have contested elections for our Judges.


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