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Appellate Judicial Races Are Up!

July 19, 2014

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The Appellate Courts section of Back in River City’s Voting Smart Guide is now available on the tab marked Appellate Courts on our home page. This is  complicated stuff, folks, and we are doing our best to make it clear to all readers.

We still have more to come, including background information on the referendum for three Supreme Court justices and a section we’re calling Politics in Judicial Selection.  This section will explain why we are voting to replace all three Supreme Court Justices on the ballot. It will also include links to their individual performance evaluations as rendered by the Tennessee Judicial Performance Commission. Finally, it will give you background you’ll need to navigate the political storm brewing around November’s referendum on a State Constitutional Amendment that will both alter the judicial selection system we’ve used for 20 years (arguably, illegally) and enshrine the concept of “merit selection” rather than contested elections for judges in appellate courts, including the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Watch for these (we hope, FINAL) sections to our Guide on Monday, July 21st.

We are honored, humbled and awed by the response our Voting Smart Guide is receiving. We have  received  many positive and encouraging from judges, judicial candidates and engaged voters.

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Remember that we are happy to answer questions and you are welcome to post your own polite and informed opinions, whether or not they agree with ours.

Early voting has begun at 157 Poplar Ave. You can vote there tomorrow (Saturday) from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All early voting satellite locations will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. beginning Monday, July 21st. Click here for a  list of early voting locations.


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