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Thu Oct 25, 2012, 11:40 AM

So who are the best judicial candidates

on the ballot this time? I hate to admit it, but I have no idea about these and they are some of the most important votes we can cast.

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Reply So who are the best judicial candidates (Original post)
Arger68 Oct 2012 OP
geardaddy Oct 2012 #1
mascarax Oct 2012 #2
geardaddy Oct 2012 #5
wellstone dem Nov 2012 #6
geardaddy Nov 2012 #7
Mister Ed Nov 2012 #8
The Velveteen Ocelot Oct 2012 #3
Arger68 Oct 2012 #4

Response to Arger68 (Original post)

Fri Oct 26, 2012, 10:40 AM

1. Definitely avoid Tinglestad

He's a evangelical creep.

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Response to Arger68 (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 04:51 PM

2. Sadly, incumbents lesser of two evils

As geardaddy wrote: avoid Tim Tingelstad. I haven't checked his website this cycle (he runs EVERY time), but he used to have a Prayer Clock. Site has multiple bible quotes (he will rule from the bible, he proclaims). Incumbent is David Stras, who is conservative, appointed by Pawlenty to lean the Court conservative, as I recall. But this is no contest--a vote for Tingelstad is a vote for insanity. I do encourage anyone who hasn't checked him out to do so...and see the crazy yourself.

Dan Griffith - quotes Ayn Rand on his website. Lots of "liberty" and protecting your rights. Not a fan of Lori Skjerven Gildea, but she's the incumbent.

Dean Barkley - Jesse Ventura's Reform/Independence Party friend who for reasons unknown is endorsed (well, not officially, according to the former Enron GOP Party Chair) by the GOP. Barry Anderson is the incumbent (again, not a fan, but he's not a total RWNJ, to my knowledge).

If you search on MN Progressive Project website, they have some analysis. I've been checking...these judicial elections can be hard (and important, as you say, Arger68). Some are blatant (like Tingelstad); others, you need to read between the lines on their websites or see if the local GOP mentions any to know who to avoid.

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Response to mascarax (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 04:32 PM

5. What about Jill Clark?

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Response to geardaddy (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 10:14 AM

6. Lost in the primary, thankfully

Her own lawyer in an ethics complaint against her asked that the matter be delayed because of her health. Google her.

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Response to wellstone dem (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 10:16 AM

7. OK, thanks.

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Response to mascarax (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 4, 2012, 07:52 PM

8. Thanks. Here's a link to one good analysis on the MN Progessive Project website:

http://www.mnprogressiveproject.com/user/InformedVoter

The writer favors Barry Anderson over Dean Barkley, saying:

Although he was a big-time Republican before he joined the bench, he has served with honor and no partisan entanglements for 14 years as an Appellate Judge on the Court of Appeals and as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court.

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Response to Arger68 (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 10:22 PM

3. If you live in Hennepin County, Liz Cutter.

http://www.cutter4judge.com/

I knew her in law school - she's very sharp.

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Response to Arger68 (Original post)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 10:52 AM

4. Thank you for the responses!!

I think sometimes these are more important than the big federal races but there usually seems to be precious little information on these candidates.

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