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Thu Oct 15, 2020, 03:07 PM

Resources for Judges on AZ Ballot

Did Russia target Arizona for its 2016 hack?

https://www.abc15.com/news/election-2020/how-to-get-more-information-about-judges-for-the-upcoming-election

ABC15
Doug Ducey

How to get more information about judges for the upcoming election

PHOENIX — As more Arizona voters get their election ballots, more voters likely have the same question: who are all of these judges?
They are likely names you've never heard of doing jobs you don't know much about. Yet, in Maricopa County alone, 40 Superior Court judge decisions are on the ballot.

While smaller counties elect judges, in Pima, Pinal, Coconino, and Maricopa, they are appointed by the governor and you vote to retain them or not.

But since you've likely never visited their courtroom or know who they are, you may just ignore them. Many voters did just that in the Maricopa County 2016 election according to final voting results you can see here.
for the upcoming election

Let Joe Know's Joe Ducey is explaining how voters can get more information about judges for the upcoming election.

Russia targeted AZ voter registration systems
By: Joe DuceyPosted at 4:44 AM, Oct 14, 2020 and last updated 9:38 AM, Oct 14, 2020
PHOENIX — As more Arizona voters get their election ballots, more voters likely have the same question: who are all of these judges?
They are likely names you've never heard of doing jobs you don't know much about. Yet, in Maricopa County alone, 40 Superior Court judge decisions are on the ballot.

While smaller counties elect judges, in Pima, Pinal, Coconino, and Maricopa, they are appointed by the governor and you vote to retain them or not.

But since you've likely never visited their courtroom or know who they are, you may just ignore them. Many voters did just that in the Maricopa County 2016 election according to final voting results you can see here.

If you look at each race or decision, the words "under votes" appear with a total. In these decisions, it means the voter left it blank. In the presidential race, just over 19,000 voters did that. But more than 785,000 people passed on one Superior Court Judge decision. And a check of other judge contests shows similar numbers of voters just leaving them blank.
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saidsimplesimon Oct 2020 OP
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DamIfino Oct 2020 #2
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Response to saidsimplesimon (Original post)

Thu Oct 15, 2020, 03:36 PM

1. You know what..my vote for all AZ Supremes NO...


Arizona judges are free to sentence juveniles to what amount to de facto life sentences despite U.S. Supreme Court rulings that appear to prohibit that, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday.

In a unanimous decision, the justices insisted they were not ignoring what the nation’s high court has repeatedly ruled.

And that, wrote Justice John Lopez, means judges here handling juvenile cases are not bound by the U.S. Supreme Court precedent even though their consecutive terms amounted to the same thing.

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Thu Oct 15, 2020, 03:39 PM

2. AZ judges on the 2020 ballot- very helpful facts that saved me a lot of time researching

It was my search for information regarding AZ judges on the ballot that lead me to this forum. So, thanks for the helpful information. I hang out here most of the day while I am working.

This is the list of judges/information I used to make my decisions for voting:

Chief Justice Robert M. Brutinel, Chief Justice, Appointed by Brewer in 2010, retained in 2014, 33 voted meets requirements, recommended with reservations NO

Comments: Conservative. Voted in 2018 to remove Invest in Ed from ballot. Voted in 2020 to prevent secure E-Qual online signatures for ballot measures. Recused in Brush & Nib case to deny LGBTQ couples service.

Justice Andrew Gould, Justice, Appointed by Ducey in 2016, voted meets requirements, not recommended NO

Comments: Extremely conservative. One of the judges appointed when AZ Supreme Court was expanded by Ducey. Wrote the majority opinion in 2019 case allowing Brush & Nib to deny LGBTQ couples service. Voted in 2018 to remove Invest in Ed from ballot. Voted in 2020 to prevent secure E-Qual online signatures for ballot measures.

Justice John Lopez IV, Appointed by Ducey in 2016, voted meets requirements, not recommended NO

"Extremely conservative. One of the judges appointed when AZ Supreme Court was expanded by Ducey. Voted with the majority allowing Brush & Nib to deny LGBTQ couples service. Voted with the majority to knock IIE off the ballot in 2018. Proud member of the Federalist Society (welcomes conservative and libertarians to fight ""orthodox liberal ideology"" and ""place a premium on individual liberty, traditional values, and the rule of law."" "

James Morse Ducey 2017 33 meets. NO
Strong supporter of the Federalist Society and Constitutional originalism. Harshly disregarded due process rights for an immigrant with inadequate representation in 2018 appeals court case.


Jennifer Perkins Ducey 2017 33 meets. NO
Strong supporter of the Federalist Society and supporter of qualified immunity, which protects government officials (including police) from civil action for potential misdeeds. Former attorney for the Institute of Justice, a right-wing legal aid society that supports "school choice" (i.e. de-funding public education), religious "liberty" (i.e. sanctioned discrimination), and libertarian economic policies.

David Weinzweig Ducey 2018 33 meets. NO
As Asst AG, argued that midazolam should be allowed for executions, despite horrifying botched executions in Arizona & Oklahoma. In 2015, as Asst AG, defended a law denying abortions to women if doctors "knew" the decision was based on the fetus' sex or race.


Christopher A. Coury Brewer 2010 "Civil Department Phoenix" 33 meets. NO
Ruled against Invest in Ed initiative in July 2020 with a disdainful, contemptuous, and unprofessional decision. The decision included conditions for the initiative's 100-word statement that were clearly unachievable. We believe that the judge's sneering comments in the decision and in court are unacceptable in the US justice system. "Coury has been relentless in his career for court appointments," wrote Dillon Rosenblatt in the Capitol Times (8/13/20). "It took him eight tries to land on the Superior Court."

Jo Lynn Gentry Napolitano 2005 "Juvenile Department Juvenile Court Durango Facility" "26 meets. 6 does not meet. NO Recommendation based on poor Judicial Performance Report. Rated poorly on "basic fairness and impartiality," "equal treatment regardless of economic status." and "understanding and compassion."
Main concern is temperament: Rated 64% temperament by attorneys. Garnered ratings in all other areas in 80s, except 98% admin performance. Litigant ratings all in 90s."

Maricopa County Special Health Care District election- Mary Harden YES- she is a nurse – the other guy is in finance and would not disclose any information of why he was running
She has been a registered nurse at Valleywise Health Medical Center for 32 years and also serves on the board of Valleywise Health Foundation, a nonprofit that raises money for education, research and patient services.
She was one of the dissenting votes last year when the board approved a five-year contract for CEO Steve Purves that included a $85,000 pay raise. She cited concerns that included the hospital being penalized by the federal government for five consecutive years over its rate of infections and patient injuries, as well as a naggingly high turnover rate of employees with less than a year of service and a budget deficit for the fiscal year.

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Response to DamIfino (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 15, 2020, 03:47 PM

3. Welcome to DU and the AZ forum

Thanks for posting your research and decisions

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Response to saidsimplesimon (Original post)

Thu Oct 15, 2020, 09:27 PM

4. LD23 Dem

The Arizona LD23 Dems mailed out a very helpful sheet on which judges not to retain. This was the first that I have seen something like this and since the judge retainment section takes up a significant amount of time when filling out the ballot I really appreciated the information from LD23 Dems. I hope going forward, other Democratic Legislative Districts in Arizona will follow suit.

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Response to sortasvenska7 (Reply #4)

Thu Oct 15, 2020, 09:56 PM

5. Hello and welcome to DU!

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Response to sortasvenska7 (Reply #4)

Fri Oct 16, 2020, 02:12 PM

6. welcome to DU

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