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In It to Win It

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Fri Jun 21, 2024, 06:33 PM Jun 21

Florida Supreme Court allows judicial candidates to declare political ideology

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Opinion


The Florida Supreme Court cleared the way for judicial candidates across the state to openly declare their political ideology — as long as they don’t disclose their party affiliation.

The high court’s decision was tucked in a ruling over how to penalize a St. Johns County judge who told potential voters in a 2022 campaign voicemail that she was a conservative. Judicial races are supposed to be nonpartisan, but the high court ruled her statement was ethically permissible.

“To describe oneself as a ‘conservative’ does not signal bias, pro or con, toward anyone or on any issue,” the justices ruled, overriding the findings of the Judicial Qualifications and the admission of the judge facing discipling, County Court Judge Casey L. Woolsey.

Judges have been publicly scolded for even admitting their political party registration in response to questions from the media. But Woolsey never said she was a Republican. “The statement ‘I am a conservative’ is not partisan, either inherently or, as the JQC believed, when made during an election campaign in a predominantly Republican community,” the court ruled.

“Our judicial code does not prohibit a candidate from discussing his or her philosophical beliefs,” the justices wrote, citing an earlier decision.

In South Florida, lawyers and legal experts called the ruling “bizarre” and predicted it would usher in an era of nakedly partisan judicial campaigns.
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Deuxcents

(17,362 posts)
1. I vote by mail and it offers me the opportunity of time to look up every judge or candidate
Fri Jun 21, 2024, 07:46 PM
Jun 21

I am not familiar with as some don’t have their party affiliation attached. Even most judges I look up do not disclose their affiliation so I dig a little deeper. What do they lend their name or time to is a clue.If “conservative” is in their bio, I pretty much know who they are. Most voters don’t take the time to research candidates but, being more political than others, I do and then I tell my Dem friends what I find b/c they usually ask me! Judges are supposed to be impartial and fair but these days, it’s not how it is

Timeflyer

(2,280 posts)
2. I do the same--all down-ballot state and local candidates can have a huge impact on daily life
Fri Jun 21, 2024, 09:18 PM
Jun 21

Taking time to do the research is especially important in FL, which seems to attract some of the worst grifters to seek power.

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