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California Girls


From from the Cornyn rapid-response office:

In an apparent attempt to diminish the overwhelming electoral support in California for Janice Rogers Brown, Sen. Boxer just claimed on the Senate floor that “anyone who knows anything about California politics knows that it is very rare that judges are made into an election issue. We usually approve our judges.” But perhaps the most memorable case of voter repudiation of activist judges happened in California: In November 1986 Chief Justice Rose Bird and two other liberal members of the California Supreme Court were voted out of office in large part for their activism in reversing death penalty cases.

Further, it is important to note that Justice Brown, with 76 percent of the vote, received the highest vote percentage of all justices on the ballot the year of her retention election.


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