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If you are like me, one of the hardest things to research are the judicial elections. If you live in California, here is some info that may help you make these decisions.
Below the fold I have a list of all the Supreme Court and Appeals Court judges, along with the California Governor who appointed them. Keep in mind that Brown and Davis were Democratic Governors. Deukmejian, Wilson and, of course, Schwarzenneger were Republicans.

 Judge Name  Appointed By 
 Aaron, Cynthia G.  Davis(D) 
 Aldrich, Richard D.  Wilson(R) 
 Benke, Patricia D.  Deukmejian(R) 
 Blease, Cole  Brown(D) 
 Boren, Roger W.  Wilson(R) 
 Butz, Kathleen  Davis(D) 
 Cooper, Candace D.  Davis(D) 
 Corrigan, Carol A.  Schwarzenegger(R) 
 Chavez, Victoria  Schwarzenegger(R) 
 Dawson, Betty L.  Davis(D) 
 Duffy, Wendy Clark  Davis(D) 
 Epstein, Norman L.  Deukmejian(R) 
 Flier, Madeline  Davis(D) 
 Gilbert, Arthur  Davis(D) 
 Haller, Judith L.  Wilson(R) 
 Haerle, Paul R.  Wilson(R) 
 Harris, Thomas A.  Deukmejian(R) 
 Hill, Brad R.  Schwarzenegger(R) 
 Huffman, Richard D.  Deukmejian(R) 
 Ikola, Raymond J.  Davis(D) 
 Irion, Joan K.  Davis(D) 
 Jones, Barbara  Wilson(R) 
 Kane, Stephen J.  Schwarzenegger(R) 
 Kennard, Joyce L.  Deukmejian(R) 
 King, Jeffrey  Davis(D) 
 Kitching, Patti S.  Wilson(R) 
 Kriegler, Sandy R.  Schwarzenegger(R) 
 Mallano, Robert M.  Davis(D) 
 Manella, Nora M.  Schwarzenegger(R) 
 Marchiano, James J.  Wilson(R) 
 Margulies, Sandra  Davis(D) 
 McAdams, Richard  Davis(D) 
 McConnell, Judith  Davis(D) 
 McGuiness, William R.  Wilson(R) 
 McKinster, Art W.  Deukmejian(R) 
 Mihara, Nathan D.  Wilson(R) 
 Miller, Douglas P.  Schwarzenegger(R) 
 Morrison, Fred K.  Schwarzenegger(R) 
 Mosk, Richard M.  Davis(D) 
 O'Leary, Kathleen E.  Davis(D) 
 Perluss, Dennis M.  Davis(D) 
 Richli, Betty A.  Wilson(R) 
 Richman, James A.  Schwarzenegger(R) 
 Rivera, Maria P.  Davis(D) 
 Rothschild, Frances  Schwarzenegger(R) 
 Rushing, Conrad L.  Davis(D) 
 Ruvolo, Ignacio John  Schwarzenegger(R) 
 Sakauye, Tani Cantil  Schwarzenegger(R) 
 Sepulveda, Patricia K.  Wilson(R) 
 Siggins, Peter  Schwarzenegger(R) 
 Suzukawa, Steven  Schwarzenegger(R) 
 Willhite, Thomas L.  Schwarzenegger(R) 
 Wiseman, Rebecca A.  Wilson(R) 
 Woods, Fred  Deukmejian(R) 
 Zelon, Laurie D.  Davis(D) 

You may also find more info about the candidates, including bigraphies, political philosophy, and endorsements from the League of Women Voters Smart Voter website.
Although the California State Democratic Party does not list endorsements for Judges, many County Democratic Committees do. You can click on this page to see any County Democratic Committee endorsements.
Note: I made this list to the best of my ability by cross-referencing the dates the judges were nominated against the sitting California Governor at the time. If I have made any errors, please let me know in the comments and I will make the appropriate changes.

Originally posted to bluerevolt on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:16 PM PST.

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  •  already voted (3+ / 0-)
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    x, bluerevolt, juliesie

    but heather in sfbay also posted this fine diary on judges. i disagreed with a couple of her picks, but great links! yours is a great complement to it (or hers to yours)!

    © 2006 "The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream will never die." -Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, 12 August 1980

    by Laurence Lewis on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:21:03 PM PST

  •  Schwarzenegger (2+ / 0-)
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    x, bluerevolt

    for a time was nominating more liberal judges than conservative ones.  He got into a lot of hot water with the Republicans when they started tracking and calling when he made appointments.

  •  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! (2+ / 0-)
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    bluerevolt, offgrid

    Those were the only blanks I had left.  I had considered skiping them. You Rock.

    Bush fights crime by making it legal.

    by Friend of the court on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:27:39 PM PST

  •  Thanks--your diary is a great help to this voter. (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Don't go strictly by who appointed them (2+ / 0-)
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    x, bluerevolt

    The Republicans have nominated some good judges
    and the Democrats (well, Davis trying to manlier than thou) didn't always nominate great ones.

    And given what happened to Rose Bird, I'm a bit hesitant to vote no on a judge unless they were really bad.

  •  Thanks!! (1+ / 0-)
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    I usually end up clueless about these posts on the ballot.

  •  You know, I have to say.... (3+ / 0-)
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    gracchus, x, bluerevolt

    ...that making a decision on whether to vote to retain a judge based on who appointed them is kind of wrong.

    Norm Epstein, for example, is a great judge.  A true legal scholar who has contributed greatly to the California courts.  Voting not to retain him because of who appointed him, IMO, would be completely foolish.  Rebecca Wiseman is another very good judge who happens to be a Republican appointee.

    The key to whether someone is a good judge -- particularly in an intermediate appellate court -- is whether they are fair, impartial, and follow the law. Choosing judges based on political affiliation is a variation on what I despise about how the other side handles judges -- opposing judges whose rulings they disagree with, even though their decisions follow the law.

    Keep in mind that very few cases in the court of appeal -- and surprisingly few in the supreme court -- are on hot-button, sexy issues.  Most of the time the business of judging is about following established law, applying it to new facts, and simply being fair.

    How to find out if judges are worth retaining?  Ask lawyers.  They know better than anyone, and any decent lawyer will not base their opinion on politics, but on whether the judge is smart, and fair, and understands the law and their role in it.  

    I have a diary here on a judge who is being targeted for following the law -- we should be focused on helping judges like this, IMO.

    Sorry if this is unpopular, but the independence of the judiciary is one of the most -- perhaps the most -- important factor in maintaining the rule of law.  Nobody should choose judges based on their political affiliations, or decide whether they're good or bad based on who appointed them. All that does is inappropriately politicize the judiciary even more.

    •  Of course... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...people should do the further research, it is why I posted the link to the Smart Voter website.  For example, Deukmejian appointed some decent non-winger judges.  Also, Arnold appointed some as well, especially in his first year, since then however he has leaned toward Republican judicial appointments pretty heavily.  So do the research and vote your conscience.

      And as a personal aside, I don't vote for judges in an entirely partisan way.  But I do consider thier party affiliation heavily.  I wish I didn't have to do this, but the Republicans have been very aggressive pushing thier judicial nominees.  As a matter of fact, getting winger judges is one of the top priorities of the Christian right.  Until they stop that, I will be voting to provide a little balance.

      •  Yeah, but... (1+ / 0-)
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        IMO, this is one of those cases where two wrongs don't make a right.  Just because they're trying to politicize the judiciary doesn't mean we should buy into it and do the same.  We should be educating people on why the judiciary should NOT be politicized and why an independent judiciary is so important to everything we care about.

        Especially in the case of state judges, and even more especially when it comes to intermediate appellate court justices -- 99.99% of the cases they
        see have nothing to do with any political issue and require nothing more than following established law in a fair way.

        Relying on their political affiliation and/or who appointed them is just not going to tell you whether they are actually a good judge or not.  Looking at the judiciary only through the eyes of abortion/gay marriage/etc. is just missing the mark and helping create what the nuts want -- a politically accountable, instead of independent, judiciary.

  •  McGinnis (3+ / 0-)
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    x, monster, bluerevolt

    Is the one who issued that idiotic ruling on same-sex marriage. He's the only one I voted against.

  •  My list (1+ / 0-)
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    Kennard                Corrigan

    Marchiano             Margulies

    Haerle                    Richman

    Mcguiness            Siggins

    Ruvulo                   Sepulveda

    Rivera                    Jones

    I don't know a thing about any of them.  It would be nice to know how the confirmation votes broke down.  At least that would give me a clue.

    Any Lawyers around here who know about these judges?

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