Monthly Archives: October 2004

Politicizing the Judicial Ballot

I received this plea in my email:

Friends, As I am sure you are already aware, on the ballot on Nov. 2nd will be a section on judicial retention. In one highly politicized situation, involving our own MO Supreme Court Judge Rick Teitelman, there are conservative elements waging a campaign for voters to vote “No” on retention of Judge Teitelman.

The effort began with a Greene County prosecutor who, while admitting he wasn’t certain of the reason, laid “blame” for an unofficial moratorium on the death penalty in MO at Judge Rick’s position on the Court. This diatribe was followed in turn by an NRA-affiliated group urging non-retention of Judge Rick based on his vote against the legitimacy of the conceal & carry legislation. I urge you all not to skip over the judges retention portion of the ballot so that you can cast a “yes” to retention of Judge Richard B. Teitelman.

And, as less politically astute friends, family, and acquaintances ask you about the Nov. 2nd ballot, please explain the meaning of the retention vote to them. I am writing because judges cannot wage a campaign. And, Judge Rick has a deep commitment to civil liberties, civil rights, and justice. But another aspect we must remember, a significant vote for non-retention of Judge Rick could have a chilling effect on other judges who would otherwise be inclined to cast politically unpopular votes in close cases. Thank you for your attention and consideration.

Post Dispatch on Teitelman.

As the Post mentions — the main claim of those working to unseat him is that he voted against conceal-carry. He didn’t. He voted that the state should have to fund conceal-carry.

Since many people skip over that section in the ballot — a negative campaign can work. So its important if you are against politicizing the judiciary that you vote to support Teitelman.

Judges should be retained or booted based on ability — not a liberal/conservative litmus test.


1) The Cardinals come from behind and go from a 0-3 deficit to win the World Series.

This will prove one of two things:
1) The Boston Red Sox really are cursed.
2) Anything really can happen in the postseason.

Which one it proves depends upon whether you really believe in curses or not.

2) The Boston Red Sox win.

This will prove only one thing:
1) The Boston Red Sox aren’t cursed.
— Whether they were and the curse is over, or if they never were, depends on your view of curses.

Quote of the Day

Superstitions, bigotries, hypocrisies, prejudices, these phantoms, phantoms though they be, cling to life; they have teeth and nails in their shadowy substance, and we must grapple with them individually and make war on them without truce; for it is one of humanity’s inevitabilities to be condemned to eternal struggle with phantoms.

Source: Victor Hugo – Les Miserables.

Oy – Cuyahoga Absentee Ballot

Some are complaining about the Cuyahoga Absentee Ballot which appears below:

The absentee ballot comes in two parts. The part on the left with the names, parties, numbers, and arrow. And the actual punch ballot. Someone lined up the ballot with the information page, and showed that the arrows don’t align.

But you’re not supposed to align them. Since it’s an absentee ballot, you don’t get sent a voting booth in the mail. It has to be done manually. They don’t expect you to line up the ballot. You’re supposed to read what number you are supposed to punch. And then punch it.

I think some believe a typographical error was made…and the Bush/Cheney number was supposed to be 14 (and one other party was supposed to be 12 instead of 2) but the numbers are correct; confused voters just aren’t reading the instructions they’re given.