Governor to speak at judges' conference
Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 11:28 am
By: By The Associated Press
The Messenger 06.15.11
CHATTANOOGA (AP) — When Gov. Bill Haslam speaks at the Tennessee Judicial Conference about legislative victories, he gets to include an audience favorite.
Haslam’s Republican administration helped defeat a push by another Republican, Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, to have voters pick state Supreme Court and appeals court judges.
That would force judges in those races to raise money as political candidates.
A Haslam aide said in an e-mail that the governor plans to recap the legislative session and discuss judicial issues at the Chattanooga conference today.
During last year’s gubernatorial campaign, Haslam favored keeping the current system in which the governor appoints justices and appeals judges who later stand in yes-no retention elections. Opponents of the current system contend language in the state constitution requires that all judges be elected by state voters.
Gov. Bill Haslam, Tennessee Judicial Conference