Culver issues statement on judicial retention

What will Governor Culver do now that voters have kicked three justices off the Iowa Supreme Court?  Read the tea leaves below:

Governor Culver Issues Statement on Iowa Supreme Court Judicial Appointments

DES MOINES – Governor Chet Culver today issued the following statement regarding the appointment of Iowa Supreme Court Justices, necessitated by yesterday’s vote against retention of Justices Ternus, Streit and Baker:

“I am reviewing the matter carefully to ensure the judicial selection process that is utilized now is consistent with the Iowa Constitution, with Iowa law, and with past practices used in the course of both Democratic and Republican administrations in instances when multiple vacancies in our appellate courts have been created simultaneously.”

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  1. What happened yesterday was a gross abuse of the purpose of a retention vote. Governor Culver should use all lawful means to appoint replacements for these justices. All 3 justices should submit their names to the Nominating Commission. Additionally, Judge Robert Hanson should submit his name as a potential candidate.

  2. It is essential for the protection of individual rights that the people have and exercise the right to oust from positions of authority those who abuse that power.

  3. The almighty dollar is not what built America and is NOT what true Americans value most. FREEDOM is what built this Nation. Individual freedom. As corporate greed has grown and financed political campaigns, individual freedoms have been on the decline and so has America’s productivity. Policy makers who insist on staying the course, wasting valuable resources to track, arrest , prosecute and incarcerate marijuana “offenders”, while ignoring the fact that that policy has empowered corruption and has done nothing to help our economy with what could be and should be billions added to the tax base instead of wasted on fighting a plant that is benefiting others. Use the police to track child predators. How many American children go missing everyday ? And what about violent crimes ? Can’t the policy makers figure out that saving face is not more important than saving US lives ? After decades of proven failure, why do they insist on staying the course of a failed drug policy ? What are they on ?