Friday, May 11, 2012

The End to Marion County Judicial Slating?; Mourdock Defeats Lugar in 90 of Indiana's 92 Counties

Trying to get back to blogging.   Needless to say I'm a little burned out on politics.  Although the losing unslated candidates - Greg Bowes, Mark King, Judge Orbison and myself - were unsuccessful in challenging the system through the ballot box, I think the attention we drew to the situation will be a major factor in bringing an end to judicial slating in Marion County. The days of, as Governor Daniels described it, candidates purchasing judicial endorsements with $12,000 ($13,600 for Democrats) in slating fees are,  I suspect, near the end.  I wouldn't be terribly surprised if there isn't an extensive investigation of all the circumstances surrounding the Marion County parties' endorsement of the judicial candidates this cycle, including the candidates' payment of slating fees and whether those payments violated the ethics rules.  It could well be an investigatory panel similar to the one that investigated the Marion County's small claims court.  Call it a hunch...

Regarding the big race of the day, the scope of Mourdock's victory was shocking.  Mourdock not only won by 20 points, 60-40, he won 90 of 92 counties.  Lugar pulled out narrow victories in only two counties, Marion and Boone.  Not even the wildest prediction guessed the scope of Mourdock's win.  Just chalking the win up to the tea party's success here, overlooks Lugar's own failures.  The seeds of Lugar's demise was actually sown a long time ago when the Senator stopped coming back to the state for Republican events and refused to support Republican candidates in their election efforts.  His failure to build and maintain Republican bridges in the state meant that when things started going south, there was no safety net...hence the 20 point loss.

9 comments:

Had Enough Indy? said...

Sorry for the reason, but welcome back. I, too, think you all did a service in calling out slating and the shenanigans of the Voter Registration Office. Thanks for that.

HOOSIERS FOR FAIR TAX said...

I'm glad you are back to blogging already.

You and other whistle blowers like you will keep chipping away at the machine and eventually it will break.

Everyday more people become aware of the corruption.

It's always hardest being the first to forge through new ideas and new ways. Don't give up. Be persistent. And know you have so many people out there (like myself) who are grateful for your work and support you.

guy77money said...

It sad to see the Republican party spend money to try to keep their own party members out of office instead of using it to try to defeat the Democrats in the coming election. If the Demos would ever run a strong candidate for mayor they could eventually make the Republican party a minority in Marion County.

Considering not having a list of potential voters I thought all of the non slated candidates did extremely well.

You all did a great job! Keep your head up and when slating goes away I think you could run again and win!

Paul K. Ogden said...

Guy, the Rs are the minority party in Marion County. They D's have all the county-wide races, save one, the Mayor's Office, and they could have easily won that if they ran the right kind of race.

LamLawIndy said...

I doubt that judicial slating is on its way out. First, the two parties have too much of an interest in keeping it; it provides money and influence. Second--assuming Rep. Pence is elected Governor in November--merit selection is a kind of inside baseball issue that first-term governors simply don't address, particularly when economic issues are at the front of the voters' minds.

I, like Paul, was stunned by the Mourdock/Lugar results. I had predicted a 55/45 Mourdock win AT MOST! Paul is correct, thought, that Sen. Lugar forgot Tip O'Neil's old adage: All politics is local.

Paul K. Ogden said...

Lam,

No, I most certainly didn't mean the parties or the legislature were going to voluntarily stop slating. I think the Supreme Court is going to step in and stop it. The Commission already laid the ground work by setting forth factors to consider whether it's a violation of the rules. And applying those factors to what happened, there wasn't a single slated candidate who didn't violate the rule.

You certainly don't need slating to have an election. Marion County and one other county are the is the only place where they use slating.

Don't assume that by suggesting an end to slating, I favor merit selection. Merit selection might work, but it could also backfire depending on how it is set up. That system could end up with as much politics as the more political process and could end up with the county chairman picking the judges if the Governor defers to the county chairman.

G Square said...

Your percentage of loss was pretty small, despite the handicaps imposed by the slating system. I share your hope that slating will be found unethical and given the boot. Better luck next time on a more even playing field. Meanwhile, keep up the insightful blogging and informative video. Well done, sir!

Bob Cardwell said...

I voted for the "O's" !

Irishking23 said...

If we could get anywhere near the 80% voter turnout like they did in France for the recent presidential election there, non-slated judicial candidates could win in Marion County.