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Clint Bolick, Arizona’s Libertarian Supreme Court Justice, Wins Judicial Retention Election

The justice prevailed by a lopsided margin of 71 percent to 29 percent.

Arizona Governor's OfficeArizona Governor's OfficeThe Arizona electorate has voted overwhelmingly in favor of letting a libertarian jurist keep his seat on the state's highest court. As the Arizona Republic reports, state Supreme Court Justice Clint Bolick handily won his judicial retention election yesterday by a lopsided margin of 71 percent to 29 percent.

Bolick, a pioneering libertarian lawyer and co-founder of the Institute for Justice, was appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court in 2016 by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey. Under the terms of the Arizona constitution, a state Supreme Court justice must stand in a judicial retention election two years after being appointed to the bench, and then stand again every six years after that.

It's worth noting that Bolick prevailed in yesterday's vote despite the best efforts of the liberal National Education Association, which funded anti-Bolick activities in an attempt at payback over Bolick's vote in a case that the Arizona Capitol Times has described as "a ruling that knocked a tax hike for education off the ballot." Unfortunately for these liberal activists, they have now lost soundly in both the courtroom and in the court of public opinion.

Bolick has already amassed an impressive record on the Arizona Supreme Court in the past two years and will no doubt continue to build upon it in the years to come.

Arizona residents may also appreciate something else about the newly retained justice. Bolick is—to the best of my knowledge at least—the only visibly tattooed state Supreme Court justice in the country. Where's his tattoo and what's the story behind it? As Bolick explained it to me, "I have always gotten very personally committed to my cases over the years. When I took on the cause of tattoo studios and their free speech rights I vowed that if we won I would get inked. And we did win and, much to my wife's chagrin, I got inked. The tattoo is a scorpion, which is on my right index finger. That is my typing finger. I've typed everything I've ever written with one finger. And I thought it would be appropriate now that I'm an official desert resident to have a desert creature on my typing finger."

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  • Eddy||

    Bolick stays, while Ball-Lick (Sessions) goes - not bad.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Bolick has already amassed an impressive record on the Arizona Supreme Court in the past two years and will no doubt continue to build upon it in the years to come.

    You know who else amassed an impressive record in just two years?

  • MatthewSlyfield||

    George Washington?

  • Dillinger||

    Mark Fidrych

  • Bronze Khopesh||

    Is that the word?

  • Dillinger||

    still have the S.I.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    Jim Acosta?

  • Just Say'n||

    That part-time call girl?

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    ARIZONA IN THE NEWS. BOOM. ABY

  • Just Say'n||

    Your buddy Sarwark lost his election. Where's your God now?

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Seated at the right hand of the Father.

  • Just Say'n||

    BUCS gets serious

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Have Mercy On Us.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    What do you mean, his buddy? BUCS is his own buddy? Is that why he is always so jovial and friendly?

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    We've talked extensively about me buddying myself.

  • Just Say'n||

    BUCS has evolved from being Nick Sarwark to being close friends with Sarwark. It happened a few months back or so

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    The exact term is not decided yet, but will probably be something related to "mitosis."

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    I think the correct term would actually be "budding," like yeast do. Also, like yeast, BUCS has been known to cause certain things to rise and bubble.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Yep, I give everyone boners.

  • Arizona_Guy||

    Sarwark got 11%. Not bad IMO.

    Senate race is still too close to call.

  • Agammamon||

    But Sinema lost. If just barely.

  • Just Say'n||

    Is this going to be one of those posts where we don't all snipe at each other? Those are always fun

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    Hey, wanna go snipe hunting?

  • Just Say'n||

    No. Those are endangered.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    [sings to the tune of Joan Jett's "I love Rock'n'Roll"]:

    I love yokel trolls,
    Put another pin in your Bill Weld doll, baby!

  • Just Say'n||

    You're very defensive of snipes

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    They are cute birds. But we do have a hunting season around here for Wilson's snipe. I never hunted them, though. I did hunt woodcock before.

  • Just Say'n||

    "I did hunt woodcock before"

    You know who else hunts cock?

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Yellow Tony?

  • Arizona_Guy||

    Good

  • Dillinger||

    good for him.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    He was great as Commander T'Pol in Star Trek: Enterprise.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Is the McSally race still too close to call? Suprised about that. She's a pretty dang moderate Republican. Comes from Tucson as a rep. Which means she's an AZ Republican from Blue Arizona.

  • Arizona_Guy||

    Yep, here are the most recent numbers:

    McSally, Martha (REP) 850,150 49.34%
    Sinema, Kyrsten (DEM) 834,387 48.42%
    Green, Angela (GRN) 38,611 2.24%

    https://results.arizona.vote/#/featured/4/0

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    She's okay. I don't follow much anymore. But McSally was a very Tucson Republican as a rep.

  • Eddy||

    One good thing about retention elections for judges is that you don't have to rely on someone being brave (or foolhardy) enough to challenge an incumbent judge - which local lawyers may not want to do. This could mean that the incumbent is the only candidate on the ballot. So instead, rather than hope for the chance of an actual opponent emerging, a retention election means you can *always* vote up or down on the incumbent.

    Until the broad adoption of NOTA, this is the best system for judges.

  • Hank Phillips||

    YES!

  • Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland||

    A Republican appointee who types with one finger? Does he use that finger to dial numbers on his rotary telephone?

  • Hattori Hanzo||

    All judges were retained in AZ. Not a shocker Bolick was retained.

  • Ricardo Vacilon||

    Bolick was "targeted" by "education activists." Local politicians have started to alter their discourse to placate this pressure group.

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