JUSTICE BUILDING BLOG
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Lisa Lesperance - 44% vs. Norma Lindsey (I) - 56%
Jorge Cueto - 53% vs. Josie Perez Velis - 47%
Migna Sanchez-Llorens - 59% vs. Manny Segarra - 41%
Yvonne Colodny - 32% vs. Patricia Kopco - 27% vs. Stephen Millan - 40%
Mario Garcia - 48% vs. Stacy Glick - 52%
Ricardo Corona - 47% vs. Abby Cynamon - 53%
Marcia Caballero - 57% vs. Douglas Chumbley (I) - 43%
Jeri Beth Cohen (I) - 57% vs. Abbie Cuellar - 43%
Come January, there will be six new judges on the Circuit Court bench.
"The right of citizens of the United States to vote should not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex."
On August 26, 1920, 88 years ago today, the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution became law.
Today, if we are lucky, three in ten will go to the polls and cast a vote. That, despite the fact that hundreds of thousands of American men and women have given their lives in the defense of freedom and so that you and I could go to the polls and vote.
In Australia, 95% of eligible voters cast a ballot. In Malta it's 94%, Austria 92%, Belgium 91%, Italy 90%, Luxembourg 90%, and eight more countries including Germany and the Czech Republic vote at levels of 85% or higher. But in the United States, we are proud when we get 56% to the polls for a presidential election.
If you do nothing else today, go to the polls and Vote.
The contested judicial elections are:
Lisa Lesperance vs. Norma Lindsey (I)
Jorge Cueto vs. Josie Perez Velis
Migna Sanchez-Llorens vs. Manny Segarra
Yvonne Colodny vs. Patricia Kopco vs. Stephen Millan
Mario Garcia vs. Stacy Glick
Ricardo Corona vs. Abby Cynamon
Marcia Caballero vs. Douglas Chumbley (I)
Jeri Beth Cohen (I) vs. Abbie Cuellar
We look forward to the returns later tonight and to Rumpole's live blogging from - the Pepsi Center?
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:
BARACK OBAMA HAS CHOSEN DELEWARE SENATOR JOSEPH BIDEN AS HIS RUNNING MATE.
THE TICKET READS: OBAMA/BIDEN.
CAPTAIN OUT .........
Good Job El Capitan. I saw the news when I got back from my run. The title links to the NY Times Article.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Over the course of the next two weeks, two of the most important decisions in American political history will take place.
Never before have the choices for Vice President had the probability of impacting our lives as directly as they do for us today.
No one may admit out loud that a “black” candidate for president and potentially a “black” President will automatically be a significant target of some extreme nut-jobs in our society - and on the flip side- nobody has kept quiet about the fact that if McCain is elected he will be the oldest elected President in history. Both of these facts lead one to understand that the VP choice is more than just a choice for the second (wo)man on the ticket.
It is the choice (and the reasoning behind it) that a President is always supposed to think about first; that being the fact that the VP is always just a "heart-beat" away from becoming our nation's commander and chief. And in the year 2008, that "heart-beat" is one we should all be paying close attention to.
No one may vote for the Vice-President, so to speak, but that does not make the choices any less important.
This is both an exciting and critically important time in the history of American politics and soon the history books will be written.
The short list for each side appears to be getting shorter and shorter.
For the Democrats:
Evan Bayh, 52, Sen. Indiana. A “swing” state with 11 electoral votes is the primary reason why his name is mentioned. His strength is the fact that he is on the Senate Intelligence & Armed Services Committee. Negative: He was a strong supporter of the war. Truth is, the Republicans will win this state with or without a Bayh on the Obama ticket.
Joseph Biden, 65, Sen. Delaware. Can you say foreign policy experience? Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. His only downside to the Obama qualifications list is that he is from “inside the beltway”.
Hillary Clinton, 60, Sen. NY. The only way she will get on the ticket is if she promises to guarantee that Bill would move to a small country in Africa for the next eight years and two months.
Timothy Kaine, 50, Gov. Virginia. An “outside” the beltway Governor, and from a swing state that, while it has gone red for the past 44 years, is close enough to move to the Democrats with this popular Governor on the ticket. Little known fact: he is a Spanish speaking former Catholic missionary. Negative: has no national security experience.
Kathleen Sebelius, 60, Gov. Kansas. Two-term popular governor of a red state (also for the past 44 years), she could swing this state to blue. If you really want to put a qualified woman on the ticket and you don’t want her name to be Hillary, she is a perfect pick. Of course, picking her would cause a continental divide among all of Hillary’s supporters.
For the Republicans:
Charlie Crist, Gov. Fla. 27 and 51. Those two numbers are strong arguments for Crist. The Republicans cannot keep the White House without Florida and they almost guarantee winning its 27 electoral votes with Crist on the ticket. And Crist is only 51 years old and looks even better with his new fiancé by his side. Negative: McCain needs someone to the right of him, not the left.
Joseph Lieberman, 66, Sen. Conn. Vice presidential running mate of Al Gore in 2000, he was elected as an independent in the last senate election in his state of Connecticut. With McCain trying to sure up the base of his own party, picking Lieberman would be McCain shooting himself in the foot. McCain also needs someone younger on the ticket with him. They may be close friends, but they won’t be running mates.
Timothy Pawlenty, 47, Gov. Minnesota. This has been a blue state since 1972, but with Pawlenty on the ticket, it could easily go red. A popular, “young”, two term governor of a Midwest state. Big on energy and the environment. If he gets picked, you will hear a lot about his Community Based Energy Development Credit – a policy about using wind and clean energy in his state.
Mitt Romney, 61, former Gov. Mass. They love him in the Midwest and Ohio is the number one “swing state” for the Republicans. They need to hold it. Saved the Olympics and has a sterling business resume. That balance is what McCain is looking for, because we need to remember that people vote their pocketbooks and “it’s all about the economy, stupid.”
Could we have two guys named Tim on the ticket? I think it certainly comes down to Kaine & Biden for the donkeys and Romney & Pawlenty for the elephants. But every day brings a new rumor and the winds can shift significantly in just 24 hours.
Who do you think will join Obama & McCain on their tickets???
Stay tuned, folks, it's going to be a very interesting two weeks.
CAPTAIN OUT .....
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Judge Rosinek was back in the REGJB Friday presiding over his last Drug Court graduation as a Judge. It was by all accounts a wonderful afternoon in the big courtroom on the fourth floor. It is bittersweet to see someone who has done this community so good leave us, and yet his retirement is well deserved.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
ELECTION UPDATE ....
The first week of early voting ends tomorrow and you can still vote through next weekend without having to stand in line on Tuesday, August 26, 2008. Don't forget to exercise your right to vote; we could have as many as nine new judges on the bench come January.
DRUG COURT UPDATE ...
Also, as was previously reported on the blog, Judge Jeffrey Rosinek is officially retiring and he will be present for his last Drug Court Graduation Ceremony on Friday, August 15, 2008 in Courtroom 4-1 at 11:30 am. If you have not seen a graduation before, you should go by and see the successes of Judge Rosinek and his program. You can also thank him for all his work as Judge Deborah White-Laborah takes over Drug Court on Monday.
SUPREME COURT UPDATE ....
One of our local Circuit Court Judges, Judge Kevin Emas, is a finalist for one of the two open seats on the Florida Supreme Court. His name was sent to Governor Crist's office today with the names of four others. One of them will replace retiring Judge Cantero.
The other finalists include: Judge Charles Canady, 54, Lakeland, Second District Court of Appeal, Edward G. Guedes, 44, Miami, Attorney, Judge Jorge Labarga, 55, West Palm Beach, 15th Judicial Circuit and Judge Vincent G. Torpy, Jr., 52, Daytona Beach, Fifth District Court of Appeal.
Canady is a former state legislator (6 years) and US Congressman (8 years) before becoming a Judge on the 2nd DCA in 2002; Guedes has been an attorney for 20 years and works in the appellate division of Greenberg, Traurig; Labarga started his career with the Public Defender's Office (3 years), then moved to the State Attorney's Office (5 years), then to private practice (9 years) before being appointed by Gov. Chiles to the Circuit Court in West Palm Beach in 1996; and Torpy started out as a police officer (6 years), before going to law school at Florida State University, then into private practice for 16 years before joining the Circuit Court in 1999. He spent just over three years there before joining the 5th DCA in 2003. While it is true that Gov. Crist is also a Seminole, he did not go to law school with Torpy. Crist attended FSU undergrad (1978) and went to law school at Cumberland in Alabama.
The competition is stiff, but if you want to help out Judge Emas, you can write to the Governor at: Governor Charlie Crist, The Governor's Office, Tallahassee, Florida 32301.
CAPTAIN OUT ..........