I GUESS I'M A LITTLE TICKED
I refer, naturally, to those politicians who love to advertise, but are chicken---- to place their party affiliation in their ads. I refuse to vote for them based solely upon that fact. If they are too scared to place their party affiliation in their ads for my vote, I'll return the favor by staying away from them.
Back years ago, the Board of Education here in Cabell County was NOT non-partisan as it is now. I did not like then, and still insist that any person elected as a non-partisan loses all that non-partisan crap as soon as they are sworn in. In this area, that means practically every non-partisan reverts to his or her Democrat philosophy as soon as elected. If you don't believe it, just look at the decisions the Board has made over the past thirty years or so.
Now, the state legislature, in full control, both houses, of the Republicans, has voted and the governor of course approved bills that make ALL judicial races being non-partisan. Of all the piss-poor bills to come out of this supposed conservative legislature, these ones were some of the very worst. So now I have to go to extreme lengths to discover that Benjamin is a Republican, as is Wooten, and I have no idea of what the others are, so I'll vote only for the ones I already know are more conservative in view (although I have some real concerns with Benjamin, but he sure beats the hell out of Ketchum). And I would not vote for McGraw to be the dogcatcher's vomit.
And it gets worse, in local judicial races, the circuit judges have been separated, illogically, not by geographical division with in the county, but by the incumbents, so that each incumbent has his/her own division, and can be next door neighbors with any other judge and still be elected, again with no party affiliation. If this aint the very model of idiocy, I don't know what is. H---, we even elected Justices of the Peace by geography, and it was stupid and not cost effective to make them 'magistrates'.
Speaking of which, they also run by divisions, and guess what. The incumbents all got their own division, too.
To say the judicial election system has gone to Hell in a handbasket is beleaguring the point.
Non-partisan is definitely not non-partisan. It allows the very worst to run for office without any identification at all. I know some of the current 'magistrates.' Some have good reputations, some not. I also know some of the candidates, by reputation, and would vote for them only they were running against Darrell McGraw. And then I'd hold my nose while puking.
By the way, since I'm on a tear, you may as well know that I fought the removal of the miscegenation laws also, along with the approval of same-sex marriage laws, highly approve of any state which passes the currently vogue 'bathroom' laws (I mean after all, what is wrong with a person who stands and to pass water using the men's room and one who squats using the women's room?), and approve of the RFRA's now in legislatures across the nation.