Wednesday, August 03, 2022

2022 Michigan Primary Election Results

2022 Michigan Primary Election Results 

Governor: Dixon 40 Rinke 22 Soldano 19 Kelley 16 Rebrant 4

2. (R) Moolenaar 65 Norton 35
3. (R) Gibbs 52 Meijer 48 Meijer's gun-control vote may have done him in
5. (R) Walberg 67 O'Donnell 33
8. (R) Junge 54 Seely 24 Miller 23
10. (R) James 86 (D) Marlinga 49 Powell 17
11. (D) Stevens 60 Levin 40 The pro-Israel candidate won. 
12. (D) Tlaib 64 Winfrey 22
13. (D) Thanedar 28 Hollier 24 Roberson 17 Conyers 9
There will be no black Ds from MI in Congress next year.  However, two black Rs won primaries in competitive seats.

State Senate:
1. (D) Geiss 32 Sanders 23 Liberati 23
There will be only two black senators representing Detroit, only one of whom lives in Detroit.
4. (R) James 41 Frazier 23 Turnout favored Ds in this district.
6. (D) Cavanagh 44 Barnett 36 Brown 20
8. (D) McMorrow 69 Bullock 31
11. (D) Klinefelt 62 Owens 38 Turnout indicates this district is a tossup.
12. (R) Hornberger 65 Williams 35 Turnout favors Rs here.
13. (R) Rhines 69 Williams 31 Turnout indicates this district could be competitive.
14. (D) Shink 68 Wood 27
16. (R) Bellino 52 Clements 48
17. (R) Lindsey 61 LaSata 39 Trump endorsee beats an incumbent.  Lindsey ran a very good campaign.
18. (R) Albert 70 Mancinelli 30
20. (R) Nesbitt 67 Kreutz 21
22. (R) Theis 58 Detmer 42 Big defeat for Trump and Stop the Steal.
27. (D) Cherry 64 Galloway 25
28. (D) Singh 89 (R) Howard 58 Turnout favored Ds here.
35. (R) Glenn 41 Kelly 22 Velasquez 19 Blank 18 Turnout favored Rs here.
37. (R) Damoose 41 Cole 31 Ranville 16 Hindle 12
38. (R) McBroom 77 Wikstrom 13 Huge win for McBroom, who was attacked by Trump.

State House:
4. (D) Whitsett 55 Turner 27
12. (D) Edwards 52 Steenland 48 Surprise upset of an incumbent.
27. (R) Howey 40 Counts 39
28. (R) Thompson 57 Dragone 28
29. (R) DeSana 63 Richert 26
30. (R) Bruck 65 Pirrone 35
31. (D) Miller 80 (R) Biniecki 64 Vallade 36
Turnout narrowly favored Rs in Wayne/Monroe districts 27, 28, 29, and 31.
34. (R) Zorn 39.94 Rank 39.88 A 7-vote margin likely means a recount.
35. (R) Fink 57 Meckley 43 Credible showing by Meckley, who could try again when this seat is open.
36. (R) Carra 40 Solis 21 McGraw 20 Coleman 19 Clear, yet underwhelming win by Carra, who was hurt by his abortive congressional campaign.
38. (R) Whiteford 40 Lucas 38 Rolling 23
 (D) Andrews 54 Brown 46 Turnout narrowly favored Rs here.
39. (R) Wendzel 59 Nilson 41 This was competitive due to much new territory for the incumbent.
42. (R) Hall 71 Mitchell 29
43. (R) Smit 50 Kronemeyer 32 Win for Trump-endorsee.
46. (R) Schmaltz 62 Hugle 38 Turnout favored Rs here.
48. (R) Woolford 53 Negri 47 This district looks like a tossup.
54. (R) Steele 58 Kiesel 42 The credible candidate won here.
 (D) Martini 39 Fakih 35
58. (R) Smith 83
59. (R) Wozniak 52 Mekoski 34 Stop the Steal incumbent defeated by his predecessor.
61. (R) Aiello 85
62. (R) St. Germaine 36 Marino 33
63. (R) DeBoyer 50 Eubanks 29 Defeat for Trump-endorsee.
64. (R) Beeler 67 Eisen 26 Clear result in incumbent v incumbent matchup.
65. (R) Greene 67 Pratt 28
66. (R) Schriver 38 Berlingieri 27 Newby 22
67. (R) Green 25 Tuski 23 Lossing 22 Moore 14 Incumbent barely wins in an almost completely new district.
68. (R) Martin 45 Swanson 27 Miller 21 (D) Hardmon 58
71. (R) BeGole 46 Rathbun 36 Defeat for Trump-endorsee.
78. (R) Johnsen 45 Geiger 30 Barnes 25 Defeat for Trump-endorsed write-in Jon Rocha.
79. (R) Rigas 59 Keeler 29 Win for Trump-endorsee.
84. (R) Milanowski 51 Wetzel 23 Regan 17 Regan won't get the chance to lose another winnable seat.
Turnout looks good for Rs in Grand Rapids area districts 80, 81, 83, 84.
86. (R) De Boer 62 Getz 38
88. (R) VanWoerkom 63 Bricker 37 Defeat for Trump-endorsee against incumbent.
92. (R) Neyer 32 Zimmer 23 Haymaker 21
95. (R) Schuette 64 Manary 31Win for the real R against the D-preferred candidate.
97. (R) Bierlein 59 Wakeman 30 Defeat for incumbent with much new territory.
98. (R) Alexander 35 O'Mara 33 Damrow 29 Alexander wins on the second try against scandal-plagued Damrow.
99. (R) Hoadley 58 Petri 32 Win for Trump-endorsee with DeVos support.
101. (R) Fox 33 Smith 32 Schindlbeck 27
102. (R) VanderWall 59 Sebolt 32
103. (R) O'Malley 75 Cerone 25 (D) Coffia 85
104. (R) Roth 52 Kniss 48 Surprisingly close call for incumbent with much new territory.
105. (R) Borton 56 Morley 19 Randall 19
106. (R) Cavitt 47 Balog 33 Hull 20
107. (R) Friske 42 Fairbairn 35
108. (R) Prestin 43 Simon 29 Hoffman 19
109. (R) Wagner 53 Gray 47 (D) Hill 55 Boogren 45 Turnout wasn't great for Rs here.

Of the non-incumbents Trump endorsed for the legislature, 4 won and 5 lost.

Kalamazoo County Judges:
D'Angelo 36 Barnard 29 Hilgart 23 Jensen 22 Vinales 20 Hohler 8 The top four move on.
Escamilla 25.2 Jones 24.7 Allen 24.5

Monday, August 01, 2022

August 2022 Judiciary News

Breyer tired.

Supreme Court:

Overview:  Carrie Severino gives an overview of the Supreme Court for the past year, which included many victories for constitutionalists.

Alito:  Justice Altio gave a speech scorning criticism of his ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health from foreign leaders.  Their countries have abortion laws that would have been illegal under Roe v Wade.

Barrett:  Dan McLaughin debunks a smear of Justice Amy Coney Barrett by progressive hack Mark Joseph Stern, who laughably claims that she is "in Over Her Head,” and "has floundered on the intellectual sidelines".

Leak:  So far, no information has been released about the investigation into the leak of the draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health.

Leftism:  Gerard Baker debunks the left's hyperbolic rhetoric about the Supreme Court 'declaring war' on American, governing, or Earth itself.

Popularity:  Ramesh Ponnuru argues that the Supreme Court giving up its own power will not generate a political backlash.

Polling:  A new poll indicates that abortion is more unpopular when the baby is closer to birth.  Some people's opinions on abortion are inconsistent with support for Roe, indicating that they don't understand what it did.

Nominations, Hearings, Confirmations:

9th Circuit:  Biden nominee Roopali Desai serves on the board of Just Communities Arizona (JCA), a group that seeks "a world in which prisons and jails are unnecessary."  It also supports defunding the police, the BDS movement, and mourned the execution of a man who raped and murdered a child.  Her record includes a long list of leftist activism.

ED-KY:  President Biden will not nominate conservative Chad Meredith for a future vacancy.  Reportedly, he would have been nominated as a favor to Senator Mitch McConnell, but was scuttled when Senator Rand Paul would not return a blue slip.  Paul complained that he was not consulted about the deal.  Given that both Biden and Paul seem to be acting against interest, it is easy to suspect that there is more to the story that has not been reported.

1st Circuit:  Julie Rikelman-clerk for Morton Greenberg (3rd Circuit), abortion lawyer
2nd Circuit: Maria Ara├║jo Kahn-clerk for Peter Dorsey (D-CT), Connecticut Supreme Court
D-MA: Myong Joun-Boston Municipal Court
D-MA: Julia Kobick-clerk for Michael Chagares (3rd Circuit), Ruth Bader Ginsburg, MA AG lawyer
SD-OH: Jeffery Hopkins-clerk for Alan Norris (6th Circuit), US Bankruptcy Court (SD-OH)
ND-CA: Rita Lin-clerk for Sandra Lynch (1st Circuit), Superior Court of San Francisco County
ND-CA: Araceli Martinez-Olguin-clerk for David Briones (WD-TX), National Immigration Law Center
ED-CA: Daniel Calabretta-clerk for William Fletcher (9th Circuit), John Paul Stevens, Superior Court of Sacramento County
D-DC:  Todd Edelman-clerk for William Bryant (D-DC), Superior Court of DC

The Federal Judiciary:

Retirements:  Thomas Berry argues that judges should not be able to pick their successors by conditioning their retirements on the selection of a particular candidate.  He suggests several proposals to address this issue.

11th Circuit:  There will be another investigation of Chief Judge Bill Pryor's hiring of a clerk accused of sending racist texts.  Her employer, Turning Point USA, refuted the allegations, and a previous investigation cleared her and Pryor.

SD-TX:  Judge Lynn Hughes has been admonished by the 5th Circuit after banning a female litigator from his courtroom for life.  He has faced allegations of sexism before due to several previous incidents.

Vacancy Declarations:  There are now 119 current and future judicial vacancies.  New vacancies over the past month are listed below.
SD-CA: Gonzalo Curiel (Obama) 3/20/23 (senior)
SD-FL: Marcia Cooke (W) 7/15 (senior)
D-CO: Raymond Moore (Obama) 6/20/23 (senior)

State Supreme Courts:

States:  The fight over abortion is now in state courts.  Many liberal judges have enjoined restrictions on abortion for no legitimate reason.

Alaska:  Chief Justice Daniel Winfree will be age-limited by February 2023.  Seven lawyers have applied to fill the vacancy.  The applicants will be narrowed by the Alaska Judicial Council, and the appointment will be made by governor Mike Dunleavy.  One of the applicants is Judge Paul Roetman, a conservative who was controversially excluded from consideration for the previous vacancy.

California:  Chief Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye will not seek reelection, and will retire in November.  She is 62, and was appointed by governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010.  Governor Gavin Newsom will make his third appointment to the court.

Iowa:  Governor Kim Reynolds appointed Iowa Court of Appeals Judge David May to the Iowa Supreme Court.  He was appointed to the district court 2016 and to the Court of Appeals in 2019.  He replaces Brent Appel, the last D-appointed justice, who was age-limited.  

New York:  New York Court of Appeals Chief Judge Janet DiFiore will retire on August 31.  She was appointed by Andrew Cuomo in 2016.  She was facing an ethics investigation when she announced her retirement.  She is part of a group of four 'conservative' (non-leftist would be a more accurate term) judges (along with Cannatarro, Garcia, and Singas) on the court.  Governor Kathy Hochul will get her second appointment to the court.


Tennessee:  On August 4, all five justices of the Tennessee Supreme Court face a retention election.  They are Jeff Bivins, Sarah Campbell, Sharon Lee, Holly Kirby, and Roger A. Page.  Only Lee was appointed by a D governor.

Washington:  On August 2, there is a nonpartisan primary for the Washington Supreme Court.  Justices Mary Yu, G. Helen Whitener, Barbara Madsen are all unopposed for renomination.

Numbers and Trivia:

Retirements:  Harsh Voruganti of the Vetting Room shows that young judges are more likely to leave the bench early, and gives some reasons why.


Conservatism:  Josh Blackman reviews the history of 60 years of Supreme Court appointments by R presidents, and how conservatives finally won after decades of failures.