In a one-two punch that could launch a lot of POW to the jaw of Christian Dominionism's influence -- for the time being -- on Arizona, I strongly recommend you vote BOTH sides of your ballot for this year's general election.
Regular readers already know that Cathi Herrod is one of the most insidious and sinister characters to exert influence at the Arizona Capitol. Her husband, Michael John Herrod, sits on the Maricopa County Superior Court bench. This year, MR. Herrod is up for a retention vote.
In Maricopa County, judges are selected by merit and appointed by the governor. But voters get to say, every certain number of years, whether a judge has performed appropriately enough to justify keeping his job.
This year, it's MR. Herrod's turn. While it is difficult to get enough voters to actually toss a judge, Herrod's Dominionist cronies were among the driving forces behind Prop. 115 in 2012. It was a measure that would have made it -- except for the fact that voters declined to pass it -- easier to remove judges from office.
Whether or not we succeed in canning Judge Herrod, if we see enough NO votes, it will put the Dominionists on notice that they are being watched closely and will not be allowed to operate in the dark. They will be held accountable.
So, regardless of how you vote on any of the other judges, please join me in voting NO on the question of retaining Michael John Herrod as a Superior Court judge in Maricopa County.