Vote, You Plebes!

 For Melanie Damian to always appear on the front page of the DBR!

What a glorious way to start the morning.

She's going to be a very tough receiver -- she already hired a locksmith to open a safety deposit box and found lots of valuable rare coins, but unfortunately no whole wheat pasta bolognese.


Oh yeah, there are also judicial elections.

I suppose we should probably take a peek, especially given how much money we've donated this cycle.

In general I echo Rump's recommendations, as follows:
 In no particular order, we like Judge Wolfson, Judge Don Cohn, Kathy Fernandez-Rundle, Robert Copel, Alex Jimenz-Labora, Mauricio Padilla, Michelle Alvarez, Judge Teretha Lundy-Thomas. Best of luck to all.
Except I voted for Judge David Miller, as well as Teresa Pooler, Judge Marino-Pedraza, Judge Lobree, Ivonne Cuesta, and the great Tanya Brinkley.

And yes the pit bull law is stupid and needs to be repealed.


  1. reprinted from the Justice Building BLOG:



    Could not disagree with you more Horace. Every Judge in the building has made mistakes and has learned from their errors.

    The first time around for Judge Miller in criminal was a disaster; noone has qualms with that assessment. But judges make mistakes and judges learn from their mistakes.

    The second time around, Judge Miller did a fine job and was frequently heard to be keeping the State's feet to the fire on their handling of their cases. Defendants got a fair shake in his courtroom and he did not stand for the BS from the State. He had much distrust for police officers and their testimony. There was an eye-opening experience that took place for him in one particular hearing where an officer was caught red-handed in an outright lie. It seemed from that moment forward, that every officer that appeared in front of him did so with a lot less credibility as a result of this one particular officer. He did not just take their word for it. He questioned their authority.

    And on the civil side, nobody works harder and is brighter than he is. He is exactly what we want from our jurists. He is dedicated to his job, takes it very seriously, reads everything, understands the law, and applies it fairly. He expects you to be prepared when you come into his courtroom. He will show up at any hour of the day, or night, to accommodate the litigants and the attorneys. He is far superior to many of the judges we currently have.

    Judge David Miller should be retained.

    And what happened to your statement yesterday: "We have refrained from making any endorsements".

    There are some good contests today:


    Judge David Miller V. Padilla
    Coppel V. Verde
    Labora V. Santovenia
    De Yurre V. Pooler

    We like Miller and Coppel. We don't know enough about the other two races to make a call. We have heard good things about both Labora and Santovenia. As for De Yurre, he was a politician back in the 80's when he was on the Commission in Miami. We don't know a thing about him as an attorney. We have heard good things about Pooler.


    Judge Marino Pedraza v. Hernandez
    Judge Pando v. Gonzalez
    Judge Lobree v. Barakat
    Judge Wolfson v. Spiegel & Wallace
    Cuesta v. Seskin
    Brinkley v. Yabor
    Judge Lundy Thomas v. Hernandez
    Judge Cohn v. Cambo

    We believe Judge Marino has done a job worth retention. Hernandez is not nearly ready. We are not happy about the way Judge Pando has handled herself on the bench with the pending JQC investigation into her latest mishaps. Gonzalez is qualified and deserves your vote.

    Judge Lobree is qualified and has done a fine job and deserves a full term. Same for Judge Andrea Wolfson. No question that the most qualified lawyer running is Cuesta; she deserves your vote today. Brinkley and Yabor should be an interesting race. Both have good qualities. Most in this building don't know Yabor because he works on the civil side.

    Judges Lundy Thomas and Cohn deserve your support. Both have done a fine job on the bench.


    There are three contested Circuit Court races and we are watching two of them with keen interest.

    In one, our least favorite Judge Dale Ross is up against Herald endorsed Michael Rocque. And former Judge Julio Gonzalez is running again, against three opponents. He was voted the most qualified jurist on the bench when he was a judge; only to lose at the polls. Let's see if the people of Broward can get it right this time around.

    Cap Out ....

  2. Cut the crap Valori.

  3. Best protest sign ever.

  4. Cuesta is a good choice and will be a fine judge.

  5. You have very good taste, Mr. Blogger.

  6. High praise indeed, and thank you.

    We are ready for your guest blog post!

  7. everyone loves pit bull. the dude sings on everyone's tracks. why would we ban him?

  8. wait! what's frank talking about?! melanie? the bolognese? or the state court picks?

    and why did all thesmarts go to frank, leaving forest to fend for himself?

  9. Why, Melanie, of course. Who/what else would I or anyone else be talking about?


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