Justice Kennedy's retirement highlights a reason I am working for the Convention of States movement. The U.S. Constitution permits justices to serve for life. Thus, this retirement presents an opportunity for President Trump to replace an 8-year-old justice who's wobbly on conservative values with one in his or her 40s who's rock solid on conservatism. The president can insure a conservative court for decades.
To underscore the point, Justice Thomas is 70. If he were to continue to serve for another six years, then retire in the last year of President Trump's second term, President Trump could appoint yet another solidly conservative justice in his or her 40s. This would create an overwhelmingly conservative court for 40 years or more after his second term ends. This couldn't make liberals happy. But it shouldn't please conservatives either. Conservatives could find themselves in a similar place 40 years from now with a Democrat (or possibly openly Socialist) president and Senate.
A more rational policy would be some form of term limits on Supreme Court justices. This can happen only through a constitutional amendment. The Convention of States movement is fighting for just such a change. Please join the movement.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.