Sheehan on Need for Merit-Based Selection for Magistrates in RI on LIVE
Friday, April 27, 2018
Sheehan (D-Dist. 36, Narragansett, North Kingstown) spoke to the bill (2018-S 2611) what would give the governor the sole authority to nominate, on the basis of merit, from a list submitted by the Judicial Nominating Commission with the advice and consent of the Senate, all judges and magistrates, to all courts. In August of last year, top staffers to Governor Gina Raimondo and Speaker Nick Mattiello were named magistrates.
“When Rhode Island amended its constitution in 1994 to create the merit selection process for selecting judges, it was a bold and innovative step,” said Sheehan. “At that time, there were no magistrates, but since then, 20 have been appointed and more are on the way. This would update the law so that magistrates would have to be appointed using that same merit selection process. It would remove the veil on the current process and bring it the level of transparency that we’ve come to expect in the appointment of judges.”
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Next year, in November of 2018, there will be a statewide general election for Governor and many other state offices. How likely is it that you will vote in this election?
Will you definitely be voting, will you probably be voting, are you 50-50...
Definitely be voting: 78%
Probably be voting: 13%
What would you say is the number one problem facing Rhode Island that you would like the Governor to address?
Jobs and economy: 21%
State budget: 9%
Corruption/Public integrity: .8%
Don’t know: .9%
Recently, a proposal has been made to permit the issuance of $81 million in bonds by the State to build a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox. If there was an election today on this issue, would you vote to approve or reject issuing $81 million in financing supported moral obligation bonds to build the stadium?
Net: Approve: 28%
Definitely approve: 15%
Probably approve: 14%
Net: Reject: 67%
Probably reject: 19%
Definitely reject: 48%
Don't know: 4%
The next question is about the total income of YOUR HOUSEHOLD for the PAST 12 MONTHS. Please include your income PLUS the income of all members living in your household (including cohabiting partners and armed forces members living at home).
$50,000 or less: 27%
More $50,000 but less than $75,000: 13%
More $75,000 but less than $100,000: 13%
More $100,000 but less than $150,000: 17%
$150,000 or more: 13%
Don't know/refused: 17%
What particular ethnic group or nationality - such as English, French, Italian, Irish, Latino, Jewish, African American, and so forth - do you consider yourself a part of or feel closest to?
Black or African American: 6%
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