NEWLY APPOINTED Justice Mary Yu will be on the ballot in November
  • Amy Hallman
  • NEWLY APPOINTED Justice Mary Yu will be on the ballot in November

Hardly anyone pays attention to them, but Washington State Supreme Court elections remain one of the most important political happenings in this state. Don't believe it? Consider how important the state supreme court's 2012 McCleary decision has become in forcing our do-nothing state legislature to finally come up with the billions needed to fix our broken public education system (a system that, until McCleary, our state legislators were largely content to let stay broken).

Unfortunately, an enduring problem in these races is that voters nod off or give up before they get far enough down the ballot to vote on high court candidates. Or, lacking information, they just pick the candidate with the name that sounds nicest to them. Really. That's how we ended up with Justice Charles W. Johnson, who in 1990 was a legal nobody running against a widely respected and widely endorsed incumbent with the unfortunate name of Keith M. Callow.

So here are a few quick reasons not to nod off as we head toward this year's supreme court elections in November. CONTINUE READING --->