Sunday, March 9, 2008

Judicial elections in OT?

The General Assembly will extend its session by three days, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Disagreements remain on the budget, but legislators apparently can’t agree on judicial choices, either. Some 36 seats – including a spot on both the State Corporation Commission and the Workers’ Compensation Commission – could go empty by adjournment if deals aren’t worked out.

The T-D says that the open SCC position is causing some friction. Republican Del. Bill Janis and Democratic Sen. Donald McEachin have cut a deal to elevate Henrico Circuit Judge Catherine Hammond to the SCC, in return for an African-American lawyer’s taking her seat on the circuit bench. But other legislators in the Richmond area, namely Sens. Walter Stosch and John Watkins, have objected.

Stay tuned.

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