I originally referred to this as Orange County’s judicial circus, but things have radically changed. Now that the official dust has settled, let’s take another look at what now looks like a One Ring Extravaganza with assorted side shows and carny acts. Keep in mind, while most of you think judicial races are “meh,” in reality they are arguable more important than legislative races in Orange County. Judges are elected for SIX YEAR TERMS. They last awhile. And, since judges review lots of legislation from Sacramento and elsewhere, they have more impact on state law and policy than most people think.
So here is a recap — and a handicap prediction on these races. The calliope music is still playing, just a bit muted. Continue reading