*What I have done in the past with this guide is not compensated and takes dozens of hours of research and interviews. While some time is spent transcribing much of my time is spent constantly trying to contact candidates to get answers to self-designed surveys with questions not typically asked. I did not have time to put that effort in this year so I apologize to any who were expecting that.

I was pleasantly surprised to discover people remembering this site even though I have not advertised it this year and all previous advertising was very limited.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Superior Court Judge Sen Tan

Recieved the following email (if anyone has a vote yes for this judge link put it in the comments please):

Here is a link to a new article by Alaska Pride.  (10/18/12)

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Judicial retention elections rarely attract much interest from the news media, or from voters. But this year we have reason to pay attention - and take action.
If you live in the 3rd Judicial District - which includes Anchorage, the Mat-Su Valley, the Kenai Peninsula, Kodiak, Prince William Sound and Bristol Bay Communities - you have an opportunity to vote NO on one of the state's most liberal judges: Superior Court Judge Sen Tan.
Judge San Tan has left his mark on Alaska - and it's not a pretty one.
Subverted the rights of parents
Judge Tan struck down a common-sense measure that would require a parent to consent before an abortion can be performed on their minor daughter. Thanks to Judge Tan, a girl of any age - even 12 or 13 - can have an abortion in this state without a parent's consent. The damage caused by Sen Tan's decision was only partially reversed in 2010 when Alaska voters approved a ballot measure that at least gave parents the right to be informed (not consent) before an abortion is performed on their daughter.

Of course, Judge Tan's ruling was absurd. A parent's consent is already required before a minor can get a tattoo, a body piercing, or even an aspirin at school. There are 37 states with laws that require parental involvement before a minor's abortion. The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld these laws as fully constitutional in nine separate decisions. Yet Judge Sen Tan arrogantly argued that Alaska's constitution somehow prevents us from having a policy that the federal constitution and numerous other states allow. Sen Tan's decision was nothing more than an imposition of his own extremist views, masquerading as constitutional law.
Forced taxpayers to pay for abortions
Judge Sen Tan ruled that taxpayers have to be on the hook to pay for abortions. He overturned the Alaska Legislature's decision in 1998 to generally stop using state funds for abortions, except in cases of a threat to the mother's life, or in cases of rape and incest.

Judge Tan ruled that if the state chose to pay for prenatal care for poor women and their unborn babies, then it must also pay for poor women to have abortions. In the lethal logic of Judge Sen Tan, if you're using public funds to help ensure that healthy babies are born, then you must also use public funds to ensure that some children are never born. Judge Tan's ruling completely contradicts the long-established reasoning of the U.S. Supreme Court, which had previously held that since the government does not make a woman indigent in the first place, the government does not undermine that indigent woman's "right to abortion" by simply declining to give her money to pay for it.
Judge Sen Tan is the "poster child" of left-wing judicial activism in Alaska. He is the kind of judge who seems incapable of separating his liberal views from the serious art of constitutional interpretation. If you run for elected office, you're free to vote your personal viewpoints. That's what we expect politicians to do. But judges are supposed to be impartially interpreting the law, not making the law.
When judges start acting like politicians, there's only one appropriate response: treat them like politicians. And that means voting them out of office when they abuse their judicial authority and impose their personal beliefs on you.
In the Nov. 6th election, the Alaska Family Action Board of Directors urges all voters to say NO to judicial arrogance - and vote NO on retaining Sen Tan as a judge on the Superior Court.

Standing for families
In His name !

Jim Minnery

This communication was paid for by Alaska Family Action, Inc., Anchorage, Alaska. I am Jim Minnery, President of Alaska Family Action, Inc. and I approve this message. This NOTICE TO VOTERS is required by Alaska law. We certify that this mailing is not authorized, paid for, or approved by the candidate.
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In 2010, we counted on YOU to help us gather petition signatures for the Alaskans for Parental Rights Campaign. Ultimately, we were able to pass a law that requires doctors to provide notification to parents or legal guardians before an abortion can be performed on a minor.

Although Planned Parenthood sued, we eventually won our day in court. Click here for that story.
We're now in a position to need your help again.
As the attached article to the left demonstrates, Alaskans have a real opportunity to send a message loud and clear to those in the judiciary who abuse their power and dismiss the clear will of the people.
Here's what we need. Because we aren't able to use mass media or send out mailers to the extent we need to, primarily because of financial limitations, we need to blanket communities in the 3rd Judicial District with flyers about why Alaskans need to vote NO on Judge Sen Tan on the November 6th ballot.
Would you be willing to help distribute flyers door to door and/or organize a team of volunteers in your area to do the same ? Quite frankly, this could be the most important component of our strategy to unseat our state's "poster child" for liberal activism on the Court.
If you are interested, PLEASE call or e-mail me at your earliest possible convenience. I can be reached at 907-317-7268 or at minnery@alaska.net.
As an FYI, the 3rd Judicial District includes all of Southcentral Alaska from Kodiak to Glenallen to Cordova to Homer and back to Anchorage. It's a large area and we need your help. Please contact me today.

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