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July 03, 2013

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Perhaps an elected senate is an American idea, but a bicameral legislature isn't. Canada's Senate is based on the UK's House of Lords, minus the hereditary component.

Elected justice officials of any sort disturb me. Judicial decisions shouldn't be based on whether they'll help get someone re-elected. The mess with Sherriff Joe Arpaio is a good example.

What you say is true about a second house, Tim. By "senate," I mean the pernicious trifecta of equal power, popular election, and representation disproportionate to population. The Conservative Party up there seems to be campaigning on this particular lousy Canadian idea.

My gut agrees with you about judicial elections, but the research is more equivocal.

Whoops! "Particularly lousy /American/ idea." Much as I'd love to be able to pass on the responsibility to somebody else ...

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