Proposition 115: Voters deny governor more say over judicial appointments

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Voters have denied a consensus measure giving the governor more power over judicial appointments.

Proposition 115 would have allowed Gov. Jan Brewer to get at least eight nominations for each appointment, up from at least three now. [Read the full proposition]

Also, her appointments of attorney members of the nominating commission would not have to come off a list of lawyers recommended by the State Bar of Arizona.

The referendum would have the number of qualified, meritorious judicial nominees sent to the governor and expanded the process for nominating attorney members to serve on the commission, making the process more accountable to the people.

Opponents, like the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, said the measure is an unnecessary power grab, giving politicians even more to say about the judicial selection process.  

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