Thankfully, the Democrats elected an amazing woman with an amazing story. Bolden told The Daily Kos that when he learned about what happened to his great-grandfather in college, he “redirected his life” into the legal profession. 1939 AD Jessie Lee Bond The beating took place in broad daylight in the town square in Arlington, Tennessee. His killers were mad that he had dared to ask for a receipt for the goods he had bought. He was shot, hanged, mutilated and hung at the bottom of a lake. He was only 20 years old. The authorities lied about it, the newspapers hushed it up, and the coroner wrote that it was an “accidental drowning”. It ignited a fire in her great-granddaughter to pursue a career that would seek justice for others.
Bolden became a member of the state bar upon graduating from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. He worked as a judicial law clerk, as a criminal defense attorney For Michigan’s longest-serving circuit court judge who is also black, and became a very successful civil litigation attorney. During this time, she continued to see how poorly written laws were having a negative impact on people’s lives. “I asked myself, who is making these laws?” He once again redirected his course. This time, she will use her legal expertise to make better laws.
Bolden announced her first political campaign in 2018, where she ran for the District 35 seat in the Michigan House of Representatives. He overcame a crowded primary to become the Democratic nominee. He won the election handily and won re-election in 2020 as well. Unfortunately, the state legislature in Michigan has been gerrymandered for more and more Republican control; Nevertheless, Bolden managed to write five bills that became law. Although a proud Democrat, he worked closely with the chairman of the Judiciary Committee to get the necessary legislation passed.
As with her time as a lawyer, she became angry at the injustice she saw. On a trip to the prison, she met staff members whose job it was to turn repeatedly comatose inmates so they wouldn’t get bed rest. Michigan law had no exception for parole for the medically impaired, even though it was cruel, expensive, and served no purpose. Bolden’s Lawwhich had strong bipartisan support, now allows parole for nonviolent offenders with significant medical conditions.
Bolden also wrote and passed Economic Development Bill; A bill to make Michigan’s probate system easier to operate; A bill to Help those who have been wrongfully imprisoned; And a bill that Protects victims of sex trafficking and abuse. He also defeated bad laws. He wrote an op-ed against a bill that would effectively Discussion of lynching was banned in schools, as was what happened to his great-grandfather. Given being in a minority party, his track record in such a short period of time is impressive.
Bolden was actually the front-runner in the race for minority leader. However, while preparing for that race, he was approached by Democratic Rep. Contacted by Brenda Lawrence, who asked that she consider running for Michigan’s high court instead. Next year will be an important year for many critical issues coming before the court, and Michigan simply cannot afford a right-wing controlled Supreme Court. Bolden initially said no, although he was heavily advised by Democratic leadership.
With a new baby, she wondered if she should go the safe route, since she had the option of staying in the office. Still he told Daily Kos, “I have decided that I will not sit on the sidelines. It is my duty to protect the future.” She knows the law, and has proven herself time and time again.
Immediately after giving birth, she hit the campaign trail.
Now let’s look at Brian Zahra, the Republican incumbent she is trying to unseat. He is a Federalist Society judge who was appointed to the High Court infamous Former Republican Gov. Rick Snyder. Zahra has been heavily supported The DeVos family And as right-wing as they come. How extreme? He voted with the minority in a 4-3 decision that claimed school districts did not have the right to ban guns in their schools. He protested No discipline For a judge who wrongfully jailed children for a custody battle for refusing to communicate with their father. He ruled that a woman who was raped by a deputy in the county jail There was no basis to sue.
Zahra has received nearly $130,000 in donations from insurance interests, and coincidentally has consistently ruled in their favor. He ruled Prohibiting medical providers from suing insurance companiesAnd always deciding in favor of insurance companies over the victim No matter how disgusting situation
Next year, the high court will face whether Michigan can move forward with a 91-year-old law that bans abortion in all cases except the life of the mother. Recently, a lower-court judge issued a preliminary injunction that prevents county attorneys from enforcing the ban, saying that a law written almost entirely by men nearly a hundred years ago should not apply by automatic default. is However, this is not the final decision. More than 750,000 Michiganders then signed a petition to ban the ballot. The plot thickened when two members of the Board of State Canvassers tried to attack it, complaining that the kerning on the petition was too low. The Michigan Supreme Court ruled on September 8 that it was ridiculous and could go on the ballot.
Unfortunately, if Zahra manages to stay on the bench next year, she has given a pretty good indication of how she will vote. It is apparent supported by By a radical anti-abortion group that requires all their support to be opposed to abortion. Even in cases of rape and obscenity.
As you might expect, Zahra doesn’t have much in the way of voting rights either. He protested Introducing an anti-gerrymandering proposal On the ballot, supported, and endorsed, Trump’s bogus claims on election fraud Seizure of election materials For a bogus, biased “investigation”. The Detroit Free Press He was admonished for espousing “fanciful conspiracy theories other courts have deemed absurd”. He also has the support of GOP gubernatorial candidate, Tudor Dixon, who made headlines for the advocacy. Children are being forced to have children.
If we lose this critical court race this year, it will be a huge blow to our democracy. If you want to see what damage a GOP-dominated high court can do, consider What happened in Arizona in August. A voter initiative to roll back Republican-backed voter suppression laws and expand tribal access was rejected by Republican partisans in the state Supreme Court, including Gov. Doug Ducey. (Chief Justice, more than Ducey’s purposes expanded the court to include his personal choices.) Even though the petition drive netted more than twice the number of signatures needed, and even though the secretary of state, county recorder, and a lower court certified the Arizona Fair Elections Act for the November ballot, the state Supreme Court largely held out until Signature to keep the measure off the ballot.
Arizona’s GOP-controlled Legislature established “strict compliance” legal criteria that mean even the smallest technical error can throw out thousands of signatures. At the appeal of far-right groups, the state Supreme Court ordered an additional review until enough signatures could be extracted. Republicans have fielded radical candidates up and down the ballot in Arizona, so voter suppression is key to their victory. The Arizona State Supreme Court has clearly applied partisan politics to the law to get the result their party wants. Don’t let that happen in Michigan.
These often-overlooked races are critical to protecting democracy, which is why Julia Louis-Dreyfus joins The Daily Kos to promote Democratic candidates in key state Supreme Court races for this year. These races are very important.
Next year, the Michigan Supreme Court faces a number of serious cases involving abortion, gerrymandering, LGBTQ+ issues, in vitro fertilization, and voting rights. We need competent people in that court who will actually represent the people and protect their rights.
Justice Richard Bernstein is the second Democratic candidate running this year. He is an incumbent up for re-election to the high court, and has other Daily Kos endorsements for Michigan. Bernstein and Bolden’s wins aren’t just “good” wins. For Michiganders, they are “must-wins.”
Another Republican candidate, attorney Paul Hudson, is running for Bernstein’s seat while Zahra is running for re-election — and he’s self-funding his race, so he’s ahead in the money race. Yet it is Bolden who takes second place, relying on smaller contributors. Of the nearly 4,000 donors he has as of this writing, more than 3,000 gave less than $100. Your money goes far in Supreme Court races because most of the money each cycle goes to high-profile races at the top of the ticket.
Democrats are also trying to raise money Secretary of State Race To keep our elections safe this year, as Trump tries to move Republican positions so he can Refusal to validate democratic victories. Yet if that happens, they will go to court. These races are more important than they give attention to, but the good news is that the money goes a long way with these races.
If you can’t donate, consider volunteering Bolden for justice Or one of the state justice candidates near you. For donations, I urge you to contribute to the Daily Kos funds for seven critical species in Ohio, North Carolina, and of course, Michigan.
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For Bolden, it’s a new choice, but he has the expertise, knowledge, and most importantly, character to serve. He didn’t take the easy way out, or catch the money train, or climb the political ladder during his prime. He answered the call.
His critics can’t attack Bolden on his merits, so they’ve largely resorted to going after his youth, which I think is actually a strength. We have enough people in positions of power to represent my fellow AARP members. I think a hard working young mother is the perspective the court needs. Additionally, Bolden would also be the first black woman elected to the Michigan Supreme Court.
His great-grandfather would be very proud.