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North Carolina: bill proposes appointment of judges with retention elections

The Charlotte Observer reports: North Carolina's top judges would get to the bench by appointment of the governor, instead of by popular election, under a bill proponents rushed into the legislature Tuesday night.

But voters would get a chance a few years later to confirm the appointment and award an eight-year term, or send the judge packing from the state Supreme Court or Court of Appeals.

The choices of Superior Court and District Court trial judges would remain strictly a matter for local voters to decide.

The bill won swift approval of the House Rules Committee on Tuesday evening and was expected to be taken up by the full House today. -- newsobserver.com | Politics