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Political action committee starts website defending how AZ judges are retained

Portrait of man next to portrait of woman
Arizona Supreme Court Justices Clint Bolick and Kathryn Hackett King.

A political action committee made of a bipartisan group of judges and attorneys is defending the process of how most judges in Arizona are retained. The PAC recently launched a voter education website.

Timothy Berg with Arizonans for an Independent Judiciary said its members are concerned about efforts to not retain Justices Clint Bolick and Kathryn King. 

An initiative by Progress Arizona aims to oust the pair who joined on last month’s opinion allowing the 1864 near-total abortion ban to be enforceable. 

They were not the only justices to vote that way, but are the only ones up for retention. Voters decide whether to retain judges every 6 years after their appointment

Berg acknowledged politics play a role in picking judges, but argued voters should look at a judge’s qualifications rather than how they rule on an individual case.

Greg Hahne started as a news intern at KJZZ in 2020 and returned as a field correspondent in 2021. He learned his love for radio by joining Arizona State University's Blaze Radio, where he worked on the production team.