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Goodson, Sterling in Arkansas Supreme Court runoff

By John Moritz

This article was originally published May 23, 2018 at 4:30 a.m. Updated May 23, 2018 at 2:35 p.m.

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Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson and David Sterling

Ruthie Johnson ponders her ballot at a precinct at Harris Elementary School in North Little Rock.

Kenneth Hixson

Targeted by out-of-state attack ads, Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson survived an initial round of voting Tuesday and advanced to a November runoff election where she will face David Sterling, the beneficiary of outside spending.

Ruthie Johnson ponders her ballot at a precinct at Harris Elementary School in North Little Rock.

Kenneth Hixson

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RBear says... May 23, 2018 at 6:31 a.m.

"Sterling, a 49-year-old chief attorney at the Department of Human Services, steadfastly denied any involvement in the ads, though he also never repudiated the message they delivered." Yep, now we get to see more of the mud slung by Sterling's "angels" in DC. While I'm not a Goodson fan, it looks like we get to vote for the lesser of two evils. Sterling has ZERO experience in dealing with the kind of judicial decisions he'll be force to act on if voters send him to the bench.
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This is more about JCN buying a candidate to do their bidding than serving the voters of Arkansas. It also shows how issue illiterate many Arkansans are when it comes to elections.

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Bocepheus says... May 23, 2018 at 8:24 a.m.

Goodson personifies what is wrong with the AR judiciary. Sterling isn’t beholding to the trial lawyers. It’s a clear choice now.

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StarBaby says... May 23, 2018 at 8:50 a.m.

I absolutely cannot, under any circumstance, vote for Courtney Goodson. She was one of the Supreme Court 5 responsible for removing Issue 7 from the ballot after early voting had started in 2016 and infringing on voters rights.
I also cannot see myself voting for Sterling. He seems to be too extreme in one direction to me. I would question his being able to make fair unbiased decisions.
I guess that doesn't leave any options for me. SMH

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drs01 says... May 23, 2018 at 9:36 a.m.

Goodson's personal and professional life remind me too much of John Kerry. Aside from that, her husband's power, money and influence will always bring questions to any decision she makes as a Supreme. Isn't her (new) husband's money that put her on the court 8 years ago? Ironically, what should be the most respected, honorable elected position is now full of slim and dirt.
To imply that Sterling in incapable of making decisions because he lacks experience would mean we should always elect the incumbents. But in Arkansas we seem to do just that.

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TimberTopper says... May 23, 2018 at 9:37 a.m.

More big dark money will flow into Arkansas to beat Goodson and Tucker, the likes of which we have never seen. And there will be those like Bocepheus that will vote because of a TV ad never spending the time to do research on either candidate. I'd much prefer one beholding to local trial lawyers than the dark money barons in Washington DC.

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mrcharles says... May 23, 2018 at 10:51 a.m.

OMG............ look what we got. as once said the lesser of two evils. Sterling has touted his southern gentlemen view of the world, where chaos in mixed with good ole boy lunacy of gods and guns.

Like choosing between being bitten by a copperhead or rattlesnake.... neither is pleasant and both will make you sick , but the odds is that you probably will survive the copperhead but with the rattlesnake you might die or be disfigured from the bite.

While it is hard to agree with ADG when they choose a candidate, evidently the land of jason rapert accepted the "technicality" of the law that Hixon was involved in as being soft on crime................... not a big fan of him, but he was less poisonous that the other two. Shows you the thoughtless thinking that the red state primates do.

There is of course a place for experience. Who wants the doctors first triple bypass.

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Arkie2017 says... May 23, 2018 at 11:10 a.m.

Gives me some faith in humanity that they are at long last catching onto the fact that when you see the negative attack ads against one person back to back to back and night after night along with the very expensive mailings that there's something fishy. Especially given the fact that in one of the mailings about Goodson they included some previous extracts from newspapers and one was about how she favored "plaintiffs" in cases. Gee, why would we hate someone who sided with the common guy over a giant corporation? That was very stupid of them and the fact that trial lawyers sided with her told me that she opposes tort reform which would all but put the final nail in the coffin of class action lawsuits. It's bad enough that terms and conditions for nearly everything we do these days included a waiver of our 7th Amendment rights to sue in a court of law and even nearly 50% of employers are now requiring their employees agree to waive their 7th Amendment rights. Wonder how that would fly if corporations and employers wanted us to waive our 2nd Amendment rights?

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Arkie2017 says... May 23, 2018 at 11:20 a.m.

I have made it a practice that when I see outside ads (dark money) with such vicious attacks against any political candidate particularly the judiciary these days (they want to control the courts now as well as government) that's the person I'll vote for. and vice versa for the one's they say are so wonderful, which is the person who'll do their bidding. When more people wake up to that fact, all the dark money negative ads will backfire and that people is democracy at work. Now we just have to stop Kobach from his cross state voter purges which he claims protects us from voter fraud, which is so small it's literally non-existent. GW Bush proved that after 7 years and around $74 million taxpayer dollars looking for it found squat. It's called diversion or mis-direction making us believe that someone millions of people are running from state to state (who can afford that?) to vote. Any rational, sane person would know that's pure BS. It's election fraud we should be concerned about. Ballot stuffing, caging, voter intimidation, etc.

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GeneralMac says... May 23, 2018 at 12:25 p.m.

Arkie.........why were no burials ever done on election day in Chicago ?

Too much traffic congestion from the hearse and procession entering the cemetery
at the same time Democrats were exiting to go vote.

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skeptic1 says... May 23, 2018 at 6:54 p.m.

A choice between bad and worse. Goodson is a partisan deeply entangled with the Arkansas money elite and certainly not a legal scholar; Sterling on the other hand should be forced to face every parent, grandparent, and child, whose lives he destroyed but given this Hobbseian choice, he is the lessor of "evils."

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