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Sunday, January 01, 2006

Democrat Vaughan to Run for Appeals Court

As I hinted earlier in the week, Democrat Ray Vaughan announced his plans to run for the seat of retiring Civil Appeals Judge John Crawley on Friday.

Vaughan is a nationally recognized environmental law specialist and founder of WildLaw, an environmental law nonprofit. He is no neophyte to the public sector though, as he clerked for Chief Justice Bo Torbert and was as aide to Supreme Court Justice Hugh Maddox. His only previous experience in elective politics was a quixotic race against Perry Hooper, Jr. in 1994.

While environmental law may not be the traditional background of most Alabama judicial candidates, I don't think that the environment has to be a losing issue for Democrats, even in the South. Environmental issues, unlike other progressive causes such as gun control or controversial social issues, can be framed in a positive way for Southern Democrats.

If Democrats can link environmental regulation with safeguards for hunting and fishing habitats, they might be able to actually turn environmental protection into a positive. A Democrat who says he'll protect 2nd amendment rights and hunting and fishing lands might be an ideal candidate.

Of course Republicans will try to portray Vaughan an an environmental extremist, but if he has the requisite grit and savvy he should be able to launch an effective counter-offensive. And the $300,000 he's giving his campaign should be a good start.


Blogger ColonelRebel said...

He's a left-wing freak. He should be running in Vermont.

10:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why is he such a "left wing freak?" Tell me what postions make hin so extreme?

11:42:00 AM  
Anonymous colonelrebel said...

Environmental attorney -- need I say more. The guy's a Greenpeacer.

5:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Voter98 said...

So Ray Vaughn is an environmental lawyer, someone who stands up for the health and welfare of the citizens, and that disqualifies him from being a Judge? That is the craziest comment I have ever heard. From reading his resume, it appears that he is a very serious contender and has a vast amount of knowledge of all types of law.

Colonel it appears that you might be the freak.

5:31:00 PM  
Anonymous colonelrebel said...

We'll see how well the Robert Redford-Michael Moore philosophy sells down here in Dixie.

7:39:00 PM  
Blogger ColonelRebel said...

His record speaks for itself:

Give him an inch and he'll shut down the Forestry industry in our state. He's one of these guys who thinks that trees are people too. He hates people who work for a living and makes his living suing them for a third of the take.

7:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well,given that Big Timber has been getting a free ride in this state for so long -- in not paying property taxes the way we common folk do -- I'd say any burr under its saddle is fine by me.

7:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Turkeyneck said...

Speaking of trees, visit this link:
for a great poem about trees...

Ode to a Dead Tree

I think that I shall never see
A sight as lovely as a tree:
A tree cut down for pulp and boards,
Cut down for profit and rewards...

9:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this guy is going to conserve our wildlife I've got no problem with him. I don't want to see smokestacks in front of my deerstand.

7:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Turkeyneck said...

Yeah, I agree... unless the smokestacks are used to smoke the deer meat I put in there-- using hickory chips I just gleaned from a tree that I killed...

9:02:00 PM  

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