Conservative Election Recommendations

Robyn Nordell's Conservative California Election Website

Extensive Recommendations & Voter Resources
For the June 7, 2016 California Presidential Primary Elections!

We continue to add additional voter guides and resources as they become available.

For the June 7, 2016 California Primary Elections

More recommendations are coming soon.

EL DORADO COUNTY Superior Court Judge Recommendation
Robyn highly recommends voting for ROLAND TIEMANN!

Trusted El Dorado Judge Steven Bailey recommends Roland Tiemann, as do many other fine people. See Roland’s endorsement list and learn more about him here.

Robyn’s ORANGE COUNTY Superior Court Judge Recommendations

I (Robyn) always check out the Judge Voter Guide resource from my knowledgeable, conservative friend, Craig Huey. It’s a great resource. Craig’s site is a work in progress (as of 5/10/16). IF you are interested in a particular judge race or County and the recommendation is not yet listed, keep checking back. Note-his New Rating System is now a 1 to 5 scale (instead of a 1-3 scale)

SEE “ALL COUNTIES” PAGE for links to various counties.
Additional Conservative Judge Recommendations will be posted within some of the conservative voter guides posted on some of the county pages. We will keep adding the information in the next couple of weeks as we receive it.

Ideas for Researching Judges

Basic Information on the California Court System

Robyn’s ORANGE COUNTY Superior Court Judge Recommendations (for the 6/7/16 CA Primary)

I highly recommend Megan!

This is not a strong endorsement, but simply a recommendation for the better of the two options.

You can just leave this race blank or do your own research.

Some research tools for this race:
Candidate Karen Schaltze
Candidate Judge Scott Steiner
You might also search for each of their names, with Superior Court Judge 2016

Several O.C Judicial candidates choose their favorite US Supreme Court Justices,” by Kelly Robinson, 4/10/16 - In this article, each candidate lists their favorite Justice – Schaltze chooses Liberal Justice Stephen Breyer; Steiner chooses Conservative Justice William Rehnquist.

Orange County Superior Court judge [Steiner] censured for in-office sex, Sept. 2, 2014.


ORANGE COUNTY JUDGE Recommendations from Craig Alexander, Nancy Sandoval, and Kathy Dittner can be found within their voter guides on the O.C. page.

ADDITIONAL WAYS OF FINDING OUT ABOUT JUDGES – for those who want to do their own research.
  • Check with lawyers and those within the court system who you know have similar values and philosophy to your own. They may be able to give you advice.
  • Check with conservative, knowledgeable, and trusted legislators and activists in your county. Some of them research judge candidates and are prepared to share their recommendations.
  • Attend a Debate or Other Public Speaking Event. Many judicial candidates participate in/speak at candidate forums and other events.

    If you have an opportunity to interview candidates running for judge, you might want to incorporate some of the questions used in Candidate Questionnaire.
  • Check candidates’ websites for basic information and their endorsement lists. You might do a Google search for the candidates’ names and various issues. Sometimes even pictures on the candidates websites give insightful clues about the candidate – who they are pictured with, at what events, etc.
  • Look for more ideas in KCET’s article, “How to Judge a Judge,” by Brian Frank.
DISCLAIMER: I’m posting this article because it has some good ideas Under the Section, “Resources to Help You Evaluate the Candidates.” However, I would not pay much attention to the mentions of the liberal State Bar or the liberal LA County Bar Association’s ratings - historically they favor Liberal Judge candidates NOT conservatives.

BASIC INFORMATION on the California Court System
Fact Sheet – California Judicial Branch
Basics on California Supreme Court, Appeals Courts, and Superior Courts

Official California Courts Website
Extensive information on the California Supreme Court, Courts of Appeals, and Superior Courts, including bios of Justices of both the Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal.

Student Resource Center Materials
Of the Orange County Superior Court
California Court Overview-FLOW CHART
California Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Superior Courts
California Court History / Structure
Criminal Court
Civil Cases
Juvenile Court

California Courts Judicial Selection/Election/Retention Process
California Court Duration of Term
Supreme Court 12 years
Court of Appeals 12 years
Superior Court 6 years
California Court Method of Retention
Supreme Court Retention election
Court of Appeals Retention election
Superior Court Reelection
California Court Time Frame for Election/ Appointment
Supreme Court 10 years' practice of law in state or service
as a judge of court of record
Court of Appeals 10 years' practice of law in state or service
as a judge of court of record
Superior Court 10 years' practice of law in state or service
as a judge of court of record

Selection and retention methods and term lengths are prescribed by Article VI of the California Constitution.

Judicial Positions

Judge: An official of the judicial branch of government with authority to decide lawsuits brought before the court. Elected or appointed by the Governor.

Commissioner: A person elected by the judges of the court and given the power to hear and make decisions in certain kinds of legal matters.

Referee: A person appointed by the Court who can make decisions on limited legal matters such as juvenile or traffic offenses.

Judge Pro Tem: A person or judge appointed by the Presiding Judge of a particular county to sit temporarily on a given court usually in the regular judge's absence.

Temporary Judge: A member of the State Bar appointed by the court and stipulated to by the parties to hear cases and make decisions in certain kinds of legal matters.

The above chart was used with permission of the American Judicature Society.
Source: AJS Methods of Judicial Selection: California