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Haslam, Bredesen Kick Off Constitutional Campaign

Haslam, Bredesen Kick Off Constitutional Campaign

CREATED May 1, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Republican Governor Bill Haslam and his Democratic predecessor, Phil Bredesen, have kicked off a campaign in support of a constitutional amendment on the way Tennessee Supreme Court justices and appeals judges are appointed and retained.

Haslam and Bredesen were joined by actor and former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson at the Tuesday morning event in the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the state Capitol.

The campaign dubbed "Vote Yes on 2" is in support of the proposed amendment, which would largely mirror the system of having governors appoint justices and then having them stand for elections. A new element would give the Legislature the power to reject the governor's selections.

Supporters said the amendment would improve the current system and prevent it from being struck down by a court opinion.

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