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Will 3 Florida justices' lose retention bids

Associated Press Modified: November 6, 2012 at 9:00 am •  Published: November 6, 2012
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The Florida chapter of the Washington, D.C.-based group Americans for Prosperity, a group formed by the conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, has run ads criticizing a pair of Supreme Court rulings dealing with the state's opposition to the national health care overhaul and property rights. It is also urging voters to sign a petition asking the justices to "stop legislating from the bench."

The justices have also drawn opposition from Restore Justice 2012, which grew out of a similar tea party-related organization that unsuccessfully campaigned against two justices in 2010.

Democratic Gov. Lawton Chiles appointed Pariente and Lewis in 1997 and 1998, respectively. He jointly named Quince with Republican Jeb Bush, then governor-elect, in 1998.

Florida adopted the nonpartisan merit-retention system for justices and appellate judges in the 1970s as a way of distancing the judicial system from politics.