Ed Rendell was sworn in today for four more years in the governor’s mansion.Â Rendell, as Mayor of Philadelphia, was one of the original group of mayors that came up with the novel idea of suing gun manufacturers under the theory that their product was a public nuisance.Â As governor, he’s given some lip service to the one-gun-per-month bills that the city politicians keep wanting to pass, but has largely kept quiet on his opinions on gun control.Â Aside from his position on that issue, he’s outlined some things I can get behind:
He broke new ground with his promise to overhaul the state’s open-records law, which many right-to-know advocates regard as archaic because it limits public access to specific categories of records rather than opening all records to public scrutiny except for specific exceptions.
I’m generally in favor of public records being as public as possible, with some notable exceptions.Â We will need to make sure that if this happens certain types of records (you know the ones) don’t get made public.Â I’m also enthusiastic about this:
His proposal to choose state appellate judges through a merit-selection process — a cause that critics of the current elective system have promoted for more than a decade — also came without warning.
I’ve never thought it a good idea to elect appelate judges.Â Judges should be separated from politics as much as possible.Â I’ll support this one.Â Even though I doubt this “merit-selection” process will be apolitical.Â There’s also a propsal in his inaugural address to put redistrcting to referendum.Â I have no idea how you’d make something like that work.Â I think there are better ways to deal with that issue, and don’t believe democracy is really going to work there.Â Hey Ed, some tax relief would be nice too!