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For Pennsylvania Supreme Court: Elect Joan Orie Melvin

Unlike some, we don't think the deciding factor in elevating Joan Orie Melvin to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court should be her gender. How revolting that is, especially in this supposedly post-gender society that social elites claim they embrace.

What we do care about is legal acumen, temperament and moxie. And on all three counts, Judge Orie Melvin of Marshall, a Republican and a state Superior Court judge since 1997, is the best choice for the state's highest court.

Orie Melvin's opponent, fellow Superior Court Judge Jack Panella, a Democrat of Easton, talks a pretty good game. But then he decided to go "negative" in his sanctioned campaign ads. How odd, considering the Panella campaign's huge money advantage and his standing in the polls.

But Orie Melvin went "negative," too, you retort. In defense, folks, in defense.

The state Supreme Court has been in the Democrats' control since 2007. An Orie Melvin win would return it to Republican control just in time for any necessary adjudication of the coming redistricting. And that would be a welcome check and balance to a Pennsylvania Democratic Party convinced its star is rising.

Elect Joan Orie Melvin to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

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