Big names to kick off judicial selection campaign

With a handful of constitutional amendments on the November ballot, the governor will join his predecessor and former Gov. Phil Bredesen and former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson in kicking off a "Vote Yes on 2" campaign next week.

The public outreach, paid for by "Yes on 2, LLC," urges voters to endorse the second constitutional amendment on the November ballot which would rewrite the state's guiding document to require the governor to select candidates to serve on the state's high courts, subject to legislative approval. Judges would then be subject to retention elections to renew their terms, much like they are now.

The press conference, scheduled for Tuesday at the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the Capitol Building, is one of the first public pushes on constitutional amendments on the ballot in this year's election.