Candidate Profile
Jeffrey Funke

Non-Partisan , Nebraska

Biography

Name
Jeffrey Funke
Party
Non-Partisan
Race
Supreme Court, District 5
Incumbent
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Justice Funke was appointed to the Nebraska Supreme Court by Republican Pete Ricketts. iVoterGuide rated Governor Ricketts as a “Conservative” in 2014. Justice Funke was previously appointed to the 2nd Judicial District Court by Republican Governor Dave Heineman.

Judge Voter Guide gives Justice Funke a rating of 8 out of 10.

The Omaha World-Herald ran an article that says, “A prosecutor, judge and retired judge all described Funke as a good decision-maker and listener who’s fair and open and who has the right temperament for the job.”

Justice Funke joined the Nebraska Supreme Court majority in State ex rel. McNally v. Evnen, which held that certain pro-gambling initiatives could constitutionally appear on the 2020 general election ballot.

Justice Funke joined the Court majority in State ex rel. Wagner v. Evnen, in which the Court majority held that a certain pro-marijuana initiative could not constitutionally appear on the ballot.

Justice Funke joined the Court majority in Wisner v. Vandelay Investments, which held that the tax-deed sale of an elderly lady’s property could not be voided, because her representative failed to prove that the lady had a mental disorder at the time that her property was sold.

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Religious Liberty

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

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The Ten Commandments should not be displayed in public school buildings or court houses.

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What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

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Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

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George Washington's comment that “Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society” is still true today.

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What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

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Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

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In light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges allowing members of the same sex to marry, which justice’s opinion in that case most closely approximates your understanding of marriage?

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Qualifications

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

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When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

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Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

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What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

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In what areas of law have you practiced?

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Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

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Judicial Philosophy

The U.S. Constitution and my state constitution should be interpreted as living documents, rather than using a strict constructionist or originalist approach in judicial decisions.

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There are times when American judges should alter U.S. case law in order to comply with foreign case law.

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I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.

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There should be more than nine justices on the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Which current U.S. Supreme Court justice best reflects your judicial philosophy?

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Which U.S. president serving after 1960 best reflects your political philosophy?

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What is the proper use of legislative history in interpreting statutory law?

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What specific text in the Declaration of Independence provides the critical basis for individual rights and the form of government guaranteed in the United States Constitution?

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