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In order to get Stegall behind the bench, Brownback had to take a procedure that was open for all to see, and cloaked it in the utmost of secrecy and utterings of "No Comment." Brownback knew if he made his choices known and allowed them to come up for review, they would never see the light of day. Instead Brownback's cherry picked gets installed, and the citizens who are Brownback's employers only find out about it after the fact.
Sadly this behavior does not surprise me given their behavior in other states. On the subject of abortion this is very telling. In North Carolina, a very restrictive abortion bill was passed by the state legislature. The citizens only learned about it after it was revealed the bill was concealed in a bill on motorcycle safety.
In Texas the picture was a lot more "In Your Face." When their bill came up before the legislature, one lone wolf Wendy Davis successfully filibustered the measure. She spoke for 11 hours. Without eating. Without sitting. Without a bathroom break. Eleven hours. When the time to vote on the bill expired, the Republicans put up on the website that the measure had passed, despite the filibuster. When this was exposed in the media the record was changed to tell the truth, but not before thousands of screenshots of the fakery was saved. In spite of the heroics of Davis, Governor Perry shoved through another version of the bill at the 11th hour, which was of course passed by the Republican majority.
One would think that after they were handed their crushing defeat in 2012, members of the Republican party would have been repentant and at least a little more humble. Instead they have behaved like spoiled brats who, when told to stand in the corner, instead jump up and down and scream at you that you're being unfair and mean. It's long past time they get sent to their room with no TV, video games or internet.
Rtwngr, you need to find a rush Limbaugh blog. If you hate lawrence so much, why poison our newspaper's blog with your bile? You must be a closet liberal. You'll come around, hopefully it will be before brownbackward cause Armageddon in Kansas.
Hmmm..."tons of money"?
Roughly $35K over 8 years averages to just over 4K per year. 35K is less than some people pay for a fashion statement SUV or truck. Further, you're saying that Dr. Tiller was not entitled to support the political process, aren't you. Is this something you truly believe?
Now, compare $35K with the bottomless wallet provided to The Guv by those champions of small entrepreneurs in Wichita, The Kochs. which is more abhorrent, the roughly $35K Dr. Tiller donated over 8 years to Sebelius, or the millions provided to The Guv, et al, by the Koch family? I contend the latter.
Now, let's turn the discussion back to The Guv's selection (patronage) process and Caleb Stegall's history. Given his statements and evident philosophy, I pity anyone who appears before him who is also not a dyed in the wool ultra-conservative evangelical.
You also said "elections have consequences." I grant you that this is true, and many in Western Kansas are now realizing the mistake they made voting for Brownback simply because he had an (R) after his name.
His comments are enough to disqualify him from the bench, but with the right wing in control, he will probably be confirmed. They don't seem to give a damn about the rule of law if it involves one of their own.
If you don't believe in the rule of law, you don't deserve to be an American, and you certainly should not be serving in any branch of government.
It is amazing how the right wing is quick to toss out fundamental rules and concepts of American Democracy.
Oh well, elections have consequences. Apparently the left wing of Lawrence is apoplectic regarding the way things are being run at the State House. Too bad. I didn't hear you crying when Sebelius made all of her left wing radical appointments. I didn't hear anyone say a word about the tons of money she received from George Tiller in Wichita. Her court appointees were so far to the left they made Sol Alinsky look like John Wayne.
As GOP knows, the rules matter
The attack on Kansas’ judicial system is troubling. After all, the state’s courts, according to a national Chamber of Commerce study, ranked fifth in the nation on fairness to business in 2012.
This didn’t matter to the governor and the Legislature. They wanted Stegall and, more importantly, they wanted to permanently alter the rules to their benefit.
As the legendary (if felonious) Illinois Rep. Dan Rostenkowski once declared, “If you let me write procedure, and I let you write substance, I’ll screw you every time.”
In other words, structuring the rules determines the outcome.
Thus, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach looks at the already overwhelmingly Republican electorate and decides it’s not red enough. So he uses alleged voter fraud to propose registration rules to restrict ballot access for the poor, the young, the elderly and those, such as Hispanics, who are disproportionately unlikely to vote.
Brownbacks Judge choice part of quest to control state govt
Judge choice part of quest to control state government.
Gov. Sam Brownback's choice for an open appellate court position was no surprise.
As expected, the governor nominated his chief counsel, Caleb Stegall, for a spot on the state's second highest court, the Kansas Court of Appeals.
It was just another predictable maneuver from an ultraconservative GOP administration intent on controlling every facet of state government.
Thanks to the support of the billionaire Koch brothers, whose efforts helped erase a moderate Republican influence in the Kansas Legislature that had provided some resistance, Brownback and his allies received an easier path to control of the judiciary and all branches of state government they sought as a way to forward an extreme ideology without checks and balances.
Kansans For Fair Courts
Sam #Brownback's plan to politicize the Kansas judicial branch is dangerous to us all, but here is a good look at how it impacts Kansas women in particular. Kansans deserve a fair and impartial court system - it is a key tenet of our democracy. We had the votes to block the Brownback plan during the 2013 #ksleg session, but we must remain vigilant about this in 2014. Please share this video and help spread the word. Paul Davis
Kansans For Fair Courts
by Kansans For Fair Courts
Given that the votes are in line at the State Senate, the next stop for Mr. Stegall is a retention vote in four years. What are you going to do then?
I wish I hadn't voted in the last gubernatorial election as I did vote. But I couldn't handle the person running against him. This proves that the lesser of two evils is still evil.
This from the nominee:
The overwhelming moral sense I have when surveying the modern world is one of loss. A sense that what we have left behind in our affluence and mobility is a certain kind of Good that flourishes in rootedness and struggle—a way of being human that was always understood as the good life; a kind of self-provisioning that took place within a small network of interconnected social obligations, each to the other and all to a particular place, and to the customs and rites that naturally complimented that place. The spiritual order—both personal and social—of this good life is nourished on a veneration of children, work, craft, a sense of honor in commitments, and a common responsibility.
In place of this, modernity has given us the atomized individual, armed with a plethora of rights, making his way in a system of "opportunity" that requires the spiritual symbolization of society as a ladder to be climbed, which leaves a wake of personal disorder, the destruction of exploited people, places, and traditional communities, and loss of meaning on a massive scale.
Compliments to Mr. Rothschild for a well-researched story.
How is it that Stegall could put up such a show fight over disconnecting Terri Schaivo from infinit life support........ but be so quiet......I heard nothing in the press, out of him......when Brownback turned down Federal Monies for health care, for a conservatively estimated 58,000 Kansans who were not already at deaths final door ( to try and snatch back thru a mock moral crusade .......or force to hopelessly live on, as a machine kept alive bed vegetable, as Ms. Schaivo ) but who were just in need of basic health care, to avoid the human effects of ill healths' early arrival, in their own & their families lives .
Gee, what happens to the kids, if mommy or daddy dies early, from a disease that went to long ........unnoticed & untreated, .........due to lack of health care .........Healthcare not provided by the poor hatering, billionaire lovers that occupy Topeka ?
This guy would Yawn at an M1A1 Tank ........and Gawk at a nat; I.e., his perspective is all screwed up.....and he should sit on the Court of Appeals Bench ?........ Really ?
Now you know why Bownie won't let the press talk to him !?
Stegall might actually have to explain his own Hypocrisy, as a member of Brownbacks administration..........or maybe that Jesus or Brownback, had told him in a spiritual vision, to torment the poor, by sending them all to medical healthcare hell !!!
Stegall knows too much as a legal adviser to AFP and Brownback, to not be rewarded for his silence,......... with a judges job !
Stegall: "You will hear it all, but the truth is that for the most part, people are in the grips of a boring, lifeless ideology of personal fulfillment, choice and upward mobility."
Welcome to Brownbackistan, the only place on earth where "personal fulfillment, choice and upward mobility" are bad.
All courts should be forcibly resisted when wrong. Easy choice.
Interesting insight from Professor Loomis.
An insightful interview article about Stegall.....http://oldarchive.godspy.com/reviews/Reconnecting-with-Reality-Interview-with-Caleb-Stegall-by-David-Jones.cfm.html
This will be interesting to see how Stegall view will change with his new assignment....
Now we are getting glimpses of what Brownback is trying to hide.
Stegall states clearly that it is alright, even moral, to take extra legal action, including force, against laws with which one doesn't agree because of religious beliefs.
Stegall has like-minded compatriots in the fundamentalist islamic world including the Taliban.
well, since most reasonable citizens of this country will agree that both the left and the right offer valuable contributions to the political and governing process in this country, a judge that is "an outspoken critic of liberalism" would be unwise to put on the bench.
it certainly would make a liberal who comes before him wonder if they could get justice....and as i last recall, we are all entitled to justice, whatever our political stripe.
"Stegall said he passed out his business card with a Perry, Kansas, address and "one of the big city lawyers turned to his colleague and said with more shock than condescension in his voice, 'Where the heck is Perry, Kansas?' Only he used more colorful language."
A hee-larious anecdote, my friend, Caleb. Them big city-slicker lawyers in their fancy suits and Eye-talian leather shoes don't know where Perry, Kansas, is. Ain't that just typical!
Tell me Caleb, can ya' tell me where Plainfield, NY is? It has roughly the same population as Perry, KS. How many of us down to Earth good ol' folk in Kansas know "Where the heck Plainfield, New York is?"
many examples from the column and comments to show why public vetting of candidates is actually helpful.
A nominee for Appellate court Judge who believes it is OK to use, and encouraged the use of "Forcible Resistance" against Laws you personally Don't agree with. Not exactly the stance I would expect Any Judge to take. Does Mr. Stegall have any middle ground on any Subject? I have read as much as I can find about him and He seems to have a strict personal agenda. If it is perceived that his decisions are Politically motivated instead of based on Law, it will not go unnoticed or unchallenged. Good Luck Mr. Stegall.
"Brownback's office has declined to let the press ask questions of Stegall. A request for comment from the governor's office regarding the Schiavo statement was not immediately answered."
If you needed proof that he is to be the governor's pet judge, here it is.
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