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Sebelius responds to Nuss allegations

May 4, 2006


— Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today denied having any inside information from the Kansas Supreme Court on the school finance lawsuit.

Sebelius issued a statement in the matter concerning Justice Lawton Nuss, who last month removed himself from further proceedings in the school litigation after he disclosed he discussed the case with two lawmakers.

One of those lawmakers, Senate Pres. Steve Morris, R-Hugoton, said that before Nuss revealed that conversation, Morris had mentioned he had communications with the court at a meeting with Sebelius.

Sebelius said she didn't take Morris' comment seriously when he said it because it was an off-hand remark, and legislators often have said they believe they know what the court wants in the long-running legal battle.

In her written statement today, Sebelius said she wanted to clear the air.

"First, I have never had any communication whatsoever with any Supreme Court Justice or anyone associated with the Court about the school finance case or any pending case, period. I never have, and I never would. Nor has any Supreme Court Justice, or anyone associated with the Court, ever had any such communication with me.

"Second, no one has ever given me any inside information about how the court might rule on the school finance case or any other case," she said.

The Nuss communication has become the subject of a House investigation and review by the attorney general's office. Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Kay McFarland has requested an investigation by the Commission on Judicial Qualifications.

Judges are prohibited from privately discussing pending litigation with interested parties.

When Morris said he had mentioned communications with the court to Sebelius, some Republican lawmakers issued requests for records from the governor's office under the Kansas Open Records Act.

Led by Sen. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, the Senate Elections and Local Government Committee filed an open records request for any communications among Sebelius, her family, her staff and their families and the Kansas Supreme Court, their families, staff and their families. Other requests have been filed, too.

Huelskamp and some other Republicans have long complained that Justice Donald Allegrucci should have removed himself from the case because he is married to Joyce Allegrucci, who is Sebelius' former chief of staff.

Sebelius said she will comply with the records requests but said some were "inexplicably wide-ranging, even to include communication between me and members of my family."


johngalt 12 years, 1 month ago

So, Sebelius didn't have any contact wtih a Justice. What about her staff? Let's see if Joyce Allegrucci and the rest of Sebelius' staff will issue the same statement as the Gov.

Don't hold your breath.

goldtree 12 years, 1 month ago

Ok. Stop and look at the problem with this story. A Supreme court justice, and two republicans meet secretly, and admit to it.

The Democratic widely supported Governor obviously never has met with any justices nor heard any insider information from anyone, and the headline news is that SHE did something wrong.

The Republican controled Senate is shooting at the governor by placing her good name next to something horrably bad that the R's have done themselves. To control the news cycle and to smear Kathleen Sebelius' image with Kansans, rather than acting based upon fact.

Its seems that the Republicans campaign war machine has geared itself back up and is running full steam.

Take a look at the facts and place blame wear blame is due. DO NOT give into the spin.


BunE 12 years, 1 month ago

But John Galt (who is he?) and the Ayn Rand intitute have questions...

Why does the right whine so much?

Why do they hate Kansas?

Why do they hate America?

Mike Blur 12 years, 1 month ago

Yah, methinks Kansas 'Pubs like JohnGalt, have been taking a page out of the Karl Rove playbook of dirty political tricks. Chief tactic of that playbook is to make allegations that are hard to disprove.

Lemme get this straight, JohnGalt and other 'Pubs: A Republican senator mentions something to Kathleen about HIS meeting with Nuss, and SHE is investigated?? Amazing.

MyName 12 years, 1 month ago

Okay, Johnny boy, if you're sooo sure her staff is somehow involved with insider information, why are you wasting time here? Why don't you go interview them now! I'm sure they'd love to talk to you! I mean, c'mon, this is such an important issue!

And while you're at it, why don't you ask them why they think the Republican legislature has yet to even give the Governor an education finance bill to sign?

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