Archive for Thursday, March 18, 2010

Senate approves rules for campaigns to oust, retain sitting judges

March 18, 2010, 8:30 a.m. Updated March 18, 2010, 10:36 a.m.


— A Kansas Senate committee has endorsed a bill regulating campaigns in Kansas to oust or retain appellate court judges.

The Ethics and Elections Committee’s voice vote Thursday sends the measure to the Senate for debate.

Senators are considering the bill as abortion opponents wage a “Fire Beier” (BYE’-uhr) campaign against Supreme Court Justice Carol Beier.

Judges on the state Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals are appointed by the governor and face periodic retention votes. Last month, the state ethics commission said the retention votes aren’t covered by Kansas campaign finance laws.

The bill would cap donations to appellate judges’ retention campaigns at $2,000.


preebo 8 years, 1 month ago

There was a great report on Bill Moyer's Journal back in February about this very topic. I for one, agree with the limit on campaigns, but I believe that campaign reform should extend to all public offices.

Paul R Getto 8 years, 1 month ago

Preebo: Campaign reform that works would be total public financing, IMHO. If we politicize the judicial system too much, we will all pay for it. Despite its flaws, it's all that stands between the people and madness.

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