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Senate committee delays vote on Six; Roberts, Moran oppose Lawrence attorney’s nomination to court

June 16, 2011, 8:29 a.m. Updated June 16, 2011, 2:46 p.m.

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By George Diepenbrock

gdiepenbrock@ljworld.com

Former Kansas Attorney General Steve Six’s bid for a seat on a federal appeals court will have to wait a week for a Senate Judiciary Committee vote after senators delayed action Thursday apparently to debate his nomination.

And the Lawrence attorney is not getting support of his home state’s two Republican U.S. senators.

Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran — neither serve on the judiciary committee — announced they oppose Six’s nomination to the federal bench. President Barack Obama nominated the Democrat in March to sit on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Six lost his attorney general election bid to Derek Schmidt in November.

In a statement Thursday afternoon, Roberts, the state’s senior senator who urged judiciary committee members to vote against Six, mentioned the former attorney general’s testimony at a May confirmation hearing.

“Based on that hearing, a review of the committee record will show several areas where his answers were not forthcoming or where issues of his judgment in handling cases as attorney general were called into serious question,” Roberts said. “Based on his own testimony, I could not support his nomination.”

Initially Thursday, judiciary committee members were scheduled to vote on Six’s nomination, but Erica Chabot, spokeswoman for the committee, told The Associated Press the delay came because some members wanted to debate his nomination. The debate and vote is now scheduled for next Thursday.

Several Kansas and national abortion groups have criticized Six’s nomination and ties to former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Obama’s current Health and Human Services secretary who appointed him attorney general. But attorneys have praised his nomination, citing his integrity and legal abilities. An American Bar Association committee rated him as “well qualified” for the position.

During the judiciary committee hearing in May, Six mostly was grilled by the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, on abortion issues stemming from his tenure as attorney general and his judicial views on the issue.

“After thoroughly reviewing Mr. Six’s qualifications and testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, I will not be supporting President Obama’s nominee to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals,” Moran said in a statement.

Moran’s office did not elaborate when asked Thursday.

Carl Tobias, a University of Richmond law professor who follows the federal judiciary, said Thursday it was too soon to tell whether lack of support from the two Kansas senators would harm Six’s nomination.

“I think we need to know the basis of that opposition, and we’ll see,” Tobias said.

Six is a former Douglas County judge whose father, Fred Six, is a retired Kansas Supreme Court justice. He began his law career nearly two decades ago as a clerk at the Denver-based federal appeals court. The appellate seat came open when another Lawrence resident, Judge Deanell Reece Tacha, became law dean at Pepperdine University in California.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Comments

Cade Butler 3 years, 11 months ago

Quoting some of Six's answers from his judiciary hearing (i.e. the alleged reason the senators are opposing) would have been helpful. A link to the transcript, at least. Without more, this article is useless. Republican senators playing politics? Democratic nominee testifying to controversial or extreme left-wing legal opinions? Who knows?

WilburM 3 years, 11 months ago

This is simply outrageous. Steve Six proved to be a good AG and a fair-minded judge. This is nothing more than partisan politics at its worst. Senators Moran and Roberts should be ashamed of themselves. They may decry the partisan atmosphere in Congress, but actions such as this merely reinforce it. Shame on both o fthem.

(and this has nothing to do with abortion or any serious issues -- it's pure partisan assassination)

kansanjayhawk 3 years, 11 months ago

Are you sure? I'm not convinced that Mr. Six was nearly as fair-minded as you suggest. His failure to hold George Tiller, late-term abortionist, accountable for his clear violations of the law make me wonder just how "fair-minded" this judge really is. I think it is probably best that we not take a chance on such a nominee and move on to other less troubling nominees.

vuduchyld 3 years, 11 months ago

politics at its worst. embarrassing for Kansas and the Republican party.

kansanjayhawk 3 years, 11 months ago

I'm wondering if Six attended the party for George Tiller that was put on by Sebelius at the Governors mansion. I'm wondering about extreme liberalism at its worse? I'm wondering if this gentleman should come back to Kansas and prove to us that he is really "fair" and "impatial"?

vuduchyld 3 years, 11 months ago

politics at its worst. embarrassing for Kansas and the Republican party.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 11 months ago

"Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran — neither serve on the judiciary committee — have announced they oppose Six’s nomination to the federal bench. They did not give any specific reasons for their opposition in their brief statements."

Do they really need to spell it out? He's Democrat, nominated by Obama. That's all the reason they need.

Bob_Keeshan 3 years, 11 months ago

A quick google search reveals the only noise being made about this is by the radical pro-life groups.

Sad to see so-called "moderates" Roberts and Moran bow to that fringe group.

A sad day for Kansas, as both Roberts and Moran have long enjoyed solid support from Democrats, Independents, and Republicans alike. Now they are standing up and basically defending Phill Kline.

Who knew they were Phill Kline Republicans?

kansanjayhawk 3 years, 11 months ago

What about the radical "pro-choice" or "pro-abortion" groups supportive of Sebelius and Six?

Bob_Keeshan 3 years, 11 months ago

Radical like the NRA? Because they endorsed Six in the last election. You're clueless.

Bruce Bertsch 3 years, 11 months ago

Calling either Roberts or Moran a "moderate" is a real stretch.

Keith 3 years, 11 months ago

Really. Pat Roberts, who carried the Bush administration's water while on the Intelligence committee, is about as moderate as a tornado.

kansanjayhawk 3 years, 11 months ago

I don't believe that either of these gentlemen has ever wanted to be identified as "moderates"? Guess the fact is that they are conservative Republicans from Kansas who do not want to see the Judiciary drift any further to the left.

jesse499 3 years, 11 months ago

Goes back to the same old thing know matter what party your in you do what the party leadership tells you to.God help you if you have a thought of your own and voice it with out asking them first.Party first Country and American people 2nd. and maybe a little farther down the line.

kansanjayhawk 3 years, 11 months ago

Well that is exactly what I thought when the D's went over the edge for the Obama health care bill? Guess we do need some independent minded people in both parties who are willing to stand up to the leadership. I'm not sure when that is really going to happen in the near future?

William Weissbeck 3 years, 11 months ago

If Six's nomination fails, I hope Obama nominates someone from Colorado, instead. I hope the moderates in Kansas (if they are still a majority) wake up and realize that they have allowed a theocracy to take hold. Practically makes John Brown look like a pacifist. We have entered an era not unlike that before and after the Civil War where are politics are ruled by hate, intolerance and distrust. And I really don't care what the God squadders say, it's almost exclusively the GOP's fault. And these GOPs had better be praying that the Dems/Moderates don't return to power anytime soon, because they are sure asking for retribution in the worst way.

Jimo 3 years, 11 months ago

Indeed. While the seat Six is nominated for is traditionally reserved for Kansas, population shifts really mean that either Colorado or Oklahoma deserve an extra judge on the 10th.

Obama should call in Moran & Roberts (and Coburn, Inhofe, Bennett, and Udall) and say "what will it be, boys"?

William Weissbeck 3 years, 11 months ago

Just so everyone understands, Bork was Reagan's SCOTUS nominee a long, long time ago. Even Ted Kennedy is now dead from that era. Reagan's choice of Bork was like leading with the Ace of Spades - it got everyone's attention. Bork was controversial not just because of his views, but because he had a large, all encompassing philosophy of the law. Great for a law professor or writer, maybe not so good for judge, and maybe not so good when the other side doesn't think Reagan would nominate some apolitical judges to balance things out. Six is no Bork. Yes, I know the Dems blocked Bush nominees, but these were judges that had extensive political connections and had already issued opinions on matters that were not yet settled law. It's unfortunate that our politics and law have become so intertwined that a judge's political party determines how they will rule, and that so many of today's issues like workers rights, employment discrimination, corporation and business interests and rights, and the like cannot be resolved by society consensus, but instead have become winner-take-all propositions.

jhawkinsf 3 years, 11 months ago

There was a time when Presidential nominations to the Supreme Court were confirmed by the Senate as long as the nominee was eminently qualified. Robert Bork was that. What he also was was a very conservative nominee and for that he was not confirmed by the Senate. What that did was change the unwritten rules of the game. There also was a time when one of the unwritten rules was that a nominee must have been given approval by the senior senator of his home state. It was a courtesy the President made to that Senator.
Sure, the rules have changed over the years, probably not for the better. Six's nomination is being held up for purely political reasons. I long for the days when Democrats and Republicans were civil and courteous to each other.

Jimo 3 years, 11 months ago

Robert Bork was not "very conservative" but rather an ideological extremist whose views, even today in the wacked-out world of right-wing politics, were unacceptable to Americans. He was rejected with a bipartisan vote.

Once Bork was voted down, more reasonable nominees were made and confirmed - by a bipartisan Senate: Anthony Kennedy, with 97/100 votes. Heck, even the shocking scandal of Clarence Thomas got him 52/100 votes.

Sorry, the "rules of the game" didn't change with Bork. Rather, several dozen Democratic nominations in the 90s were blocked and Dems retaliated in the 00s. Combine this theme with a general dysfunction of the Senate in all matters and we have a judicial crisis where something like 1/10th of all judgeships are sitting vacant (as well as a ton of executive positions including critical economic and military spots).

jhawkinsf 3 years, 11 months ago

The vote was 58-42. Two Democrats voted for and six Republicans voting no. "Largely" along party lines. Yes, he was very conservative, probably along the lines of Scalia. Or the polar opposite of some very liberal justices we've had. We will survive both extremes.
All that said, he was eminently qualified. He had a brilliant legal mind. I'll stick with my view that the rules changed with his rejection.

Jimo 3 years, 11 months ago

58-42 is "largely" along party lines??

By your definition, anything far short of unanimity is a partisan vote. That is, almost every vote is a partisan vote.

Sorry, that's a bipartisan vote.

kansanjayhawk 3 years, 11 months ago

One man's extemist is another man's statesman. Name calling and not addressing the real issues is a real problem for the left.

average 3 years, 11 months ago

There are pretty clear differences from Bork's borking.

First, Democrats of the day were all to happy to go on Meet The Press and say exactly why they weren't going to vote to confirm Bork. None of this 'no comment at all' hold-and-no-vote.

Second, Bork's replacement nominee (Anthony Kennedy) was confirmed 97-0. There is no one in the entire nation that Obama could name who would get over 60-65 confirmation votes today.

jhawkinsf 3 years, 11 months ago

As I stated above, the civility and courtesy of yesteryear is long gone. You're correct that the process has become so politicized that Obama probably could not nominate anyone and get a large majority to vote for that person. The same could have been said for Bush.

William Weissbeck 3 years, 11 months ago

While I'm at it, I dare the LJW, Topeka Capital and the Eagle Beacon to call out Moran and Roberts for failing to support a nominee who had been elected to state wide office and served with competence and without hint of scandal or impropriety.

Bob Forer 3 years, 11 months ago

Six was never elected to state-wide office. He was appointed to the Douglas County Judgeship and was appointed Attorney General after Morrison resigned. He lost his only election to Derek Schmidt last fall.

kansanjayhawk 3 years, 11 months ago

By the way this guy was voted out of office last election? Do you understand he was voted out of office in favor of a more conservative Republican candidate who is now the Attorney General. There were a great many problems with Six in that there was a growing perception that he was in fact under the control of Sebelius and her left-wing agendas. His hand in dismissal of charges against Planned Parenthood and Tiller certainly did not help his cause!

Kim Murphree 3 years, 11 months ago

Thank goodness he reversed the damage done by the idiot Phil Kline..and thank goodness Mr. Six stuck to those issues that affected all Kansans and not just a few radical right wing pro-enslave women politicos who want to take over the world and force everyone to adhere to their religious views.

kansanjayhawk 3 years, 11 months ago

This is just poppycock..."pro-enslavement" what are you talking about? The good citizens of Kansas have elected people who represent their views and want to limit the drastic liberalism that has overtaken our nation. Kansans are concerned that Obama, Sebelius, and yes--Six-- have gone too far.

jesse499 3 years, 11 months ago

Thats the problem all they can think about is get in power and getting back at the other one know matter which one it is.Thats why they can't do anything to help us to busy trying to get back at each other.

thebigspoon 3 years, 11 months ago

The absolute worst thing about this development is that it has become, in Kansas, verboten to show any moral fiber in political dealings. There is absolutely no reason that these two "moderate" Republicans can come up with to justify "their" decisions not to support Six. The fact is that this is the face of Kansas politics: deny quality, uphold theism, and look the other way when anyone calls you out for your self-serving, party-following idiocy. Roberts and Moran: if there is any reason that Six is unqualified for the position, let it be published right now. Otherwise, vote according to qualifications and past history of the candidate instead of voting your stupid, regressive party line. You have a duty to Kansas to uhold the tenets of the republic, and nixing Six's nominaation flies in the face of all we in this country hold dear. Character assasination of this sort is not American politics but the politics of fear and slander. Shame on you both. Even we Democrats thought you were better than this.

kansanjayhawk 3 years, 11 months ago

Thieism? --I'm not sure where you are getting that from?--the questions surrounding this gentleman have to do with his perceived lack of moral fiber and leadership to separate himself from Sebelius and the left. He was in fact a "care-taker" Attorney General only serving the interests of his partisans and there left of center agenda. Not sure where you are getting the "theism" from?

Kim Murphree 3 years, 11 months ago

Again..you obviously have NO clue about Six or his tenure as judge or AG.. like so many of your ilk...just throwing out suggestive remarks that have no basis in fact hoping they will stick...but they won't because too many of us know better.

kansanjayhawk 3 years, 11 months ago

What about the dismissal of the Planned Parenthood charges and the cover-ups for Tiller. You need to wake up and look at some additional facts!

verity 3 years, 11 months ago

If you object to this obvious low-down political play, get on their websites and send them a message.

Ask them for a reason.

That is what I am going to do right now.

Steve Jacob 3 years, 11 months ago

I remember the good old days, when after Democrat Dan Glickman was defeated in a congressional race, Bob Dole making sure Bill Clinton named him Secretary of Agriculture.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 years, 11 months ago

Steve Six is a good judge and was a good attorney general. These two political idiots who Kansas has sent to the senate have no reason other than their membership in the Republican Terrorist Party. It is a no brainer, they are not representing any good leadership, demonstrated competancy, or any pther trait other than their fawning devotion to political assasination of anyone who does not praise and laud the discredited Bush/Cheney legacy.

kansanjayhawk 3 years, 11 months ago

There we go again with the uncivil attacks. This is the problem from the left and is exactly the reason that things have gotten worse as far as bi-partisanship is concerned. How in the world do you expect anyone to respond well to you when you label them "terrorists"? This is just an extremely unhappy left-wing person that is disappointed that he is not getting his agenda. Well just remember that political winds change and ebb and flow and we all should work together even if we do not agree on all the issues! I'm not labeling you the "Democratic Terrorist Party"--think about how it makes others feel and how it impacts the debate when you use those kind of terms!

Kim Murphree 3 years, 11 months ago

You've got to be kidding! Who pays for all the right wing radio pundits who launch half truths and call anyone who is Democrat a traitor..oh that helps bi-partisanship...give us all a break, pal...there were once moderate Republicans in Kansas who worked with moderate Democrats and that's when we actually got good work done in the state...we will move back there again with or without your support.

kansanjayhawk 3 years, 11 months ago

Well there also used to be Democrat pro-life people like Joan Finney and Norma Daniels but that has all changed as well. R's getting more conservative and D's getting more liberal. We still have to govern this country and this state so I suggest we need to compromise and work together from time to time!

jafs 3 years, 11 months ago

Great idea.

Where are you willing to compromise?

Joseph Jarvis 3 years, 11 months ago

@kansanjayhawk: You have nerve to claim the civility high ground.

A few posts back you accused Six of being immoral ("lacking moral fiber") and being unable to follow the law ("lacking . . . leadership to separate himself from . . . the left)." Those are some serious accusations for a judicial nominee.

And I've seen your posts in other threads...

average 3 years, 11 months ago

At the time, talking to family from the Big First, I thought there were serious reasons Kansas Republicans ought to vote for Moran over Tiahrt.

Turns out, we might as well have gone Tiahrt. He'd have voted exactly the same, but possibly have been more amusing.

Bob Forer 3 years, 11 months ago

I know Jerry Moran. Went to school with him. He's a fairly moderate guy. His problem, like most politicians, is that he is an unmitigated opportunist and will always sacrifice his personal beliefs to ensure re-election.

Bob_Keeshan 3 years, 11 months ago

Indeed, Jerry Moran used to embrace the "moderate" label. He wore it proudly, and attracted support from across the political spectrum because of it.

Sad times.

Jimo 3 years, 11 months ago

I knew Pat Roberts long ago. Keith Sebelius must be turning in his grave to see the disgrace that Roberts has come to. What's the point of even holding the office anymore? Can greed for power and fame cause people to pervert themselves so much?

kansanjayhawk 3 years, 11 months ago

Well that fits about all of them in Topeka and in Washington...

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ilovelucy 3 years, 11 months ago

I just emailed both of the KS senators and chewed them for their flawed ugly partisanship. Not that they will pay attention, but it made me feel better. Idiots.

verity 3 years, 11 months ago

Maybe if enough of us do it?? Nah, but like you, it makes me feel better. I feel it is a moral imperative to let them know my views.

I asked them for reasons for what they did. Wonder if I will get a reply.

Carol Bowen 3 years, 11 months ago

They will send you a canned response that ignores what you wrote.

pinecreek 3 years, 11 months ago

These are sad days for the Republic. If a country with just 2 political parties cannot get its work done because the parties cannot work together, what does the future hold for this government? Will they ever get anything done? What will it take to bring them back to the middle so that they can achieve something/anything?

Very, very discouraging.

verity 3 years, 11 months ago

This has nothing to do with the article, but since you so kindly brought it up, why is it that both Democrats and Republicans called for Weiner's resignation, but Republicans in general haven't called for the resignation of their own morally-challenged politicians?

While I think what Weiner did was stupid beyond belief and he should resign, there are a lot of Republicans who actually did the dirty rather than just tweeting, but refused to resign. Where was the Republican outrage then?

Steve Jacob 3 years, 11 months ago

Um, the Republicans got Rep. Chris Lee of NY to resign quickly, (costing them a seat I might add).

verity 3 years, 11 months ago

"Within three hours of the news, Congressman Lee had announced his resignation."

Not sure the Republicans even had time to ask him to resign, and what about all the others who didn't resign? Just saying there seems to me to be some hypocrisy here in demanding that Weiner resign.

average 3 years, 11 months ago

One has to assume there was more and darker to Chris Lee than just a few Craigslist pictures. I mean, David Vitter not only stayed around with substantially more, he won re-election handily.

KSWingman 3 years, 11 months ago

Ted Kennedy killed a woman (or let her die) at Chappaquidick, and made a "waitress sandwich" with Christopher Dodd. Barney Frank's boyfriend ran a prostitution operation out of the Representative's home; resulting in nothing more than a reprimand from the House.

Two Democrats actually did dirty rather than just tweeting, but refused to resign. Where was the Democratic outrage then?

Joseph Jarvis 3 years, 11 months ago

"Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran . . . have announced they oppose Six’s nomination . . . They did not give any specific reasons for their opposition in their brief statements."

First, where's the honor in publicly opposing someone but hiding your reasons?

Second, there are good reasons not to confirm a judicial nominee, e.g., lack of experience, questionable ethics, or doubts he'll impartially apply the law. And there are bad reasons, like disagreeing with his private views. This smacks of the latter.

kansanjayhawk 3 years, 11 months ago

Well I'm think that if Kansans oppose his views then our two Senators ought to represent that fact when they vote. I can assure you that most Kansas do not support late-term abortions and they also did not like the fact that this gentleman apparently carried water for both Sebelius and Tiller.

Joseph Jarvis 3 years, 11 months ago

@kansanjayhawk: Unlike the legislative and executive branches, the judiciary is not intended to blow with political winds. It is intended to be independent so that interpretation and application of the law is depoliticized.

The relevant question is not whether Six's private views match the majority of Kansans; it is whether he will faithfully apply the law.

Steve Jacob 3 years, 11 months ago

Any judge Obama appoints will be pro-choice, so deal with it. He's qualified and from Kansas.

kansanjayhawk 3 years, 11 months ago

Well Obama said during the campaign the he would not use a "litmus test" on the abortion issue. I guess what you are saying does not agree with what Mr. Obama himself told all of us before we went to vote? Well- I guess that is fine Mr. Obama can appoint these radical "pro-abortion" nominees --we will deal with that. However, you will have to deal with the Republican Senators from Kansas voting NO on this nomination!

RunCoyote 3 years, 11 months ago

This is just another telling episode in our long spiralling descent into governmental stalemate and a prelude to the end of American democracy as we have known it. The moderates have all been pushed aside and the political center that still has a majority of the electorate is being held hostage by the extremes. I vote for a completely new Constitution, with a parliamentary system and prime minister from the majority party; alteratively, one six year term for the President and two four and six year term limits for U.S. House and Senate members, respectively. We need to drastically change a political system designed for an 18th century rural, agrarian culture. It managed to survive as long as there was some civility in our society but we now have the political mindset of barbarians.

ferrislives 3 years, 11 months ago

Typical partisan BS. I would expect nothing less from Roberts and Moran. More like Roboorts and Moron.

ferrislives 3 years, 11 months ago

Typical partisan BS, as I said KJ. Can you say bbaaaa little sheep?

Bob_Keeshan 3 years, 11 months ago

Notice something very telling.

In their previous comments on the nomination, Roberts and Moran have referred to Steve Six as "Judge Six," a nod to his time as a judge in Douglas County.

Suddenly, they issued statements where they both referred to him as "Mr. Six".

I wonder what about "Mr. Six" and his qualifications suddenly changed. Apparently he no longer ever served as a judge.

Centerville 3 years, 11 months ago

"Six mostly was grilled by the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, on abortion issues stemming from his tenure as attorney general and his judicial views on the issue." Nice try, water carriers. Scott wants you to assume that the hearing consisted of the following:

Grassley:; I hear you're pro-abortion, you baby-killing liberal. Six: I support the law of the law which allows women the right to chose. Grassley: I don't like you.

Six tried to pull some pretty sleazy legal tricks during his tenure. You're just not supposed to know about it. But the Senate Judiciary Committee does.

verity 3 years, 11 months ago

I assume you do know---pray tell let us in on the secret.

Kim Murphree 3 years, 11 months ago

You couldn't be more wrong--and even the Republican Douglas County Sheriff stood up for Six because he was such an excellent judge. Obviously, you never really knew AG Six either because his staff came from all walks of life, unlike those of the sleaziest AG we've had in recent memory (Phil) Kline's. Steve Six focused on CRIMINAL prosecutions and issues to protect the people of Kansas...SO unlike Klein who used the office for his own political agenda. Six is all about integrity. You must have the two confused.

Jimo 3 years, 11 months ago

This truly is a disgrace. Moran & Roberts can't even be bothered to make up a controversy to justify their lack of support.

We've seen one of the most qualified nominees in recent memory--Liu--blocked by a no-Obama appointee Senate.

We've seen a Nobel-price winning economist, expert on the topic of unemployment--Diamond--blocked by a single Republican Senator as "unqualified."

Given that the Dems have little choice now but to refuse to ever again confirm a GOP appointment to the courts, it's time for the People to step in a take away from the Senators their ability to avoid basic majority votes on nominees. That's a privilege that both the Republicans and Democrats have abused in the past and no longer deserve for the good of the country. We're better off having future nominees routinely confirmed 51-49 than to put up with the partisan obstructionism any longer.

kansanjayhawk 3 years, 11 months ago

Well this all started with the Democrats attacking judges like Bork who were also rated as "well-qualified" and then had their characters assasinated by the left.

Jimo 3 years, 11 months ago

Note:

Ho hum. One more day that Senators Roberts and Moran vote to continue tax welfare, this time for ethanol. Why would a Republican care how much deeper the deficit grows?

http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/677-e2-wire/166869-feinstein-wins-headline-senate-votes-to-kill-ethanol-tax-break-tariff-protection

GOP Porkfest would continue except this time a bipartisan majority killed ethanol! Gee, with a trillion dollar deficit, I guess we can't afford to give away tax revenues any longer.

monkeywrench1969 3 years, 11 months ago

This is clearly the party issue. Six is an extremely fair judge who will look at facts and not vote along party lines when making a legal decision whether his politics reflect a different opinion. It is about the law and its fairness. Roberts and Moran and all the right to lifers need to understand, the abortion issue has been decided and you need to move on and worrying about real issues like getting more new industries into Kansas and getting people back to work..

If they truly as god fearing as they have claimed they should let the main man upstairs "judge" the fate of those who get abortions and not make a "mortal man" judge for him. Or does that mean they don't really believe in God and think they need to exact their punishment and regulations.

You want some one like Six

kansanjayhawk 3 years, 11 months ago

No we don't want someone like Six. We want people who actually are fair-minded and care about the Constitution of the United States! We are tired of putting political hacks on these courts and ending up with decisions that do not reflect the actual meaning of our founding fathers.

Joseph Jarvis 3 years, 11 months ago

That's ridiculous. Of course Steve Six cares about the Constitution. Someone doesn't serve as a judge and attorney general without some appreciation for our nation's fundamental law.

You accuse liberals of incivil name calling. Yet comments like yours are little better than labeling someone un-American.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 11 months ago

Simply put neoconservative christian fundamentalist politicians are not good for government.

Their ultra right wing visions get in the way of balance and what is best for our state and our nation.

kansanjayhawk 3 years, 11 months ago

Well the left-wing secular humanist politicians are even worse for our government because they have no guiding principles! They will just "make" the Constitution say what ever their latest agenda happens to be like abortion, gay-marriage, and unlimited authority for the EPA.

Joseph Jarvis 3 years, 11 months ago

@kansanjayhawk: You're conflating the legislative and judicial branches.

The legislative branch (politicians) can enact their agendas of choice (e.g., abortion rights, gay marriage, environmental regulation).

The judiciary (not politicians) has the last word on what the Constitution means. Sometimes, those interpretations impact legislative agendas, but those impacts stem from applying the law.

verity 3 years, 11 months ago

Do I have this straight?

Judge Six is not anti-abortion (at least not in his rulings).

Abortion is legal.

He follows the law so his nomination should not be approved.

ferrislives 3 years, 11 months ago

Absolutely! People like kansanjayhawk wanted Six t break the law.

verity 3 years, 11 months ago

Thanks for clarifying that. I just wanted to make sure I understood correctly.

kansanjayhawk 3 years, 11 months ago

That is not correct I do not wish for anyone to break the law. In fact, quite the opposite I want these judges to follow the law and the constitution and not allow liberal agendas to overshadow the original meaning and intent of the constitution. We need judges who will judge upon the law and not make up the law in order to fulfill some policy goal of the left!

jafs 3 years, 11 months ago

Actually, it seems that you'd like for judges to allow conservative agendas to overshadow, etc.

kansanjayhawk 3 years, 11 months ago

That is what we are questioning whether Mr. Six has the capacity to step away from politics and follow the law. That is why his nomination is being challenged and why questions are being raised.

truman1902 3 years, 11 months ago

To the honorable Steve Six, the snub you've just been handed--well, just consider it a badge of honor to endure the rebuke from this edition of Republican Party politics. I detect the stench of Sen. Jeff Sessions hand in the midst of this back & forth before the 2012 election posturing begins. Gen. Eisenhower cannot be pleased with the senate's behavior in regards to a fellow Kansan whose nomination approval would NOT bring on judicial Armageddon.

Kim Murphree 3 years, 11 months ago

i wrote to Moran expressing my disappointment in this, for all the good that it will do.

verity 3 years, 11 months ago

I would like to hear if anybody gets a reply from our esteemed senators.

So far all I've received is a "your email has been received."

gl0ckUser 3 years, 11 months ago

Funny...... I do remember Six was the Judge involved in the Yellow house case with Guy and Carrie Neighbors and Guy Still has yet to be given a trial....

Someone has dirt all over their hands.....

Bob_Keeshan 3 years, 11 months ago

With all the nonsense here about abortion, something to remember is that the charges against Planned Parenthood were dropped months before Steve Six became Attorney General. Six never even had the opportunity to make a decision on those charges.

Also, Steve Six is the only Attorney General to ever take George Tiller to trial. Even Phill Kline never did that.

Doesn't really sound like a radical pro-abortion nominee.

ferrislives 3 years, 11 months ago

kansanjayhawk, please read this post for some education. Bob_Keeshan has it right!

Regardless of your political beliefs, Six was as middle-of-the-road as they come. People that argue otherwise have blinders on.

zzgoeb 3 years, 11 months ago

Roberts continues to be an embarrassment to the Senate and Kansas. He sat on Intelligence committee findings until Bush was re-elected, and mostly shows up for parades with old soldiers...what a sham. Senator you need to resign immediately and apologize to the American public and Kansas for you non and malfeasance of office.

Cindy Yulich 3 years, 11 months ago

Six is a good man and a good legal mind. Disappointed in Moran.

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