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Bill changing court appointments stalls

February 25, 2012

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— Many abortion opponents and conservative Republicans in Kansas are pushing to give the governor and legislators more influence over the appointment of appellate court judges, but a proposal seen as a step toward accomplishing their goals has stalled in the Legislature.

The state Senate rejected a bill Thursday to have the governor appoint new Court of Appeals judges, subject to Senate confirmation. The measure would end the screening of applications for the court by a nominating commission controlled by attorneys, expand the governor’s potential options in making appointments and give legislators a direct role.

The Senate’s 22-17 vote against the measure showed Democrats and moderate Republicans still have misgivings about changing how Court of Appeals judges and state Supreme Court justices are selected, despite concerns that the process is dominated unfairly by lawyers and not open enough to the public.

Critics of the bill remain suspicious because the measure, passed by the House last year, has the backing of Gov. Sam Brownback, a conservative Republican. The bill also has support from the anti-abortion group Kansans for Life and the small-government, anti-tax group Americans for Prosperity.

Some legislators, even critics of the bill, expect other proposals to change the judicial selection process to emerge this year, though not as dramatic as the changes in the bill rejected Thursday.

Comments

William Weissbeck 2 years, 1 month ago

Old joke from law school days about grades. The "C" students became the legislators that wrote the laws, that the "B" students as lawyers would have to argue in court before the "A" students who became the judges.

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Orwell 2 years, 1 month ago

We'll continue to be better off without a Crony Court basing its opinions on whichever side contributed the most to the governor's campaign. Sam the Sham wouldn't give a damn about the professional ability or ethics of his appointees – just whether they would reliably be "his guys."

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jafs 2 years, 1 month ago

And sometimes, well educated and intelligent people have more informed opinions about many things.

Our founders were well educated and intelligent people, who would probably be horrified at the anti-intellectual attitudes of the right these days.

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JayhawkFan1985 2 years, 1 month ago

The bill fits into the GOPs larger fear of "elites" making decisions for them basing those decisions on logic and reason rather than mythology and mysticism.

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kansanjayhawk 2 years, 1 month ago

It is the liberals who have improperly used the courts to accomplish their political agendas! Look at abortion, school finance, homosexual marriage, and a whole host of other liberal agenda items and you will clearly see that the abuse has been on the liberal and Democrat side. Conservatives are merely attempting to bring some balance to the courts and allow the people of Kansas to have some checks and balance over the judiciary!

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Getaroom 2 years, 1 month ago

Giving any more power to the Governor and Legislators, especially now and especially in Kansas, is a very bad idea. Maybe we should just hand over all decisions to The Supreme Koch and not vote at all anymore. No need to do any redistricting, no taxes, no abortions, no indigents, no health care, no SRS. Think how much money we would save. It would be kinda like having the entire Unites States GOP Congress running Kansas. Hmmmm.... Give an open carry permit to anyone who wants one and open up a "You set 'em up, I'll knock 'em down" Saloon and an All Faiths Chapel in every town. Call in the resurrected and appointed, Preacher Sheriff Marshall Dillon to settle things up. Ye ha!!! AMERICA, like the Tea Party wants it back. Super size that Bible please. All is well in Oz, land of the free to range Governor! All Supernatural!

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tennesseerader 2 years, 1 month ago

Judicial commissions are self serving. They load our system with anti-constitutional judges that match their self serving liberal etiology. On the other hand judicial appointments made by politicians result in politically motivated appointments.

Most judges should be elected by the people in their respective judicial districts. Appointments should only be to fill an open slot until the next election cycle.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 1 month ago

Sam Brownback will come through the back door abusing his executive privilege option. This man cannot be trusted. He has no love for true republicans much less democrats.

Throw him out of office!!!

The Kansas legislature may need to to stay 12 months to protect the rights of Kansans,protect the judicial system and curb the reckless management of our tax dollars that Sam Brownback displays.

No matter the cost of a 12 month legislative session taxpayers will be money ahead.

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Mike1949 2 years, 1 month ago

The conservatives want as much power as they can get even if that means taking it way from the people. I wouldn't be surprised if in a few years they will try to eliminate our rights to vote politicians into office. Isn't that what they are going now, trying to fill the judicial system with only people that they know they can control? They only want people who think like them even in the judicial system that will curve the laws away from fairness of right and wrong to make decisions that only the republicans can agree with.

When are Kansans going to wake up and see what they are doing?

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Gandalf 2 years, 1 month ago

Evilsam seems to be having a tough time...but,but, I'm the guvner I can do as I please!

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