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Member of nominating commission says Stegall was overlooked earlier because of politics

August 21, 2013

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— A member of a judicial nominating commission that failed to advance Caleb Stegall's name for Kansas Court of Appeals openings twice last year said Wednesday that Stegall was overlooked because of politics.

Felita Kahrs said in a letter to Gov. Sam Brownback that Stegall's references and interviews were exemplary.

"It is my opinion that Caleb was one of the top candidates that appeared before the Commission but due to politics, his name was not submitted," Kahrs wrote.

Kahrs, who was appointed to the nominating commission by Brownback, did not elaborate, and attempts to reach her at her Washington, D.C.-area job were not immediately successful.

On Tuesday, Brownback nominated Stegall to the Kansas Court of Appeals. Stegall, who is Brownback's chief counsel, was overlooked by the nominating commission last year, but this year, at Brownback's behest, Republicans in the Legislature changed the law so that Brownback could make nominations to the Court of Appeals with Senate approval.

Prior to the change, the nominating commission took applications, screened and interviewed candidates and forwarded three names to the governor to pick from.

The nominating commission still exists to handle vacancies on the Kansas Supreme Court. Brownback has said he would like to change the Supreme Court selection process, too, but that would require a change in the Kansas Constitution.

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bearded_gnome 8 months ago

Kahrs wrote that Stegall was overlooked for political reasons. there you have your proof.


yes, I know wherein Shakespeare wrote that, the phrase has a life of its own now.

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keswin 8 months ago

and when did kansas ever have the nominating commission filled with 'leftist lawyers'? did you put sugar in that koolaid?

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bearded_gnome 8 months ago

"nominating commission" = a bunch of lawyers.

-wasn't it Shakespeare who first wrote: "first we kill all the lawyers?"

don't need just a bunch of political/leftist lawyers in charge of the process.

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bearded_gnome 8 months ago

The nominating commission still exists to handle vacancies on the Kansas Supreme Court. Brownback has said he would like to change the Supreme Court selection process, too, but that would require a change in the Kansas Constitution.

---in a current culture veering towards third world politics, when the loons march on officials' homes, I'm not surprised that Governor Brownback didn't reveal the list of names in the process.

and, it looks like time to amend the constitution as above.

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consumer1 8 months ago

Funny how the political left can twist this story around to try to make it look like the conservatives are the ones who make biased decisions about Kansas Court of Apppeals appointments. Stegall on the court of (ubiased judicail ) appeals?? NO WAY HE IS A CONSERVATIVE!!

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SoundMind 8 months ago

Let's see . . . Felita Kahrs. Married to William Jeffrey Kahrs. Brother and sister-in-law to Rep. Mark Kahrs. Both Jeff and Mark have been buddies since before law school with Brownback Court of Appeals appointee . . . Tony Powell.

And . . . she works in DC. Is there anyone in Brownback's administration who actually lives . . . and works . . . in Kansas? Anyone? Bueller?

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question4u 8 months ago

"'...due to politics, his name was not submitted,' Kahrs wrote."

If his politics bias his ability to to be just, then where but in Kansas could he ever be appointed to a court of appeals?

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leaningleftist 8 months ago

I also left out people on fixed income and property owners, which I guess covers all of Kansas.

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Karl_Hungus 8 months ago

"It is my opinion that Caleb was one of the top candidates that appeared before the Commission but due to politics, his name was not submitted," Kahrs wrote

"Kahrs, who was appointed to the nominating commission by Brownback, did not elaborate, and attempts to reach her at her Washington, D.C.-area job were not immediately successful"

That about sums it up....

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opinion 8 months ago

You forgot the arts and cute puppies.

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leaningleftist 8 months ago

It's a shame, the real losers in all this, other than most kansasans are going to be children, college students and women.

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nick_s 8 months ago

And this go around, the other applicants were overlooked because of politics. Does this administration, & its appointees, really think they are operating free of poltical sway? 2014 couldnt come any faster...

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Ray Parker 8 months ago

What that means is that leftist lawyers on the nominating commission had been weeding out any pro-life candidates for the bench. They were obviously bought off by the abortion lobby.

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hillsandtrees 8 months ago

Of course a appointee of Gov Brownback would criticize the process that Brownback criticizes.

http://www.hdnews.net/Story/judgesAP012313

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