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League of Women Voters seeks to get names of judicial applicants from Brownback

July 3, 2013

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— The Kansas League of Women Voters has filed a request under state law to try to get Gov. Sam Brownback to disclose the names of those applying for a judicial position on the Kansas Court of Appeals.

Brownback, who will make the judicial appointment, has refused to divulge the names of applicants.

Prior to this year, appointments to the Kansas Supreme Court and Court of Appeals were made by the governor from a list of nominees provided by a nominating commission. That commission had since 1981 revealed the names of those applying.

But Brownback and his allies changed that law this year to give the governor the power to fill positions on the Court of Appeals pending confirmation by the state Senate. Supporters of changing that law said the nominating commission process was too closed off to the public and that the new system mirrored that used on the federal level.

Using the Kansas Open Records Act, the Kansas League of Voters, with 700 members in 10 local leagues, has asked Brownback for the names of applicants for the vacancy.

"Seeking transparency in government on behalf of League members throughout Kansas, I look forward to receiving your response to our request," said the filing from Dolores Furtado, president of the League of Women Voters of Kansas.

But Eileen Hawley, a spokeswoman for Brownback, defended keeping the names of applicants secret. "This process provides transparency and accountability while maintaining confidentiality to these judicial applicants and ensuring our ability to have a broad pool of highly qualified candidates," Hawley said.

Brownback's office disseminated to the media copies of an article from the conservative National Review's website that described as "silly" criticisms of Brownback over not disclosing the names of the judicial applicants.

"The new process being used for Kansas Court of Appeals appointments mirrors the advice-and-consent process set forth in the U.S. Constitution. I don’t recall any major advocacy organizations, in Kansas or elsewhere, calling on President Obama to make the names of his judicial applicants public," the article states.

Comments

Richard Heckler 9 months, 2 weeks ago

One thing I hope the League does is to see how long the applicants might have lived in Kansas.

Brownback has a thing for importing sheep....

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Claudean McKellips 9 months, 2 weeks ago

For thirty years we have had transparency in this process and qualified applicants. This governor and his sleazy tactics have got to go! With a 30% approval rate, we have to be able to find a better candidate.

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optimist 9 months, 2 weeks ago

"But Brownback and his allies changed that law this year to give the governor the power to fill positions on the Court of Appeals pending confirmation by the state Senate." This is another shining example of bias in reporting. This change occurred through proper legislative channels. There was nothing improper about it though there is clearly an implication that there is. To characterize it in this fashion reflects the writer’s bias. The more objective way to provide this information might be..."The legislature passed a bill and the Governor signed it changing the way openings on the Court of Appeals are filled." I for one think this was a good change that does open the opportunity up to more candidates. I'm not sure that the public should be made aware of the identities of those that apply if they aren't selected. Until they are selected they have every reason to expect privacy.

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bobberboy 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Brownback is such a crook !! I hope women don't vote for him again !!

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Nikonman 9 months, 2 weeks ago

The League of Women Voters is about as non-partisan as the ACLU.

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tomatogrower 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Isn't funny that Brownback and his radical crew want to change for changes sake. Many of the things he has changed worked quite well. Yet they call themselves "conservatives", see definition below. They have changed Jesus' message of love and charity to one of hate and greed. They want to limit freedoms of people who are different than they are. They preach small government, but then tell people, women especially, how to run their lives. Doesn't sound like the definition of conservative to me.

con·serv·a·tive
/kənˈsərvətiv/ Adjective Holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation, typically in politics or religion. Noun A person who is averse to change and holds to traditional values and attitudes, typically in politics.

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tomatogrower 9 months, 2 weeks ago

"Supporters of changing that law said the nominating commission process was too closed off to the public and that the new system mirrored that used on the federal level."

I thought Brownback despised the federal government? I thought his supporters despised Obama? Now they want to be just like him? And by the way, at the federal level, this has always been the tradition. In Kansas where we used to have transparency and common sense it was not the tradition. Now though Brownback and his puppeteers are determined to change everything, even if it worked just fine. Wow.

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jafs 9 months, 2 weeks ago

There are two issues here - one is that he promised a more transparent process, and then replaced it with a less transparent one - that's a clear problem.

The other is whether or not the process needs to be transparent, which is a different issue.

If the idea was to allow state residents more input, then not releasing names goes counter to that goal, since we can't have input if we don't know who the possible nominees are.

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Larry Sturm 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Brownback is the most corrupt govenor Kansas has ever had.

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angelus 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Who cares who all the applicants are. All that matters is who is nominated. This is the same process used at the federal level and I've not seen any anyone complaining Obama isn't releasing the names of all the prospective nominees. I think what we're seeing here from the people complaining about this are the late stage symptoms of Brownback derangement syndrome.

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Liberty275 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Does Kansas law say he needs to name people that applied for the job?

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Joe Hyde 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Brownback spokesperson Ms. Hawley says: "This process," (the governor refusing to name the applicants)* "provides transparency...while ensuring our ability to have a broad pool of highly qualified candidates."

No, Ms. Hawley; you're dead wrong. The "process" you've made yourself a party to will institutionalize a cloak of secrecy and enable outside control of court decisions, both of which threaten the very foundation of democracy in the state of Kansas. Your twisted logic in defending the governor's dictatorial behavior is outrageous and despicable.

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Jackie Jackasserson 9 months, 2 weeks ago

So the megalomaniac now thinks he is the president, or equal to the president?

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Lee Henry 9 months, 2 weeks ago

What's brownie trying to hide???whats the big secret...doesn't want the voters in the great State of Kansas to know his and the koch boys goings on....something is amiss...the whole State ought to be in an uproar about this.....who does he think he is, God ....the voters better remember this when he next runs for office.......let's keep it a secret how we vote gang.....

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smileydog 9 months, 2 weeks ago

The League is just a liberal front group that claims to be non-partisan.

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JayhawkFan1985 9 months, 2 weeks ago

You do have to love the Orwellian use of language..."greater transparency through confidentiality."

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poolside 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I refuse to answer the marketing questions so that I may read the news.

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JayhawkFan1985 9 months, 2 weeks ago

The Koch brothers and the Kansas policy institute have funded a website at www.kansasopengov.org. I wonder why this radical fringe group isn't clamoring for a more open government...

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