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Letter: Frightening thought

Twenty two states elect Supreme Court Justices by a common election process, either partisan or nonpartisan.

Among those states are liberal bastions such as Minnesota, Illinois, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nevada, and Pennsylvania.

Only Kansas turns over the choosing of the majority of its nominating commission to the bar association.

February 8, 2016 at 12:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawsuit filed against city over denial of south Iowa Street shopping center

Some of the reasons given for rejection:

“We’re jumping the SLT, and we’re not prepared to do that.”

“…should be more thoughtfully considered…”

“… “some real serious concerns” about encouraging development close to the floodplain surrounding the Wakarusa River.”

“…it would leave areas of the city, such as the existing, empty commercial area near Rock Chalk Park — known as Mercato — underserved.”

The issue that the city will have is, that as the suit says, the reasons were capricious and arbitrary.

As noted, the planning staff and commission recommended the changes for approval.

Such decisions to deny property rights cannot be made on emotional, impetuous and impulsive reasons. They must be made based on law and established policy.

February 6, 2016 at 9:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawsuit filed against city over denial of south Iowa Street shopping center

From the LJW last month:

The Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission recommended the changes for approval, as did the city’s planning staff.

February 6, 2016 at 9:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Frightening thought

Under the logic of Warrick, only KNEA members would have the majority vote on school board members.

February 6, 2016 at 1:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawsuit filed against city over denial of south Iowa Street shopping center

Polsinelli is not a lawyer that deals with speeding tickets and shares an office with a dentist.

It is a famous legal firm with nationwide offices. They have people that specialize in nothing but real estate development law, having extensive experience in dealing with bumpkin towns like Lawrence. Its legal resources are limitless.

Lawrence will have to hire equally high priced legal talent for this suit. Toni Wheeler should have counseled against this decision from the start. I hope there is an insurance policy with a small deductible in place for it.

The pet sitter and her small thinking minions are about to get schooled in real estate law.

Unfortunately, Lawrence taxpayers will have to pay the tuition.

February 6, 2016 at 9:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawsuit filed against city over denial of south Iowa Street shopping center

This is fantastic news

It was only a matter of time before such a suit was filed. These denials have happened far too many times here. Such suits are frequently lost by cities.

The pet sitter and her band of dwarfs will have to legally justify their decision to deny property owners their property rights based on capricious, arbitrary, and discriminatory reasons. It is going to take much more than a simple “statement of fact” for the courts to deny this.

Now the Lawrence anti growth zealots will have to determine how many tens of thousands of tax dollars the city wants to spend on a lost cause to defend their desire to inhibit progress simply because they want to.

February 5, 2016 at 6:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas House vote shows weak support for constitutional amendment on judicial selection

No Cille. In Missouri, the odd 7th person is a current supreme court justice appointed by the other justices.

"... consists of seven members: a supreme court justice chosen by the other justices, one lawyer selected from each of the three appellate districts..."

You need to actually read what you copy and paste.

February 4, 2016 at 11:58 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas House vote shows weak support for constitutional amendment on judicial selection

They are elected by members of the Kansas Bar Association. That gives the KBA all the influence in the process.

And, again, the system in Kansas is not like any other state.

February 4, 2016 at 11:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas House vote shows weak support for constitutional amendment on judicial selection

It is not different at all. The system was as wrong then as it is now.

And it is not at each election. After the first year, it is every six years.

February 4, 2016 at 11:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas House vote shows weak support for constitutional amendment on judicial selection

The operative word in your outlandish statement was "still"

February 4, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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