Location: Halstead, Kansas, United States

This is my seventh year at Halstead which is also where I live with my wife and my soon to be two year old daughter.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

I can breathe a little easier

Good news from the special session of the Kansas legislature reported by the KC Star

Conservative state lawmakers have spent recent days talking about sending Supreme Court justices a message. But one proposal intended to send such a message - an effort to change justices from being appointed to elected - was shot down Thursday.

Since 1958, each of the seven justices has been appointed by the governor from a slate of three candidates submitted by a nominating panel. Before that, they were elected statewide.

A proposed constitutional amendment returning to elected justices was ready for debate Thursday, but House Speaker Doug Mays said there wasn't enough support among the 83-member Republican caucus. The idea needed a two-thirds majority - 84 votes - to pass.

The Kansas Supreme Courts is a little safer from partisan political games


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