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Friday, October 24, 2014

KS Gov. Brownback Endorses Removal of Kansas Supreme Court Justices

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback said he's voting against retaining state Supreme Court Justices Lee Johnson and Eric Rosen.  In contrast, most Kansas lawyers and judges want to retain them, according to a survey by a committee of bar leaders and leaders of progressive groups such as Kansas Appleseed, Mainstream Coalition, and League of Women Voters.

This has long been the pattern around the country.  When judges are controversial, it's usually conservatives who want to remove them, while progressives and the bench and bar want to retain them.  That was true in Iowa a few years on same-sex marriage and also true going back at least as far as California's Rose Bird in the 1980's.



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