Hutch News: Growing effort to unseat justices warrants critical examination
In the coming months, Kansas voters are likely to hear more about the justices that sit on the Kansas Supreme Court than ever before as five of the justices – Lawton Nuss, Marla Luckert, Carol Beier, Dan Biles and Caleb Stegall – face retention votes in November.
Normally, such votes come and go without much attention. The names, in most years, are unfamiliar to voters, but that will be different this year because this isn’t most years.
Nonprofit companies similar to those that spend so much money in political campaigns have popped up for and against retention of the justices. Gov. Sam Brownback and many in the Kansas Legislature have made it clear that they want to exert greater control over the judiciary, which has often stood in opposition to the administration and Legislature’s positions, particularly on school finance formulas.