KC Star: Courts, judges become top political targets in 2016 elections


Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas slipped up.

Meeting with a handful of constituents this spring, the Republican said he’d be willing to hear from Merrick Garland, the judge President Barack Obama nominated to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.

“I think we have the responsibility … to have the conversation,” Moran said.


In Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback has bitterly and repeatedly denounced the state Supreme Court for its rulings on school finance. “Kansas has among the best schools in the nation, and an activist Kansas Supreme Court is threatening to shut them down,” he said in February.

The court has said the state’s blueprint for funding its schools is still unfair to poorer districts. Without a fix, the justices said, the schools couldn’t legally operate after June 30.

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