News from Kansans for Fair Courts


PRESS RELEASE: Supreme Court Protects Children's Right To Adequate Education; Legislature Must Do The Same

TOPEKA — Ryan Wright, Executive Director of Kansans for Fair Courts, responded to today’s unanimous ruling by the Kansas Supreme Court in the Gannon v. State, school funding case that found the existing formula to be inadequate.

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PRESS RELEASE: Local & State Education Advocates Support Judicial Retention

OLATHE - 11/1/16 One week out from Election Day local and state education advocates gathered on the steps of the Johnson County, KS courthouse calling for the retention of the Kansas Supreme Court justices and Court of Appeals judges. Representatives from parent advocate groups such as Game On and Stand Up Blue Valley and the organization Johnson County Educators were flanked by numerous, sign-carrying representatives of other pro-retention groups in their effort today to remind voters that the court has stood up for public education by upholding the Kansas Constitution.

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PRESS RELEASE: Former Kansas Attorneys General Come to the Defense of Kansas Courts

TOPEKA - 10/17/16 Former Kansas Attorneys General Bob Stephan (R) and Steve Six (D) stood in front of the Kansas Judicial Center in Topeka today to defend Kansas Supreme Court justices from political attacks and to urge voters to retain justices Lawton Nuss, Marla Luckert, Carol Beier, Dan Biles and Caleb Stegall.

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PRESS RELEASE: Kansas City Area Mayors Support Supreme Court Justices for Retention

JOHNSON, WYANDOTTE, LEAVENWORTH COUNTY, KS — A bipartisan coalition of Johnson and Wyandotte County mayors support the retention of all five justices to the Kansas Supreme Court. The justices whose names will appear on the 2016 General Election ballot are: Chief Justice Lawton Nuss and Associate Justices Carol Beier, Dan Biles, Marla Luckert and Caleb Stegall.

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PRESS RELEASE: Former Governors Call for Retention of Supreme Court Justices: "Keep Politicians Out of the Courts"

KANSAS CITY-TOPEKA-WICHITA: 9/6 – 9/7 2016.  Four former Kansas governors boarded a bus today to raise awareness for fair and impartial courts in Kansas. The governors are responding to a series of unprecedented political attacks on the courts. They are announcing their support for the retention of the five justices to the Kansas Supreme Court at three news conferences, highlighting the need to keep politicians out of the courts. The bipartisan coalition of former governors includes Republicans Bill Graves and Mike Hayden and Democrats Kathleen Sebelius and John Carlin. Governor Mark Parkinson supports the effort to retain the justices but was unable to join the tour.

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Kansans for Fair Courts Responds to Kansans for Justice; Clarifies Record

TOPEKA — Ryan Wright, Executive Director of Kansans for Fair Courts, responded to the Kansans for Justice news conference seeking the ouster of four of the five Kansas Supreme Court Justices who are up for retention in November. Kansans for Fair Courts encourages the retention of all five sitting Kansas Supreme Court Justices.

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2016 Amendment Vote

Here’s how Kansas state senators voted on a proposed constitutional amendment that would have retaliated against our fair and impartial supreme court by restricting its ability to enforce school funding decisions. The vote was 26 “yea” in favor of retaliating against the court to 13 “nay” — one vote short of the two-thirds majority needed to approve the bill.

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School funding vote

Here’s how Kansas state senators and representatives voted on the bill to restore equitable public school funding. The “yea” voters chose to be part of the solution — rather than prolonging inequitable and unconstitutional school funding and risking closing down our schools.

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