University of Denver

Kansas: Outcome of GOP primary could impact process for selecting judges

Former Senior Director

The outcome of the August 7 GOP primary elections could impact the process for selecting court of appeals judges by determining whether moderate Republicans will maintain control of the senate or give way to conservatives. Earlier this year, the senate rejected by a 22-17 vote a proposed statute that would have eliminated the role of the nominating commission in screening court of appeals candidates and required senate confirmation of gubernatorial appointments—a move strongly favored by Governor Brownback and conservative legislators.