Governor criticized over policy on court hopefuls

Sam Brownback
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s critics are not mollified by his latest statement outlining why he won’t release the names of applicants for a new Kansas Court of Appeals seat.

Brownback said Thursday that releasing the names would discourage some qualified applicants from coming forward.

The League of Women Voters of Kansas had pushed the governor’s office to release the names. President Dolores Furtado said the group is “profoundly disappointed.”

The new judge will be chosen under a selection process in effect this month. The governor will make the appointment, subject to Senate confirmation.

Previously, a nominating commission screened applicants and named three finalists, with no role for lawmakers after the governor’s appointment.

Kansas Values Institute Executive Director Ryan Wright said Brownback has “closed off” scrutiny of the appointment. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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