Friday, September 09, 2016


Kansas used what is called the Missouri plan for its state judges. They are appointed by the governor, but then face retention elections every so often. In Missouri it's ten years, not sure about Kansas.
Nobody ever loses a retention election in Kansas, but this could change.
The governor cut taxes for schools. The judges said this violated the state constitution. Now some folks want to get rid of these judges.

I generally support term limits. When you isolate judges from real elections, and only have them face these toothless retention elections, it's entirely proper to vote no. One term is enough. However, the judges should be free to campaign for their own retention, for the reasons set out in MN GOP v White.

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