Court Ruling Jeopardizes Funding for Kansas Judiciary

Posted by  $  nickursis 4 years, 1 month ago to Government
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This sounds like a good case to illustrate how dysfunctional the entire system has become. Politics has become such a powerful part of everything it has apparently influenced the legal setup of a whole state. Not living there, I don't profess to understand all the ins and outs of it, but when they tie up a whole bunch of parts of government with various legal connections, the system falls apart, as the judges now judge their own system. Back and forth...back and forth.. a mini Federal government..
SOURCE URL: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/09/the-court-case-that-could-shut-down-kansass-courts/403957/


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  • Posted by SaltyDog 4 years, 1 month ago
    I had completely forgotten that Kathleen Sebilius had been governor of Kansas. After all, she wrapped herself in eternal glory with the rollout of ACA and her signature stellar achievement of putting the Obamacare website into operation. (I don't think it's working even yet, but who cares? The cronies got their money.)
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    • Posted by  $  4 years, 1 month ago
      I was just thinking this messy item shows why we were given 3 INDEPENDENT branches, so they can fend each other off. Once they start mating like this, they just produce a whole new bunch of mutants. Same deal with the FEDs and SCOTUS.
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  • Posted by  $  jlc 4 years, 1 month ago
    Well, it does seem to be the Ruling Ourobouros, which biteth its own tail. But, while I do note the obvious bias in the article, what is most interesting to me is 'why' the lowering of taxes, especially business taxes, did not result in more jobs and a better financial picture.

    Can someone explain this to me in small words and simple sentences?

    Jan
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  • Posted by Herb7734 4 years, 1 month ago
    Welcome to the Kansas theme park. All the rides go 'round and 'round and never get anywhere. You'll especially like the Fun house where you'll be confronted with all sorts of liberal horrors and only get out by standing aside.
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  • Posted by  $  Thoritsu 4 years, 1 month ago
    I can't tell what the law or ruling are bout from this article. How does the US government get involved in the appointment method of state judges?
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    • Posted by jabuttrick 4 years, 1 month ago
      It doesn't, generally speaking. I think in Kansas they call their state courts of general jurisdiction "district" courts. So this is all happening in the state courts. And the "appointment" being referred to is the appointment of one of the judges in the county as the presiding judge for administrative purposes. It has nothing to do with the substantive rulings made in actual cases. The Kansas legislature passed a law changing the way these appointments were made, shifting the responsibility from the Supreme Court to the County level. This was struck down, no doubt as an infringement of the inherent independent administrative power of the judiciary. It would be as if Congress passed a law changing the working hours of John Roberts' secretary. The problem here is that apparently the legislature also passed a law stating that if the first law was struck down the entire funding for the Kansas judiciary disappears immediately. This prospect was so horrifying that a stay of the original ruling was entered pending appeal. I think that's where the matter rests now. Hope this helps.
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