Public still supports current system of picking judges

01/31/2013 6:00 AM

01/31/2013 6:29 AM

When a poll was released earlier this month showing that 61 percent of Kansas voters opposed changing how state Supreme Court justices and Court of Appeals judges are selected, some conservatives tried to discredit the results by saying that liberal billionaire George Soros was behind the poll. But a new survey sponsored by the Kansas Policy Institute and its conservative backers found similar results, with 54 percent of the public saying that it is in citizens' best interest to have judges recommended by a nominating panel, a majority of whose members are attorneys. Even 50 percent of Republicans supported the current system. So what did the Kansas Senate do? It voted Wednesday to change the system that the public supports.

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