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Kansans should know district judge applicants, too

A Shawnee County judge’s final order that Gov. Sam Brownback release the names of 2014 applicants to the expanded Saline County Commission was a win for transparency, as county residents had an interest in knowing those Brownback passed over as well as those he picked. Too bad the ruling doesn’t go further – and compel the governor to release applicants’ names when openings occur on the Sedgwick County District Court, for example. County Commission jobs are “not for state employment,” the judge ruled, so those applications are not exempt under the Kansas Open Records Act. But district court judges are state employees, so Brownback likely will continue his practice of revealing how many attorneys applied but not the names of applicants or even finalists. – Rhonda Holman