The Legislature should not grant Gov. Sam Brownback’s wish to change the constitution regarding selection of justices for the Kansas Supreme Court, which would not benefit from either popular election or the “federal model” under which a governor picks and the Senate confirms. But whatever lawmakers do, they should pay no attention to Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s remarks last week declaring the current justices less qualified than the federal judges of Kansas or the state justices of New Jersey and Maine. This was another case of the secretary of state sticking his nose in things far outside the scope of his office, while following the partisan line of finding fault with the court on school finance and the death penalty. Besides, Kobach’s win-loss record in federal courts and the Supreme Court make him a poor judge of judges. – Rhonda Holman
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