There has been intense focus in Topeka in recent years on the Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Commission, the group that vets and recommends Supreme Court justice candidates to the governor. Gov. Sam Brownback and some conservative groups want to eliminate the commission so the governor and the Legislature would have more control over the process. But others argue that the current system is best because it seeks to focus on merit, not politics. So it was surprising that few people seemed to notice when a position on the commission came open this summer. As it turned out, only Lenin V. Guerra, an Olathe attorney, applied for the opening, and he was chosen by default, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. Now many are wondering why they weren’t paying more attention. – Phillip Brownlee
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