Push to remake top Kansas court hits backlash over governor

Kansas Supreme Court (KSN photo)
Kansas Supreme Court (KSN photo)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A push to remake the Kansas Supreme Court could falter because of a political backlash against Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

Five of the court’s seven justices are on the Nov. 8 ballot that asks voters whether each justice should stay on the court for another six years.

Four justices appointed by Democratic and moderate Republican governors are being targeted in by GOP conservatives, abortion opponents and critics of rulings that overturned death sentences.

Brownback publicly supported an effort to oust justices in 2014, but he’s not making an endorsement this year amid a backlash over the state’s budget problems. At least one group backing the ouster effort says the governor is a liability.

A group supporting the justices is reminding voters the conservative Republican governor can appoint new justices.

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