TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) A ruling from Kansas highest court could force the state Senate to vote on a nominee for a lower-court judgeship whose nomination was withdrawn because of his political tweets.
The state Supreme Court waded Thursday into an unprecedented legal dispute between Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and the GOP-controlled state Senates top Republican over filling a vacancy on the Kansas Court of Appeals, the states second-highest court. The two disagree over whether the governor can submit a new nominee to the Senate for possible confirmation.
Kelly withdrew Labette County District Judge Jeffry Jacks appeals-court nomination within a few days of announcing it in March after political posts on his Twitter feed came to light. They included criticism and vulgar language about President Donald Trump and other Republicans.