Over the years, this nine-member panel that largely works in obscurity has been the subject of hot debate in the Kansas Legislature.
Supporters say the Supreme Court Nominating Commission, made up of five lawyers and four nonlawyers, is a transparent method for picking the most qualified judges.
The five lawyers are elected by their peers and the four nonlawyers are appointed by the governor. Of the four nonlawyers, three were appointed by former Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and one was appointed by Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly.
Critics say the process is undemocratic, handing a vast amount of power to . . .