Daily Archives: Aug. 5, 2010

Former Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Davis dies

CheifJusticeDavis0099TOPEKA – Former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert E. Davis died Wednesday night at his home in Leavenworth. He was 70 years old.

The court had announced his retirement earlier this week. In his letter to Gov. Mark Parkinson, Davis cited medical reasons for his retirement.

Davis joined the state Supreme Court in 1993 and was named chief justice January 2009. Prior to joining the court, he served eight years on the State Court of Appeals and before that as a judge of the Leavenworth County District Court. He also served a term as Leavenworth County Attorney.

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Brownback faces questions on Medicaid stance

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From the Associated Press

TOPEKA — U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback faced new questions about joining fellow congressional Republicans in opposing federal legislation that would prop up state budgets, as he campaigned  for Kansas governor Thursday.

Brownback said he was opposing a plan that included extra Medicaid dollars for states because it wasn’t drafted in a fiscally responsible way. Kansas’ share $131 million, and its current $13.7  billion budget won’t balance without the money, which covers health care for the poor and disabled.

The legislation is expected to pass next week over congressional Republicans’ objections that it could force higher taxes or add to the federal government’s debt. In Kansas, the Democrats’ nominee for governor, state Sen. Tom Holland, of Baldwin City, sees Brownback’s stance as damaging to the state he hopes to lead.

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