Daily Archives: Feb. 1, 2013

Proposed date for constitution vote not very democratic

GOP state senators say they want to change how Kansas selects its Supreme Court justices and Court of Appeals judges in order to make the process more “democratic.” Yet nearly all of them opposed an amendment by Sen. Carolyn McGinn, R-Sedgwick, to have the public vote on changing the state’s constitution as part of the November 2014 general election, rather than during the August 2014 primaries. Few Kansans vote in the primaries, and those who do are disproportionately conservative Republicans. But that, of course, is why the senators want the vote in August.

Why doesn’t KU play Wichita State?

Andy Katz of ESPN asked University of Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self the question that many Wichitans have: Why doesn’t KU play Wichita State University? “You schedule to benefit your own school, not to benefit others,” Self said, adding that “from a financial standpoint, it’s hard to play games away from Allen Fieldhouse since that’s our main source of budget every year.” Self noted that the University of Iowa plays Northern Iowa University because the Iowa Legislature mandated it. “If someone were to come and say something that it’s law, then we would have to,” Self said. KU should play WSU, but the Kansas Legislature doesn’t need to get involved.