Daily Archives: March 28, 2013

Supreme Court bias in the eye of beholder

As the U.S. Supreme Court considers how to rule on two same-sex marriage cases, its favorability rating is at a near historic low – though it is sky-high compared with Congress. A Pew Research Center poll found that 52 percent of Americans view the court favorably, while 31 percent view it unfavorably. Overall, 40 percent of the public considers the court’s ideology to be “middle of the road,” while 24 percent says it is liberal and 22 percent says it is conservative. However, 45 percent of conservative Republicans think the court is liberal, while 48 percent of liberal Democrats think it is conservative – showing how bias often is in the eye of the beholder.

Court-fee bill looks like another money grab

Rep. Mark Kahrs, R-Wichita, said that a House-passed bill that puts revenue from court docket fees under the control of the Legislature would provide “more transparency, more accountability and more trust,” the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. But others see it as yet another attempt by the Legislature to sweep up designated fees and use them for other purposes. Rep. Jim Ward, D-Wichita, noted that the docket fees were instituted because the Legislature was inadequately funding the courts. The only people who think the state won’t use this money to cover its budget shortfalls, Ward said, also “believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.”