Daily Archives: Sept. 4, 2013

Pompeo favors ‘decisive, effective military action’

Further separating himself from the rest of the nay-saying Kansas delegation on Syria, Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, co-authored a Washington Post commentary with Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., saying that they “support a well-crafted use-of-force resolution against Syria and urge the president to take decisive, effective military action.” They argued that U.S. credibility is at stake, that the U.S. “has a strong interest in preserving the international taboo against the use of chemical weapons,” and that allies Israel, Jordan and Turkey are at risk. Pompeo and Cotton concluded: “No matter the president’s party or his past failures, all Americans should want, and help, him to succeed when it comes to our national security.”

Kassebaum Baker worried about politicizing Kansas courts

“Our concern is not with any particular nominee, but with the process,” former U.S. Sen. Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker (in photo) and retired 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Deanell Reece Tacha wrote about Kansas’ new judicial appointment system. That process began in the Kansas Senate Tuesday, as senators evaluated Caleb Stegall, Gov. Sam Brownback’s nominee to the Kansas Court of Appeals. Though Tacha wrote a letter endorsing Stegall, she and Kassebaum Baker fear that the new appointment process could politicize Kansas’ courts and undermine public trust. “We cannot let Kansas be the place where the judiciary is under any cloud of suspicion that the selection process is based on anything other than merit and that the judges are answerable to anything other than the law, including the Constitution,” they wrote.