Daily Archives: May 8, 2014

Regents tone-deaf on social media policy

twitterThe Kansas Board of Regents is steamrolling ahead with its widely criticized social media policy. This week its Governance Committee unanimously approved the policy allowing a university leader to fire a faculty or staff member because of an improper tweet or Facebook post, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. The revised policy includes a new statement in support of academic freedom, but it is still overwhelmingly opposed by university faculty and staff. Nearly all of the 172 people who submitted comments were critical of the policy. The revised policy will go to the full Board of Regents for a vote – and likely approval – on May 14.

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Vote on Moritz gives Brownback a court seat to fill

moritzThree long years after the seat opened, a Kansan has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals – Kansas Supreme Court Justice Nancy Moritz, with a vote of 90-3 on Monday. To their credit, Kansas Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran supported President Obama’s nomination of Moritz, with Moran calling her “well-prepared” and saying: “I am confident Nancy’s service on the 10th Circuit will be guided by the values we hold in Kansas, including empathy for others and respect for the rule of law.” Roberts and Moran inexplicably blocked Obama’s 2011 nomination to the seat of former Kansas Attorney General Steve Six, who also was well-qualified. But Moritz will be a great addition to the court; a Beloit native and Washburn University Law School graduate, she had experience as a federal prosecutor and coordinator of appellate cases for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Kansas before Gov. Kathleen Sebelius appointed her to the Kansas Court of Appeals in 2004 and Gov. Mark Parkinson named her to the Supreme Court in 2011. Of course, Moritz’s confirmation also has a key benefit for Kansas Republicans – providing Gov. Sam Brownback with his first opportunity to name a member of the state Supreme Court.