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The Latest: Rejected nominee says vote discourages service

May 14, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the Kansas Senate’s rejection of a Kansas Court of Appeals nominee (all times local):

5:55 p.m.

A Kansas Court of Appeals candidate whose nomination was rejected by the state Senate says its actions and members’ comments about him will discourage qualified people from serving the state.

Labette County District Judge Jeffry Jack also said Tuesday that he is happy to put his record up against the Senate’s record.

The Senate voted 38-0 against Jack’s nomination to the state’s second-highest court. His nomination was doomed by political tweets he made in 2017 criticizing President Donald Trump and other Republicans.

He’s also facing a call for the state Commission on Judicial Conduct to review his behavior and consider whether he has violated judicial ethics.

Jack says he intends to remain as a trial-court judge and “apply the law to the facts without personal bias or partisan advantage.”

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3:05 p.m.

The Kansas Senate has overwhelmingly rejected a nominee for the state’s second-highest court whose political tweets offended lawmakers.

The vote Tuesday was 38-0 against confirming Labette County District Judge Jeffry Jack’s nomination to the Court of Appeals.

Democrat Laura Kelly became the first Kansas governor to have an appeals court nominee rejected. Yet the Republican-controlled Senate’s vote also allowed Kelly to name a second nominee.

Kelly herself had urged senators to reject Jack after trying to withdraw his nomination in March. The state Supreme Court ruled Friday that a 2013 law didn’t allow her to withdraw Jack’s nomination. That forced Tuesday’s vote to keep Jack off the appeals court.

Jack’s nomination was doomed by tweets in 2017 that included vulgar language and criticism of President Donald Trump and other Republicans.