A new seat is available on the Kansas Court of Appeals but Governor Sam Brownback doesn't plan to release the names of applicants. That's riling his centrist and liberal critics. Under a law that took effect this month Brownback will appoint Court of Appeals judges subject to senate confirmation. Thus involving the legislature.
Under the old way, a system still in place for the Kansas Supreme Court, a statewide commission screened applicants and named three finalists with no role for legislators after the governor's appointment.
The nominating commission served as a check on the governor's power.