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Kansas’ four former governors ride again

Democrat John Carlin (left) and Republican Mike Hayden
Democrat John Carlin (left) and Republican Mike Hayden

There they go again.

Four former governors of Kansas, who in a highly unusual move teamed up in June to criticize the policies of Gov. Sam Brownback, will gather again next week to advocate for the retention of judges.

The four — Republicans Bill Graves and Mike Hayden and Democrats Kathleen Sebelius and John Carlin — will travel by bus to Kansas City, Topeka and Wichita to participate in roundtable discussions on retaining justices. Their aim: “Keep Kansas courts fair and impartial,” a news release said.

At 11 a.m. Tuesday, they’ll be in Kansas City at an event that’s closed to the public. They’ll be in Topeka later in the day, then in Wichita on Wednesday.

Retention elections in November shape up as perhaps the most contested races in the state. Some Republicans are seeking to kick four justices off the Supreme Court: Carol Beier, Dan Biles, Marla Luckert and Chief Justice Lawton Nuss.

Their beef centers on judicial efforts to force lawmakers to spend more on education.