Kobach lost: What’s that mean for voting in Kansas?

A federal high court recently ruled that individuals do not need to show proof of citizenship in order to register to vote. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach plans to appeal. An article by High Plains Public Radio laid out the repercussions of this decision and consulted KU Law professor Lumen Mulligan.

In January, one of six men vying for Kobach’s job will take office and replace him as defendant. Since the appeal likely won’t be done, that person will have the power to continue or kill it.

KU Law professor sees Kobach contempt order as ‘not especially common’, says underlying restrictions will likely stay past his term

Lou Mulligan comments on the contempt order issued against Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. '“To get this contempt order, the plaintiffs had to show that the court had issued an order, that the defendant knew of the order and that the defendant disobeyed the order,” said Lumen “Lou” Mulligan, Director of the Shook, Hardy & Bacon Center for Excellence in Advocacy at the University of Kansas.'

KU Law Professor says amending state constitution is potential school finance solution, but a tough task

Professor Mulligan comments on changing the Kansas Constitution. “If the Kansas Legislature wished to begin the process of Constitutional Amendment, they could,” said Mulligan. “It takes a two-thirds vote out of both the Kansas House and the Kansas Senate to send a Constitutional Amendment to the general ballot and that just requires a majority of voters to approve.” He says there are many different ways to get it done, but that it is not an easy task. 

Supreme Court has opportunity to draw a new line on gerrymandering, says KU professor

"A case that was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court this week regarding gerrymandering in Wisconsin could be the most politically important case to go in front of that body this term, according to Professor Lumen “Lou” Mulligan. Mulligan is the Director of the Shook, Hardy & Bacon Center for Excellence in Advocacy at KU."

KU Law professor sees 17th amendment repeal proposal as ‘very difficult’

"Conservative thinkers and media personalities, including former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, father of current White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, have suggested that the 17th Amendment to the Constitution be repealed.

This would return the election of U.S. Senators to the state legislatures rather than direct election by the people.


University of Kansas law professor Lumen “Lou” Mulligan says that making such a change would not be easy.

House Republicans demand Ginsburg’s recusal from Trump travel ban case

"Dozens of congressional Republicans are demanding that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recuse herself from ruling on President Trump’s travel ban case before the Supreme Court hears arguments in October, saying she’s already shown she can’t be an impartial jurist when it comes to Mr. Trump.


Lumen Mulligan, associate dean at the University of Kansas School of Law, told The Washington Times that Supreme Court Justices often feel they have an obligation to hear a case because there’s only nine justices and a recusal would leave the court understaffed.

Drawing of political districts divides by party, not race, says KU professor

"The racial gerrymandering decision handed down by the United States Supreme Court this week concerning two districts in North Carolina may change things for states that are becoming more diverse, says a University of Kansas law professor.

'The Court has traditionally said it is legally permissible to allow a state legislature to gerrymander a district to give one political party advantage,' said Lumen ‘Lou’ Mulligan. 'The Court has said, we will not allow you to gerrymander a district so as to play racial politics. That’s been the law for a number of years.'”

KU law professor says language compelling Kobach produce documents unusually strong

"A law professor at the University of Kansas reviewed the decision handed down by U.S. Magistrate Judge James P. O’Hara this week compelling Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to produce documents in a suit regarding the National Voting Rights Act.

One of those documents is one photographed by the Associated Press in Kobach’s hand as he was getting ready to walk into a meeting with then President-elect Donald Trump.

KU Law Professor Says Court Is Giving Legislature One Last Chance To Fix School Funding Adequacy

"A Kansas University Law Professor says that the Kansas Supreme Court appears to be giving the Kansas Legislature one last chance to fix school funding adequacy.

'The court found the current school funding provision to be unconstitutional under the Kansas Constitution,' said Lumen 'Lou' Mulligan, Director of the Shook, Hardy & Bacon Center for Excellence in Advocacy. 'It stayed the enforcement of an order until the end of June.' 

The current law that gives schools in Kansas block grant funding is due to expire, anyway.


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