As Louisiana tries to crawl out of the post-apocalyptic chaos left behind by the Bobby Jindal days, Kansas is still racing to the bottom.
Like Jindal, Kansas governor Sam Brownback has trashed his state's economy in an ideological bout of tax-cutting lunacy. Now, with Kansas on the ropes, Brownback's minions have a new target - the rule of law.
In particular they're vexed by judges who meddle in bad legislation passed by the state Republican legislature. How dare judges strike down laws because they're illegal?
The remedy is to impeach any judge who acts contrary to the wishes of the legislature or the governor. A new bill creates an offence of "attempting to usurp the power" of the legislature or executive branch.
Impeachment has "been a little-used tool" to challenge judges who strike down new legislation, said Republican Sen. Dennis Pyle, a sponsor of the measure. "Maybe it needs to be oiled up a little bit or sharpened a little bit."
Sounds just like Louisiana except without all the great cajun cooking and, of course, the jazz.