Archive for April 25th, 2012

Some Kansas Republican legislators doubt Sam Brownback’s conservative credibility

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

KansasReporter:

State Rep. Charlotte O’Hara, R-Overland Park, for example, isn’t shy about discussing with constituents what she perceives as the governor’s conservative shortcomings: His fight, for example, against the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — too weak, she says.

Brownback last summer returned a $31.5 million grant designed to help Kansas prepare for the federal act and vows to continue opposing it until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on its constitutionality in June.

The rejected money was intended to help develop insurance data banks needed for the act to work. But O’Hara and a small group of legislators fear the governor’s proposed replacement — data banks to help run the state’s welfare programs — could be used for the health-care plan.

O’Hara, who did not immediately return phone calls, has said she is disappointed in Brownback’s promotion of wind energy in Kansas, which she likens to similarly failed Washington, D.C., programs, and the governor’s seeming reluctance to push for a single-rate consumption tax to replace personal income taxes.

State Rep. Anthony Brown, R-Eudora, questions Brownback’s proposals for cutting government spending.

“To be fair, I don’t see the whole landscape as the governor does, but it’s frustrating that he’s not been as aggressive on the budget as we need,” said Brown, who is one of the House Appropriations Committee’s most vocal spending hawks.

Kris Kobach in Washington to hear Supreme Court debate Arizona’s immigration law

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

ABC:

The Obama administration is challenging Arizona’s S.B. 1070, arguing that the Constitution gives the federal government authority to regulate immigration, and that the state law interferes with federal law.

Kobach rejects the challenge.

“The Supreme Court has said again and again that there is a role for the states to play. Congress is the primary actor in the field, but the states are permitted to act too, as long as Congress doesn’t ask them to get off the field, ” Kobach said in a recent interview.

Sec. of State Kobach sees crisis over delay in Kansas redistricting

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

AP:

A bitter split among conservative and moderate Republicans has prevented the Senate from approving legislation that redraws members’ districts. The House has approved a bipartisan plan for adjusting state representatives’ districts, but it has stalled in the Senate. Both chambers have approved a congressional redistricting plan and killed the other chamber’s proposal.

Shawnee Mission School District teacher lures students for sex via Facebook – KCTV 5

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

KCTV:

A former Shawnee Mission West High School teacher faces up to 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual relations with students.

Michelle Preston, 28, pleaded guilty Monday inside a downtown Olathe courtroom to three counts of unlawful sexual relations with students occurring between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, 2010.

Wichita paper – Gov. Brownback agrees to delay moving disability services to privately managed care

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Wichita Eagle:

The announcement, via a written statement, came hours after about 800 developmentally disabled people and their supporters descended like a red-shirted tide on the Capitol lawn. They called on the Legislature and the governor to at least delay — and preferably kill — plans to bring their community-based long-term services under managed care.

Developmentally disabled advocates win temporary fight against Brownback

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

WIBW:

In a news release, Gov. Sam Brownback and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer said they would endorse a proposal from the House, Senate and advocates for the developmentally disabled to postpone inclusion of waiver services for individuals with developmental disabilities until Jan. 1, 2014. During that time, the Governor’s office says, it would allow voluntary pilot programs.

Dan Thompson, Gardner Republican, files for 43rd District Kansas House

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Gardner News.

Indiana Republican Steve LaTourette Openly Supports Bribing Congressmen – Club for Growth

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Club for Growth:

RINO Rep. Steve LaTourette (OH-14) openly supports bribing congressmen with earmarks.  He’s not even subtle about it.  From the Chicago Tribune:

Republican Representative Steven LaTourette, an 18-year House veteran, said the earmark ban “has affected discipline” within the party. “You can’t get 218 votes (out of 242 Republican House members) and part of that has to be if you can’t give people anything (earmarks), you can’t take anything away from them.”

If a member of Congress agrees with 90 percent of a pending bill but is “uncomfortable” with the other 10 percent, “Sometimes taking care of your district (with earmarks) made up for that 10 percent,” he said.
How is this not criminal?

Video – MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Makes Fun Of Romney Remembering France While They Remember France

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Link to video.