Posts Tagged ‘kris kobach’

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

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012


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.

Editorial: Derek Schmidt still needs to answer why he funded attacks on religious conservatives

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

It looks like Kansas Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt wants to run state-wide in 2010, for Secretary of State.  He’ll face the well-respected former state Republican party leader and constitutional scholar Kris Kobach, along with another tough challenger, J.R. Claeys.

There are many policy-related reasons for Republican voters to be skeptical of of Senator Schmidt.  But there’s at least one rather odd piece of baggage carried by Schmidt that is particularly troubling:  in 2008, he approved of the donation of thousands of dollars of Senate Republican Leadership PAC money to a far-left group called The Kansas Traditional Republican Majority (KTRM), which then, without real evidence or without any later apology, labeled as “racists” former Republican Congressman Jim Ryun (then in a close primary with now-Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins), former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline, and the Family Research Council (FRC), along with the FRC’s leader Tony Perkins.

KTRM’s views are extreme, without a doubt, but its supporters, while small in number, are relatively influential and have close political ties to Schmidt, and to the other two state senators who operate the Senate Leadership PAC (President Steve Morris and Vice President John Vratil).  In other words, it would be tough for Schmidt to claim that he didn’t know what he was getting into when directing thousands of dollars to the group.

It’s tough to know where to begin with such an absurd attack on religious conservatives.  It sure doesn’t seem like a way to gain the affection of Kansas’ Republican primary voters.

If Schmidt wants a promotion to a state-wide office, he needs to explain his support of KTRM.

KTKA on Kobach: Ex-GOP leader running for Kansas secretary of state

Thursday, May 28th, 2009


Former Kansas Republican Party Chairman Kris Kobach has formally announced he’s running for secretary of state.

Kobach confirmed his plans Tuesday in a news release. Kobach appointed a campaign treasurer in January.

He was state GOP chairman for two years, stepping down in January so he could run.

He will face J.R. Claeys, of Salina, for the Republican nomination in the August 2010 primary. Claeys is a former CEO of the National Association of Government Contractors

Today’s statement of candidacy by UMKC law professor, former Justice Department attorney Kris Kobach

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Today from Kobach’s campaign for Kansas Secretary of State:

Kansans for Kobach ● P.O.Box 180 ● Basehor, Kansas 66007

Contact: Ben Davis                                                                    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Phone: 316.210.2450



Kobach Vows to Put His Law Enforcement Experience, Knowledge of Election Law, and Enthusiasm to Work for Kansans (more…)

Claeys on victory in Republican straw poll

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

A recent press release from:

Claeys Wins Republican Straw Poll



Topeka, Kans. — J.R. Claeys defeated his Republican primary challenger for Kansas Secretary of State in the first Republican Straw Poll of the 2010 election. Claeys earned 61.7% of the vote compared to just 38.3% for Kris Kobach.

“I appreciate all the Kansas GOP activists who participated in the poll,” said Claeys. “We’ll continue doing what we’ve been doing. Traveling the state, taking our message to the voters.”

Stay Red Kansas conducted the poll of Republican activists over a three day period online. The official straw poll results were posted today on the Stay Red Kansas Blog.

“To those who voted for me, I will work hard to make you proud of your choice,” said Claeys. “And to those who didn’t, I will spend the next 18 months earning your trust.”

Claeys is a Salina native and former president of a national business association. Kobach is a professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.�

Claeys arrives in El Salvador tomorrow to serve as an international elections observer for the presidential elections there on Sunday. Claeys is a certified international elections observer, running for the office that oversees Kansas elections.

Complete Straw Poll Results:

Secretary of State�
�- J.R. Claeys – 1360 – 61.7%
�- Kris Kobach – 844 – 38.3%

U.S. Senate
�- Congressman Jerry Moran – 1838� – 64.3%
�- Congressman Todd Tiahrt – 1017 – 35.7%

Kansas Governor
�- Senator Sam Brownback – 1439 – 62.3%
�- S.O.S. Ron Thornburgh � � � – 871 – 37.7%


J.R. for Kansas, Inc.
P.O. Box 1776
Topeka, KS 66601-1776

Topeka: 785-783-0530
Wichita: 316-665-4600

Paid for by J.R. for Kansas, Inc.
Mary Kay Hendrickson, Treasurer


Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Kobach a couple weeks ago in the Wichita Eagle:

Kansas’ 2009 legislative session has been dominated thus far by the budget crisis, which is hardly surprising. But all of that attention on the shrinking coffers has overshadowed an equally important, and related, debate — whether Kansas should change its method of selecting state Supreme Court justices.

The House Judiciary Committee recently heard testimony on House Concurrent Resolution 5005, which would scrap the current Supreme Court Nominating Commission and replace it with the federal model — allowing the governor broader discretion to pick nominees, but subjecting the nominees to Senate confirmation.

At the hearing, no fewer than seven law professors showed up to testify. Five (including me) supported the proposal. Two defended the status quo.

Twenty-two states use some form of nominating commission. But Kansas has the most extreme version in the country. Only Kansas gives its lawyers the power to select a majority of the commission’s members. This creates an institutional bias that favors more power for courts and more profit for attorneys. Moreover, the commission makes its decisions behind closed doors without any accountability to the public.