Posts Tagged ‘mary pilcher cook’

Editorial: List of acceptable Lt. Gov choices for Brownback a short one

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009


Conservative Kansans are hoping that Brownback chooses boldly as he makes major appointments over the coming 18 months.  One of the first will be the choosing of his running mate.  There’s little doubt that Brownback will pick a pro-life person as Lt. Governor, but there is a large amount of doubt about whether that person will be a fiscal conservative, and whether he or she will be a leader.

Many expect that Brownback will pick a Johnson County legislator as his running-mate.  That’s a bit troubling, because the number of economic conservatives is so small.  In the Senate, there are Jeff Colyer and Mary Pilcher Cook.  In the House, there are Anthony Brown, Lance Kinzer, Mike Kiegerl, Ray Merrick, Rob Olson, Arlen Siegfreid, and Kevin Yoder.

Some other Republicans are indeed pro-life, but are otherwise unreliable.  Kansas would be better off with Brownback choosing Topeka pro-choice, economic conservative Lana Gordon — or even former Democratic Rep. Candy Ruff — before choosing Sen. Karin Brownlee, a nice woman who unfortunately spends and taxes like a Democrat, or Sen. Julia Lynn, whom few conservatives trust.

In many ways, it comes down to how Brownback defines “conservative.”  If Brownback defines the GOP Congress of 2000 to 2006 as good-government, reform-minded conservatives, then we’ve got a big problem in Kansas.

Legislative update from Senator Mary Pilcher Cook

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

From State Senator Mary Pilcher Cook:

There is so much legislation that happens in the course of one week, it is difficult to keep you informed.  I’ll touch on a few things here, but please don’t hesitate to go to my website on the Legislative Reports page and look at the latest summaries.

Both the House and Senate have now passed a comprehensive energy plan in the Senate Substitute for HB 2014 bill.  The House passed the energy measure first, then the Senate added some amendments to the bill, so the legislation is now on its way back to the House.  The House has the option to concur with the Senate amendments, or ask for a conference committee to negotiate some finer points about the legislation.  The conference committee would be composed of three House members and three Senate members.

What does it contain?  Lots of good things.

What’s even better is what it doesn’t contain.  There are no taxes or cap and trade regulations which would vastly increase the cost of doing business in our state. (more…)

Mary Pilcher Cook on the budget

Friday, March 13th, 2009

A legislative update from Sen. Pilcher Cook:

On Thursday, February 12 the House and Senate both passed the conference committee report for the 2009 rescission bill (the fiscal year 2009 budget).  It passed in the House 70 to 51 and in the Senate 27 to 11 with an ending balance of $126.5 million, leaving a mere 2 percent ending balance, but better than before.  It’s a good start on dealing with our financial crisis.

To get there, Republicans worked together — even Johnson County Republicans! (more…)

News from Mary Pilcher Cook

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

From Senator Pilcher Cook:

We’ve been through turnaround and now are considering bills from the House along with some Senate bills.  There is much legislation that has crossed my desk, and I have posted the information on my website on the Legislative Reports page.

Last week the House passed the HB 2014 comprehensive energy bill 79-44.  Even though it’s 5 votes short of the 84 needed for a veto-proof majority (Gov. Sebelius promised a veto), there are possibly five or more votes who don’t want to receive heavy duty arm-twisting before the veto session. (more…)