Daily Archives: May 6, 2009

Tevis is back with a new campaign comic

Sean Tevis comicTOPEKA – Sean Tevis is back with a new comic, and plans to run again in 2010.

Tevis, a Democrat, garnered national attention in the 2008 election after a fund raiser web comic helped him raise about $96,000.

He missed unseating incumbent Olathe Republican Rep. Arlen Siegfreid, earning, 4,959 votes, or 48 percent to Siegfreid’s 5,367, or 52 percent. Siegfreid has held the seat since 2003.

Already his efforts are gaining national attention.

On Wednesday, Tevis tweeted “DailyKos calls me the Coolest Candidate Running for state legislature. Wow! http://www.dailykos.com/” at his account @stevis.

The left-leaning political blog wrote “The coolest candidate running for state legislature anywhere. And he’s in Kansas.”

The November 2010 election is still more than a year off so in the mean time, Tevis is visiting politicians advocating for open government. At each meeting he wears a shirt displaying the name of 100 people and Twitter-styled messages of 140 characters or fewer. The politician gets a copy of the shirt as a keepsake.

Supporters can get their name on a shirt by donating $13.37 to his campaign. He has donation options ranging from $6.14 up to $500 – the donation limit for a Legislative candidate.

Kansas House passes e-mail voting provision for soldiers

A bill that would allow soldiers and other federal employees overseas to vote in Kansas by e-mail won approval in the state House this morning.

But SB 171 could get derailed by another provision that tightens the process for people who have relatives or others deliver their absentee ballots for them.

People serving the government overseas can fax their ballot now. The e-mail provision has wide support because many people, especially soldiers, have better access to e-mail than to fax machines.

The provision on hand-delivered absentee ballots would require both the voter and the person who turns in the ballot to sign affidavits on the absentee ballot envelope. Opponents said that would add confusion and lead to errors and more ballots that could not be counted.

The bill passed 68-53 mostly along party lines, with Republicans in favor. That margin would not be enough to over-ride an expected veto.

County commissioners across state in Wichita this week

The business end of Kansas County C ommissioners Association’s annual conference gets under way today at the Airport Hilton in Wichita.

The conference started Tuesday with a social gathering.

Sedgwick County commissioners are attending the conference, so they are not having their  regular weekly meeting today.

On today’s agenda is a discussion titled “What the Economic Dowturn Means for Kansas and Local Communities” by the Federal Reserve. Today commissioners also will hear from Deb Miller, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation, about the future of transportation in the state.

On Thursday, members of the association will meet about stimulus money available to Kansas communities.