Daily Archives: May 18, 2008

Matter of time on smoking law

smokingA clean air statute didn’t pass the state Legislature this session, but House Speaker Melvin Neufeld, R-Ingalls, said he thinks a ban will pass sometime in the future, adding, “I wouldn’t want to project what year.”

Senate President Steve Morris, R-Hugoton, said a smoking law “may not happen next year, but I believe in the next five years you will see it in the majority of states.”

As The Eagle editorial board has argued, it’s just a matter of time before Kansas follows the lead of many other states and enacts a statewide smoking ban. This issue isn’t going away.

Open thread 5/18


Vice President Brownback, Roberts?

brownbackcampaingThe Hill newspaper asked all 97 senators not running for president, including Kansas’ own, whether they’d accept an offer to run for vice president.

Sen. Sam Brownback said: “I would be honored to be asked. I’ve got to appraise the position in considering it. But I haven’t gone to the step of saying whether I would or wouldn’t at this point. . . . I’d probably take away from the ticket, too. There’s always pros and cons. I’m strong pro-life, pro-marriage, and some people would say, ‘Well, I don’t like that.’ But really, people vote for president. Not vice president. I think vice president can hurt you more than it can help you. I can’t remember any time in my lifetime where I voted for a president because of the vice presidential nominee.”

Sen. Pat Roberts said: “No. I don’t cut ribbons well or give eulogies at funerals.”
Other senators’ had entertaining responses, too.

Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah: “Of course. Big house, big car, not much to do. Why not?”

Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho: “I would say ‘No, Hillary.’”

Governor on Obama voter registration train, too

obamasebeliusGov. Kathleen Sebelius stars in a new Barack Obama campaign video, talking about “some of the most exciting voter registration and turnout efforts I’ve ever seen in my lifetime” and forecasting a change in “the electoral map in this country for decades to come.” Obama’s amazing ability to bring new voters into the primary process has been established, but will it be enough in November?

Wichita, down the road from Greensburg

mkinneyAs the Kansas House wrapped up its business recently, House Minority Leader Dennis McKinney, D-Greensburg, thanked his colleagues for their support for his tornado-ravaged community and offered an anecdote that reflects the storm’s worldwide attention. He described how some Kansans visiting England, asked where they live, had answered “Wichita.”

“Oh, really?” replied the Britons. “Now, where is that from Greensburg?”