Daily Archives: April 3, 2011

Kansas doesn’t need ban on foreign law

With little public debate, and despite the lack of any threat whatsoever, the Kansas House voted 122-2 for a bill last week to make the state safe from Shariah law and any “foreign law, legal code or system” at odds with the U.S. and Kansas constitutions. “We do have cultures now coming into our country that define that their law is the supreme law of the land,” argued co-sponsoring state Rep. Peggy Mast, R-Emporia. “It is in direct conflict with our constitution. They’re actually declaring in other nations that they should set up their own court system to be able to operate under their own law.” The bill hasn’t been handled by the Senate. It shouldn’t be.

More delays, doubts for Holcomb plant

Delays and doubts continue to dog the proposed new coal-fired power plant near Holcomb. Last week a federal judge ruled that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utility Service acted improperly by not conducting an environmental impact study and not holding public hearings. A new report released last week also determined that coal plants haven’t delivered on their promised economic impact. The Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies in Chattanooga, Tenn., studied the six largest plants that came on line between 2005 and 2009 and found that only 56 percent of the projected jobs actually were created.

Koch brothers are pushing back

Charles and David Koch hired a team of crisis communications experts and “together with allies in the conservative media, they have launched a counteroffensive to cast the brothers as victims of a confused and emotional explosion of liberal hatred,” the website Politico reported. The push-back includes a Weekly Standard cover story about “the left’s obsession with the Koch brothers.” Some liberal commentators agree that the Kochs’ influence and motives are being exaggerated. Glenn Greenwald of Salon said that “the Koch brothers now serve the same function for the left as George Soros long served for the right: the bogeymen who motivate the loyalists and on whom everything bad, including political losses, can be blamed.”

So they said

“It’ll be the fastest ratification in history.” — Sen. Pat Roberts (in photo), R-Kan., on a proposed constitutional amendment to balance the federal budget (which first must earn the support of two-thirds of both houses of Congress)

“I personally believe we were called here by my creator. I wasn’t called to be mediocre. I was called to be great.” — Rep. Anthony Brown, R-Eudora, calling for cutting an extra $100 million from the state budget

“Work comp passes House 120-0 and is on to the governor. 0 ‘no’ votes on a work comp reform bill. Is this April Fools’?” — Kansas Chamber of Commerce on Twitter Friday