Daily Archives: March 6, 2012

Super Tuesday thread

Are Republicans afraid of Rush?

The muted responses of most GOP leaders to offensive comments by talk-show host Rush Limbaugh show that they are scared of Limbaugh, conservative commentator George Will complained on ABC’s “This Week.” He noted that House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Limbaugh’s comments about a Georgetown University law student were “inappropriate.” “Using the salad fork for your entree – that’s inappropriate,” Will said. “Not this stuff.” Will noted that liberals also fail to “police the excesses on their own side,” but he mocked how GOP leaders talk tough yet won’t stand up to Limbaugh. “They want to bomb Iran, but they’re afraid of Rush Limbaugh,” Will said.

Prisoners shouldn’t count in redistricting

Felons can’t vote in Kansas, and an inmate’s address is considered to be wherever he lived before incarceration. Yet as Kansas City Star columnist Mary Sanchez warned, at least one proposed redistricting map before the Legislature would count the inmate population of the unusual number of penal institutions in the Leavenworth area, including the federal penitentiary, the Leavenworth Detention Center and the Lansing Correctional Facility. “That’s a potential bump of more than 5,000 people. It’s an unfair tally compared to portions of the state without prisons,” Sanchez wrote. Such “prison-based gerrymandering” shouldn’t be used to beef up the Leavenworth area’s population with inmates, she concluded, “just so politicians can benefit from their presence without ever having to answer to them as voters.”