Daily Archives: Dec. 4, 2012

Huelskamp’s failure to fall in line costing him

House Republican leaders removed Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, from the House budget and agriculture committees Monday as part of a series of moves seen as punishing various lawmakers for their failure to fall in line. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., also lost his seat on the key House Budget Committee. “Both members have a history of voting against party leaders on bills, both in committee and on the floor, and it seemed Speaker John A. Boehner and the committee chairmen had had enough,” the New York Times’ Caucus blog reported. Huelskamp responded with characteristic defiance, calling it a “vindictive move and a sure sign that the GOP establishment cannot handle disagreement.” Huelskamp’s statement concluded: “Kansans who sent me to Washington did so to change the way things are done – not to provide cover for establishment Republicans who only give lip service to conservative principles. If the rest of America is anything like the 700,000 Kansans I represent, then they know that the fiscal and cultural crises facing our nation require drastic changes to the way things are done in Washington – not just symbolic gestures or more of the same.”

GOP divisions will test Moran

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Jerry Moran, R-Kan., is sure to be tested by the GOP’s divisions. He’s already seen scrutiny of a staffer’s hastily deleted tweet, which had said the senator was pleased to hear Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., would run for Senate in 2014. (Many conservatives view Capito as too moderate.) Moran later said he was unaware of the tweet, and that it reflected his comments to a reporter, but Politico’s Charlie Mahtesian called it “Moran’s baptism by fire.” Moran said: “We’re going to on a race-by-race, state-by-state basis, try to figure out what is the best role the NRSC can play in getting Republicans elected.”

 

Good work on unified code enforcement

Merging the inspection and code enforcement departments of the city of Wichita and Sedgwick County has proved no quick or simple task, as exemplified by the 263 pages that the new Wichita/Sedgwick County Unified Building and Trade Code takes up in Tuesday’s Wichita City Council agenda. The diligence and problem solving over the past year have been impressive, with plenty of input from builders, building trades groups and other stakeholders. With 31-year Wichita Police Department veteran Tom Stolz (in photo) as its recently named director, the new Metropolitan Area Building and Construction Department promises to be a benefit to the community and its economy. Like the Wichita-Sedgwick County Metropolitan Area Planning Department, it also will provide a model for more functional city-county consolidation.