Daily Archives: Dec. 10, 2012

Vote by Roberts, Moran against U.N. treaty was shameful

Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran have been receiving justified condemnation for being among the 38 Senate Republicans who voted last week against the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities – after telling former Sen. Bob Dole, who made a special appearance on the Senate floor, that they would support the treaty (which was negotiated by President George W. Bush). James Downey of the Washington Post wrote that “these senators shook Dole’s hand, looked him in the eye and, once he left the floor, turned their backs on him, on his fellow disabled veterans and on disabled people throughout the world.” A Hutchinson News editorial said that “the Republicans who voted against this treaty should hang their heads in shame, but none more than Kansas’ own Moran and Roberts.” A Kansas City Star editorial noted: “As has been made painfully obvious, this is not Bob Dole’s Senate anymore.”

Wichita chamber’s priorities are contradictory

The Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 legislative agenda calls for even more tax cuts and less regulation – what you’d expect based on the chamber’s recent history and aggressive 2012 involvement in purging moderate Republicans from the Statehouse. But the chamber also wants the state to continue providing funding for the National Institute for Aviation Research, the National Center for Aviation Training and the Wichita airfare subsidy program, and to retain the historic preservation tax credit and to stop diverting transportation plan funding. The state can only do those things if it has sufficient revenues, which already are projected to plummet as the 2012 tax cuts take effect.

Roberts showing no interest in retirement

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., has long said he’ll run for a fourth term. But the office of the 76-year-old senator is getting the question a lot now that the 2012 election is over and 2014 forecasting has begun. “He is running,” a Roberts spokeswoman told Politico. Even if a challenger emerged, success is highly unlikely. As conservative blogger Dustin Hawkins wrote, “Pat Roberts easily won with 60 percent of the vote in his last outing and will be safe in this deep red state.” A more immediate question is whether Roberts will retain his stature in January as top-ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture Committee. “I intend to stay,” Roberts told Politico last month. But Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., is expected to challenge him for the top spot.