Daily Archives: Jan. 7, 2013

Kansas delegation stood out on Sandy vote

Kansas was the only state whose entire House delegation voted against Hurricane Sandy relief, noted Huffington Post, though the one-man Montana delegation also did. “It’s disheartening to see elected officials in any state that won’t stand up for Americans devastated by a natural disaster,” said Belmar, N.J., Mayor Matt Doherty, whose community saw $130 million in damage. “I’d be embarrassed if the members of the New Jersey delegation did something like that to the residents of Kansas after they suffered a natural disaster.” Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, told Huffington Post: “I voted against authorizing another $9 billion of debt because there wasn’t a single offset in spending cuts to other programs. Either we reform the (National Flood Insurance Program) so it never needs a taxpayer bailout again, or we offset it so we can afford it.” When a war-funding bill that included $40 million for Greensburg and Kiowa County tornado relief passed the House in May 2007, Kansas’ House delegation of two Republicans and two Democrats voted for it, while the all-Democratic Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Maine delegations voted “no” and the New Jersey delegation was divided.

Women in charge in New Hampshire; not in Kansas

New Hampshire is doing its part to make women better represented in politics. Women now hold the state’s two congressional seats and its two Senate seats (the first and only state to ever have an all-female delegation). New Hampshire’s new governor, its speaker of the state House and its chief justice are also women. Women make up at least half of only three other states’ congressional delegations (Maine, Missouri and Washington), and 16 states don’t have any women in Congress, the New York Times reported. Kansas, which has one woman in Congress (Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka) and one woman in statewide office (Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger), will see its Legislature slip from 27.3 to 23 percent women in 2013, with the first-ever female Senate president (Sen. Susan Wagle, R-Wichita) but six fewer women in the House.

So they said

“Hope springs eternal around here, even though it gets a little sticky at times.” – Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., in the Los Angeles Times, amid fiscal-cliff negotiations
“I know a lot of folks walked out with a real bad taste in their mouths. It wasn’t Republicans clapping and cheering. It was Democrats.” – Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, in the Washington Post, about the fiscal-cliff resolution
“I think they should be paying me a commission since they’re using my likeness and my reputation.” – Secretary of State Kris Kobach, on the Kansas Democratic Party’s fundraising to fight his “anti-voter” agenda
“He is an insidious figure. He is dangerous.” – Kansas Democratic Party chairwoman Joan Wagnon, about Kobach