Daily Archives: Jan. 14, 2013

Schodorf’s sentiment resonates for others

Some will see the voter-registration switch from Republican to Democrat by former state Sen. Jean Schodorf as confirmation that she was a Republican in name only, and inevitable after her August primary defeat and subsequent announcement that she would leave the party. But the explanation offered Sunday by the former Senate Education Committee chairwoman and 2010 congressional hopeful resonates with many Kansas Republicans concerned about the state party’s hard-right turn. “Has the Republican Party left you?” Schodorf asked on Facebook. “Well, I think it’s time to leave the party. As a lifelong Republican I feel as though the Republican Party, nationally and at the state level, no longer represents me.” By midday Monday, Schodorf’s announcement had garnered nearly 600 “likes” and 215 comments.

Kansas chamber to stay out of judicial selection

The Kansas Chamber of Commerce, newly led by former House Speaker Mike O’Neal, has an aggressive legislative agenda aimed at phasing out all individual and corporate income taxes and pushing for changes related to state employees’ pensions and unions’ political influence. But both Kent Eckles, the chamber’s vice president for governmental affairs, and Eric Stafford, the chamber’s senior legislative affairs director, told Associated Press that the chamber will stay out of the debate about changing how appellate judges are chosen. O’Neal has said the Kansas Supreme Court stepped over the line in requiring the Legislature to increase school funding. But he once responded to a proposed constitutional amendment to change how Supreme Court justices were chosen by asking: “What’s wrong with what we’ve got now?”

Dubious, bogus and utterly phony headlines

The following satirical headlines come from borowitzreport.com and theonion.com:

Republicans Apologize to Top 1.5 Percent

Washington Celebrates Solving Totally Unnecessary Crisis They Created

Senate Outraged at Having to Work Weekend to Save Nation

Al-Qaida Disbands; Says Job of Destroying U.S. Economy Now in Congress’ Hands

GOP Freshmen Saddened by Failure to Shut Down Government on First Day

Gorilla Sales Skyrocket After Latest Gorilla Attack

Russell Crowe Praised for Stunning Portrayal of Man Who Cannot Sing or Act in ‘Les Miserables’