Daily Archives: March 14, 2013

Lawmakers ending hypocrisy on guns in Statehouse

One of the few somewhat positive things to say about the Kansas House debate Wednesday on guns – which included references to the Branch Davidian compound and Ruby Ridge to justify state gun rights – was that House lawmakers voted to end the hypocrisy of mandating that local governments allow guns in their buildings while banning guns in the Statehouse. Rep. John Wilson, D-Lawrence, offered the amendment that opened the Statehouse to concealed weapons. Legislators “appear to think the more law-abiding gun owners in a place, the safer that place becomes,” he said. Though he doesn’t necessarily agree with that view, Wilson said: “If guns are safe around first-graders, I really believe guns should be safe around us here in the Capitol.”

GOP seen as out of touch

More tough polling for Republicans, as 62 percent of the public says the GOP is out of touch with the American people, 56 percent think it is not open to change, and 52 percent think it is too extreme, according to a Pew Research Center poll. The GOP didn’t even fare that well with its own members, as 36 percent of Republicans surveyed said the party was out of touch. However, the GOP rated slightly higher than the Democratic Party (63 to 57 percent) on having strong principles.

Legislature infringing on State BOE’s authority

The Kansas State Board of Education is appropriately concerned that state lawmakers are infringing on its authority. Board members decided Tuesday to send a letter to Gov. Sam Brownback and each member of the Legislature reminding them of the board’s authority and responsibilities under the state constitution, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. The board is particularly concerned about a bill that would force the state board to scrap its Common Core academic standards, which some lawmakers mistakenly think were forced on Kansas by the federal government.