Daily Archives: March 18, 2013

Huelskamp making most of his outcast status

The Hill newspaper checked in with Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, and other congressmen who were stripped of key committee assignments for not toeing the GOP leadership’s line. How is Huelskamp doing three months later? “One of my colleagues put it interestingly. He said, ‘Well, Tim, they’ve given you a platform that you’ve never had before,’” the Kansan told the Hill, noting he also has been in demand on cable-news shows. Being stripped of committee assignments, he said, “had the opposite effect (of) trying to silence myself and a few others. It’s actually enhanced our ability to speak out and impact the process.” An unidentified lawmaker close to leadership told the Hill that Huelskamp “is just not trustworthy, and if he wants to be up here and a lone wolf and cause problems, he’ll never have any legislative accomplishments.”

Kansas’ real problem is voter apathy

While he is distracted with his quest against voter fraud, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is neglecting the real problem – voter apathy. According to research from the group Nonprofit Vote, which calculated percentages by dividing the number of ballots cast by the voting eligible population, Kansas slipped to 36th place among states in 2012 for voter turnout, with 58.1 percent. That was down from 28th place in 2008, and less than the 58.7 percent national turnout in 2012. The group found that voter turnout was 12 percentage points higher in states with Election Day registration. Kansas law cuts off voter registration 21 days before any election and, as of this year, requires proof of citizenship to register to vote. Worse, a ridiculous bill passed by the Kansas House this month and awaiting Senate consideration would bar people from switching parties after the candidate filing deadline of June 1 in advance of an August primary election. Proponents argue it would protect the integrity of each party from the undue influence of the other, but it would erode the right of voters to participate in the primary of their choice.

Dubious, bogus and utterly phony headlines

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

Unsuccessful Pope Candidate Blames Media
Ryan Budget Plan Gets Endorsement From Ayn Rand
Poll: Majority of Americans Opposed to Being Killed by Drone
Pentagon: Cuts Could Hamper Ability to Invade Countries for No Reason
House Science Committee Questions Existence of Meteors
Chinese Hackers Drop U.S. Government From List of High-Value Targets
NRA Defends Right to Own Politicians
Gun Sales Soar on Photo of Armed Obama
Republicans Praise Obama for Offering Bold Vision to Thwart
List of Politically Achievable Reforms Down to Just Three Minor Changes to Traffic Code