Daily Archives: March 31, 2013

Don’t forget to vote

It may have gotten lost amid all the excitement about the NCAA basketball tournament, but there is an important election Tuesday. In Wichita, four City Council races are on the ballot, and there are two contested Wichita school board races. Those elected to these governing bodies will face difficult challenges, deciding how the city government promotes economic development and how the school district responds to reduced state funding. Visit The Eagle’s online voter guide to read the candidates’ stances on issues. The Eagle editorial board’s endorsements are at Kansas.com/opinion. And be sure to vote either in advance from 8 a.m. to noon Monday at the Sedgwick County Election Office or Tuesday at your polling place.

A turnpike merger by any other name?

“It is not a merger. It is not a money grab,” said Sen. Ty Masterson, R-Andover, about a Senate-passed bill that would make the secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation also the chairman of the Kansas Turnpike Authority. But other lawmakers aren’t buying that. “Trust me, it’s a merger. KDOT will be running the turnpike,” said Sen. Les Donovan, R-Wichita. Donovan’s opinion of the Senate vote: “This is a sad day in the state of Kansas.”

So they said

“This may be the absolute worst idea I have ever heard in my life.” – Sen. Les Donovan (in photo), R-Wichita, about a proposal that Kansas Turnpike fees be higher the faster you drive

“If I had my way, you’d have to pass a test to get out of high school.” – House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, while saying he’s “not for mandates” but supports the governor’s proposal to hold back slow-reading third-graders

“Universal truth: the phrase ‘with all due respect’ precedes a statement devoid of said respect.” – Rep. Stephanie Clayton, R-Overland Park, tweeting during a House debate

“Ten years ago, you’d have never heard of me again.” – U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, in Salina, crediting the Internet with giving him even greater influence since his ouster from House committees