Daily Archives: April 2, 2013

A political obituary for Kansas

A column by Jason Probst, news editor of the Hutchinson News, has been getting attention across the state. Written in the style of an obituary, the column lamented the passing of the great state of Kansas “after a long and difficult battle with extremism.” Probst noted how Kansas overcame many challenges during its lifetime to become a leader in education and business, a place with good roads, open government and a belief in helping out one another. “Despite its strength and vitality, Kansas couldn’t survive the influences of outside political machines that sought to use this fertile ground and its people as a test plot for an ambitious political experiment,” the obituary said. It concluded: “In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, the Kansas Policy Institute or Americans for Prosperity, all in care of Gov. Sam Brownback, Office of the Governor, Capital 300 SW 10th Ave., Ste. 241S, Topeka, KS 66612-1590.”

Brownback won’t get much help from Democrats

Democratic leaders in Topeka aren’t eager to help bail out Gov. Sam Brownback, who is calling on lawmakers to make permanent the state’s temporary sales-tax increase in order to help fill the budget shortfall created by the income-tax cuts he signed last year. House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, said that he and others aren’t interested in “putting a lot of lipstick on a pig.” Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, refuses to be put in a box of choosing between breaking a promise on sales taxes or making more budget cuts. “My conscience is clear,” he said.

Time no longer on a rapist’s side in Kansas

Good for the Legislature and Gov. Sam Brownback for taking steps to bring more rapists and child molesters to justice with House Bill 2252, which eliminates the statute of limitations on rape and aggravated sodomy and makes it easier for adults to report sex crimes that occurred when they were children. As Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt noted, successful prosecutions still will need good evidence. But because of technology and the new state law, time will no longer be on the side of a sex offender intent on escaping justice.