Daily Archives: May 15, 2013

Some legislative issues are best left undone

The state budget and tax policy are the two big issues that still must be resolved in Topeka. Our Wednesday editorial also lists some other issues that are best left undone:
• The House should resist a revised constitutional amendment still aimed at politicizing appointments to the state Supreme Court. Kansas’ appellate judges should be chosen because they know and will follow the law, not because of their political connections and beliefs.
• Legislators should not revive efforts to override the Kansas State Board of Education on the multistate Common Core standards for English and math, which the state has been working toward implementing for years. The costs of shelving them and starting over would be too high. And much of the growing paranoia about the Common Core standards is baseless.
• Lawmakers should not enable Secretary of State Kris Kobach to prosecute voter fraud or anything else. Kansas already has county attorneys and an attorney general to handle such prosecutions. And if there is one thing Kobach does not need, it’s more power.

Edwards’ mugging case even more bizarre

The bizarre case of the reported mugging of Rep. Joe Edwards, R-Haysville, has gotten even more bizarre. In February, Edwards said that someone attacked him from behind as he entered his Topeka hotel room, knocked him unconscious and robbed him of about $250. But security cameras at the hotel didn’t show any attack. Edwards told the Topeka Capital-Journal that police investigators delved into the possibility he fabricated all or parts of the incident, a suspicion apparently fueled by the possibility that Edwards might have been involved in two prostitution cases in Wichita in 1997. The Eagle reported in March and August 1997 that charges were filed against a George F. Edwards II with the birthdate of Sept. 16, 1954. The lawmaker has the same name and birth date. Edwards told the Capital-Journal that he has no criminal record and no knowledge of those cases, and that it must have been a mix-up with another person with the same name. “That ain’t me,” he said. Officials with the Wichita Municipal Court and the Wichita Police Department were unable to locate records on the cases, which could mean that the records were expunged.