Daily Archives: May 21, 2013

House leader promotes anti-climate-change book she didn’t read

Kansas House Speaker Pro Tem Peggy Mast, R-Emporia, initially said she didn’t recall writing the letter on her office stationery that was sent along with an anti-climate-change book to the homes of Kansas House members. But she later confirmed that she wrote the letter endorsing the book, which she has not read. Parts of Mast’s endorsement were taken almost word for word from a Publishers Weekly review of the book, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. The book, “The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Climatism,” was distributed by the Heartland Institute, a Chicago-based think tank funded in part by Charles and David Koch.

Send prayers, help to Oklahoma

The images and accounts of the tornado Monday in Moore, Okla., are terrible. Those wishing to donate money to the relief and rescue efforts can do so online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 800-725-2769. Checks can be sent to Oklahoma Tornado Relief, Salvation Army, P.O. Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK 73157.

Will lawmakers stick by no-tax pledge?

A pledge by some state lawmakers to never raise taxes is a factor in finalizing the state budget, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. Fifteen House members (half of whom are from the Wichita area) signed a no-tax pledge administered by Americans for Prosperity, and AFP considers the proposed extension of the statewide sales tax to be a tax increase. However, eight state senators who signed the AFP pledge voted for the sales-tax extension, including Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita.