Daily Archives: May 28, 2013

Dole: Today’s GOP wouldn’t even welcome Reagan

The Republican Party of today wouldn’t even welcome Ronald Reagan, former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole said on “Fox News Sunday.” Dole also doubted that he would be welcome. The former Senate majority leader said that the Republican National Committee should put a “closed for repairs” sign on its doors while it works on ideas and positive agendas. Dole, who was known for reaching agreements, is mystified by how little today’s lawmakers get done. “It seems to be almost unreal that we can’t get together on a budget or legislation,” he said. “I mean, we weren’t perfect by a long shot, but at least we got our work done.”

When groundwater runs out, it’s gone for good

The wet spring is helping alleviate the drought in parts of Kansas. But as a recent New York Times article noted, lack of water is still a major problem for western Kansas farmers who depend on irrigation. “In west-central Kansas, up to a fifth of the irrigated farmland along a 100-mile swath of the aquifer has already gone dry,” the Times reported. “In many other places, there no longer is enough water to supply farmers’ peak needs during Kansas’ scorching summers. And when the groundwater runs out, it is gone for good. Refilling the aquifer would require hundreds, if not thousands, of years of rains.”

Good for Kansans for supporting Srinivasan

To their credit, Kansas Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts helped confirm former Kansan Sri Srinivasan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, as the Senate finally broke the seven-year political standoff on nominees to the influential court with a remarkable 97-0 vote last week. Srinivasan, the first member of a federal appeals court to be of South Asian descent, now is considered a front-runner for a U.S. Supreme Court nomination. He moved with his family to Lawrence as a 4-year-old and went on to become a basketball star at Lawrence High School (sharing the court with Danny Manning) before earning bachelor’s, law and business degrees from Stanford University. Most recently, Srinivasan has been the principal deputy solicitor general. Even with Srinivasan’s confirmation, the D.C. Circuit still has three vacancies.