Daily Archives: June 13, 2013

Rolling Stone article says fanatics hijacked Kansas

Kansas politics are profiled (unfavorably) this week in Rolling Stone magazine. “Rogue State: How Far-Right Fanatics Hijacked Kansas” by Mark Binelli chronicles Gov. Sam Brownback’s time in office, focusing on the Legislature and the purging of GOP moderates from the Kansas Senate. Several Wichita-area lawmakers are mentioned, including Sen. Ty Masterson, R-Andover (who Binelli says “speaks in an odd, husky purr”), Rep. Jim Howell, R-Derby, and former Sens. Dick Kelsey and Jean Schodorf. Kelsey says that one reason he got on the bad side of Brownback and Americans for Prosperity is that he opposed last year’s tax-cut plan. “The bill was designed, frankly, to take care of Koch Industries,” Kelsey says. “I could see that it took money from very poor people and benefited me, personally, too significantly. And I’m not poor.”

No partisan divide on military involvement in Syria

Well, here is one thing that Republicans and Democrats agree on: They don’t want the U.S. militarily involved in Syria. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that only 17 percent of Democrats and 15 percent of Republicans favor direct military action in Syria to stop the killing of civilians. And only 11 percent of Democrats and 10 percent of Republicans favor providing arms to Syrian rebels. “Even those who voted for President Barack Obama and those who voted for Mitt Romney last year hold virtually identical views on this topic, perhaps uniquely in the panoply of current public-policy issues,” wrote Gerald Seib of the Wall Street Journal.