Daily Archives: June 23, 2013

Insurance company wants no part in guns at schools

Most school districts across the state, including USD 259, already were planning not to allow employees to carry concealed guns in schools. But the districts have an added financial reason to continue their bans on guns: insurance. EMC Insurance Companies, the state’s main insurer of schools, informed districts that it won’t insure them if they allow employees to carry guns, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. “We are making this underwriting decision simply to protect the financial security of our company,” the company said in a letter to districts. The Wichita district gets its insurance through Lexington Insurance. The company has not said whether it would drop coverage or raise rates if guns were allowed, a district spokeswoman said. Sen. Forrest Knox, R-Altoona, who championed gun-law changes, isn’t concerned about the insurance issue. “There are alternative insurers,” he told the Capital-Journal. “The markets are going to take care of this.”

So they said

“The Republicans in the House, we must use our majority, our subpoena power, to expose the cancer that is growing in that house, and this presidency.” – U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (in photo), R-Fowler, also calling the president “Barack O’Nixon” at a tea party rally

“Too many Democrats and Republicans allowed politics to trump progress.” – U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, on her “yes” vote on the failed House farm bill

“Good Kansans with guns make all of Kansas safer.” – Sen. Forrest Knox, R-Altoona, defending the new state law expanding concealed-carry

“Please, Kansas Legislature, look at this again. You have to start being more reasonable.” – Kansas Board of Regents member Dan Lykins, on state funding cuts for higher education and resulting tuition hikes

“If we don’t get it, we’ve got to cry.” – Rep. Scott Schwab, R-Olathe, mocking regents’ complaints

Wichita attorneys sure can sing and dance

Bravo to the Wichita Bar Association for a very funny Wichita Bar Show last week at the Orpheum Theatre (in photo). The show featured dozens of Wichita-area attorneys singing and dancing (yes, they are quite good) in songs skewering state and national political leaders. Among the highlights was a bit about Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach trying to keep zombies from voting that turned into a spoof of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video.