Daily Archives: July 7, 2013

Party switching is a voter’s prerogative, business

Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley (in photo), D-Topeka, cried foul last week over Dodge City attorney Shane Bangerter’s recent change in party affiliation from Republican to unaffiliated, and suggested Gov. Sam Brownback was trying to sidestep the state law saying there can be no more than five members of one party on the nine-member Kansas Board of Regents. But where is Hensley’s proof that “we have had an intentional circumvention of the law,” as he put it? Bangerter, among three recent Brownback appointments to the regents, said no one in the governor’s office asked him to change his party affiliation. And party switching is a voter’s prerogative – and something Kansas Democrats and independents have done to be able to participate in hotly contested GOP primaries. As Sen. Pat Apple, R-Louisburg, said of Hensley’s charge: “Seems we are entering election season a little early.”

Parking kiosks made for lousy customer service

As little as Wichitans like paying for parking downtown, they found it even less fun to stand in line (sometimes in the rain) at an electronic kiosk to do so. Thank goodness the city turned off the parking pay stations at Century II and the Central Library and went back to using the individual meters, cutting short a three-month test that cost the city $15,000. Maybe the kiosks would work for trade shows and conventions, when Century II patrons arrive at different times. And the idea to allow payment by credit and debit cards was good. But the pay stations were a disaster when 2,200 people were arriving at the same time for each Music Theatre of Wichita performance. They also complicated enforcement, because officers had to print a report from the pay stations to determine whether people had paid. The city may find the system boosted revenue, but it made for lousy customer service.

So they said

“We were losing people to every surrounding state around us except Nebraska, and I don’t care about Nebraska because they went to the Big 10.” – Gov. Sam Brownback (in photo), talking at a recent Arkansas GOP fundraiser about Kansas before his income-tax cuts

“Just like all the senators, I haven’t read it yet.” – Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, in National Review, dismissing the Senate-passed immigration-reform bill

“I can’t even stand to read the decisions because I don’t even think they’d pass law school with decisions like that.” – Huelskamp again, talking on conservative radio about the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage rulings

“The debate of marriage is just starting. It’s not over.” – Huelskamp again, in a National Journal article headlined “Meet the Man Trying to Ban Same-Sex Marriage in the Constitution”