Daily Archives: July 19, 2013

Chief counsel’s role in scandal a ‘bombshell’

The report this week that the chief counsel of the IRS helped develop guidelines for reviewing tea party cases is a bombshell because it means that the scandal isn’t limited to a few rogue agents in Cincinnati, Peggy Noonan argued in the Wall Street Journal. “Republicans need to find out how high the scandal went and why, exactly, it went there,” she wrote.

U.S. House set record for being unproductive

There are different ways to measure the productivity of Congress. But based on passing bills, the 2011-12 U.S. House set a record for being unproductive. “The 112th Congress passed just 561 bills, the lowest number since they began keeping these stats way back in 1947,” reported Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post. Another productivity concern is that the bills the House passes tend to have no chance of becoming law. For example, the House voted Wednesday on its 38th and 39th attempts to repeal or scale back Obamacare.

Happy 3rd anniversary to nonsmoking law

“I’m glad they had us do this” is not something you often hear about a government mandate. But that’s what the daughter of the Town and Country restaurant’s owner said about the third anniversary of the Kansas Clean Indoor Air Act, which made restaurants and other public places tobacco-free. The Sunflower Foundation’s most recent poll showed 78 percent of registered voters in Kansas strongly favor the law, which has been good for businesses such as the Town and Country and great for the health of Kansans – especially those who used to spend their workdays breathing secondhand smoke. Now, if only the Legislature would find the guts to close the absurd, hypocritical loophole that allows smoking at state-owned casinos.