Daily Archives: Sept. 22, 2013

Another Docking as lieutenant governor?

An e-mail making the rounds from a prominent backer of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis names Wichita financial planner Jill Docking (in photo) as his running mate, according to the Kansas City Star. Docking, who ran against Sam Brownback in 1996 for the U.S. Senate and formerly chaired the Kansas Board of Regents, told The Eagle editorial board via e-mail Thursday: “I have a determined commitment to this race. My focus right now is supporting Paul Davis for governor. I plan to work as hard as I can to deny Sam Brownback a second term.” If she sought the lieutenant governor spot, it would give Davis, the Lawrence Democrat who is House minority leader, the benefit of the association with two of the biggest families in Kansas political history. Docking is married to former Lt. Gov. Tom Docking, whose father, Robert, and grandfather George both served as governor, and Davis’ campaign treasurer is William A. Kassebaum, a Republican and former state legislator who is the son of former U.S. Sen. Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker and the grandson of former Gov. Alf Landon.

Voters ‘in suspense’ a local problem in Derby, Colwich

The statewide problem posed by the 17,000 voter registrations “in suspense” is an imminent threat to voting rights in two area communities. According to the Sedgwick County Election Office, 104 voter registrations were on hold as of last week in Derby, where residents will vote Oct. 8 on a 10-year, half-cent sales tax for a park project, the library, and the Derby Fire and Rescue Department. Eleven would-be voters were in similar limbo in Colwich, where residents will decide Oct. 8 whether to build a $1.65 million swimming pool complex. Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman told The Eagle editorial board that her “office has sent these applicants multiple notices and called them” (if they provided a phone number) and provided sample ballots. In order to vote, she said, they must submit proof-of-citizenship documents to her office by 11:59 p.m. Oct. 7. Never mind that the U.S. Supreme Court has said it’s sufficient for people to pledge they are citizens, and that a year ago these voter registrations would have been good to go.

So they said

“Delivering a knockout punch to the Democratic Party.” – Sedgwick County Clerk Kelly Arnold (in photo), speaking as Kansas Republican Party chairman about the GOP goal for future state elections

“Part of me believes this is Thelma and Louise about 10 miles from the Grand Canyon.” – Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., on the readiness of Obamacare for its Oct. 1 launch

“We’ve had 42 different swings at the bat. Forty-two different exhibition games. But we’ve never actually had a regular season.” – Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, on the anti-Obamacare votes before the House made avoiding a government shutdown dependent on defunding Obamacare