Daily Archives: Sept. 23, 2013

Charter schools falling out of favor in Kansas

The number of charter schools in Kansas is rapidly declining, dropping from 33 in 2010 to only 11 this year, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. Supporters of charter schools say the problem is that charter schools in Kansas must be approved and overseen by their local school districts. In other states, charter schools operate more independently. But critics argue that charter schools divert funding from public schools and haven’t proved to be more successful.

GOP’s problem in two sentences

Here’s the Republican Party’s problem in two sentences, wrote Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas of the Washington Post: “It would be a disaster for the party to shut down the government over Obamacare. But it’s good for every individual Republican politician to support shutting down the government over Obamacare.” Unlike in the past, GOP leaders no longer have enough power and influence to convince lawmakers to do what is best for their party. Robert Costa of National Review tweeted that power has shifted away from the Capitol leadership offices to Tea Party Inc. and backbench members of Congress.

Kobach sure doesn’t talk like a nonpartisan elections officer

Winston Churchill is credited (probably inaccurately) with having said: “If you’re not a liberal when you’re 25, you have no heart. If you’re not a conservative by the time you’re 35, you have no brain.” Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach tried a twist on that comment, telling a recent GOP gathering in Kansas City, Mo.: “If you’re 20 and a Democrat, you have no brain.” Kobach later told the Huffington Post that he was advocating the GOP use an intellectual approach when recruiting on college campuses: “I am not trying to insult college students. College students are won where you can appeal to the mind of the voter.” Such bluster is expected from a partisan hack, but inappropriate from someone trusted by voters with the nonpartisan role of chief elections officer for the state.