Daily Archives: Nov. 10, 2013

Open thread (Nov. 10)

Huelskamp calling for Obamacare defiance

Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, has gained attention for declaring his office won’t help constituents with the Affordable Care Act, referring them instead to the Department of Health and Human Services. At a town hall in Hays last week, Huelskamp took his defiance a step further, according to the Hays Daily News. “I’m here for Kansans to say, ‘Hey, we are not participating. Send us the fine or penalty, we’re not paying that either,’” he said. “We refuse to be coerced by Washington.” In another provocative statement, Huelskamp claimed the National Security Agency is not being truthful with Congress or the public about its domestic and international spying: “Every time they have told us something in closed-door hearings, I usually read about it on the front page (of the) paper a day later that said it was untrue. They have lied to me.”

So they said

“I got to check something off my bucket list today. I added twine to the World’s Largest Ball of twine in Cawker City, KS!” – Gov. Sam Brownback (in photo), on Facebook on Monday

“Everything is in limbo, or until the 1,000-pound gorilla keeps thumping its chest or goes away.” – House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, on the Kansas Supreme Court and its pending school-finance decision

“Maybe it’s not Eisenhower. Maybe it’s the infamous Pete Meitzner.” – Mayor Carl Brewer, kidding the vice mayor about the possible scope of the airport renaming

“Just man up.” – Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, telling Politico his advice to his 230 Republican colleagues in the House, while also acknowledging another anti-Obamacare shutdown is unlikely

“John Bardo’s got guts.” – Kansas Board of Regents chairman Fred Logan, praising the leadership of Wichita State University’s president