Daily Archives: Nov. 11, 2013

Support McConnell by attending public hearing

The public needs to show its support for McConnell Air Force Base and the expansion of its refueling tanker fleet by attending a public hearing from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Wichita State University Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th and Oliver. The hearing is hosted by the U.S. Air Force and is part of its final decision process on whether to make McConnell the first main operating base for new tankers. Those who attend the hearing can make a verbal statement, submit written testimony, or just sign-in to show their support for McConnell, which has an estimated annual economic benefit to the Wichita area of $619 million. It is important that as many people as possible attend the hearing.

Open thread (Nov. 11)

Fundraising will be early test for Davis, Docking

An initial test of the strength of the gubernatorial campaign of House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, will be the Jan. 10 deadline for filing campaign-finance reports, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. Will Davis and running mate Jill Docking be able to translate their slight lead over Gov. Sam Brownback in a recent poll into financial support for their campaign? Washburn University political science professor Bob Beatty estimated that the Davis campaign would need to spend at least $1.5 million to have a chance at unseating Brownback. More likely, it will need at least twice that much.

Kobach downplays suspended voters

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach downplayed the more than 17,000 Kansans who have had their voter registrations placed in “suspense” because they didn’t provide proof of citizenship, suggesting that many of them are just procrastinating, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. “If a lot of people aren’t planning on voting until the next even-numbered (year) election … they may be thinking ‘what’s the hurry?’” Kobach said at a Rotary Club meeting in Lawrence. He also dismissed as out of date a 2006 national study that found that as many as 11 percent of U.S. adults don’t have a government-issued photo ID, and he downplayed the 532 ballots that were not counted in the 2012 general election because the voters did not bring photo ID to the polls. Yet Kobach portrays a handful of allegations of voter fraud during the past decade as an epidemic requiring extreme measures.