Daily Archives: Feb. 3, 2014

Lawmakers want to silence dissent on guns

gunpointingright9Not only are some conservatives in the Legislature bent on blocking any local control of guns, they want to keep local governments from complaining about it. Mike Taylor, a lobbyist for the Unified Government of Kansas City, Kan., testified last week against a bill that would prohibit local governments from banning the open carry of guns and knives and would prevent them from using taxpayer money for gun-buyback programs. After the hearing, Rep. Brett Hildabrand, R-Shawnee, questioned whether Taylor broke a law the Legislature passed last year prohibiting local governments from using tax dollars to advocate for gun regulations. Taylor said this was another attempt to silence dissent in the Statehouse. “We’re seeing that more and more in this building,” Taylor said, “and I think it’s wrong.”

Open thread (Feb. 3)

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Roberts likely to fight off Wolf

Wolf,MiltonWhile noting that “since 1946, just 5 percent of incumbent senators seeking re-election have lost in their party primary,” Sabato’s Crystal Ball (issued by the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics) said last week that Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., is likely to fend off tea party challenger Milton Wolf (in photo): “Let’s see if Wolf can raise the kind of money he needs to make a show of strength to outside conservative groups. The only polling we’ve seen comes with the obvious caveat that it was commissioned by the incumbent’s campaign, but the survey showed Roberts leading Wolf 69 to 15 percent among likely GOP primary voters. Also worth noting is that while some other conservative groups have endorsed Roberts, the Club for Growth – despite having little use for the incumbent Roberts – has not waded into this race yet.”

Dubious, bogus and utterly phony headlines

SPOOFSLOGOThe following satirical headlines come from borowitzreport.com and theonion.com:

Aides Advised Obama to Avoid Any Mention of America During State of the Union Speech

Republicans Responded to State of Union With Grumpiest Faces Ever

Obama Not Ruling Out U.S. Military Action in Congress

Swift Boat Veterans for Truth Clear John Kerry After Exhaustive 9-Year Investigation