Daily Archives: Feb. 13, 2014

No viable GOP alternative to debt-ceiling bill

BudgetDeficitHouse Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is being blasted by some conservative groups for allowing a vote on a clean debt-ceiling bill. But House Republicans couldn’t agree among themselves on an alternative. And the last time Boehner deferred to the tea party crusaders on the budget, it resulted in the government-shutdown fiasco. “When you don’t have 218 votes, you have nothing,” Boehner said. All six of Kansas’ House and Senate members opposed raising the borrowing limit through March 2015. That wasn’t too surprising, though Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, was one of the few in House GOP leadership to vote against the bill.

Open thread (Feb. 13)


Wolf making hay of Roberts’ residency, recliner

robertsleftU.S. Senate GOP candidate Milton Wolf wasted no time capitalizing on a New York Times article on how Sen. Pat Roberts (in photo), R-Kan., switched his residency to a house owned by campaign donors in Dodge City. Wolf has a campaign ad running on conservative radio stations saying that “Roberts has left us behind.” Wolf also takes a dig at Roberts’ joke that he has “full access to the recliner” in the house. “Let’s clean house and give Pat Roberts and all the other career politicians permanent access to their very own La-Z-Boy recliners,” Wolf says at the end of the ad. Roberts adviser Leroy Towns dismissed Wolf and the ad, telling CNN that Kansans know Roberts and his work for the state.