Daily Archives: Feb. 23, 2014

Open thread (Feb. 23)


More bad polling results for Brownback

thumbsdownOnly 33 percent of Kansans approve of Gov. Sam Brownback’s job performance and 51 percent disapprove, according to a survey by Public Policy Polling. What’s more, only 46 percent of Republicans approve of the job Brownback is doing. In comparison, 34 percent of Kansans approve of President Obama’s job performance (though 60 percent disapprove). Brownback’s high disapproval rating is likely why he slightly trails House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, in a head-to-head matchup. Davis leads 42 percent to Brownback’s 40 percent, even though 59 percent of the people surveyed weren’t sure what they thought of Davis.

Roberts didn’t poll well, either

robertspat2Negative campaign ads by his GOP challenger and news reports on his residency status may be hurting Sen. Pat Roberts’ approval ratings. Only 29 percent of Kansans approve of Roberts’ job performance while 38 percent disapprove, according to a survey by Public Policy Polling. Also, 47 percent said that Roberts was focused on being a Washington, D.C., insider, while only 26 percent said he was focused on representing Kansas.

Snowden an ‘ordinary traitor,’ Pompeo said

snowden,edwardRep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, is not among those, including some in his own party, who consider National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden (in photo) to be a patriot. “He is just an ordinary traitor” who did “extraordinary damage” to our soldiers and sailors, Pompeo told The Eagle editorial board. Pompeo, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, said that there are adequate safeguards in the NSA programs and that he has seen nothing that made him worry about Americans’ privacy. What was so damaging about the Snowden leak was that most of the information was about tactics, Pompeo said – and now the Russians know all of it.

Welcome to Wichita, Monsignor Kemme

kemmeCongratulations to Monsignor Carl Kemme on being named the next bishop of Wichita. Kemme, who is currently vicar general for the Diocese of Springfield, Ill., will be ordained in Wichita May 1. Kemme said he did not seek the position and thought there were many other priests who were more qualified. His humility and pastor’s heart likely were reasons why Pope Francis chose him.