Daily Archives: Feb. 25, 2014

Glickman: What happened to Kansas’ civil rights leadership?

glickmanAdd the voice of former Wichita congressman Dan Glickman to those of current and former Kansans expressing disappointment in the House’s passage of the bill that would have enabled government and private-sector employees to use religious beliefs to refuse service to gay couples. Writing for Huffington Post, Glickman wondered what has happened to the state linked to the Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954 and the first lunch-counter sit-in at a Wichita drugstore in 1958. “I sincerely hope that this bill never rears its ugly head again and that this episode is nothing more than an aberration from the leadership Kansas has taken against discrimination throughout the state’s history,” wrote Glickman, now senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C. “From William Allen White’s fight against the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s to Sen. Bob Dole’s leadership on major civil rights and anti-discrimination legislation, Kansans have a lot to be proud of in their state’s leadership against discrimination.”

Open thread (Feb. 25)

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Wichita common denominator in some Statehouse nuttiness

wichitaopenthread“The bill stems from an active anti-fluoride movement in Wichita, where fluoride is not added to the water.” “Wichita-based tea party group Kansans for Liberty is launching an e-mail campaign to try to resurrect a bill that would allow government workers and businesses to deny service to gay couples.” “A Democrat from Wichita says she wants to allow up to 10 strikes of the hand and that could leave redness and bruising.” It’s frustrating that Wichita is the common denominator in some of the recent Statehouse nuttiness. At least the No. 2-ranked Wichita State University men’s basketball team is putting a nice shine on the reputation and pride of the state’s largest city.