Daily Archives: Feb. 26, 2014

Secretaries of state shouldn’t be overtly partisan

kobachcandidKansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was mentioned in a National Public Radio report on “a trend of overtly partisan figures running for a job designed to be neutral when it comes to election administration” – though he defended himself and other officeholders. “The secretaries range on the political spectrum and have policy differences, but I would vouch for every secretary of state to be able to have fair election results,” he said. But Art Sanders, a political science professor at Drake University, sees the politicization of the secretary of state office as “a very good symbol of how low our politics have sunk.”

Open thread (Feb. 26)

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Moran’s popularity stands out; Huckabee favored

huckabee,mikeThirty-seven percent of Kansas voters surveyed by Public Policy Polling approve of the job being done by Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., compared with 26 percent who disapprove. That makes him more popular than Sen. Pat Roberts (29 percent approval), Gov. Sam Brownback (33 percent) or Secretary of State Kris Kobach (31 percent). And when asked about an array of potential GOP presidential nominees for 2016, the Kansans favored Mike Huckabee (20 percent; in photo), followed by Jeb Bush and Chris Christie (13 percent each), Ted Cruz (12 percent) and Rand Paul (11 percent); Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker and Bobby Jindal drew less support. Democrat Hillary Clinton came out the loser in Kansas each time in hypothetical matchups against Bush, Christie, Huckabee and Paul.