Daily Archives: March 2, 2014

Open thread (March 2)

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Support for extended benefits, $10 minimum wage

minimumwagelogo2Two economic questions on the recent Public Policy Polling survey yielded results that might seem surprising in conservative Kansas: 61 percent said Congress should extend federal unemployment benefits for workers whose state unemployment benefits have ended but who cannot find a job, while 49 percent said they’d support raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour. The latter idea came up Thursday on the Kansas House floor, in the form of an amendment for a $10.10 minimum wage offered by Rep. Valdenia Winn, D-Kansas City, but was rejected on procedural grounds.

Rogen right to highlight apathy about Alzheimer’s

rogen,sethGood for actor Seth Rogen for not only going to Capitol Hill to help his chosen cause – more federal funding for research on Alzheimer’s disease – but also shaming senators for variously dozing through, skipping and leaving the hearing, with the notable exceptions of ranking Republican Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas and subcommittee chairman Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. By the time Rogen spoke, Moran and Harkin were the only senators on the 18-member panel listening. “Very symbolic of how the government views Alzheimer’s. Seems to be a low priority,” Rogen later told his 1.84 million Twitter followers. Former six-term Kansas congressman Dennis Moore also testified about his own diagnosis in 2011. “Alzheimer’s is creating an enormous strain on the health care system, families and the federal budget,” Moore said. The disease cost Americans $203 billion in 2013, including $142 billion spent by Medicare and Medicaid.

So they said

huelskamp,tim“It’s high time we retire John Boehner.” – U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (in photo), R-Fowler, at Thursday’s fifth-anniversary party for the tea party (when the applause died down, Huelskamp completed his sentence, saying it is “high time to retire John Boehner’s biggest excuse that we only control one-third of the government”)

“I would like to commend the body on a good first half of the 2014 session.” – House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, after a marathon voting session Thursday

“No time for a debate on Medicaid expansion but 20 minutes for the state fossil.” – Rep. Jim Ward, D-Wichita, tweeting as the House approved a bill honoring the tylosaurus and pteranodon

“I think we should retire that number and hang it on a banner from the ceiling, showing how wrong that number can go.” – Rep. Steve Becker, R-Buhler, about the refusal-of-service bill, HB 2453, which he voted against

“If elected I will do my best to keep Kansas off Comedy Central.” – Larry Meeker, Johnson County Democrat running for the Kansas House, on Twitter